1. A. I. Doyle and M. B. Parkes, "The Production of Copies of the Canterbury
Tales and the Confessio Amantis in the Early Fifteenth Century," in M. B. Parkes and
Andrew G. Watson, Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts and Libraries: Essays presented to N.R.
Ker (London: Scolar Press, 1978, pp. 163-210; A. I. Doyle, "The Influence of the Concepts
of Ordinatio and Compilatio on the Development of the Book", in J. J. G. Alexander and M. T.
Gibson, Medieval Learning and Literature: Essays Presented to Richard William Hunt.
Oxford University Press, 1976, pp. 115-143; Janet Coleman, Medieval Readers and Writers
page 47 York: Columbia University
Press, 1981), cf. pp. 197-202, and also pp. 188-196.
2. Doyle and Parkes, p. 190.
3. John M. Manly, and Edith Rickert, The Text of the Canterbury Tales
The University of Chicago Press, 1940), Volume III, "Text and Critical Notes", Part 1., pp.
1483-527. (On "compiled" in Ellesmeri and Phillipps , see p. 529, and note also "compiled" in the
to Harley 1758, cited on page 528.)
4. The appearance of spurious Tales in over 30 percent of the Mss. seems to raise a
question about our standards for the Canon, but see below, p. 5, and Figure 2.
5. Quoted by Doyle, p. 128. My translation.
6. Manly, Volume 1, "Descriptions of the Manuscripts," pp. 20-544.
7. I am preparing a separate article on the database for those who are interested in
computer-aided research on such topics as this.
8. The statistical analyses will cover such matters as the 'integrity' or 'dispersal' of the
Groups throughout the Mss. This work is being done in collaboration with Richard A. Avner, a
member of the PLATO computer system staff at the University of Illinois.
9. I plan to have the entire database and my analysis ready for publication by the end of
the year. Because these materials may be of interest to many Chaucerians who are beginning to
investigate the subject, I am making the database available without commentary to people who
wish a copy. The final cost has not yet been determined, but will be less than $5.00. Anyone who
wishes to have a copy of the database can write me at Brookens Library 391; Sangamon State
University; Springfield, Illinois 62708. I will send information about the exact price when the
prints are ready for mailing.