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Detailed record for Sloane 1686

Author Geoffrey Chaucer
Title Canterbury Tales
Origin England
Date c. 1480-1490
Language English
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large and small initials in blue with red (foliate) pen-flourishing.
Dimensions in mm 275 x 180 (160 x 105)
Official foliation ff. 295 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Blind-tooled green leather; gilt edges; rebacked.
Provenance 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.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 1599-1777 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, no date), no. 1686 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].

Charles A. Owen, The Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer Studies, 17 (Cambridge: Brewer, 1991), 11, 34, 43, 52, 82f., 110 no. 3, 121, 122).


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