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Guide to the Medieval manuscript fragments, ca. 850-1499
Special Collections M0389  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Medieval manuscript fragments,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 850-1499
    Collection number: Special Collections M0389
    Creator: Bliss, Philip, 1787-1857, collector.
    Extent: 17 items (20 leaves).
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    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.


    Purchased, 1984 and 1986.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Medieval manuscript fragments, M0389, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

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    Some items have been reproduced photographically in the past. Items for which copy negatives are available are marked by a '+' this guide.

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Scope and Content

    From England, France, Germany and Italy, these 17 fragments represent various scripts including Beneventan, Carolingian, Gothic and secretary.