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Detailed record for Egerton 2726

Author Geoffrey Chaucer
Title Canterbury Tales
Origin England
Date c. 1430 - c. 1450
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large initial in blue with red foliate pen-flourishing (f. 1). Small initials in blue with red pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 300 x 195 (225 x 135)
Official foliation ff. 271 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 7 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled red leather, 18th century, for Haistwell(?); rebacked; gilt edges.
Provenance Edward Haistwell of the Middle Temple, by 1718: his armorial book-plate with date (1st flyleaf verso).
Cutting from an unidentified sale catalogue, lot 863 (pasted to 3rd flyleaf).
Frederic Perkins, Chipstead Place, Kent: his armorial book-plate, inscribed 'L/I' and 'Fol. 9' (inside upper cover); his sale, 10-17 July 1889, lot 429.
Bought by the British Museum from B. Quaritch, 9 November 1889 (note on 1st flyleaf verso), using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829).
Notes ff. 56-63v, and 271 are 19th-century replacements.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1888-1893 (London: British Museum, 1894), no. Eg. 2726.

Charles A. Owen, The Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer Studies, 17 (Cambridge: Brewer, 1991), pp. 15-22 [as En1].


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