The Early English Text Society is an organization to reprint early English texts, especially those only available in manuscript. Most of its volumes are in Middle English and Old English. Middle English is the name given by Historical linguistics to the diverse forms of the English language spoken between the Norman invasion of It was founded in England in 1864 by Frederick James Furnivall; its stated goal in a report of the first year of their existence was "on the one hand, to print all that is most valuable of the yet unprinted MSS. Frederick James Furnivall ( 4 February 1825 &ndash 2 July 1910) one of the co-creators of the Oxford English Dictionary in English, and, on the other, to re-edit and reprint all that is most valuable in printed English books, which from their scarcity or price are not within the reach of the student of moderate means. " It is known for being the first to print many English manuscripts, including Cotton Nero A.x, which contains Pearl, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and other poems. The Cotton or Cottonian library was the Library compiled by Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (1571 - 1631 an antiquarian and bibliophile Pearl is a Middle English alliterative Poem written in the late 14th century. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th-century By its own count, the Society has published 344 volumes.