30 x 20 mm. A bifolium measures 39.5 x 30 mm.
The first leaf is a singleton; the second two are a bifolium (sewing stations suggest
four cords); the third, a badly-stained singleton (MLT); the fourth, a bifolium, folded
backwards, with a catchword on the verso of the first half; the fifth, a bifolium; the
sixth, a singleton, with a catchword: “in his delite”; the seventh, a
badly-stained singleton; the eighth, another singleton:
8 (–3.6, 4)
8 (–1.8, 2.7, 4.5)
Written space is 21.2 x 13.1 mm. Ruled in red ink, double ruled at top and bottom.
Identified by Mosser and Mooney
as the Beryn
. Primarily an anglicana
with some secretary features. Double-compartment a
, circular e
, long r
with z-shaped r
following round letter forms. The g
graph is tailed, with an
angular lobe. Body height approximately 2-3 mm. The display script is a flourished, hybrid anglicana, rubricated. Body height 2-3 mm. Brown ink.
Tale openings are decorated with ¾ borders, consisting of a gold bar “shadowed”
in blue with white highlights on the upper half, and a brownish-red with brown highlights on
the lower half. Green trefoils with gold balls, sprays, and blooms of varying shapes. 6-line
initials marking tale openings are blue and green, with white highlights, on a gold field.
fragment has yellow tinted, brown ink
miniatures of the Cook (see also Anderson
, p. 4 for a facsimile)
and the Man of Law (see also Anderson
, frontispiece for a color
facsimile). The portraits occur within the text frame, and are themselves framed by rectangular
bar borders of gold, which are in turn bordered on the inner side by russet (see Scott 1996
, 2:141, 145, 267; Manly-Rickert
Housed in a red leather slipcase and black linen-covered folder. Leaves are loose, wrapped in an
outer sleeve of mylar protected individually by glassine.
Anderson, David, ed. Sixty Bokes Olde and Newe. Knoxville: New
Chaucer Society, n.d. 3-5. [color facsimile of the Man of Law’s portrait and black and white
facsimile of the Cook’s portrait]
Manly, John M., and Edith Rickert, eds. The Text of the Canterbury Tales:
Studied on the Basis of All Known Manuscripts. 8 vols. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1940. 1:369-98; 590-3.
McCormick, Sir William and Janet E. Heseltine. The Manuscripts of
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: A Critical Description of Their Contents. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933. 550-1.
Mosser, Daniel W. and Linne R. Mooney. “More Manuscripts by the Beryn Scribe and His Cohort.” Chaucer
Review 49 (2014): 39-76.
Owen, Charles A., Jr. The Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales.
Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1991. 58
Scott, Kathleen L. Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490. 2 vols. Volume
Six of A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles. Ed. J. J. G. Alexander.
London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 1996. 2:141, 145, 267.
Seymour, Michael C. A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts. Volume II, The
Canterbury Tales. Aldershot and Brookfield: Scolar Press, 1997. 251-3.
Vine, Guthrie. “The Miller’s Tale.” John Rylands Library
Bulletin. 17 (1933): 333-47. [facsimiles of all four folios of Rylands MS 63]