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Manuscript Description
Oxford, Trinity College MS Arch. 49
MS Appellation:To (Manly and Rickert)
Title:Canterbury Tales
Contents:Canterbury Tales
Date Range:1461-1483
Scribal Hands:
Examples of the hand. Click on the link above for full details and images of individual letter forms.

No of Folios:295
Pagination:Modern foliation.
Quiring:8's and 10's
Signatures:None visible
Catchwords:Catchwords can be seen in quires 3-5, 19, and 24-30.
Page Size:260 x 210
Frame:Dry-point margin only.
Writing Space:200 x 105
Incipits and Explicits:Underlined in red.
Marginal Headings:Marginal headings in the Monk's Tale denoting some of the people who are the subject of the stanzas. In the ink of the text and the hand of the scribe, preceded by a red paraph and underlined in red.
Running Titles:The name of the pilgrim narrator on recto and verso in both black and red ink. Frequently underlined or framed in red ink.
Paragraph Marks:Red in General Prologue and Monk's Tale.
Flourished Initials:Some attempt to provide mainly blue capitals in a few places, for example in the Clerk's and Merchant's Tales. No flourishing. One red capital to begin the Knight's Tale.
Other Names (not owners):On f1r and 295v the name 'Edmunde Boydell'. On 1r John Boydell and William Standeley. Also on f1r 'Edmund Bynnyt'. On f113 'Ryc Leche' in lower margin.
Miscellaneous Info:Scribe owner apparently a John Leche.
Further Information:Manly and Rickert Vol.1, 535-544; Seymour Vol.II, 209-212
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