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With effect from 1 October 1985, the prize was awarded annually, although some years there were no candidates. Regulations were altered in 1989 to permit one or two prizes at discretion in one year. It is also possible to co-write an essay, and to win the prize jointly.

You will find below a list of some of the previous winners. Those whose email addresses are offered are happy to be contacted if you have some questions about the prize, and we are hoping to shortly provide links to the full text of their essays.  At the moment, if you have access to the Manuscripts Room at Cambridge University Library, you can order them with the classmark “Gordon Duff” followed by their running number.

 

2016:

27 Michael J. Sullivan, mjp90@cam.ac.uk 

'The chips of the workshop': punctuation and revision in Tennyson’s early notebooks

 

2015:

25 Madeline McMahon, mcm74@cam.ac.uk 

Dating manuscripts in sixteenth-century England: the efforts of Matthew Parker and his circle

26 Max Twivy, mt573@cam.ac.uk 

William Gladstone's book collection

 

2014:

23 Jamie Trace, jrt52@cam.ac.uk 

An Analysis of Richard Etherington and Giovanni Botero’s Della Ragion di stato in MS Sloane 1065.

24 Rebecca Watts, rew35@cam.ac.uk 

‘Crazier and more of it than we think': Contextualising the production of Louis MacNeice’s unfinished autobiography

 

2012: 

22 William Kynan-Wilson, wk225@cam.ac.uk

Ottoman costumes albums in Cambridge

 

2011: 

21 Charlotte Anne Panofre

Printing Protestant texts under Mary Tudor: the role of Antwerp. 

 

2007: 

20 Richard Serjeantson, rws1001@cam.ac.uk, conjointly with Thomas Wooldford 

Scribal publication of a printed book: the printing, suppression, and manuscript completion of Francis Bacon’s Certaine considerations touching…the Church of England (1604).

 

2005: 

19 Hope Johnston, Hope_Johnston@baylor.edu 

Henry Pepwell, minor printer. 

 

2004:

17 Catherine Eagleton, Catherine.Eagleton@bl.uk

John Whetamstede, Abbot of St Albans, on discovery of the liberal arts and their tools. Or, why were astronomical instruments in late-medieval libraries?

 

18 Yu-Chiao Wang

The image of St George and the Dragon: Promoting Books and Book producers in the pre-reformation England

 

2003:

16 John Craig, johnc@sfu.ca

Forming a Protestant consciousness? Erasmus’ paraphrases in English Parishes, 1547-1666

 

1999:

14 Cathy Shrank, c.shrank@sheffield.ac.uk

“These Fewe scribbled words”: representing scribal intimacy in early modern print 

 

15  Beth Lynch

Mr Smirke and “Mr Filth”; a Bibliographic case study in Non conformist Print Culture

 

1998:

13 Nicolas Bell

The scribe as an editor in the musical codex of Las Huelgas, Burgos

 

1997: 

12 Anne C. Henry (Toner) 

“to fill up chasms”, Reading ellipsis in the eighteenth-century novel

 

1996

10 Susanna Avery-Quash

‘Cheapness of production and the valuable imitative faculty…the marvels of the present age’: Sir Henry Cole’s Interest in and Influence on Book binding design and production in the mid-nineteenth century.

 

11 Laura Sole

The Anglo-Saxon Office for St Cuthbert.

 

1995:

4 Mary Morrissey

A Layman’s reading of Religious controversies in the 1630s: A study of CUL MS Dd XIV. 25 9item 9, now item 3) 

 

1992: 

8 J.J. Greenland

The iconography of the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library, MS. Hunter 229

 

1991:

7 A.R. Atkins 

A bibliographical analysis of the Manuscript of D.H. Lawrence’s “The White peacock”

 

1990:

6 K.A. Lowe

Latin versions of Old English Wills

 

1988:

9 Kathryn Lowe

The scribe of MS.CUL. Ff.2.33: How good a copist?

 

1967:

3 John Robert Harvey

The etchings by H.K. Browne (“phiz”) for Dickens’ s novels.

 

1958: 

2 S.A. Skilliter

New light on Barton’s services for the levant company, a study of Additional Manuscript 461 preserved in Cambridge University Library, submitted as an essay for the Gordon Duff Prize, 1958. 

 

1955: 

1 R. Vaughan

The handwriting of Matthew Paris (reprinted in Transcription of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society Vol. 1 part 5 pp. 376-394, P850.b.55.1).

 

 

 

Key Dates

  • Candidates must submit a title and brief abstract of proposed subjects to Dr Jill Whitelock, Head of Special Collections, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, CB3 9DR (jw330@cam.ac.uk) so as to reach her not later than last day of the Michaelmas Term, 19 December 2016 (email preferred).
  • Candidates will be informed whether their proposed subjects are approved by the Library Syndicate after its meeting on 16 February 2017. 
  • If the proposed subject is approved, essays must be sent in hard-copy and electronic form to Dr Jill Whitelock, Head of Special Collections, Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, CB3 9DR (jw330@cam.ac.uk) by 25 March 2017.