We see an elaborately designed double page: both sides are framed by broad woodcut bordering representing a rose hedge. The space within the border is divided equally between a woodcut and a section of text. The woodcut on the left-hand sheet shows a man and a woman – Chaucer himself in the company of a muse who is identified as Poesis by lettering on a gloriole surrounding her head. Both figures are standing in the middle of a piece of lawn, which is surrounded on both sides by a wire-wove fence, behind which a hedge grows upwards. Beyond that we see the trunks and branches of four large trees. Within the fence, in the foreground of the picture, there is a stream and, on the lawn next to the muse, a base column with a sundial on it. In the woodcut on the right-hand side a man who is apparently Chaucer knees down in a scriptorium praying to a figure of Maria with baby in front of him. The figure is surrounded by lilies as a symbol of virginity. On the lectern behind the man we see the initial lines of a written text and, on a lower lectern next to that, an open book. In the background there is an alcove with a half-opened curtain. On the left there is a wash basin with a water bowl set into the wall. Just as devoid of decoration and as old-fashioned as the room is the man’s robe. He wears a long mantle and a type of headscarf. The text on both sides is printed in a medieval-looking type, the Chaucer font. The titles are emphasised in red print. On the right-hand side, the beginning of the text has also been highlighted with a large initial A richly decorated with tendrils.