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This list records manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales which cannot be certainly identified among those catalogued above. Some manuscripts in this list are certainly lost, some (particularly those recorded after 1600) are likely to be extant. The descriptions 'Chaucer' and 'Chaucer's Works' in early book-lists generally denote the Canterbury Tales. The authorities are MR I. 606-45; C. F. E. Spurgeon, Five Hundred Years of Chaucer Criticism, 3 vols (1925); R.M. Wilson, The Lost Literature of Medieval England (1952), pp. 157-9. The early records are gathered by S.H. Cavanaugh, 'A study of books privately owned in England 1300-1450' (U. of Pennsylvania Ph.D. 1980).