Lost Manuscripts

The ambition of Lost Manuscripts is to build a union catalogue of manuscript fragments in the British Isles. The first stage was a pilot project involving fragments in bindings in the Harsnett Collection (housed at the University of Essex). We are very keen to have your feedback, suggestions and recommendations.

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Colchester Harsnett I.b.18(1) offset
The nature of the evidence for this project is that it is incomplete but sometimes it can be little more than a ghost, as this example shows.
Colchester Harsnett K.a.13 front flyleaf recto
Most of the fragments in the Harsnett collection have not been studied, but a few have been. Even when they have, though, there is still more to be found.
Colchester Harsnett I.d.3 back pastedown upright
One of the more unexpected discoveries during the research for the pilot project was a volume with annotations in the hand of the man who was Archbishop of Canterbury when Samuel Harsnett was born -- Matthew Parker (1504-75).