This Treasure is paired with: Milton’s ode to Bodley’s Librarian (No lending)
Bodley’s Librarian John Rouse proved a most determined guardian of the Bodleian’s books. In 1645, he received a note from Charles I asking to borrow a world history by the French poet and chronicler Agrippa d’Aubigné. The King was based in Oxford, and the request came with the backing of the Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Christ Church, Samuel Fell. Rouse brandished the Library Statutes with their prohibition against lending, and the King’s request was withdrawn.
December 30. 1645.
Deliver unto the bearer hereof, for the present use of his Maiesty, a booke intituled Histoire Universelle du Sieur D’Aubigné: and this shall be your warrant:
His maiestyes use: is in commaund to use
S Fell Vice Can.
This Treasure isn’t currently on display in the Weston Library.