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Europe, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale MS Fonds Anglais 39
MS Appellation:Paris Anglais, Ps (Manly and Rickert)
Title:Canterbury Tales
Contents:Canterbury Tales
Date Range:Before 1440
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

Dialect:No LP; County : Lincs
Material:Paper and parchment
No of Folios:2 vellum leaves + iii(1 paper flyleaf and 2 vellum leaves + 84 (last leaf blank, original paper)
Pagination:Folio numbers entered probably in the eighteenth century.
Quiring:1-2(12), 3(14), 4-5(12), 6(10), 7(12)
Signatures:The original signatures remain from the second quire onwards.
Catchwords:Catchword at the end of every quire except for f72v at the end of quire 6.
Frame:4 x vertical in dry point
Writing Space:2 columns
Incipits and Explicits:In the display script of the scribe.
Marginal Headings:There are glosses in the Man of Law's Tale. They are not marginal but contained within the text frame but in the display script of Duxworth.
Running Titles:No running titles.
Table of Contents:On the verso of the first flyleaf is a list of tales written by the owner Jean d'Angouleme in French, from 'Prologus' to [TH]e manciple'.
Flourished Initials:Mainly blue initials with a few in red ink; no flourishing. The opening initial of the General Prologue has a shield with the arms of Angouleme within. The shield is in the ink of the text with some red flourishing.
Miscellaneous Info:Corrected by the scribe Duxworth himself and also by the owner Jean d'Angouleme.
Further Information:Manly and Rickert I: 399-405. Seymour II: 213-216.
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