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NOW NEWLY EDITED FROM THE MS. IN THE BRIDGEWATER LIBRARY,
THE CHAUCER EDITOR, AND FRANCIS THYNNE, HIS SON,
“ The Pilgrim's Tale,"
F. J. FURNIVALL, M.A.,
AND A PREFACE BY
G. H. KINGSLEY, M.D., F.L.S.
PUBLISHED FOR THE CHAUCER SOCIETY
BY V. TRÜBNER & CO., 57 & 59, LUDGATE HILL.
The Chaucer Society.
Elitor in Chief :-F.J.FURNIVALL, Esq., 3, St George's Square, Primrose Hill, N.W.
Hon. Sec. :-A. G. SNELGROVE, Esq., London Hospital, London, E.
To do honour to CHAUCER, and to let the lovers and students of him see how far the best unprinted Manuscripts of his works differ from the printed texts, this Society is founded. There are many questions of metre, pronunciation, orthography, and etymology yet to be settled, for which more prints of Manuscripts are wanted, and it is hardly too much to say that every line of Chaucer contains points that need reconsideration. The founder's proposal is to begin with The Canterbury Tales, and give of them (in parallel columns in Royal 4to) six of the best unprinted Manuscripts known. Inasmuch also as the parallel arrangement will necessitate the alteration of the places of certain tales in some of the MSS, a print of each MS will be issued separately, and will follow the order of its original. The first six MSS to be printed are the Ellesmere (by leave of the Earl of Ellesmere); the Hengwrt (by leave of W. W. E. Wynne, Esq.); the Cambridge Univ. Libr., MS Gg. 4. 27; the Corpus, Oxford ; the Petworth (by leave of Lord Leconfield); and the Lansdowne 851 (Brit. Mus.).
Of Chaucer's Minor Poems,—the MSS of which are generally later than the best MSS of the Canterbury Tales,-all, or nearly all, the MSS will be printed, so as to secure all the existing evidence for the true text.
To secure the fidelity and uniform treatment of the texts, Mr F. J. Fumivall will read all with their MSS.
The Society's publications are issued in two Series, of which the first contains the different texts of Chaucer's works; and the Second, such originals of, and essays on these as can be procured, with other illustrative treatises, and Supplementary Tales. The Society's issue for 1868, in the First Series, is, I. The Prologue and Knight's Tale, of the Canterbury Tales, in 6 parallel
Texts (from the 6 MSS named below), together with Tables, showing the
Substitutes for them. (The Six-Text, Part I.)
Cambridge Gg. 4. 27 V.
Lansdowne 851 (separate issues of the Texts forming Part I of the Six-Text edition.)
The issue for 1869, in the First Series, is,
Cambridge Appendix of XI.
“ Gamelyn XII.
from six MSS. XIII.
The issue for 1870, in the First Series, is,
Tale of Gamelyn, in 6 parallel Texts. (Six-Text, Part 11.)
Tale of Sir Thopas, in 6 parallel Texts from the MSS above named, and 10
coloured drawings of Tellers of Tales, after the originals in the Ellesmere MS. XVI. The Man of Law's Tale, from the Ellesmere MS. XVII.
Cambridge MS. XVIII.
Corpus MS. XIX. The Shipman's, Prioress's, and Man of Law's Tales, from the Petworth MS.
XX. The Man of Law's Tale, from the Lansdowne MS. (each with woodcuts of fourteen drawings of Tellers of Tales in the Ellesmere MS.),