Exibition: Middle English Prose

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In 1984, Ralph Hanna III published the first volume of the Index of Middle English Prose, listing manuscripts held by the Huntington Library in southern California; we are now almost 35 years into the project, with 24 volumes completed, and several more in preparation. 

One volume will represent prose in Middle English held in manuscripts of New York City’s libraries. Of these, Columbia’s is the largest.  To celebrate the years of work that this project has demanded, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Columbia University will display books containing prose in Middle English; the display will be in the RBML’s Chang Room through September 2018.