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USA, Philadelphia, PA, Rosenbach Museum & Library MS 1084/2
MS Appellation:Ox (Manly and Rickert)
Title:Canterbury Tales (fragments)
Contents:Canterbury Tales (fragments)
Date Range:1425-1450
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

No of Folios:11 leaves at Philadelphia, 2 at Manchester
Quiring:Probably originally 8's. Now 7 singleton leaves and two bifolia.
Signatures:No signatures.
Page Size:300 x 200
Frame:Ruled in red ink.
Writing Space:210 x 130
Incipits and Explicits:Red ink explicits and incipits remain between Reeve and Cook. Incipit to Man of Law's Tale.
Marginal Headings:Some marginal glosses in tales of Man of Law and Parson in the ink of the text.
Borders:Three-quarter bar borders to mark beginning of tales.
Illuminated Initials:6-line decorated initials to begin each tale along with brownish ink drawings of Cook and Man of Law which precede the tales.
Other Names (not owners):According to Manly and Rickert, the eleven leaves which make up this fragment were originally in the possession of a grandson of Alfred Harley (6th Earl of Oxford). Sold in 1896 to Quaritch, they went to a W.A. White and from him to Rosenbach in 1923.
Further Information:Manly and Rickert I: 396-398. Seymour II: 251-253.
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