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USA, Philadelphia, PA, Rosenbach Museum & Library MS 1084/1
MS Appellation:Ph3 (Manly and Rickert); olim Phillipps 8137
Title:Canterbury Tales
Contents:Canterbury Tales
Date Range:1425-1450
Scribal Hands:
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Dialect:Scribe 2 : Herefords
No of Folios:i-vii (paper flyleaves) + 199
Pagination:Pencil foliation in the bottom margin at the right edge.
Quiring:1(5 ii, vii, viii missing), 2(8), 3(7 vi mssing), 4-5(8), 6(7 viii missing), 7(i missing but conjugate misbound as i), 8(8), 9(7 viii missing), 10-24(8), 25(7 vii missing), 26(8)
Signatures:Eighteenth century signatures put in when manuscript was re(mis)bound.
Catchwords:In brown ink and often framed
Page Size:300 x 205
Frame:Ruled in both light brown and rose-coloured ink
Writing Space:210 x 110
Incipits and Explicits:In red ink.
Marginal Headings:Red ink glosses in Man of Law's Tale and Pardoner's Tale. A few in the Parson's Tale.
Running Titles:Red ink on verso and recto preceded by blue paraphs flourished with red or gold flourished with blue ink.
Illuminated Initials:5-line gold initials with champe sprays on coloured background used for beginnings of tales, 3-line initials in same colours for links. Blue, pink, orange and green.
Paragraph Marks:Blue alternating with gold for stanzas in Man of Law, Prioress, Monk. Also used for glosses. and running titles.
Other Names (not owners):Numbered 8137 in the Library of Sir Thomas Phillipps (d. 1872), it was bought from the family in 1923 by Rosenbach.
Miscellaneous Info:Hand 1 appears in London Letter Book I.
Further Information:Manly and Rickert I: 427-432 (called Phillipps 8137). Seymour II: 222-225.
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