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Notes on the Heraldry in Oxfordshire churches...
Author: Emma Elizabeth Hautenville Cope [Reverend F N Davis]
Title: Notes on the Heraldry in Oxfordshire churches Relating to Marriages [Emma Elizabeth Cope's unpublished typescript with] Oxfordshire Heraldry Identified 'Copy Prepared for Press' [with] Heraldry in Oxfordshire Churches [corrected galley proofs]
Place: Oxfordshire/ Berkshire
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An annotated typescript, a manuscript and a set of corrected galley proofs by the palaeographer, genealogist and historian of Berkshire and Oxfordshire, Emma Elizabeth Hautenville Cope (1860-1949). The three works have been bound into a single large quarto-sized volume with a note about its provenance in Cope's hand on the first pastedown: 'Returned by the University [of Reading] saying they had no room and did not want the volumes.[only one present here] E E Cope'. The first typescript is 142 leaves, recto only, with tabbed index to follow and is an attempt to 'connect the heraldry as a logical whole which I believe it Originally was' as found in Oxfordshire stained glass and church tombs with marriage records. This is annotated throughout with commentary including a description of Cope's efforts to have the work published. Cope take particular care to acknowledge her debt to Anthony Wood and Richard Rawlinson's manuscripts in the Bodleian but this parish by parish, church by church survey seems to have been based upon much empirical work as well. The manuscript of Oxfordshire Heraldry Identified follows (ff 24) with a mocked up title page: 'Copy prepared for press. when I intended to print privately.' Part of this work was indeed printed in 1930. Finally there is the corrected galley proof of Heraldry in Oxfordshire Churches. Everything in this volume has been subject to multiple revisions and rewriting with occasional letters tipped in, small heraldic drawings and other printed material. A fascinating compilation.