Christ Church MS. 378
‘The Book of Orts’
This manuscript number signifies what was originally a large envelope into which unmounted miscellaneous fragments were tossed. After recent conservation, each of them is now mounted on separate board leaves, all of which are the inhabitants of a guardbox. Inside the front cover, following the title: ‘begun Feb 18 1901 anno primo Edw vij’, probably in the hand of Frederick Y. Powell (1850-1904), then Librarian. On him, see Oliver Elton, Frederick York Powell. A Life and a selection from his letters and occasional writings, 2 vols (Oxford, 1906), and H.A.L. Fisher, rev. Carolyne Larrington in Oxford DNB. It was him who gave the collection its present title. He pulled the items from early bindings, but only in rarely did he leave any indication of the specific volume from which one came. Loose in the guardbox is a copy of the relevant pages from Teresa Webber’s typescript supplement to Kitchin’s catalogue (see MS 372 above).
Of the 79 items, the medieval examples are assigned the numbers 1-28.
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