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Guide to the Medieval manuscript fragments, ca. 850-1499
Special Collections M0389  
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Description
From England, France, Germany and Italy, these 17 fragments represent various scripts including Beneventan, Carolingian, Gothic and secretary.
Background
Philip Bliss, Oxford antiquary, was one of the first collectors to recognize the historical and cultural importance of the medieval manuscript fragments. Most of the fragments came from the best known books of the Middle Ages; they survived intact in England until ca. 1520-70 at which time, particularly in Oxford and Cambridge, they were taken to pieces for use by binders as pastedowns, wrappers, fly leaves, and reinforcing strips.
Extent
17 items (20 leaves).
Restrictions
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.
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