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USA, New York, NY, Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library MS Plimpton 253
MS Appellation:Pl
Title:Canterbury Tales
Contents:Canterbury Tales fragment
Date Range:1425-1440
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

No of Folios:1 x bifolium = 1 and 8
Catchwords:A catchword 'his tables tolletanes' at the bottom of f8v.
Page Size:320 x 215
Frame:No ruling
Writing Space:218 x 80-120 approx.
Running Titles:'The ffrankeleyn' in the ink of the text on recto of the first folio.
Flourished Initials:4 and 5-line blue initials with red flourishing. Red and blue ink bars form a frame from top to bottom on the left of the text. The bars are flourished with the opposite colour ink. Initial letters are set apart from the remainder of the line as in Merthyr.
Further Information:Manly and Rickert I: 447-449. Seymour II: 253-254.
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York YO1 7EP