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EDITED

FEOM ALL THE KNOWN MANUSCRIPTS AND THE TWO
OLDEST EDITIONS,



BY



AXEL ERDMANN, Ph.D.

LATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH IN THE UNIVERSITY OF UPSALA.



PART I.— THE TEXT.



LONDON:

PUBLISHED FOR THE CHAUCER SOCIETY

BY KEGAN PAUL. TKEXCIT, TEUBNEK & CO., Ltd.,

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AND BY HENKY FPOAVDE, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS,

AMEN CORNER, E.G., AMD IN NEW YORK.
1911, for the Issue of 1906.



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Editor in Chief :—'R.i:\\ Professor "W. "W. Skeat, Litt.D., 2, Salisbury
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To do honour to Chai'ckr, and to let the lovers and students of bini see bow far tbe
best unprinted Manuscripts of lus works dill'erd from tbe printed texts, tbis Society
was founded in 1SG8. Tbere were tben, and are still, many questions of metre, pro-
nunciation, ortbograpby, and etymology yet to be settled, for whicb more prints of
Manuscripts were and are wanted; and it is hardly too much to say that every line
of Chaucer contains points that need reconsideration. Tbe founder (I)r Furnivall)
began with 'T/te Canterhury Tales, and lias given of them (in parallel columns in
Royal -Ito) six of the best theretofore unprinted Manuscripts known. Inasmuch as
the parallel arrangement necessitated the alteration of the places of certain tales in
some of tbe MSS, a print of each MS has been issued separately, following the order
of its (original, Tbe lirst six MSS ])rintcd have been : tbe Ellesmere (by leave of tbe
Earl of Ellesmere) ; tbe Hongwrt (by leave of W. W. ¥j. Wynne, Esq.) ; the Camb.
Univ. Libr., MS Gg. 4. 27; the Corpus, Oxford; the Petworth (by leave of Lord
Leconfield) ; and the Lansdowne 8ol (Brit. Mus.). The Harleian 7334 has foUowd,
and the Cambridge Dd., completed by Egerton 2726 (tbe Haistwell MS.) Specimens
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