Poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate

Poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate Facsimile Edition

England (United Kingdom) — ca. 1450

A fascinating source for English literary historians: minor works from Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hoccleve, and John Lydgate of Bury

  1. A compilation of minor works from leading English literary figures of the Late Middle Ages

  2. Created ca. 1450 with a splendid frontispiece depicting the gods Jupiter, Mars, and Venus

  3. Written in a single column by a skilled hand, the text is adorned with red and blue initials

Poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate

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Description
Poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate

Likely originating from ca. 1450, this manuscript represents a compilation of minor works from leading English literary figures of the Late Middle Ages. They include Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1342/43–1400), the author of the famous Canterbury Tales, Thomas Hoccleve (1368–1426), and John Lydgate of Bury (ca. 1370 – ca. 1451). The text is preceded by a full-page miniature with a floral border and a coat of arms that hints at the secular nature of the poems. It is divided into three parts: dressed in red at the top, Jupiter looks down at Mars in full armor and an ermine-lined cape on the left, to the right of which a nude Venus crowned with flowers and surrounded by doves stands in a river, while in the corner Vulcan works at his anvil. The English text, a fascinating source for literary historians, is neatly written in a single column and is embellished by red and blue miniatures.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Gedichte von Chaucer, Hoccleve und Lydgate
Date
ca. 1450
Style
Language
Script
Littera bastarda
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Scolar Press – London, 1979
Facsimile Editions

#1 Bodleian Library, MS Fairfax 16

Scolar Press – London, 1979

Publisher: Scolar Press – London, 1979
Commentary: 1 volume by John Norton-Smith
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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