CHAUCER: CANTERBURY TALES

MS 2324
MS Short Title CHAUCER: CANTERBURY TALES
Text GEOFFREY CHAUCER: CANTERBURY TALES: MAN OF LAW'S TALE, AND SQUIRE'S TALE
Description MS in Middle English on paper, England, 1532-1541, 2 ff., 29x20 cm, 2 columns, (22x16 cm), 47-49 lines in Tudor secretary script.
Binding Barking, Essex, 1997, green quarter morocco, sewn on 5 cords, by Aquarius. Context: The only other known Chaucer MSS in private hands are in Takamiya's collection, Japan, and 2 ff. in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire.
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Provenance 1. Private collection, U.S.A. (1996); 2. Jeremy Griffiths, Oxford.
Commentary Copied partly from the 1532 Thynne Edition. The variations from the printed edition attest to an active textual tradition of Chaucer's Canterbury tales into the 16th c., in which the printed editions are simply fixed points in the development of the text. A dozen of the ca. 20 readings in which the present MS differs from Thynne, are themselves unique readings not found in any other surviving MS, thus preserving readings from lost MSS.
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Place of origin England
Dates 1532 - 1541 AD

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