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The Canterbury tales.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400
English, Middle (1100-1500)
[London, England] ; [between 1400 and 1500]
1 volume (folios v, 215, iii) : parchment, paper ; 292 x 202 mm
Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages
Middle English, 1100-1500
Manuscripts, English (Middle)
Witten, Laurence C
Princeton University. Library. Manuscript. Princeton MS. 100
Script: Anglicana, with some Secretary features; presumably written by the so-called Beryn Scribe.
Decoration: Rubrication for incipits and explicits. Rubricated running titles are preceded by blue paraphs; 3-line blue initials; beginnings of tales have 3-line blue initials with red penwork; running titles.
England, 15th century. Sewn on five alum-tawed double thongs laced into cushioned quarter-sawn oak boards (10 mm thick) through five channels.
Princeton MS. 100 is one of approximately 84 extant manuscripts of The Canterbury tales. The manuscript was in the library of the Tollemache family of Helmingham Hall, Suffolk, from the 16th century, if not earlier. The Princeton University Library purchased the manuscript from the antiquarian bookseller Laurence C. Witten (1926-1995), of New Haven, Connecticut, in February 1963, chiefly with funds provided by Robert H. Taylor (1908-1985), Class of 1930, and Christian A. Zabriskie (d. 1970), New York City, with additional support from Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., Kenneth H. Rockey, Class of 1916, and Ernest C. Savage, all of whom were members of the Friends of the Princeton University Library.
Gift of Robert H. Taylor.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 317-321.
Princeton MS. 100, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Also available in an electronic version.