– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.

conservation survey notes 8



Today we have some rather unedifying graffiti in Balliol MS 218 – what looks like a child’s drawing in pencil (or other sort of lead point) of one man hitting another on the nose with ?a stick. It may even be by a child – the children of an 18th century Master have left numerous traces in the college library collections, often carefully signed with their names…

??????????Other things of note on this page – well, quite a few different stains. Several layers of commentary and annotations – main text in the middle column, comments to right and left, further notes in the outside margin – I like the triangular ones, not sure whether they have a particular significance. And lots of interlinear interpolations. Prick marks, one of the early steps in laying out the page for writing, are visible down both outside and inside edges of the pages. Just above halfway down the right-hand page (84r) is another example of a production cut, where a stitched mend has been cut out before writing.



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