A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts: The Canterbury Tales

A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts: The Canterbury Tales

by M.C. Seymour
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859280579

ISBN-13: 9781859280577

Pub. Date: 10/01/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This second volume, which completes the first comprehensive catalogue of Chaucer's manuscripts, describes the 56 extant copies and the fragments of 8 otherwise lost copies of the Canterbury Tales. These manuscripts, last examined together over 50 years ago, are here described after a fresh appraisal and in the light of modern scholarship, and some revisions of date,

Overview

This second volume, which completes the first comprehensive catalogue of Chaucer's manuscripts, describes the 56 extant copies and the fragments of 8 otherwise lost copies of the Canterbury Tales. These manuscripts, last examined together over 50 years ago, are here described after a fresh appraisal and in the light of modern scholarship, and some revisions of date, decoration, dialect, location, provenance, and script are suggested. The Introduction defines some of the major textual problems posed by the manuscripts and presents some thoughts thereon, while suggesting solutions to some incidental cruces. The Indices and Appendices record the citation of lost and unidentified copies of the Canterbury Tales, the names of former owners and associates, and addenda et corrigenda for Volume I. The Catalogue is designed as a reference work for those teachers and students who wish to know what and where the extant material is without the labour of its collection and for those able in the various specialities of manuscript bibliography to advance present knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859280577
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; The Canterbury Tales: The classification of the manuscripts; The order of the tales; The earliest manuscripts; Claims of authorial revision; The interpolations; Summary; THE MANUSCRIPTS; THE SMALLER FRAGMENTS; OTHER Recorded Manuscripts; Index of Former Owners and Inscribed Names; Volume I: Addenda and Corrigenda.

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