The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: R.3.3
  • Manuscript Title: Chaucer
  • Alternative Title:   Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
  • James Number: 582  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xv (after 1450).
  • Physical Description: Double columns of 42 lines. In a good, rather current hand. A pretty border of feathered work, with leaves in blue, pink and green (shaded), and burnished gold, on f.1.
  • Provenance: 
  • Donor: Given by John Fortho, fellow of Trinity, in 1633?
  • Size (cms): 35.5 x 25.5
  • Support: Vellum
  • Language: Middle English
  • Century: 15th century
  • Folio: 130 ff.
  • Collation:  a8-h8 (wants 7)-n8 (wants 8)-r8 (wants 5-8).
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  • Online Since:     08/01/2014
  • Begins (without heading) with
    f.1 The Prologue
    Whan that aprille with his his (sic) shoures soote.
    At the end of the Squire's Tale (f.38) a hand of cent. xvi has written
    Explicit secunda pars . / et sequitur Pars tertia
    Appollo whirleth vp his chaire so highe,
    Till yt ye god Mercurius howse he flye.
    The reaste not to be fownde though sought in diuers places.
    The leaves lost are (1) between ff.62, 63. Friar's Tale
    The carter spak oon and thou ’t an other (1568),
    and Sompnour's Tale
    Had prechid at a chirche in his manere (1714).
    (2) between ff.102, 103 in the Monke's Tale
    On bothe his armes till he must dye (3700)
    to Who shal men giue teres to compleine (3853).
    (3) all after f.130 in the Persone's Tale
    (Tractus Luxurie) Lo my lady hou my lord hath take to me vnder. (Student's Chaucer, p.708.)
    Professor Skeat in his edition of Chaucer's Works (IV. p. xiii) shortly describes this MS. as of the D-type, wanting Gamelyn, and having some Tales misplaced.


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