Penny Magazine-1845

_____. The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. London: Charles Knight and Co., 1845. All images designed by William Harvey. Some were engraved by John Jackson alone (065, 067, 081, 120, 127, 137, 185, 241, 300, 481) and others were credited to both John Jackson and Harriet Ludlow Clarke (361, 437, 461, 497).

Both published by Charles Knight, this magazine and John Saunders’ Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales use the same images but the translations differ.

The illustrations were used (reused?) in John Saunders’1845 Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and while both are partly in verse and partly in prose summarizing much of the tales, the text of Saunders’ book and the text in the magazine differ significantly. So why would Charles Knight publish to different editions/translations in the same year

 

Saunders’ “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”

A poor widow, somewhat bent, in age,
was whilome a dwelling in a narrow cottage,
Beside a grovè standing in a dale.
This widow, which I tell you of my tale,
Since thilke day that she was last a wife,
In patience led a full simple life,
For little was her cattle and her rent.
By husbandry of such as God her sent,
She found herself, and eke her daughters two.

Penny Magazine’s “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”

A poor widow, somewhat bent from age, once dwelt in a narrow cottage beside a grove that stood in a dell. This widow, since the
day that she was last a wife,
In patience led a full simple life,
For little was her cattle and her rent.
By husbandry of such as God her sent
She found herself; and eke her daughters two.

So was Charles Knight the translator/modernizer of The Penny Magazine edition, and if not him then who is it?