of the BL copies (PDF
format) contains detailed bibliographical descriptions of the
two copies of the Canterbury Tales which we have digitised.
There you can also find the account of what is known about the history
of the two volumes before they came to us. The descriptions have
been written by Dr Lotte Hellinga, formerly Deputy Keeper of Printed
Books in the British Library, and are drafts for her volume describing
all the British Library’s books printed in England during
the 15th century.
There is a section on John Harris, a craftsman whose remarkable
skills in the wrong hands could have been used for forgery. Around
1850 he ‘re-created’ a few of the original pages which
were missing from the Library’s copy of the first edition.
This section has been written by Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya from
Keio University, Tokyo.
A section describes the process of digitisation
and finally there is an introduction to some of the uses of the
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