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Bod-Inc: C-172

Chaucer, Geoffrey

The Canterbury Tales [English].



Imprint: [Westminster: William Caxton, c.1476-7]. Folio.


Collation: [a–z A–I8 K10 L–Q8 R6 S–Z8 aa6].


ISTC: ic00431000

GW: GW 6585;

Hain: HC 4921;

Goff: Goff C‑431;


Proctor: Pr 9626;

Others: Blake 19-20 B9; BSB‑Ink C‑258; de Ricci, Caxton, 22; Duff 87; Painter, Caxton, 212; Rhodes 537; Sheppard 7369; STC 5082; [Felix de Marez Oyens and Margaret Ford], English Incunabula from the Wentworth Library (Christie's: London, 8 July 1998), lot 2.

LCN: 14835870


Copy number: C-172(1)

Fragments. For this copy see Caxton, Exhibition, Bodley, no. 10.

Leaves [A7 –B6] only, containing the Seconde Nonnes Tale, lines 128-553, and the Canon's Yeoman's Prologue, lines 1-36. Leaves [A7-8] and [B1-2] mutilated.

Binding: Nineteenth-century half morocco.

Size: 215 × 160 × 6 mm.

Size of leaf: 200–208 × 117–143 mm.

Provenance: Richard Farmer (1735-1797); manuscript note; not found in his sale catalogue, 1798. Francis Douce (1757-1834); armorial book-plate. Bequeathed in 1834.

SHELFMARK: Douce Fragm. e.3.

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