Since 1590 there have been a few editions of The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. Not all of them are still available, even in the really old used bookstores. I found three editions in my library so I thought it would be beneficial to create a list of editions and update it when a reader indicates they have yet-another-edition. Here is the list to date:
- The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser (Longman, 2007)
- The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser (Penguin, 1987)
- The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser (Routledge, 1893).
Project Gutenberg also maintains plain text editions of parts of The Faerie Queene and has editions available for download that are formatted for compatibility with most of the newer digital reading devices such as the iPad and the Nook. I have my copy of TFQ ready on my iPod for those awkward moments in the doctor’s office when I need something to occupy my mind. Like many English majors back in the wild and wooly days of the sixties, I first read selections from TFQ in the venerable Norton Anthology. The one thing I remember about that experience was that the paper was so thin you could see the words printed on the opposite side of the page, which made reading very difficult and I am sure contributed heavily to my requiring reading glasses in short order.