A Brief History of the Bodleian Library

A Brief History of the Bodleian Library

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How did a library founded over 400 years ago grow to become the world-renowned institution it is today, home to over thirteen million items? From its foundation by Sir Thomas Bodley in 1598 to the opening of the Weston Library in 2015, this illustrated account shows how the Library's history was involved with the British monarchy and political events throughout the centuries. The history of the Library is also a history of collectors and collections, and this book traces the story of major donations and purchases, making use of the Library's own substantial archives to show how it came to house key items such as early confirmations of Magna Carta, Shakespeare's First Folio and the manuscript of Jane Austen's earliest writings, among many others. Beautifully illustrated with prints, portraits, manuscripts and archival material, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of libraries and collections.

Book information

ISBN: 9781851245444
Publisher: Bodleian Library
Imprint: Bodleian Library
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 027.70942574
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 22864
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 768g
Height: 167mm
Width: 243mm
Spine width: 29mm