Fragments

In early modern bindings, a variety of fragments of print and manuscript items on both vellum and paper are to be found, reused in various ways.

Many of the items shown here were taken from bindings during the tenure of Newport B. White (Librarian 1931-57) and kept as a collection in a wooden box in the Y room. Some fragments were identified with the shelfmark of the book which had originally contained them: some were not.

Reused material is still present in many of the bindings and a project to record (and, where possible, to identify) this material is ongoing.

A collaboration with Dr Niamh Pattwell of UCD is planned, focussing on the reuse of medieval material in particular, as seen in the bindings of the books in the four major collections of Marsh's.