Geoffrey Chaucer died #OTD in 1400. From our collections, a 1477 edition of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," printed by William Caxton. In Chaucer's most famous work, a group of pilgrims making their way from London to Canterbury tell touching, bawdy, humorous, and moral stories to pass the time. This copy is open to part of the Cook's Tale.
This book is one of only 10 remaining copies of Caxton's edition, and when it was made, printing was so new that printers continued to follow the old manuscript tradition of "rubricating"—literally, rendering in red—the large ornamental initial letters, a task performed by hand after the body of the text was printed.