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The Flower and the Leaf of Chaucer, illustrated, circa 1885

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: B
Call Number: MSS 15, Series II

Scope and Contents

Attributed to George Leslie but bearing strong resemblances to the work of Mary Leslie, this manuscript appears to be a mockup for an unpublished edition of Chaucer's poem, "The Flower and the Leaf." The poem is copied out by hand in a small, cursive hand, and each page has illustrated panels depicting scenes from the poem, with decorative borders. The intricate details and carefully drawn figures in medieval costume evoke the Victorian fascination and interpretation of medieval aesthetics. Naturalistic embellishments in the page borders, including drawings of flowers, birds, insects, and reeds at water's edge, are done in a careful and moderately skillful hand.


  • circa 1885


Physical Description

18 pages ; 23 x 15 cm. Edged/partially bound with tape on one side, with an additional page mounted on a cardboard sheet.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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