An enthusiast’s ‘Poetry Pasty’

An enthusiast’s ‘Poetry Pasty’

Anon.

mid- or late 15th century; collected and transcribed 1926-32

England

manuscript and typescript

This unusual volume belonged to book collector Colonel W. E. Moss, who transcribed and annotated the fragments of medieval texts and had them bound into a kind of scrapbook, attempting to understand how the manuscript pages relate to one another: he calls it a ‘Poetry Pasty’ on the spine. Moss discovered the medieval leaves within the binding of a sixteenth-century book: a common fate for old manuscripts thought to be no longer useful. Col. Moss’s use of adhesive tape to secure the manuscript leaves was understandable given the materials available to him, but now causes a particular challenge to the Library’s conservators. The medieval pages contain fragments of Owayne Miles (St Patrick’s Purgatory); Sir Triamour; and Bevis of Hampton.

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