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CHAUCERS CANTERBURY PILGRIMS: copper engraving by William Blake. Inscribed under the title: “Painted in Fresco by William Blake & by him Engraved and Published October 8 1810, at No 28 Corner of Broad Street Golden Square.” Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is widely seen as the first great work of English literature; it was the aim of poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827) to encompass this literary work in a single image. A history of the engraving can be found in The Complete Graphic Works of William Blake by David Bindham (London: Thames and Hudson, 1978), held in the University Library at Murray Library. The University Library holds many editions of the Canterbury Tales, from a 1477 William Caxton printing accessible through Early English Books Online to modern English editions and adaptations.