The Canterbury tales.

Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 [Browse]
Uniform title
  • English
  • English, Middle (1100-1500)
  • Latin
[London, England] ; [between 1400 and 1500]
1 volume (folios v, 215, iii) : parchment, paper ; 292 x 202 mm


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Library of Congress genre
Poetry [Browse]
Getty AAT genre
ManuscriptsEngland15th century [Browse]
  • 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.
Binding note
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.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert H. Taylor.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 317-321.
Cite as
Princeton MS. 100, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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