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.
27 Michael J. Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org
'The chips of the workshop': punctuation and revision in Tennyson’s early notebooks
23 Jamie Trace, email@example.com
An Analysis of Richard Etherington and Giovanni Botero’s Della Ragion di stato in MS Sloane 1065.
24 Rebecca Watts, firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Crazier and more of it than we think': Contextualising the production of Louis MacNeice’s unfinished autobiography
22 William Kynan-Wilson, email@example.com
Ottoman costumes albums in Cambridge
21 Charlotte Anne Panofre
Printing Protestant texts under Mary Tudor: the role of Antwerp.
20 Richard Serjeantson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).
19 Hope Johnston, Hope_Johnston@baylor.edu
Henry Pepwell, minor printer.
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
16 John Craig, email@example.com
Forming a Protestant consciousness? Erasmus’ paraphrases in English Parishes, 1547-1666
14 Cathy Shrank, firstname.lastname@example.org
“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
13 Nicolas Bell
The scribe as an editor in the musical codex of Las Huelgas, Burgos
12 Anne C. Henry (Toner)
“to fill up chasms”, Reading ellipsis in the eighteenth-century novel
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.
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)
8 J.J. Greenland
The iconography of the Hunterian Psalter, Glasgow University Library, MS. Hunter 229
7 A.R. Atkins
A bibliographical analysis of the Manuscript of D.H. Lawrence’s “The White peacock”
6 K.A. Lowe
Latin versions of Old English Wills
9 Kathryn Lowe
The scribe of MS.CUL. Ff.2.33: How good a copist?
3 John Robert Harvey
The etchings by H.K. Browne (“phiz”) for Dickens’ s novels.
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.
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).