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Detailed record for Sloane 1685

Author Geoffrey Chaucer
Title Canterbury Tales (begins and ends imperfectly)
Origin England
Date c. 1410-1420
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 1 large initial in gold on a red and blue ground, with foliate extensions into the margins (f. 4). Initials in gold on red and blue grounds, with foliate extensions into the margins. Initials in blue with red foliate pen-flourishing. Two quires also with small initials in red with brown pen-flourishing (ff. 199-214). 1 initial cut out (f. 183).
Dimensions in mm 305 x 205 (200 x 125)
Official foliation ff. 223 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Blind-tooled brown leather; gilt edges.
Provenance Inscribed, 16th-century: 'GH' (f. 4).
Inscribed, 16th-century: 'Thomas Wentworth' (f. 222v).
Inscriptions in English, 16th-century (ff. 173, 196v, 223).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes Modern parchment leaves inserted after ff. 13, 14, 62 (x2), 80, 119, 124, 137.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 1599-1777 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 1685 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

A. I. Doyle and M. B. Parkes, 'The Production of Copies of the Canterbury Tales and the Confessio Amantis in the Early Fifteenth Century', in Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts & Libraries: Essays Presented to N. R. Ker, ed. by M. B. Parkes and Andrew G. Watson (London: Scolar Press, 1978), pp. 163-210 (p. 193).

Charles A. Owen, The Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer Studies, 17 (Cambridge: Brewer, 1991), 31 n. 11, 33 n. 1, 38f., 40, 41, 42, 44, fig. 72.

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