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A Digital Catalogue of the
Pre-1500 Manuscripts and Incunables of the
Canterbury Tales
Second Edition
MANUSCRIPT:  Ox1
Location:  ManchesterJohn Rylands Library English MS 63
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MANUSCRIPT CONTENTS:
I 3158-3207; 3511-3588 of the Miller’s Prologue (DIMEV 6427) and Tale (DIMEV 6537)

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
Materials:  
Parchment.
Page Size:  
27.4 X 19.4 cm. Trimmed all around, as evidenced by the cropping of the border on fol. 1v.
Collation:
The Rylands fragment consists of a single bifolium.
Format:
Ruled and margined in red ink, single column, 48 lines. The written space is 21.5 x 13.5 cm. Rubricated incipits and explicits. Catchwords on surviving final versos.
Hand(s):
Identified by Mosser and Mooney as the Beryn Scribe. Primarily an anglicana with some secretary features. Double-compartment a, circular e, long r with z-shaped r following round letter forms. The g graph is tailed, with an angular lobe. Body height approximately 2-3 mm. The display script is a flourished, hybrid anglicana, rubricated.
Decoration:
Tale openings are decorated with ¾ borders, consisting of a gold bar “shadowed” in blue with white highlights on the upper half, and a brownish-red with brown highlights on the lower half. Green trefoils with gold balls, sprays, and blooms of varying shapes. 6-line initials marking tale openings are blue and green, with white highlights, on a gold field.
The Rylands fragment has a yellow tinted, brown ink miniature of the Miller (the Rosenbach fragments [Ox²] have miniatures by the same artist and in the same style of the Cook and the Man of Law). The portrait occurs within the text frame, and is itself framed by rectangular bar borders of gold, which are in turn bordered on the inner side by russet (see Scott 1996, 2:141, 145, 267; Manly-Rickert 1:590-593).
Binding:
Marbled pasteboard with morocco spine; “CHAUCER MS” in gilt on the spine and “JR” monogram in gilt on the front cover. On the inside cover, on a paper pastedown, is the “THE JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY | 1894” bookplate and an oval “E | BIBLIOTECA| SPENCERIANA.” bookplate. At the top: “English MSS. | 227 | 63”, and at the top right corner: “23125” (a Spenser MS number [Manly-Rickert 1:398]?). Four unmarked 4° fly leaves at the front and back. Bound by Fazakerley of Liverpool (Ker 1983, p. 401).

HISTORY:
Date:
s. XVmid
Language: 
Probably East Anglian and certainly influenced by the language of the b tradition, e.g.: ewil for EVIL; owir for OVER; Awisith for AVISETH; yewe for YOU; newir for NEVER; sawid for SAVED; þov for THOU; ouyr OVER; doith DOES; awysid AVISED (see the Beryn Scribe).
Provenance:
George Mason(?); George John, second Earl Spencer (1758-1834); to the John Rylands Library in 1892. This bifolium derives from the same MS as Ox² (Rosenbach MS 1084/2, eleven fols.).

References:
Anderson, David, ed. Sixty Bokes Olde and Newe. Knoxville: New Chaucer Society, n.d. 3-5. [color facsimile of the Man of Law’s portrait and black and white facsimile of the Cook’s portrait]
Manly, John M., and Edith Rickert, eds. The Text of the Canterbury Tales: Studied on the Basis of All Known Manuscripts. 8 vols. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1940. 1:369-98; 590-3.
McCormick, Sir William and Janet E. Heseltine. The Manuscripts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: A Critical Description of Their Contents. Oxford: Clarendon, 1933. 547.
Mosser, Daniel W. and Linne R. Mooney. “More Manuscripts by the Beryn Scribe and His Cohort.” Chaucer Review 49 (2014): 39-76. 
Owen, Charles A., Jr. The Manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1991. 58.
Scott, Kathleen L. Later Gothic Manuscripts 1390-1490. 2 vols. Volume Six of A Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles. Ed. J. J. G. Alexander. London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 1996. 2:141, 145, 267.
Seymour, Michael C. A Catalogue of Chaucer Manuscripts. Volume II, The Canterbury Tales. Aldershot and Brookfield: Scolar Press, 1997. 251-3.
Vine, Guthrie. “The Miller’s Tale.” John Rylands Library Bulletin. 17 (1933): 333-47. [facsimiles of all four folios of Rylands MS 63]