Another large batch of manuscripts have been finalized and uploaded in Digital Library on the Christ Church website. These contain some of the most intriguing and eagerly awaited documents housed in Special Collections, including:
♦ a Hebrew codex comprising ten Kabbalistic and four Maimonidean texts
♦ a series of early Oxford maps
♦ an autograph score by Henry Aldrich which has already been performed in the Cathedral
♦ a sixteenth-century roll presenting the career of Thomas Wolsey, with a biography of Sir Isaac Newton as an added text
♦ a few spectacularly illuminated medieval manuscripts with illustrious provenance, among which are a twelfth-century Psalter associated with Sir Edmund Rede
♦ a substantial fragment from a fifteenth-century Roman Missal
♦ a fifteenth-century manuscript of Nicolas Cantilupe's Historiola consulted by Thomas Hearne
Also among the newly digitized manuscripts are one of the oldest complete manuscript of The Canterbury Tales, the text of which is slightly departing from the canon and one of the earliest manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible, eagerly awaited by the team of scholars engaged in an AHRC funded project 'Towards a new edition of the Wycliffite Bible'.
Images of the fully digitized manuscripts are made available both on the college website and the Bodleian portal. On the college website, the digitized manuscripts are linked to very detailed bibliographical descriptions. On the Bodleian interface the Christ Church manuscripts have more basic descriptions, but the advantage there is that they are integrated in a wider context, outside the college premises, and very likely to be the first port of call for scholars in search of Oxford manuscripts.