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'The Talis of Caunturbury' by Chaucer, Written about the middle of the 15th century

MS. Arch. Selden B. 14

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'The Talis of Caunturbury' by Chaucer: in the order given in Hearne's Collections (Oxf. Hist. Soc.) ii. 194-196, and E. P. Hammond's Chaucer, a bibliographical manual, 1908, p. 187: a leaf is wanting at the end containing part of Chaucer's epilogue after the words 'booke of Seint Valentyn'.

Fols 1-3 are part (Jan.-Feb., Sept.-Dec.) of a fifteenth cent. liturgical (Sarum) Calendar: at Sept. 10 is added the obit of William Heed, 1510. Fols, i, 312 are parts of four leaves from a 14th cent. Latin choir-book for three voices.


  • Written about the middle of the 15th century


311 Leaves


MS. Arch. Selden B. 14


Old Selden mark = B. 30

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 3360

Custodial History

'Pertinet Thomaum [?] Heed ciuis Londoniarum', see above. 'Edmounde Clarke ', 'This is the booke of Mr. Clarke, one of the quens maiestys footmene', 16th cent. There is much other scribbling.

Manuscript 3374 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated borders, capitals, etc.; binding, stamped brown leather, much worm-eaten, on new boards and re-backed, English 15th cent. work (London ?)


13 5/8 × 8 7/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom