Bodleian Library Treasures
'Undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous and lavish of such picture-book introductory guides to famous libraries' collections the world over ... the sheer variety of treasures is astonishing' - Library and Information History
A beautiful book of the treasures held in Oxford's Bodleian Library
Since its foundation in 1602, the Bodleian Library has acquired manuscripts, printed books, maps, music and ephemera in all languages, from all ages and from all corners of the globe. From this huge collection David Vaisey, former Bodley's Librarian and Keeper of the University Archives, has selected over one hundred treasures that have a story to tell. Many of these treasures are well-loved around the world and include Jane Austen's manuscript for The Watsons, Shelley's notebooks, a map of Narnia illustrated by C.S. Lewis and the original Wind in the Willows manuscript. Others are known for their beauty and historical value, such as the thirteenth-century Douce Apocalypse, the Magna Carta and the Gutenberg Bible. Many items hold poignant stories, like the little book hand-written by the eleven-year-old girl who would later become Queen Elizabeth I, given as a New Year present in 1545 to the third of her stepmothers, Katherine Parr.
Using a simple and accessible chronological structure, together with detailed illustrations, this bibliophile's delight, now available in a stunning hardback edition, showcases the beauty and knowledge contained within the Bodleian Library's renowned collections.
- Author: David Vaisey, former Keeper of Western Manuscripts and Keeper of the University Archives
- Hardcover: 240 pages | 180 colour illustrations
- Date published: November 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1851244775
- Dimensions: 39.1 x 28.1 cm