Wonderful Things from 400 Years of Collecting
The Bodleian Library 1602–2002
In the four centuries since its foundation by Sir Thomas Bodley, the Oxford library that bears his name has become home to more than nine million volumes. In this celebratory survey 75 treasures are illustrated and described – not only printed books but also medieval manuscripts and maps, modern politicians’ papers and a 1950 issue of Dan Dare comic The Eagle.
New Bodleian - Making the Weston Library
In 2009 the New Bodleian library received funding for a complete refurbishment, to improve the research, teaching and conservation facilities as well as public access, but the façade of the Grade-II listed building could not be altered. With contributions from senior library staff and architects, this illustrated volume records the complexity of the project, explaining the architectural, academic, curatorial and heritage issues that had to be considered.
Marks of Genius
Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries
Presenting 130 treasures now preserved in Oxford, this volume examines how the idea of ‘genius’ has been understood through history. Manuscripts and printed books from around the world illustrate the revolutionary ideas of individuals as well as the beautiful results of artistic collaboration. Also featured are ephemera and artefacts associated with geniuses (Mendelssohn’s conducting batons, a portrait of Galileo) and material that was donated to the Bodleian (books from Christopher Wren’s library, Dorothy Hodgkin’s hand-drawn insulin map).
The British Library Stefan Zweig Collection
Catalogue of the Literary and Historical Manuscripts
From the age of 16 the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) was a passionate collector of literary and historical autograph manuscripts, and his collection of unique pieces included poems by Rilke and Baudelaire, drafts by Robespierre, Darwin and Dostoevsky and lecture notes by Nietzsche. The collection was donated to the British Library by Zweig’s heirs in 1986, and is catalogued in this volume with full descriptions, commentary and 74 reproductions of manuscript pages.
Everything Explained That Is Explainable
On the Creation of the Encyclopædia Britannica's Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910–1911
With 29 volumes containing 40,000 entries, the vast eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was a high point of Edwardian optimism and is considered to mark the last stand of the Enlightenment. Boyles draws on letters and newspaper articles to trace the history of its production and to reveal the contribution of two American entrepreneurs in the spectacular revival of an ailing British publication. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.