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others. His remarks upon typographical features in the volume have genuine interest. Besides noting that the number of folio 103 is repeated on the following folio, and that 151 is printed 141, he points out that the initial letters in the volume are of five different sizes, the largest being more than an inch square. They are also of different design, some having the letters light on a dark ground, others being all light, and the lines in them very delicate. Some are filled with floral ornaments, and some show an angel, a lion, a sphinx, a satyr, or a nymph bathing. One of the largest of these, with the letter A and the surrounding ornament light upon a dark ground, encloses also the initials I. R., which Mr. Paton assumes to be those of the type-founder or engraver. "This strange initial letter " occurs, he says, "only sixteen times in the volume, and may be seen at folios 15, 66, 71, 85, 90, 110, 184, 194, 200 (twice), 210, 215, 276, 285, 329, and 349. One of the large-sized light grounded and slenderly lined initial letters" [lettres grises] "on folio 205 is turned upside down, as may be seen by referring to the same letter on folio 251." These particulars are very useful for purposes of collation. Mr. Paton's conjecture as to the significance of the initials I. R. is ingenious. In Mr. Baines Reed's "History of the old English Typefounders," 1887 (Elliot Stock), I find, however, no mention of a name to which they correspond.



N the Greenock copy is some writing dated December 1, 1800: "John Gray told me that his house in St. Thomas Apostle was occupied by Chaucer, and bequeathed by him to the parish of All Hallows." This and another note are signed C. L., 1800. Upon this Mr. Paton says that while looking at it "one somehow feels haunted by the shade of Charles Lamb, who signed the most of his letters with the initials C. L. In the year stated (1800) he was twenty-five years old, and serving the Philistines in the Accountant's Office of the East India House, and the two lines inserted at the beginning of the folio [volume] are ruled with perpendicular lines of red ink, three on each page, strongly suggestive of an indigo salebook. He was a lover of the old poets, and what he calls these shrivelled folios, and a writer in the Athenæum of 1836 tells us that he had a Chaucer in his library." It would be very pleasant to find that the volume belonged to the most inspired of critics and booklovers. Canon Ainger, or some student of Lamb familiar with Lamb's signature, should inspect the book.

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