A Brief History Of The Bodleian Library by Mary ClapinsonA Brief History Of The Bodleian Library by Mary Clapinson

A Brief History Of The Bodleian Library

byMary Clapinson

Paperback | May 15, 2015

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The University of Oxford's Bodleian Library has become one of the most celebrated libraries in the world, boasting a collection of nearly twelve million books and manuscripts and a fascinating history that spans more than four hundred years.
A Brief History of the Bodleian Library takes readers through the Library's history, from its founding in 1602 by Sir Thomas Bodley to the present day. Along the way, the book traces the development of the Library's incomparable collection, complete with details that reveal the eccentricities of those who have helped shape it, including Bodley himself, who conceived of the Library as a "republic of the learned," and King George VI, who inadvertently delayed the opening of the New Bodleian in 1946 when he broke the key in the lock. Covering the major moments in the Library's history and with a great many fun facts-How did the Library come to own not one of Shakespeare's First Folios but two?-the book also apprises readers of its present concerns, including the building of individual subject libraries across Oxford, the use of underground passages, and the perennial search for more space.
Mary Clapinson is an emeritus fellow of St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. From 1986 to 2002, she was Keeper of the Western Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library. She is coeditor, with Gregory Walker and Lesley Forbes, of The Bodleian Library: A Subject Guide to the Collections.
Title:A Brief History Of The Bodleian LibraryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:May 15, 2015Publisher:BODLEIAN LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORDLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1851242732

ISBN - 13:9781851242733

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Table of Contents

1. The early years, 1602-1652
2. Consolidation, 1652-1700
3. The eighteenth century
4. The nineteenth century
5. A new century and a New Bodleian, 1912-1945
6. Expansion and modernization, 1945-2002
Postscript: Since 2002
Further Reading

Editorial Reviews

“This Brief History is a book it would be very difficult to fault and one likely to become indispensable to researchers, students, and general readers requiring an accurate, very informative, and fairly short account of the first four hundred years in the life and times of the Bodleian Library.”