A digital edition of Chaucer's Romaunt of the Rose (MS Hunter 409) featuring facsimile images, transcribed text and editorial notes.
The Special Collections Department in the University of Glasgow Library is home to one of largest collections of manuscripts in the UK. The Hunterian Collection alone has c. 650 items, some fifty of which are Middle English texts. In this collection is the unique witness of the Middle English Romaunt of the Rose (Hunter 409; previously V.3.7). The Library is also fortunate to have the earliest printed edition of this work by William Thynne (1532). As this project shows, it is certain that Thynne used the Hunterian manuscript of the Romaunt when preparing his edition, as the printers' marks on this manuscript correspond to the column divisions in Thynne's edition. Two leaves are displaced in the manuscript and this error is repeated in misplaced lines in the printed edition.
The Romaunt of the Rose has been digitised to make it more accessible to scholars and to help preserve the manuscript. A transcription of the text is included, along with a digitised version of the first printed edition of the poem from 1532. The juxtaposition of manuscript facsimile and edited text on screen allows the reader to the see the text in its manuscript context.
Project website: http://www.memss.arts.gla.ac.uk/