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The Gough Map

The oldest surviving road map of Great Britain, dating from around 1360. East is shown at the top.

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Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species

The first edition of Darwin’s great work on evolution. Published in 1859, more than two decades after his voyage on The Beagle.

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Pliny’s Natural History

A spectacular edition of Pliny, printed by Nicholas Jenson of Venice, for the Strozzis, a family of Florentine merchants and bankers.

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Kenneth Grahame, letters to his son which form the basis of The Wind in the Willows

Letters written from Kenneth Grahame to his son in 1907, in which he recounts the adventures of Mr Toad. The letters would form the basis of The Wind in the Willows, published the following year.

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Translation of a French devotional poem by an 11 year old Elizabeth I in her own hand

A translation of a French devotional poem by an 11-year-old Elizabeth I in her own hand. Tradition has it that Elizabeth also embroidered the binding.

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Parthenia, or the Maydenhead of the first Musuicke that ever was printed for the Virginalls

A collection of music for the virginal, including works by Byrd, Bull and Gibbons. The earliest engraved music in England.

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‘The Douce Ivory’

An ivory panel set into the upper cover of a manuscript Gospel lectionary. It shows the triumphant Christ trampling on a lion and serpent.

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The Song of Roland

An Anglo-Norman manuscript copy of the earliest surviving masterpiece in French literature.

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Ernest Shackleton, Aurora Australis

This book was written, illustrated and printed at the sign of ‘The Penguins’ in Antarctica. Shackleton devised it to pass the time during the long Antarctic winter.

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Draft of a speech on the abolition of slavery by William Wilberforce

Written by Wilberforce in preparation for a speech. He has clearly set out the main issues in a series of headings and related notes.

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The Caxton advertisement, Arch. G.e.37

Posted by P. W. Nash

On 17/05/2014

Newton's Principia Mathematics

Posted by Kat Steiner

On 23/04/2014

The Gutenberg Bible; it is only right that a piece representing a new era should be displayed to welcome in the new era of the library.

Posted by Morgan

On 19/06/2013

Euclid's Elements please :D

Posted by Bill

On 30/04/2013

shakespeare's first folio

Posted by Dr Paul Plant

On 22/02/2013

Mendelssohn, Schilflied

Posted by Guus Peek

On 05/10/2012

Shakespeare's first folio

Posted by Sue Comerford

On 22/06/2012

Red Book of Hergest

Posted by Rhys Trimble

On 08/05/2012

As a longstanding Friend of The Bodleian and historian of photography, I would like to nominate two significant milestones in early photography and nineteenth-century publishing.

Firstly, The Pencil of Nature, issued in six parts between 1844 and 1846 (The Bodleian copy preserves the original wrappers). This was the manifesto of the revolutionary new technology, by W H F Talbot, one of its inventors. Although a Cambridge man himself, the 24 prints in this very first photographically illustrated book include architectural studies of Christ Church and The Queen's College, given Oxford's proximity to Talbot's photographic printing works in Reading.

Secondly, the outstanding ethnographic photographs of John Thomson, images drawn either from his four-volume Illustrations of China and its People (1873-1874) or from the groundbreaking Street Life in London (1877-1878). Both publications, apart from being visual and sociological treats, show to great advantage the so-called permanent printing processes, collotype and Woodburytype respectively, which displaced silver-based photography in the 1870s.

As Richard Ovenden is the world authority on Thomson, he may have his own views on the subject.

Posted by Steven F. Joseph

On 21/04/2012

The Temple by George Herbert (MS Tanner 307)

Posted by Ben Faber

On 15/04/2012

The White Book of Rhydderch and Red Book of Hergest

Posted by Mark Davies (reader 2195738)

On 25/03/2012

Could you put these items on line in a fuller image so we can see them in Australia, please? They are so beautiful and evocative of the past.

Posted by anne lord

On 07/12/2011

MS. Douce 5 &6

Posted by John Duffy

On 06/12/2011

J.R.R. Tolkien's original art

Posted by Pieter Collier

On 27/11/2011

The English Bestiary (Bodley 764)

Posted by David Richard Jupe

On 03/11/2011

The Auct Bible

Posted by David Richard Jupe

On 03/11/2011

The Rule of Saint Benedict

Posted by David Richard Jupe

On 03/11/2011

The Ormesby Psalter

Posted by David Richard Jupe

On 03/11/2011

Magna Carta

Posted by Hendrik Everaert

On 07/10/2011

Charles darwin, On the origin of species

Posted by KaroLien Burms

On 07/10/2011

Maimonidies's code (Mishneh Torah) manuscript.

Posted by Joshua Lee

On 05/10/2011

MS. Duke Humfrey d. 1, a copy of Pliny's Letters in the hand of Pier Candido Decembrio, sent by him to Humfrey, duke of Gloucester, whose ex libris is in the book and which was one of the c. 300 manuscripts he gave to the University. It left the library, like all others, in the sixteenth century, but was also one of the first to be given to the Bodleian. It is resonant with the history of three centuries.

Posted by David Rundle

On 05/10/2011

Tradescant's Orchard

Posted by Tilly Prince

On 04/10/2011