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Chaucer, Geoffrey, 1340?-1400.
The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg. 4.27. Norman, Oklahoma: Pilgrim Books, 1979. 3 volumes.
Call Number: (RARE) PR 1850 1979
Special Collections, Golda Meir Library

The manuscript from which this facsimile is taken is the only surviving example of a fifteenth-century attempt to collect Chaucer's major poetical works in one volume. The exact date for the manuscript is unknown, although it is believed to have been written between 1412-1425. The work was originally illustrated and decorated on a grand scale. There are traces of at least one full-page illustration and the surviving pictures indicate a unique program of illustration in Chaucer manuscripts.

The manuscript was mutilated sometime during the sixteenth century, and pictures and borders with accompanying text were removed.


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