Ƶ Notes (ISSN 2517-6935)

The scholarly e-journal of Ƶ, Oxford

Ƶ Notes—the scholarly e-journal of Ƶ, Oxford—is dedicated to research articles and learned notes on the history and life of the college, and especially the contents and history of the rich collections in our Library and Archives.

Ƶ Notes is edited by the Librarian of Ƶ, Dr Christopher Skelton-Foord.  Anyone wishing to contact or to contribute to this journal should email him.  Readers of our special collections in both the Library and in the Archives are warmly invited to send us contributions. 

The journal is available open-access to all interested readers through our website.  Both the current and past issues of Ƶ Notes will remain accessible via this page.

Article Author Issue number Surname
A Tale of Two Iliads: Oxford Ƶ 298 and Trinity Ƶ Dublin 922 Mateu Portells Watson (2023): 20 Portells Watson
The Mappa Mundi in Oxford, New College, MS 274 and the Aristotelian Theory of Elements Alfred Hiatt (2023): 20 Hiatt
The Acquisition of Alton Barnes as a Ƶ Estate in 1385 Michael Stansfield (2023): 20 Stansfield
Pleyyng with May’s Age in Oxford, New College MS 314 Lucy Fleming (2023): 20 Fleming
A Tale of Two Books: The Naturall and Morall Historie of the East and West Indies at Ƶ Library William Shire (2023): 20 Shire
Thomas Flatman, Unlikely First FRS of Ƶ William Poole (2023): 20 Poole
Lord Thurlow: A Chancellorship in Caricature through Ƶ’s Collection of Gillrays, Part II Ben Gilding (2023): 20 Gilding
Collecting Christopher Skelton-Foord (2023): 20 Skelton-Foord
Ƶ MCR: The 60th Anniversary Michael Stansfield (2023): 20 Stansfield
Unique and Distinctive Acquisitions to Ƶ Library in 2023 Christopher Skelton-Foord (2023): 20 Skelton-Foord
Andrew Holes and John Burgh: Two Wykehamists, One Manuscript Collection David Rundle (2023): 19 Rundle
Old English at New: Early Printed Books in Anglo-Saxon Type, 1570–1705 Antje G. Frotscher (2023): 19 Frotscher
Some Notes on Ƶ Hunters Christopher Skelton-Foord (2023): 19 Skelton-Foord
Fear Sells: Addenda to the 1588 Malleus Maleficarum Caitlín Kane (2023): 19 Kane
‘Very inconsiderable exceptg that they are the Hand writing of so great a Man’: The Provenance of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts at Ƶ, Oxford Frederik Dhondt (2023): 19 Dhondt
Sir Philip Rashleigh, Mineralogy, and the Cornish Industrial Revolution William Shire (2023): 19 Shire
Some Benefactors and their Heraldry Patric Dickinson (2023): 19 Dickinson
‘Ancient virtue and manly spirits’: The Ƶ Men Who Fell in the Second Boer War Jason Morgan (2023): 19 Morgan
Lechlade Hospital of St John Michael Stansfield (2022): 18 Stansfield
The Heretic Scribbler of Ƶ MS 319 Antje G. Frotscher (2022): 18 Frotscher
Ƶ, MSS 8–13: A Remarkable Biblical Commentary from the Fifteenth Century Lesley Smith (2022): 18 Smith
Luther’s Biblia Sacra of 1529 Cressida Ryan (2022): 18 Ryan
Representing Reality: A Century of Dutch Golden Age Maps at Ƶ Library William Shire (2022): 18 Shire
Chasing Somervile, New College’s Poet of the Hunt Christopher Skelton-Foord (2022): 18 Skelton-Foord
Identifying the ‘Revd. Robt. Lowth’ in J. Sturges’s Letter to Mr. Cadell Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (2022): 18 Tieken-Boon van Ostade
The Other Samuel Johnson’s English Grammar Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (2022): 18 Tieken-Boon van Ostade
Ned Warren’s ‘Jack in the Pulpit’: Ƶ MS 380 and Textual Transmission Christopher Skelton-Foord (2022): 18 Skelton-Foord
‘Scotus Viator’: R. W. Seton-Watson and the Making of Czechoslovakia Caitlín Kane (2022): 18 Kane
Ƶ School Archive Michael Stansfield (2022): 18 Stansfield
A Library about Ƶ: Noteworthy Acquisitions in 2022 Christopher Skelton-Foord (2022): 18 Skelton-Foord
Ƶ MS 333: An Extraordinary Witness to the Harklean Syriac New Testament Piotr Jutkiewicz (2022): 17 Jutkiewicz
Capturing Sound: The Art of William de Brailes in Ƶ MS 322 Shelley Morwenna Williams (2022): 17 Williams
Reflections on Medieval Art, Politics, and the Courtrai Chest Joseph W. Mason (2022): 17 Mason
Ƶ MS 287 and its Text Jemima Bennett (2022): 17 Bennett
A New Year’s Gift from 1600 William Poole (2022): 17 Poole
‘A chain of invincible reasoning’? Isaac Newton’s Writing Practices in the Ƶ Manuscripts Jack Avery (2022): 17 Avery
‘The divine Harvey’: The Afterlives of William Harvey Ludmilla Jordanova (2022): 17 Jordanova
The German War Memorial in Ƶ Chapel Elliot Jordan (2022): 17 Jordan
The Appeal of Eros to Apollo: A New Manuscript for Ƶ, Oxford Christopher Skelton-Foord (2022): 17 Skelton-Foord
‘On love and friendship, either true or false’: Ordinatio of Text and of Meaning in Oxford, New College, MS 98 Samira Lindstedt (2021): 16 Lindstedt
Ƶ MS 298: A Story of the Manuscript Alberto Ravani (2021): 16 Ravani
‘A very unusual binding’: A Remarkable Julius Caesar in Ƶ Library Jason Morgan (2021): 16 Morgan
Information Structures in Ƶ MS 143 Codex of Philo of Alexandria Sean A. Adams (2021): 16 Adams
A Changing World: Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia from 1544—BT3.187.1(2) William Shire (2021): 16 Shire
Contemplating Cavendish: An Analysis of Reader Marks in Playes (1662) E. Mariah Spencer (2021): 16 Spencer
William Musgrave (1655–1721): An Early Modern Ƶ Natural Philosopher, Physician, and Antiquary William Poole (2021): 16 Poole
Novelty and Notability: Ƶ Library Acquisitions 2021 Christopher Skelton-Foord (2021): 16 Skelton-Foord
The Palette and Pigments of a Thirteenth-Century Oxford Illuminator Richard Gameson (2021): 15 Gameson
John Farley (d. 1464) and the Finessing of MS 281 James Willoughby (2021): 15 Willoughby
The Origin of Ƶ MS 144: Some Text-Critical Observations Elias Dietz (2021): 15 Dietz
The Invisible Book Randall McLeod with Timothy Perry (2021): 15 McLeod
The First Issue of the First Edition of the First Edwardian Prayer Book: Ƶ Library, Oxford, BT1.131.19 Peter W. M. Blayney (2021): 15 Blayney
The Authorship of Ƶ MS 303 Alison Shell (2021): 15 Shell
Evidence of an Early Modern Scholar’s Visit to the Library at Ƶ, Oxford in the Early Seventeenth Century Renae Satterley (2021): 15 Satterley
Bonfoy Trimnell (d. 1691): Birthday Poet, and Donor of Newton’s Principia William Poole (2021): 15 Poole
What could it be? An Eighteenth-Century Wig-Curler William Poole (2021): 15 Poole
Lord Thurlow: A Chancellorship in Caricature through Ƶ’s Collection of Gillrays Ben Gilding (2021): 15 Gilding
‘The living Arts appear’d’: Shakespearean Ekphrasis in Ƶ, MS 367 Anna-Nadine Pike (2021): 15 Pike
Thomas Neal (c. 1519–c. 1590): Catholic, Priest, Scholar Thomas Neal (2020): 14 Neal
The Long Reach of Ƶ’s Catholic Apologists Robert Gullifer (2020): 14 Gullifer
Edward Bernard (1638–1697) and Ƶ William Poole (2020): 14 Poole
The Papists of Ƶ: I Katie McKeogh (2020): 14 McKeogh
The Ƶ Porters Christopher Skelton-Foord (2020): 14 Skelton-Foord
The Russo-Japanese War on the Shelves of Ƶ Library Alexander Morrison (2020): 14 Morrison
Some Notable Acquisitions and Associations from 2020 Christopher Skelton-Foord (2020): 14 Skelton-Foord
William Courtney and ‘the Woman Question’ Laura Marcus (2020): 14 Marcus
‘Edifying Words’ in the Florilegium of Ƶ MS 98 Rebecca Menmuir (2020): 13 Menmuir
An Early Ƶ Bookbinder James Willoughby (2020): 13 Willoughby
William Dowsing Reads a Plague Sermon Dunstan Roberts (2020): 13 Roberts
Philo of Alexandria at Ƶ James R. Royse (2020): 13 Royse
Naps upon Parnassus: Some Attempts at Literary Humour in Elizabethan and Jacobean Ƶ William Poole (2020): 13 Poole
Lending to the Manchester Art Exhibition in 1857 Michael Burden (2020): 13 Burden
Samuel Rolles Driver: His Impact on the Reformed View of the Patriarch Jacob and the Meaning of his Name Oleg M. Tsymbalyuk (2020): 13 Tsymbalyuk
Forty Years of Women at Ƶ: How Did They Get Here? Dennis A. Ahlburg (2020): 13 Ahlburg
Finding Inspector Morse in the Archives Dennis A. Ahlburg (2020): 13 Ahlburg
From Manuscript to Print: Tracing a Technological Revolution in the Collections of Ƶ Library Jason Morgan (2019): 12 Morgan
The Good Boy’s Book of Hours: Ƶ MS 160 Anne B. Yardley (2019): 12 Yardley
Looking for Scribal Play in Oxford, New College MS 314 Mary C. Flannery (2019): 12 Flannery
Jerome’s Journey: William Warham and the Dedication Copy of Erasmus’s Edition of Jerome (1516) Tim Wade (2019): 12 Wade
Stephen Standish and the Provenance of the Ƶ Astronomicum Cæsareum (1540) William Poole and Daniel Fried (2019): 12 Poole
Christopher Saxton’s 1579 Atlas of England and Wales: An Unexpected Savilian Book Among Ƶ Library’s Treasures Alexandra Plane (2019): 12 Plane
Some Marginalia in Burnet’s History of My Own Time Lionel K. J. Glassey (2019): 12 Glassey
Window-Mounted Cancels?: More Questions Than Answers Geoffrey Day (2019): 12 Day
Anniversaries, Alumni, and Acquisitions: Ƶ Library in 2019 Christopher Skelton-Foord (2019): 12 Skelton-Foord
The Penitent’s Tale; or, New College Library’s Copy of The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope (1717) Christopher Skelton-Foord (2019): 12 Skelton-Foord
Cyprian in England James Willoughby (2019): 11 Willloughby
A Book with a Price in the World: Ƶ MS 274 Jenny Adams (2019): 11 Adams
The Story of One Year in the Early Life of Ƶ Brian Collins (2019): 11 Collins
The Education of an Elizabethan Gentleman: Sir Alexander Temple at Oxford John Matthews (2019): 11 Matthews
Ƶ Library Benefactors’ Book 1611-1615 Anna-Lujz Gilbert (2019): 11 Gilbert
The British Civil Wars and the Defence of Oxford David Parrott (2019): 11 Parrott
The Two Euclids of Daniel Appleford (d. 1645) William Poole (2019): 11 Poole
A Mathematical Chaplain: The Books of Richard Bestwick William Poole (2019): 11 Poole
Nephew Bill Goes to Sea Jennifer Thorp (2019): 11 Thorp
‘Form! form! Riflemen form!’: The Oxford University Rifle Volunteer Corps in Ƶ Archives Jason Morgan (2019): 11 Morgan
The Bets of G. H. Hardy Joseph Conlon (2019): 11 Conlon
Ƶ MS 333: The Euthalian Apparatus and Menander’s Lost Thais Derek Spears (2018): 10 Spears
A Hard Day for the Scribe of MS 66, a Wycliffite Bible in Ƶ, Oxford John Zachariah Shuster (2018): 10 Shuster
A Sad Case of Neglect: The First Chinese Book in Ƶ Library Peter Kornicki (2018): 10 Kornicki
A Periegetical Poem from Jacobean Ƶ: Richard Zouche’s The Dove (1613) William Poole (2018): 10 Poole
Pounced Corrections in Oxford Copies of Cavendish’s Philosophical and Physical Opinions; or, Margaret Cavendish’s Glitter Pen Liza Blake (2018): 10 Blake
A Taste of the Eighteenth Century Marjory Szurko (2018): 10 Szurko
‘Hurried out of my life . . . my horses are at the door’: Harry Peckham and the Stewardship of Ƶ’s Estates During the 1770s Jennifer Thorp (2018): 10 Thorp
Ƶ’s Irish Airman Joseph Conlon (2018): 10 Conlon
How The Mound Got Its Quack Felix Flicker (2018): 10 Flicker
Maria Regina Angliæ: A Gift for a Tudor Queen Jason Morgan (2018): 10 Morgan
Seeing the Light: Being the story of Sir Isaac Newton’s prisms and papers and the means by which they came to Ƶ Jason Morgan (2018): 09 Morgan
A Lamentable Book James Willoughby (2018): 09 Willoughby
An Italian Visitor to the Library, c. 1525 James Willoughby (2018): 09 Willoughby
Ƶ and the Reformation David Parrott (2018): 09 Parrott
A Ƶ Pun Revisited Miles Young (2018): 09 Young
Teaching and Learning in Jacobean Ƶ: The Foundation of the Lake Lectureships William Poole (2018): 09 Poole
Women in Ƶ—350 Years Ago? Jennifer Thorp (2018): 09 Thorp
Brotherly Love? Dr Young among the Thespians Lucia Quinault (2018): 09 Quinault
Jane Austen First Editions: Aves and the Sparrow Christopher Skelton-Foord (2018): 09 Skelton-Foord
Ƶ Library Benefactors’ Book 1601-1610: An Edition William Poole (2018): 09 Poole
Daniel Vivian’s Grand Tour, 1636–37 (Ƶ, MS 348) William Poole (2017): 08 Poole
Classifications in Time: The Rise of the Shelfmark on the Failure of Provenance Jason Morgan (2017): 08 Morgan
Agincourt Sermon Christopher Tyerman (2017): 08 Tyerman
“This Dooth Erasmus Williams Represent”, Richard Haydock, 1608 William Poole (2017): 08 Poole
A Visual ‘Note’: Ƶ from an Unusual Angle Miles Young (2017): 08 Young
Dennis Potter: An Unconventional Dramatist Jason Morgan (2017): 08 Morgan
Robert Sharrock and the “History of the Propagation & Improvement of Vegetables” Anna Svensson (2017): 08 Svensson
Lifting the Veil of Time: The Servants of Ƶ Restored Jason Morgan (2017): 08 Morgan
The Receipt of Manuscripts in Ƶ Library 1624-1852 William Poole (2017): 08 Poole
Bells and Books: Not What You Might Expect in Oxford’s Dreaming Spires Helen Bond (2017): 08 Bond
William Archibald Spooner and his Spoonerisms Sami Anderson-Talbi (2017): 08 Anderson-Talbi
The Torture and Mock Hanging of a Butler, and Latin Macaronics in Civil War Ƶ William Poole (2016): 07 Poole
‘Yours truly Jack the Ripper’—of Ƶ, Oxford? Jason Morgan (2016): 07 Morgan
A Recent Purchase: Julian the Apostate, Orationes (La Flèche, 1614) William Poole (2016): 07 Poole
Robert Hedrington and Wynkyn de Worde at Winchester Ƶ Richard Foster (2016): 07 Foster
Ƶ of Magic and Wizardry: A Second Note on the 1566/7 Visitation Jan Machielsen (2016): 07 Machielsen
An Unrecorded Letter of Sir Francis Bacon, to Ƶ, 12 April 1617 William Poole (2016): 07 Poole
A Medieval Travel Warrant Jennifer Thorp (2016): 07 Thorp
Early Science in Ƶ III William Poole (2016): 07 Poole
Law, Politics, and Scholarship in the Seventeenth Century: The Reputation of Nathaniel Fiennes Vivienne Larminie (2016): 07 Larminie
Thomas Milles’ Modified Books Adam Smyth (2016): 07 Smyth
More Stanley Casson Materials William Poole (2016): 07 Poole
Warden Harmar and the Ralegh Trial Geoffrey Day (2015): 06 Day
Nicholas Stoughton (1592-1648): MP, Surrey Militia Officer, and Patron of International Learning Vivienne Larminie (2015): 06 Larminie
Memories of Ƶ 1950-1954 John Ledingham (2015): 06 Ledingham
Robert Burton and his Anatomy of Melancholy William Poole (2015): 06 Poole
Margaret Cavendish’s Books in Ƶ, and around Oxford William Poole (2015): 06 Poole
The Female Pope, a Mutilated Manuscript, and Some Bibliographical Puzzles William Poole (2015): 06 Poole
Thomas Tanner (1630-1682): A Cosmopolitan Fellow of the Interregnum and his Donations to the Library William Poole (2015): 06 Poole
MS 86 of the Fellows’ Library, Winchester Lucia Quinault (2015): 06 Quinault
West Gallery Woes: The Hornchurch Dispute of 1813 Jennifer Thorp (2015): 06 Thorp
The King’s Eye James Willoughby (2015): 06 Willoughby
Warden Robert Pink and the Disputed Election of 1620 Robert F.W. Smith (2015): 06 Smith
‘The Origins and Life of William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester’ Christopher Johnson (2014): 05 Johnson
Richard Willes: Sixteenth-Century Religious Renegade and Concrete Poet William Poole (2014): 05 Poole
Chasing Provenance: Apuleius’s 250-Year Journey from Robert Dow’s All Souls’ to James Edwards Sewell’s Ƶ Jason Morgan (2014): 05 Morgan
An Inquest of 1566 Jennifer Thorp (2014): 05 Thorp
John Reinolds, Dead Poet (1614); or, What Did Fellows Own When They Died in Ƶ? William Poole (2014): 05 Poole
It’s a Girl!: A Winchester Poetic Manuscript of c. 1719 Lucia Quinault (2014): 05 Quinault
Property of a Late Warden, 1613, with Some More on the Ryves Family William Poole (2014): 05 Poole
Ƶ Servants in the 1914–18 War Jennifer Thorp (2014): 05 Thorp
Three Letters from Stanley Casson to Francis Henry Taylor, 1932 William Poole (2014): 05 Poole
Thomas Stapleton’s First Polemic: An Impact Case Study Jan Machielsen (2014): 05 Machielsen
The John Lane Albums Jennifer Thorp (2014): 05 Thorp
‘His feet stunk out of cry’: Ben Stone’s Satirical Manuscript Verses on Thomas Coryate Philip S. Palmer (2014): 05 Palmer
William Smith’s Biblical Notebook (1729): A Manuscript Recovered William Poole (2014): 05 Poole
The 1588 Donations of Thomas Martin, Lawyer and Recusant William Poole (2013): 04 Poole
Benjamin Stone, Dead Poet (c. 1612) William Poole (2013): 04 Poole
The Chapel Reredos Jennifer Thorp (2013): 04 Thorp
An Ascension Day Ritual Revived: Ƶ Chapel and St. Bartholomew’s Chapel Edward Higginbottom (2013): 04 Higginbottom
Sixteenth-Century Ownership of the Bohun Apocalypse, New College MS 65 Arabella Milbank (2013): 04 Milbank
Edmund Hakluyt: Ƶ Singing Man, Tutor and Youngest Brother of Richard Hakluyt Daniel Carey (2013): 04 Carey
The Ƶ Fragments of Caxton’s Janua Grammar Hedwig Gwosdek (2013): 04 Gwosdek
A New Acquisition: Christophorus Longolius’s Copy of the 1511 Parisian Edition of the Corpus Juris Civilis William Poole (2013): 04 Poole
A New Incunable for Ƶ: Wynkyn de Worde’s Golden Legend, 1498 James Willoughby (2013): 04 Willoughby
An Early Modern Ƶ Dynasty: George, Thomas and Bruno Ryves William Poole (2013): 04 Poole
Ƶ’s Shakespeare Club Jennifer Thorp (2013): 03 Thorp
Thomas Master and the Mensa Lubrica: A Seventeenth-Century Gaming Poem William Poole (2013): 03 Poole
‘Bowlin Greens’ in Loggan’s Oxonia Illustrata (1675) Rebecca Hutchins (2013): 03 Hutchins
Prussia and the Poodle Emily Bootle (2013): 03 Bootle
A New Setting: John Heath’s Translation of The Accomplishment of the Prophecies, 1613 Mark Byford (2013): 03 Byford
What is the Mound for? Robin Lane Fox (2013): 03 Lane Fox
Alfred, Lord Milner in Russia, 1917 Jason Morgan (2013): 03 Morgan
A New Manuscript for Ƶ William Poole (2013): 03 Poole
A Marginal Follower of Fashion James Willloughby (2013): 03 Willoughby
Fun with Grammar: Richard Zouche’s ‘Upon the Burning of a School’ William Poole (2013): 03 Poole
Inheriting, Selling and Buying Books in Ƶ Library, 1675-1849 William Poole (2013): 03 Poole
Ƶ’s Shakespeare Club Jennifer Thorp (2013): 03 Thorp
Mary Woodforde’s Book Sophie Butler (2012): 02 Butler
A Poetic Squabble about Bottle Banks and Skips (1988) William Poole (2012): 02 Poole
A Fifteenth-Century Bookman James Willoughby (2012): 02 Willoughby
A Medieval Binding James Willoughby (2012): 02 Willoughby
Conservation of the Ƶ Archives Jennifer Thorp (2012): 02 Thorp
Early Science in Ƶ I: Robert Plot on Ƶ (1677) William Poole (2012): 02 Poole
Early Science in Ƶ II: The Oglander Collection (1730) William Poole (2012): 02 Poole
George Washington and the Ammunition Crisis of 1777 Jennifer Thorp (2012): 02 Thorp
Manuscript Waste William Poole (2012): 02 Poole
Mary Woodforde’s Book Sophie Butler (2012): 02 Butler
The Alfred Lord Milner South African Addresses Jason Morgan (2012): 02 Morgan
Upon the Unveiling of ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’ Michael Burden (2012): 02 Burden
Some Early-Modern Ƶ Poetical Miscellanies with Thomas Master’s Poem on his Cat William Poole (2012): 01 Poole
The Language and Meaning of the Ƶ Motto Mark Griffith (2012): 01 Griffith
Gerard’s Herbal Rebecca Hutchins (2012): 01 Hutchins
Deciphering the Title-Page of a Book of William Thorne of Ƶ, Regius Professor of Hebrew, and King James Bible Translator William Poole (2012): 01 Poole
News from the Library c. 1700 James Willoughby (2012): 01 Willoughby
Shepilinda on Ƶ in 1738 William Poole and Geoff Neate (2012): 01 Poole
Some Early-Modern Ƶ Poetical Miscellanies with Thomas Master’s Poem on his Cat William Poole (2012): 01 Poole
Thame School and Ƶ Jennifer Thorp (2012): 01 Thorp
The Bells of Ƶ, from Five to Eight to Ten William Poole (2012): 01 Poole
Two Copies of a Clandestine Manuscript in Late Seventeenth-Century Ƶ William Poole (2012): 01 Poole
Warden Fisher and the General Strike in 1926 Jennifer Thorp (2012): 01 Thorp
Ƶ MS 328 and ‘Jane the Quene’ Jason Morgan (2012): 01 Morgan
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