A Digital Catalogue of the
Pre-1500 Manuscripts and Incunables of the
Canterbury Tales
Second Edition
I would like to express my gratitude to the following owners, booksellers, archives, and archivists for permission to examine their collections and for the invaluable assistance they generously provided:
Alnwick Castle: Colin Shrimpton, Archivist to the Duke of Northumberland; Lisa Little, Collections and Archives
Auckland City Library: Donald Kerr, Rare Books Librarian
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: Dr. Pointner
Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, Yale University: Robert Babcock, Ralph W. Franklin, Patricia Middleton, Ellen R. Cordes
Biblioteca Bodmeriana, Coligney-Genève: Dr. Hans E. Braun, Former Director; Prof. Dr. Martin Bircher, Director
Biblioteca Nazionale, Royal Palace, Naples
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Blackburn Museum & Art Galleries: Michael Millward, Curator; Christine Fitzgerald; Adrian Lewis, Head of Arts & Heritage Services
Bodleian Library: Dr. B. C. Barker-Benfield, Senior Assistant Librarian
British Library: Martin Davis (Incunables), Julian Conway (Superintendent, Department of Manuscripts), Janet Backhouse (Keeper, Department of Manuscripts), M. A. F. Borrie (Manuscripts Librarian), Andrew Prescott (Curator, Dept. of Manuscripts)
Cambridge University Library: Godfrey Waller, Jayne S. Ringrose, A. E. B. Owen
Chatsworth, Derbyshire: Diane P. Naylor
Chetham’s Library, Manchester: Jane Muskett, Archivist
Christ Church, Oxford
Columbia University Library: Rudolph Ellenbogen, Kenneth Lohf, Consuelo Dutschke
Corpus Christi College, Oxford: Chris Butler, Assistant Archivist
Firestone Library, Princeton University: Jean Preston, Don C. Skemer, Margaret M. Sherry, Mark R. Farrell
Fitzwilliam Museum: Margaret Clarke
Folger Shakespeare Library: Elizabeth A. Walsh, Lydia Reed, Laetitia Yeandle, Rachel Doggett, Heather Wolfe
Free Library of Philadelphia: Karen Lightner
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin: Cathy Henderson, Kenneth Craven, John Chalmers, Karen Gould, Decherd Turner, John Kirkpatrick, Richard W. Oram, Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian
Henry E. Huntington Library: Mary L. Roberston, Aldo R. Perdomo
Holkham Hall: D. P. Mortlock, Dr, Suzanne Reynolds, Curator of Manuscripts
Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow: David Weston, Pamela Parker
The Lilly Library, Indiana University: David C. Greenebaum, Public Services Associate; Giuseppe Baglivi
John Rylands University Library, Manchester: Glenise Matheson; Dr. Peter McNiven, Head of Special Collections; D. W. Riley, Keeper of Printed Books, Dorothy Clayton
Joseph Regenstein Library, University of Chicago: Paula Y. Lee, Margaret A. Fusco, Daniel Meyer
Lambeth Palace Library: E. G. W. Bill, Librarian, Mrs. Clare Brown, Assistant Archivist
Library of Congress: Peter M. VanWingen, Specialist for the Book Arts
Lichfield Cathedral Library: Mrs. P. Bancroft
Lincoln Cathedral & Nottingham University Library: Dorothy B. Johnston, Caroline Kelly, Tania Styles, Dr Nicholas Bennett, Vice-Chancellor and Librarian, Lincoln Cathedral
Longleat House: Dr. Kate Harris, Librarian and Archivist to the Marquess of Bath
Magdalen College, Oxford: Christine Ferdinand
Merton College, Oxford: Fiona Wilkes
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh: Sheila Mackenzie, Senior Curator, Manuscripts Division
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth: Daniel Huws, R. W. McDonald; Gwyn Jenkins, Keeper, Department of Manuscripts; Emyr Edwards, Superintendent, Department of Manuscripts; Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan, Assistant Archivist, Dept of Manuscripts
New College, Oxford: Kate Hunter
Paul Mellon Collection: Beverly Carter, Administrative Assistant
Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge: Mrs. A. Fitzsimons, Phillipa Grimstone
Petworth House: Norman Thomas, J. F. Fuggles, and Ms Nicky Ingram, Collection Manager
Pierpont Morgan Library: Charles E. Pierce, Jr., William M. Voelkle, Anna Lou Ashby, Katherine Reagan, Inge Dupont
Rosenbach Museum & Library: Eileen Cahill, Leslie Morris, Karen Schoenewaldt
Royal College of Physicians, London: Geoffrey Davenport, Pamela Forde
St. John’s College, OxfordAngela Williams
Stonyhurst College: The Reverend F. J.Turner, Fr. M. Bossy, and David Knight
Toshiyuki Takamiya, Tokyo
Trinity College Library, Cambridge: David J. McKitterick, Joanna Ball
Trinity College, Oxford: Alison Felstead
University College, Oxford: Prof. Helen Cooper, David Sturdy, Archivist
University of Illinois Library: N. Romero, Head, Rare Book and Special Collections Library
Yale Center for British Art: Elizabeth Fairman, Rare Book Librarian
In addition to those cited above, I am immensely grateful to the following people and institutions for their assistance with the reconstruction of the Ashburnham fragment distributed by the Caxton Club in their 1905 leaf-book edition of E. Gordon Duff’s William Caxton (their names appear with apologies to anyone I have failed to acknowledge): Amherst College Library, John Lancaster, Curator of Special Collections. Auckland City Library, Donald Kerr, Rare Books Librarian. Boston Public Library, R. Eugene Zepp, Reference Librarian, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts. Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. La Casa del Libro, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Araceli Ortiz-Azancot. The Caxton Caxton Leaf Book 47 Club of Chicago, Frank J. Piehl, Archivist; Michael Thompson, President. Christie’s, Jennifer Murray; Christie’s, New York, Kate Werble, Auction Administrator. Detroit Public Library, Jane Whitson, Manager, Rare Books Collection; Dawn Eurich, Archivist, Burton Historical Collection. Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., Rachel Doggett, Lydia Reed, Elizabeth A. Walsh, Heather Wolfe, Laetitia Yeandle. Grand Rapids Public Library, Jennifer Morrison, History and Special Collections. Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, Pamela Parker, David Weston. Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., Aldo R. Perdomo, Mary L. Robertson. Illinois State University, Normal, Bruce Stoffel, Milner Library. Indiana University, Bloomington, Giuseppe Baglivi, David C. Greenebaum, Lilly Library. Keio University, Tokyo, Takami Matsuda, Satoko Tokunaga. H. P. Kraus, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Joshua Lipton. Lehigh University, Ilhan Citak, Special Collections Assistant. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Peter M. VanWingen, Specialist for the Book Arts. Merton College, see Oxford University. Newberry Library, Chicago, Paul H. Gehl, Alan Leopold. New York Public Library, Stephen Crook, Librarian (Berg Collection); Daniel Tierney, Rare Books Librarian. Northern Illinois University Libraries, DeKalb, Kay Shelton, Rare Books and Special Collections. Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., R. Russell Maylone, Curator, Special Collections, and Sigrid Perry, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections. Oxford University, Fiona Wilkes, Merton College. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Christine R. Bailey, Pattee Library. Pequot Library, Southport, Conn., Danielle Carriera. Philadelphia Free Library. Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Anna Lou Ashby, Inge Dupont, Charles E. Pierce, Jr., Katherine Reagan, William M. Voelkle. Princeton University, Mark R. Farrell, Margaret M. Sherry, Don C. Skemer, Firestone Library. Paul Robertson, California. Rochester Institute of Technology, David Pankow, Curator, Cary Graphic Arts Collection. San Diego Public Library, Richard Crawford, Special Collections. San Francisco Public Library, Asa Peavy, Program Manager, Marjorie G. & Carl W. Stern Book Center. St. Vincent College Library, Latrobe, Penn., Rev. Fr. Chrysotom B. Schlimm, O.S.B. Dorothy Sloan Books, Austin, Tex., Peter Oliver. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Shelley Cox, Rare Book Librarian, Special Collections Research Center. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Eric White, Curator of Special Collections, Bridwell Library. Spokane Public Library, Nancy Campau. Stanford University, Polly Armstrong, Public Services Manager. Swann Auction Galleries, New York, Marco Tomaschett, Consignments Administrator, Books and Manuscripts. Toshiyuki Takamiya, Tokyo. Toledo Museum of Art, Julie Melby, Associate Curator of Graphic Arts. Tulane University Libraries, New Orleans, Wilbur E. Meneray. University of California-Berkeley, Anthony Bliss, Bancroft Library. University of Colorado- Boulder, Kris McCusker, Special Collections. University of Delaware Library, Timothy D. Murray, Head, Special Collections. University of Glasgow; see Hunterian Museum. University of Illinois at Chicago, Gretchen Lagana, Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Jane Addams Memorial Collection, Richard J. Daley Library. University of Iowa Libraries, Amy Cooper, Special Collections, Librarian. University of Manchester, Eng., Glenise Matheson; Dr. Peter McNiven, Head of Special Collections; D. W. Riley, Keeper of Printed Books, John Rylands University Library. University of Michigan, Kathryn L. Beam, Curator, Humanities Collection, Special Collections Library. University of Missouri-Columbia, Troy Gordon, Special Collections, Ellis Library. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Elizabeth Chenault, Nancy Frazier, and staff, Rare Books Room, Wilson Library. University of North Carolina-Greensboro, William K. Finley, Special Collections Librarian. University of Texas at Austin, Cathy Henderson, Richard W. Oram, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. University of Ulster Library, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, J. F. E. McLaughlin, University Archivist and Rare Books Curator. Uppsala Universitetsbibliotek, Harriet Wallman. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Geraldine White, National Art Library. Washington University Libraries, St. Louis, Erin Davis. Wellesley College, Marilyn Hatch, Ruth Rogers, Jill Triplett, Book Arts Collection. Williams College, Wayne G. Hammond, Assistant Librarian, Chapin Library. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., Elizabeth Fairman, Rare Book Librarian. Yale University, New Haven, Conn., Robert Babcock, Ellen R. Cordes, Ralph W. Franklin, Stephen C. Jones, Patricia Middleton, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Thomas Riedlinger, Boulder, CO.
For their help in various ways I thank Mark Allen, Norman Blake, Barbara Bordalejo, Orietta Da Rold, A. I. Doyle, A. S. G. Edwards, Judy Fisher, Karen Gould, Jeremy J. Griffiths, Ralph Hanna III, Simon Horobin, George Keiser, Paul Needham, Charles A. Owen, Jr., Helen Phillips, Daniel J. Ransom, Ernestine Ruggiers, Pamela R. Robinson, Peter Robinson, Jeremy J. Smith, Thorlac Turville-Petre, Linda Ehrsam Voigts, and David Wallace. I am grateful to Piero Boitani and Stefano Manferlotti for their help in my work at the Royal Library in Naples. I would also like to thank the following for support provided to the project over the years: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Bibliographical Society of London, and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University: the Newman Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and its former Dean, Jerome Niles, the former College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of English, and the Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities.
I am grateful to Linne R. Mooney, the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York, and the Leverhulme Trust for their support in the fall of 2007 and 2008, during which time some of the final work for this project was carried out. This project would not have achieved anything like its final form, indeed may not have reached completion, without the continued support of Peter Robinson and the Canterbury Tales Project. The current version of the Catalogue owes a further debt to David Hill Radcliffe and the Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities (CATH).
Finally, I acknowledge a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid to my wife, Sara Thorne-Thomsen, for her patience and understanding during my long and frequent disappearances to rare book rooms around the world.