<i>Canterbury Tales</i> first edition goes online

As if there isn't enough potty-mouthed bawdiness on the web already...

As if there isn't enough potty-mouthed bawdiness on the web already...

The British Library has dusted off the first edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and put it on the web. The pages of the classic 14th century text will be photographed using cameras capable of taking satellite photos to ensure an attention to detail. It's not the first time this kind of project has taken place at the British Library, which stores 150 million separate items. The Gutenberg Bible, considered to be the first major book printed in the west, is also available online. See the Gutenberg Bible, here http://prodigi.bl.uk/gutenbg/background.asp