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The Fox and the Bees: The Early Library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford : The Lowe Lectures 2017

R.M. Thomson
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge : D.S. Brewer, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9781843844853, 1843844850
Summary
The library of Corpus Christi College is one of the most famous of all of those in Oxford and Cambridge. It is one of the few pre-1600 libraries to survive in something like its original form, and the only one still in use as a library. Its main space is still the original room built in 1517, and its furniture, if not original, is still early, most of it dating from 1604. A high proportion of its earliest book-stock, whether print or manuscript, still survives, and there is a wealth of documentation that makes it possible to chart the process of acquisition, especially the major donations of the Founder, Bishop Fox, and first President, John Claymond. And yet there is no modern, book-length study of the College Library. The present volume is intended to provide a scholarly but attractive and readable account of the Library from its conception in the mind of Richard Fox, to the appearance of its earliest surviving catalogue in 1589. It is extensively illustrated, highlighting the rarely-seen original bindings of the early books.
Description
viii, 95 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Notes
  • "Published for Corpus Christi College, Oxford."
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 86-87) and index.
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