Celeberrimae Oxoniensis academiae … descriptio

W B Yeats, ‘All Souls’ Night’

This Treasure is paired with: W B Yeats, ‘All Souls’ Night’ (Oxford)

  • Ralph Agas
  • 1588
  • London
  • Map

This is the oldest map of Oxford in the Bodleian’s collections, engraved by Augustine Ryther from a drawing by Ralph Agas (1578). Agas was a land surveyor who promoted estate maps as a useful alternative to written surveys. The map of the city is oriented to the south, a feature copied in maps of Oxford until the late 18th century. Agas was particular about using geometrical and arithmetical techniques for exact measurements, and the buildings are drawn in perspective.