London, British Library, MS Add. 59678

Winchester Manuscript Facsimile Edition

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The so-called Winchester Manuscript is the sole surviving manuscript copy of Thomas Malory's prose Arthurian romance, Le Morte Darthur, an elaboration and expansion of earlier romances about the legendary King Arthur and the knights of his round table. Now missing some leaves, it was made in southern England around 1471-1483. It thus predates the first printed edition (of July 1485) by William Caxton. Caxton may have consulted the manuscript in preparing his edition. Although the manuscript's text differs significantly from Caxton's version, print offset, possibly from Caxton's workshop, is visible on several of the manuscript's pages.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Winchester Manuscript": The Winchester Malory facsimile edition, published by Oxford University Press, 1976

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Manuscript book description compiled by Antonio Lenzo.
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The Winchester Malory

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1976

  • Commentary (English) by Ker Ripley, Neil
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Winchester Manuscript: 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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