Sermon in shorthand

Magna Carta

This Treasure is paired with: Magna Carta (Saved from mice)

  • Jeremiah Rich
  • before 1654
  • England
  • Manuscript

So small that a mouse could carry it away? This was apparently the fear of Henry Octavius Coxe, Bodley’s Librarian in the 19th century, who kept this miniature manuscript fixed to a wooden rod with a silver chain. The book was first displayed in the Library in the middle of the 17th century, and remained a popular exhibit for some two and a half centuries. It is the Bodleian’s smallest manuscript.