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07.16.2018 | From Caxton to Ellesmere: The Canterbury Tales in Print and Art at the Mercantile Library | Free

July 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
The exhibition will run until August 31st, 2018 and is open during library hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-5pm, and Sunday 1pm-8pm. We are closed on Saturday until the Fall semester begins mid-August.

Categories: Family-Friendly, Historical, Literature & Poetry, Visual Arts


This exhibition seeks to highlight two recent acquisitions in the context of a broad collection of textual and illustrated editions of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer from the fifteenth century to the present at the Mercantile Library. We focused on The Canterbury Tales, the Prologue and the stories about them that have inspired generations of artists, and on the important Mercantile acquisitions of the rare Caxton printing of the Tales and a nearly forgotten facsimile of the famous Ellesmere Manuscript of the Tales, created in meticulous detail and brilliant color over a century ago.

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