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The most recent Society volume was published in 2018, and distributed to all Society subscribers for the year 2014.

New Series v.47 Memoirs of the City and University of Oxford in 1738. Together with Poems, Odd Lines, Fragments & Small Scraps, by `Shepilinda' (Elizabeth Sheppard) Edited by Geoffrey Neate.

The Society is delighted to be able to publish such an unusual but valuable and vivid account of Oxford in 1738. Elizabeth Sheppard (pen-name "Shepilinda") was a lively and engaging young woman who had a measure of social access to many of the College. She had been accompanied on her visits by a friend and confidante with the nickname "Scrippy", for whom the resulting memoir and appended collection of poems were intended as a gift. Elizabeth clearly had a facility for getting people to talk to her quite freely, together with a quick grasp of the information she received; she also had a lively, sometimes mischievous, sense of humour. The work, frequently unflattering to the dons (the wife of one is described as "ever a Moving Dumpling"), is entertaining, informative, and also unusual, in that women's voices are rarely heard at that date.
An introduction and notes, provides information on the people named.
Uniquely for an OHS publication, this volume has a dust jacket: a view of eighteenth century Broad St, focussing on Trinity College- but with an intriguing glimpse of a corner of the old Balliol.
Until his retirement GEOFFREY NEATE worked at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, with particular responsibility for computerising the catalogue entries for books published before 1920.

Next OHS publication is expected in 2019.