– 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 9

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Today’s example, from Balliol MS 219, is textual rather than codicological: a rebus or visual pun. On f238v the gift of the book to Balliol Library is recorded by Master (i.e., MA, or perhaps Master as in head of house, as he also held that office) Richard Stapylton, formerly a Fellow of Balliol. Mynors notes, ‘The presence on 231v,… of R and two tuns (barrels) connected by staples (3-sided or U-shaped fastening), apparently drawn by the rubricator of the volume, suggests that it was written for the donor, and comparison with the Digby MS [Oxford Bodleian Library Digby 29] shows that at any rate [a] great part of it is in his hand.’ More details about Stapilton [sic] in Emden’s Biographical Register vol 3 p.1766.

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