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Detailed record for Egerton 2863

Author Chaucer
Title Canterbury Tales, imperfectly
Origin England
Date 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large initials in gold on red and blue grounds with foliate extensions into the margins. Small initials in gold with blue or purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Added marginal drawings of animals, ornaments, etc. (ff. 64, 67, 153, 174, 190).
Dimensions in mm 340 x 220 (215 x 115)
Official foliation ff. 214 (+ f. 159*; + 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled brown leather.
Provenance Inscription, 15th/16th century: 'Thom Shatt' (f. 130).
Thomazine Stourton, wife of William (d. 1523), 5th Baron Stourton: inscription 'Tomysin, Lady Stourton' (ff. 54, 78, 116).
Inscription, 16th century: 'George Roceter' (f. 140).
Members of the Worth family: entries of the births of 'Morryse Worthe ... 1564', 'Frauncis ... 1565', 'Henry 1567', and 'John ... 1574' (f. 84); and again 'John Worth (f. 106), and also 'Humfrye Worthe' (f. 38v).
? The priory of Southwick in Hamphire: note in an 18th-century hand: 'This book formerly belonged to the Priory of Southwick in Hampshire & was given by Richard Norton Esquire to his brother John Chichely Esquire ...' (3rd flyleaf verso).
Laurence W. Hodson, Compton Hall, Wolverhampton: his book-label 'From the Library of Laurence W. Hodson, Compton Hall, near Wolverhampton' (inside upper cover [f. i]; his sale, Sotheby's, 3 December 1906, lot 115.
Bought by the British Museum, using the Bridgewater fund (12,000 bequeathed in 1829 by Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829) (note on 2nd flyleaf).
Select bibliography The British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the years 1906-1910 (London: British Museum, 1912), no. Eg. 2863.

A Guide to the Exhibition of Some Part of the Egerton Collection of Manuscripts in the British Museum (London: British Museum, 1929), no. 98.

Medieval Libraries of Great Britain: A List of Surviving Books, ed. by N. R. Ker, 2nd edn, Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks, 3 (London: Royal Historical Society, 1964), p. 168 [rejected].

Charles A. Owen, The Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer Studies, 17 (Cambridge: Brewer, 1991).


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f. 24v
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f. 153
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f. 199v
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f. 200
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