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Miscellany of Middle English Poetry Facsimile Edition

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The Miscellany of Middle English Poetry in the Bodleian Library comprises five contemporaneous booklets, likely assembled in the 1440s in Southern England. It compiles works by Geoffrey Chaucer, including the Legend of Good Women and the Parliament of Fowls, as well as works by John Lydgate and Thomas Hoccleve. With its impressive full-page frontispiece to Chaucer’s Complaint of Mars and Venus attributed to the Abingdon Missal Master, the manuscript is a striking example of fifteenth-century English commercial book production. Two sketches, one of an unidentified cortesan, were added on a preliminary page in the sixteenth century.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Miscellany of Middle English Poetry": Bodleian Library, MS Fairfax 16 facsimile edition, published by Scolar Press, 1979

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Manuscript book description compiled by Antonio Lenzo.
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Bodleian Library, MS Fairfax 16

London: Scolar Press, 1979

  • Commentary (English) by Norton-Smith, John
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Miscellany of Middle English Poetry: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

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