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Behind the Bookpresses

In these pages we will report on some of the less visible work of the Corpus Library and Archives.


500 years of treasures from Oxford: Corpus Library books in the U.S.


Photos from the Folger Shakespeare Library, where some of our manuscripts and early printed books are currently featured in an exhibition celebrating Corpus' quincentenary.


Two further gifts from John Scott (CCC 1956)


We are very grateful to have received a further two exemplars of a carved Gothic style of bookbinding from John Scott.


Leather consolidation


In 2015, conservation intern Cécilia Duminuco undertook a placement at the Oxford Conservation Consortium, where she restored one of Corpus’ Early Printed Books, Phi.E.3.5.  A write-up of the finished project has recently appeared on Cécilia’s website


A binding fit for the Black Prince


An unusual and handsome gift to the Library from Old Member John Scott (CCC 1956), this deluxe medieval-style binding epitomises the Victorian Gothic revival.


The illustrations in John of Worcester's Chronicle of England (CCC MS 157)


The visions of Henry I from MS 157 are some of the best-known images from any of the Corpus manuscripts, and amongst the most frequently-requested for publication.  From Friday 13 March until Tuesday 1 September 2015, MS 157 was on loan to the British Library, for their ‘Magna Carta: law, liberty, legacy’ exhibition.  Click here for further information about the exhibition.


Saving the crumbs from the Rolls


Read about the conservation work being undertaken on the Rerum Britannicarum medii aevi scriptores


Edmund Chishull (CCC 1687)


Chishull was one of the Old Members featured in our Trinity 2013 special collections display 'Corpuscles and the wider world: CCC in the 18th century'.  This is an expanded outline of his achievements. 


On the art of building


First published in the Sundial  in 2013, this article outlines the significance of a volume of three early architectural works bequeathed to the college by Richard Fox.


Sea creatures from the depths of the college


This article, first published in the Sundial in 2014, describes aspects of a sixteenth century illustrated work given by Brian Twyne.


 

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