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THE SMALLER FRAGMENTS

The eight smaller fragments of the Canterbury Tales, generally one or two or three leaves, are bibliographical flotsam which have nothing in common with those deliberate extracts of separate tales found in miscellanies and described in Volume I. Only two of these fragments (those at the Rylands-Rosenbach and Austin libraries) are large enough to allow textual and linguistic analyses of any substance. Since none of the fragments has any discernible affiliation with another (the Rylands and Rosenbach leaves are from one manuscript), they are described here in the alphabetical order of their location.