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Whilom there was dwelling in Lombardy
Geoffrey Chaucer, the Merchant’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales — 1174 lines in couplets.
Author(s): Geoffrey Chaucer
Title(s): Merchant’s Tale; Canterbury Tales
Subjects: pilgrims/pilgrimage; marriage; infidelity; Italy
Versification: — couplets — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 14 (SC 3360), ff. 115-131
First Lines:
Whilom ther was dwellyng in lumbardye
a worthi knyght that born was in Pavie…
Last Lines:
…thus endith here my tale of Ianuarie
god bless vs and his moder seynt Marie Amen
Note: IV.1816 omitted; spurious line follow 1818; 1778 written over erasure.
Attributed Title: …and / next folwith his tale of Ianuarie and May (f. 115); the Marchaunt (RT); Here endith the Marchauntis tale of Ianuarie / and May… (f. 131)
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 20 (SC 6420), ff. 88-104
First Lines:
Whilom þer was dwellyng in lombardye
A worthi knyght þat born was at pauye…
Last Lines:
…God blesse vs and his moder seint marie
Owre Ost gan tho to loke vp anoon
Gode men quod he herkenyth euerychon
As euere mote I drynke wyn or ale
This marchant hath I told a mery tale
How Ianuarie hade a lether Iape
His wif put in his hoode an ape
But here of I wil leue of as nowe
Dame wif of Bath quod he I pray ȝow
Telle vs a tale now next after þis
Sir ost quod she so god my soule blis
As I fully þerto wil consent
And fully it is myn holly entente
To do ȝow alle disport þat I can
But holdith me excusid I am a woman
I con not rehersen as þise clerkes can
And right anoon she hath hir tale bygune
Note: IV.1283, 2536 omitted; 2309-10 reversed; followed by the spurious, sixteen-line ‘Merchant-Wife of Bath Link’ (see above).
Attributed Title: …& here bygynneth þe tale (f. 88); Marchand (RT)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 686 (SC 2527), ff. 114v-129
First Lines:
Whilom þer was dwellyng in lumbardy
A worthy knyght þat boren was of payuy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarye
God blesse vs and his moder seynt marie
Note: IV.2280 omitted; 2288 follows 2279 and recurs in its proper place.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth hys tale (f. 114v); Marchaunt (RT); Here endeth the Merchaunts tale of Ianuarie… (f. 129)
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Hatton Donati 1 (SC 4138), ff. 85-98v
First Lines:
Whilom þere was dwelling in lumbard
A worthi knight þat born was in pauy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarie
God blisse vs and his moder seint Marie Amen
Note: IV.1305 partially blank; 1605-6, 2076 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And next biginneþe / the Marchauntes tale of Ianuarij (f. 85); The Marchauntes tale (RT); Here endeth þe Marchauntes tale of Ianuarie & May… (f. 98v)
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 600 (SC 1476), ff. 144-161
First Lines:
…On brutel gronde þei bilde brutelnesse
Þei finde whenne þei wene sikernesse…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeþ here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his moder seint Marie Amen
Note: IV.1245-78 lost (resupplied on a seventeenth-century leaf, f. 143); 1528, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2356 omitted; 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: þe marchaunt (RT); HEre endeþ þe tale of þe Marchaunt… (f. 161)
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 739 (SC 1234), ff. 110-128
First Lines:
[W]Hylom ther was dwellyng in Lombardy
A worthy knyght that born as at pavy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianuarie
God blisse vs and his moder seint marie
Oure oost gan tho to loke vp anone
Goode men quod he herkeneth euerychon
As euere mote I drinke wyne or ale
This merchaunt hath y tolde a mery tale
How Ianuarie hadde a lither Iape
His wiffe put in his hoode an ape
But hereof will I leve of as now
Dame Wyfe of Bath quod he I pray ȝow
Telle vs a tale now next after this
Sir oost quod she so god my soule blisse
As I fully þereto will consente
And also it is myn hole entente
To done ȝow all disport as þat I kan
But holde me excusid I am a woman
I can not reherse as these clerkis kune
And right anone she hath hir tale bygune
Note: IV.1424, 1528, 1646, 1777, 2356 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 2089-90 reversed; followed by the spurious, sixteen-line ‘Merchant-Wife of Bath Link’ (see above).
7.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 149 (SC 14641), ff. 45v-52v
First Lines:
Whilom ther was dwellyng in lumbardie
A worthi knight that was borne in pavy…
Last Lines:
…To visite Damyan gothe May
And softli doune this lettre she thriste…
Note: IV.2004-418 lost; 1309 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: The tale of the marchaunt / of Ianuarij and May (f. 45); the marchaunt (RT)
8.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 223 (SC 14714), ff. 90v-107v
First Lines:
Whilom ther was dwelling in Lombardye
A lusty kniȝt that was born at Pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endid is my tale of Ianuarie
God blisse vs and his moder seint Marie Amen
Note: IV.1305-6, 1607-8, 1650, 1883-6 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And he beginneth his tale folwing as ye shal here (f. 90v); Fabula Mercatoris (RT); Here endith the Marchauntes tale… (f. 107v)
9.Source: Oxford, Christ Church 152, ff. 204v-219v
First Lines:
Whilom ther was dwellyng in lumbardye
A worthy knyght þat born was of Pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth my tale of Ianuarie
God blisse vs and his moder seint Marie Amen
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 204v, margin); Here endith the Marchauntis tale / of Ianuare (f. 219v); Here endith the Merchauntz tale of Ianuare (f. 220)
10.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 198, ff. 145-159v
First Lines:
…And ȝit some clerkes seyn it nis nouȝt so
Of which Theoffraste is on of þo…
Last Lines:
…hire answere sche schal haue I vndertake
let vs no more wordes make
Note: IV.1245-92 lost; 1305-6, 1308, 1477, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2319-418 omitted; spurious lines follow 1478, 1778, 1818; 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: Marchauntz (RT, rubric)
Facsimiles:
Digital Facsimile of Corpus Christi, Oxford MS 198 of the Canterbury Tales” .
11.Source: Oxford, New College 314, ff. 80-96v
First Lines:
Somtyme þere was duellyng in Lumbardie
A worthi knyȝt þat born was At pavy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianuari
God blisse vs alle and his moder Mary Amen
Note: IV.1305-6, 1308, 1460, 1477, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 1986, 2004, 2266, 2280-7 omitted; 2089-90 reversed; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818, 2253, 2366, 2376.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth þe MAr / chuntis tale (f. 80); Marchaunt (RT); Here endith the marchauntis tale… (f. 96v)
12.Source: Oxford, Trinity College 49, ff. 124-139
First Lines:
Whelom ther was dwelling in lumbardie
a worthi knyght that borne was in pv pavie…
Last Lines:
…thus endith here my tale of Ianuarye
God blisse vs and oure lady seinte Marie
Note: IV.1264, 1368, 1388, 1528, 1530, 1777, 1821, 1927-8, 1948, 1972, 2230, 2340 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1817, 2060; 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula mercatoris (f. 124); Marchaunte (RT); Here endith the Marchaunt (f. 139)
13.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.4.24, ff. 106-119
First Lines:
Whilom there was dwellyng in lumbardie
A worthy knyght that born was of Pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth heere my tale of Ianuarie
God blisse vs alle and oure lady Seynt Marie Amen
Note: IV.1405-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit fabula Mercatoris (f. 106); Sic desinit fabula Mercatoris… (f. 119)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Cambridge MS. Dd.4.24 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Completed by the Egerton MS. 2726 (The Haistwell MS). The Chaucer Society 1st Series, no. 95 (Part 1, issue for 1901) and 96 (Part 2, issue for 1902).
14.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.4.27 (Part 1a), ff. 261-276v
First Lines:
…That in this world it is a paradys
Thus seyde this olde knyght þat was so wys…
Last Lines:
…ffyrst whan his syȝte is come newe a geyn
As he that hath a day or too Iseyn…
Note: IV.1245-64, 2405-18 lost; 1362, 1658 inserted at foot; .
Facsimiles:
Parkes, Malcolm B., and Richard Beadle. “Introduction.” Poetical Works. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of Cambridge University Library MS Gg.4.27. 3 vols Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979 (vol. 1); 1980 (vols. 2-3).
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. The Cambridge MS (University Library, Gg.4.27) of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 4, 10, 17, 28, 33, 40, 52, 66. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
15.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.3.26, ff. 84v-98
First Lines:
Whilome there was dwellyng in lombardie
A worthy knyght that borne was at pavye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarye
God blesse vs and his moder marye
Note: IV.1316, 1527-8, 1646, 1777, 1827-8 omitted; 1662 left blank and subsequently supplied; 2089-90 reversed; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818.
Attributed Title: Marchaunt (RT); Here Endeth the marchauntes tale… (f. 98)
16.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Mm.2.5, ff. 99v-113
First Lines:
Whilom þere was dwellynge in lumbardye
A worthy knyght þat borne was at pavie…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse us and his moder seynt marie Amen
Note: IV.1528, 1777, 1816, 1927-8 omitted; 1266 inserted in margin; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 1872 follows 1874, 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth þe marchauntz tale (f. 99v); The marchaunte (RT); Here endeth þe marchauntz tale (f. 113)
17.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 181 [olim Ashburnham 127], ff. 103v-117v
First Lines:
[W]Hilom ther was dwellyng in Lumbardy
A worthi knyght þat borne was in pavye…
Last Lines:
…Thus Endeth here my tale of Ianuary
God blesse vs and his moder mary Amen
Note: IV.1491-1500, 1641-2, 1683-8, 1703-8, 1715-16, 1719-35, 1739-40, 1745-6, 1783-1800, 1803-4, 1813-16, 1839-40, 1863-5, 1885-92, 1967-76, 2032-42, 2057-66, 2125-8, 2133-4, 2119-24, 2233-6, 2241-54, 2277-304, 2307-10, 2328-33, 2365-6 omitted; spurious lines follow 1718, 1866, 2031; 2015-16 reversed; 2341-4 follow 2346 .
Attributed Title: The tale of þe Marchaund (f. 103v); Here endeth þe Marchauntes tale (f. 117v)
18.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.3 (582), ff. 38va-45va
First Lines:
Whilom ther was dwelling in Lumbardie
A lusti kniȝt that was born at Pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus ended is my tale of Ianuarie
God blisse vs and his moder seint Marie
Note: IV.1305-6, 1358-61, 1607-8, 1723-8, 1883-6, 2341-4 omitted; 1599-1600 reversed.
19.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.15 (595), ff. 103-120v
First Lines:
SOmtyme there was dwellynge in Lumbardy
A worthy knyght that borne was at pauy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianuary
God blisse vs alle and his modir mary
Note: IV.1305-8, 1477, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2004, 2224, 2280-7 omitted; 1885-6, 2089-90 reversed; spurious lines follow 1478, 1778, 1818, 2353, 2366, 2376.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth his tale (f. 103); Here endith the marchauntes tale… (f. 120v)
20.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5140, ff. 150v-171
First Lines:
Somtyme ther was dwellyng in lumbardye
A worthi knyht that borne was in pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth heer my tale of Ianuarye
God blesse vs and his modir seynt Marye
Note: IV.1305-6. 1358-61, 2365-6 omitted; 1969-70, 1971-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: & Incipt fabula eiusdem (f. 150); Marchaunt (RT); Explicit fabula Mercatoris… (f. 171)
21.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35286 [olim Ashburnham 125], ff. 108-122
First Lines:
…But take no kepe of al swich vanyte
Diffye theofirist and herkene me…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarye
God blesse vs and his modre seint marye
Note: IV.1245-1308 lost; 1510, 2004-5, 2404 omitted; 1593-4 reversed.
Attributed Title: the Marchant (RT); Here endeth the Marchauntz tale (f. 122)
Editions:
Horobin, Simon. “A Transcription and Study of British Library MS Additional 35286 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Diss. Univ. of Sheffield, 1997.
22.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2726 [olim Haistwell], ff. 123v-138v
First Lines:
Whilom þer was dwellyng in Lumbardy
A worthy knyght þat born was of Pavy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarye
God blys us all and our lady Seint Marye
Note: IV.2020 omitted; 1405-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: Hic mercator suam fabulam / incipit de Ianuarie & May (f. 123v); Hic desinit fabula mercatoris… (f. 138v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Cambridge MS. Dd.4.24 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Completed by the Egerton MS. 2726 (The Haistwell MS). The Chaucer Society 1st Series, no. 95 (Part 1, issue for 1901) and 96 (Part 2, issue for 1902).
23.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2863 [olim Norton, post Compton Hall], ff. 70-82v
First Lines:
…And ȝit some clerkes sayn þat it is noght so
Of whiche Theofraste is oon of tho…
Last Lines:
…In whiche manere it may not be expressed
But if I wolde speke vncurtesly…
Note: IV.1245-92, 2364-2418 lost; 1528, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2336 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Marchand (RT)
24.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2864 [olim Ingilby, post Compton Hall], ff. 129v-145
First Lines:
[S]Omtyme ther was dwellyng in lumbardye
A worthy knyht that born was in pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth heer my tale of Ianuarye
God blesse vs and his moodir seynt Marye
Note: IV.1305-6, 1358-61, 2365-6 omitted; 1971-2 reversed; 1527-8 inserted in margin; spurious lines follow 2028.
Attributed Title: Et incipit fabula eiusdem (f. 129); The Marchaunt (RT); Explicit fabula mercatoris… (f. 145)
25.Source: London, British Library Harley 1758, ff. 76-88v
First Lines:
Whilom ther was dwellyng in Lumbardye
A worthi knyȝt þat borne was at Pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianarye
God blisse vs and his modir seynt Marye Amen
Note: IV.1528, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2356 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818, 2353 (inserted in margin), 2366 (inserted in margin), 2376 (inserted in margin); 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and begynneth the tale (f. 76); The Marchaunt (RT); Here endith the Marchauntis Tale (f. 88v)
26.Source: London, British Library Harley 7333, ff. 68vb-72vb
First Lines:
Whilom þere dwellithe in lumbardy
A worthi knyght þat borne was a pavy…
Last Lines:
…In warm wex hathe printid this Cleket
That Ianuarij bare of the small wicket…
Note: IV.2119-418 lost; 1305-6, 1355-7, 1361-5, 1477, 1646, 1777, 1927-8 omitted; 1308, 1432, 1986 inserted in margin; spurious lines follow 1360, 1478, 1778, 1818; 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here beginnithe þe Marchaundes tale (f. 68vb)
27.Source: London, British Library Harley 7334, ff. 133-148v
First Lines:
Whilom þer was duellyng in lombardy
A worþy knight þat born was of pauy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith her my tale of Ianuarye
God blesse vs and his moder seinte marie AmeN
Note: IV.2356 omitted.
Attributed Title: Narrat (f. 133); The marchauntz Tale (RT); Here endith the marchauntes tale (f. 148v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Harleian MS 7334 of Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Chaucer Society 73. London: Trübner, 1885.
28.Source: London, British Library Harley 7335, ff. 112-129
First Lines:
[W]Hilom ther was dwellynge in Lumbardie
A worthi knyght that bore was yn pauye he leued in gret prosperite
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his modir Seinte Marye Amen
Note: IV.1510, 1904, 2214 omitted; 1593-4 reversed; 2272, 2298, 2300 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: Explicit ffabula mercatoris (f. 129, margin)
29.Source: London, British Library Lansdowne 851, ff. 128v-141
First Lines:
WHilome þer was dwellinge in lumbardie
A worāi knyht þat borne was in Paue…
Last Lines:
…Hire ansewar sche schal haue I vnder take
Lat us no mo wordes nowe make
Note: IV.1305-6, 1777, 1816, 1819, 1927-8, 2281-8, 2319-418 omitted; spurious lines follow 1478, 1778, 1818.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 128v); þe Marchant (RT); Explicit fabula Mercatoris… (f. 141)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Lansdowne Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 7, 13, 20, 36, 43, 55, 69. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
30.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 D.XV, ff. 106v-123v
First Lines:
Whylome þere was dwellenge in lumbardye
A worthy knyghte þat borne was of pavye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeþe here My tale of Ianuarie
God blysse vs and his moder Saynte Marye Amen
Note: IV.2192 omitted.
Attributed Title: …And begynnyth the tale of þe marchaunt (f. 106v); Here endithe the tale of the marchaunt… (f. 123v)
31.Source: London, British Library Royal 18 C.II, ff. 90v2-105
First Lines:
WHilom ther was dwellyng in lumbardye
A worthi knyght that born was at pavye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeþ here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his moder seynt Marie Amen
Note: IV.1816 omitted; spurious line follows 1818; 1778 over erasure.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth þe tale (f. 90v); The Marchand (RT); Explicit fabula mercatoris (f. 105, margin)
32.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1685, ff. 87-102v
First Lines:
Whilome þere was dwellynge in lumbardye
A knyȝt þat borne was at pavye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endethe here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his modir Seynt Mary Amen
Note: IV.1646, 1770, 1777, 1816, 1896-913, 1927-8, 1934, 2151-3, 2356 omitted; 1433-4, 2089-90 reversed; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818.
Attributed Title: …Here bygynnyth þe tale of þe Marchaunt (f. 87); The Squyer (RT; sic); The Marchaunt (RT, beginning f. 92); Here endethe þe tale of þe Marchaunde… (f. 102v)
33.Source: London, British Library Sloane 1686, ff. 175v-193
First Lines:
WHilom ther was dwellyng in lumbardy
A worthy knight that born was of pauy…
Last Lines:
…Here answere she shall haue I vndirtake
Lete vs no more wordys make
Note: IV.1305-6, 1477, 1777, 1816, 1883-6, 1927-8, 2006, 2319-418 omitted; 2089-90 reversed; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818.
Attributed Title: …And here begynneth the Marchauntes tale (f. 175v); [T]He marchauntes Tale (RT); Here endith the Marchauntes tale… (f. 193)
34.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Peniarth 392 D [‘Hengwrt’], ff. 138-152v
First Lines:
WHilom ther was dwellynge in Lumbardye
A worthy knyght that born was of Pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth her my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his moder Seinte Marie Amen
Note: IV.1305 (part), 1306, 2330 left blank with subsequent insertion of text.
Attributed Title: Here bigynneth the Marchantes tale (f. 138); The Marchaunt (RT); Here is ended the Marchantes tale of Ianuarie (f. 152v, with remaining half of the page left blank)
Facsimiles:
Ruggiers, Paul G., ed. The Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer. A Facsimile of the Hengwrt Manuscript, with Variants from the Ellesmere Manuscript. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma, and Folkestone: Wm. Dawson, 1979.
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Hengwrt Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 3, 9, 27, 39, 51, 71. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Blake, Norman F., ed. The Canterbury Tales. Edited from the Hengwrt Manuscript. York Medieval Texts, second series. London: Edward Arnold, 1980.
Stubbs, Estelle, ed. The Hengwrt Chaucer Digital Facsimile (CD-ROM). Leicester, England: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2000.
35.Source: Alnwick Castle, Duke of Northumberland MS 455, ff. 71v-87v
First Lines:
Whilom ther was dwellyng in Lombardy
A worthy knyȝt that born was in pavy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith my tale of Ianuary
God bles vs and his modir Seynt Mary
Note: IV.1527-8, 1748, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2072, 2105-6, 2326, 2356 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 2089-90, 2319-20 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth he his tale (f. 71v); Here endith the marchaunte his tale… (f. 87v)
36.Source: Glasgow, Glasgow University Library Hunterian 197 (U.1.1), ff. 40rb-45vb
First Lines:
Whilom ther was duellyng in lumbardye
A worthy knyght þat borne was at pavye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarye
God blysse vs and hise moder seynte Marye Amen
Note: IV.1528, 1646, 1777, 1791-2, 1816, 1927-8, 2356 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 2089-90 reversed; 1872 follows 1874.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the tale of the marchaunt (f. 40rb); The tale of Marchaunt (RT); The Marchaunt (RT); Here endeth the tale of the marchaunt… (f. 45vb)
37.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 667, ff. 65va-73rb
First Lines:
Some tyme there was dwelling in lumbardy
A worthy knight that born was in pavy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarye
God blisse vs and his moder seinte mary
Note: IV.1264. 2365-6 omitted; 1306 left blank; 1969-70, 1971-2, 2293-4 reversed.
38.Source: Lichfield, Lichfield Cathedral Library 29, ff. 94-108v
First Lines:
…Thus seith this olde knyght that was so wys
And certeinely as soth as god is kyng…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his modir saynte marie
Note: IV.1245-65 lost; 1286, 1528, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2356 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Marchaunt (RT); Thus endeth the marchantis tale… (f. 108v, rubric)
39.Source: Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral Library 110, ff. 77-91
First Lines:
WHilom ther was dwellynge in lumbardie
A lusti knyȝt that was born at pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endid is my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his modir seint marie Amen
Note: IV.1549-626 lost; 1305-6, 2082-3 omitted; 1967-8 reversed; spurious lines follow 2306.
Attributed Title: The marchauntz tale (RT); Marchaunt (RT)
40.Source: London, Royal College of Physicians 388 (13), ff. 110v-129v
First Lines:
WHilom ther was dwellyng in Lumbardye
A worthy knyght that born was at pavie…
Last Lines:
…Ths endith here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his Moder seynt Marie
Note: IV.2124 omitted; 1355-6, 1431-2, 1531-2, 1961-2 reversed.
Attributed Title: Incipit ffabula (f. 110v); Explicit ffabula mercatoris… (f. 129v)
41.Source: Manchester, John Rylands Library Eng. 113 [olim Hodson 39], ff. 87v-98
First Lines:
Whilom þer was dwellyng in lumbardie
A worþi knyght þat born was of Pavie…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianuarie
God blis vs all and oure lady Seynt Marie
Note: IV.2205-6, 2405-6 omitted; 1405-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit ffabula Mercatoris (f. 87v); ffabula Mercatoris (f. 87v, margin); Marchaunt (RT); Hic desinit ffabula mercatoris… (f. 98)
42.Source: Petworth House, Lord Leconfield MS 7, ff. 113-129
First Lines:
Whilom þer was dwellinge in lumbary
A worþi knyȝt þat born was at Pavy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeþ here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his modere seynt Marie
Note: IV.1528, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2356 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 2060 inserted in margin.
Attributed Title: …And here by / gynneþ þe Merchauntes tale (f. 113); The tale (f. 113, margin); The Marchauntz Tale (RT); Here endeþ þe tale of þe marchaunt… (f. 129)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Petworth MS of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 6, 12, 19, 35, 42, 54, 68. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. Autotype Specimens of the Chief Chaucer MSS, Part II. Chaucer Society Series 1, no. 56. London: Trübner, 1876.
43.Source: Austin, University of Texas, Humanities Research Center HRC Pre-1700 MS 143 [olim Deene Park; post Cardigan-Brudenell, sold Sotheby’s, Feb. 1959], ff. 107-121
First Lines:
Whilom there was dwellyng yn lumbardie
A worthy knyght that born was of Pavie…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianuarie
Bod blesse vs all and oure lady seynt Marie
Note: IV.2193, 2205-6, 2270, 2290, 2405-6 omitted; 2193, 2290 inserted in margin; 1405-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: Hic incipit fabula Mercatoris (f. 107); ffabula Mercatoris (f. 107, margin); Marchaunte (RT); Hic desinit fabula Mercatoris… (f. 121)
44.Source: New York, Pierpont Morgan Library M249 [olim Ashburnham 124, post Compton Hall], ff. 91-106v
First Lines:
Whilom ther was dwellyng in lombardie
A worthy knyght born was at Pavie…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs and his moder seynt Marie
Note: IV.1528, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2356 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: …and bigynneth the tale (f. 91); The Marchant (RT); Thus endeth the Marchantes tale… (f. 106v)
45.Source: Philadelphia, Rosenbach Museum and Library 1084/1 [olim Rosenbach 157; prior Phillipps 8137], ff. 65-79
First Lines:
…Then ys a wyf the fruyt of his tresore
Then scholde he take a ȝonge wyf and a feyre…
Last Lines:
…This endeth here my tale of ianuarye
God blesse vs and hys modir seynt marye Amen
Note: IV.1245-69 lost; 1528, 1646, 1777, 1716, 1927-8, 2356 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: The Marchaunde (RT)
46.Source: Princeton, Princeton University Library 100 [olim Helmingham Hall], ff. 61-77
First Lines:
WHylom was dwellyng in Lumbarde
A worthy knyght þat born was at pave…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianuari
God bles vs and his modir seynt Mary Amen
Note: IV.1305-6, 1308, 1460, 1477, 1646, 1777, 1927-8, 1986, 2004, 2280-7 omitted; spurious lines follow 1478, 1778, 1818, 2353, 2366, 2376; 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth the marchaunte his tale (f. 61); Marchaunte (Rt); Here endith the Marchaunte his tale… (f. 77)
47.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library EL 26.C.9 [‘Ellesmere’], ff. 102v-115
First Lines:
Whilom ther was dwellynge in lumbardye
A worthy knyght þat born was of Pavye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth heere my tale of Ianuarie
Bod blesse vs and his mooder seinte Marie
Note: IV.1358-61 omitted.
Attributed Title: Heere bigynneth the Marchantes tale (f. 102v); Marchant (RT); Heere is ended the Marchantes tale of Ianuarie… (f. 115)
Facsimiles:
The Ellesmere Chaucer Reproduced in Facsimile. 2 vols. Preface by Alix Egerton. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1911.
Hanna, Ralph, ed. The Ellesmere Chaucer Reproduced in Facsimile. 2 vols. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1911. Preface by Alix Egerton repr. as The Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: A Working Facsimile. Intro. Hanna; Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1989.
Woodward, Daniel, and Martin Stevens, eds. The New Ellesmere Chaucer Facsimile (Huntington MS EL 26 C 9). Tokyo: Yushodo, and San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1995: Now available in part online: http://dpg.lib.berkeley.edu/webdb/dsheh/heh_brf?CallNumber=El+26+C+9.
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James, ed. The Ellesmere Manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Society Series 1, nos. 2, 8, 16, 26, 32, 38, 50, 70. London: Trübner, 1868-79.
48.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale angl. 39, ff. 50va-56vb
First Lines:
Uhilom ther was dwellyng in lumbardy
a wurthi knyght that was of Pauy…
Last Lines:
…thus endid is my tale of Ianuary
god blisse vs and his modir seynt Mary
Note: IV.2004-5, 2341-4 omitted; 1959-60 reversed; spurious lines follow 2103, 2104, 2126.
Attributed Title: & subsequenter narrat fabulam su / am hoc modo sequente & cetera (f. 50va); Explicit fabula Mercatoris… (f. 56vb)
49.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 24 [olim Chatsworth, Duke of Devonshire], ff. 115v-130
First Lines:
Whilom ther was duelling in Lumbardie
A worthi kniȝt þat born was of Pauye…
Last Lines:
…Thus endeth hiere my tale of Ianuarie
God blisse vs alle and oure lady Seint Marie
Note: IV.2365-6 omitted; 1405-6, 1419-20 reversed; 2020 left blank.
Attributed Title: Et Incipit fabula sua / de Ianuario & Mayo (f. 115v); ffabula Mercatoris de Ianuarie May (RT); Hic desinit fabula Mercatoris… (f. 130)
50.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 32 [olim Penrose 6; prior Delamere], ff. 55vb-63ra
First Lines:
Whilume ther was dwellynge in lombardie
A worthy knyght that born was in pavie…
Last Lines:
…Thus endyht here my tale of Ianuarie
God blesse vs & his moder seynt Marie
Note: IV.1357, 1528, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2356 omitted; spurious lines follow 1778, 1818; 1843-4, 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here be gynnyht the Marchantis (f. 55vb); Marchaunt (RT)



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5082. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster, William Caxton, 1476] , ff. 109v-130
First Lines:
[S]Om tyme ther was duellynge in lumbardye
A worthy knyght that born was at pauy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianuary
God blisse vs alle and his moder Mary
Note: IV.1305-8, 1477, 1646, 1777, 1816, 1927-8, 2004, 2280-7 omitted; spurious lines follow 1478, 1778, 1818, 2353, 2366, 2376; 1885-6, 2089-90 reversed.
Attributed Title: …And begynneth the Marchauntis tale (f. 109v); Here endith the Marchantis tale… (f. 130)
Facsimiles:
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
2.Source: STC 5083. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, [Westminster], W. Caxton, [1483] , sigs. l.8v-n.7v
First Lines:
[W]Hylome ther was dwellyng in lumbardye
A worthy knyght that born was at pauy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endyth here my tale of Ianuary
God blisse vs alle and hys moder Mary
Note: VI.1305-6, 2364-5 omitted; 1885-6 reversed.
Attributed Title: Here begynneth the marchauntes tale (sig. l.8v); The marchauntes tale (RT); Here endeth the Marchauntes tale (sig. n.7v)
Facsimiles:
The Canterbury Tales (a facsimile of the Pepys copy of Caxton’s Second Edition). London: Cornmarket Reprints in association with Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1972.
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton’s Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003.
3.Source: STC 5084. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, R. Pynson, [1492] , sigs. n.6-o.8
First Lines:
[W]Hylom ther was duelling in lumbardy
A worthy knyght that born was at pauy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endith here my tale of Ianuary
God blisse vs alle and his modre Mary
Attributed Title: …And here begynnyth his Tale (sig. n.6); The Merchauntes Tale (RT); Here endith the marchauntes tale… (sig. o.8)
4.Source: STC 5085. Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales, Westminster, W. de Worde, 1498 , sigs. l.1ra-m.1vb
First Lines:
[W]hylom ther was dwellyng in lumbardie
A worthy knyȝt that born was at pauy…
Last Lines:
…Thus endyth here my tale of Ianuary
God blisse vs all and his moder mary
Attributed Title: The marchauntis tale (sig. l.1); The marchauntis tale (RT); Here endyth the marchauntis / tale… (sig. m.1vb)