Dr Radcliffe’s Library

The Story of the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford

Stephen Hebron

Dr Radcliffe’s Library

Stephen Hebron

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

104 pages | 8 color plates, 36 halftones | 6 x 9 1/4
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9781851244294 Published March 2015 For sale in North America only
The Radcliffe Camera is one of the most celebrated buildings in Britain. Named for the physician John Radcliffe—who directed a large part of his fortune to its realization at the heart of the University of Oxford in the early eighteenth century—the circular library is instantly recognizable, its great dome rising amidst the gothic spires of the university.
           
Drawing on maps, plans, photographs, and drawings, Dr Radcliffe’s Library tells the fascinating story of the building’s creation over more than thirty years. Early designs for the Radcliffe Camera were drawn by the brilliant architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, who conceived the shape so recognizable today: a great rotunda topped by the University of Oxford’s only dome. From there, it would take decades to acquire and clear the site between the University Church of St Mary’s and the Bodleian. After Hawksmoor’s death, the project was taken on by the Scottish architect James Gibbs who refined the design and supervised the library’s construction.
           
Published to accompany an exhibition opening in November at the Bodleian Library, Dr Radcliffe’s Library tells the fascinating story of the making of this architectural masterpiece.
Contents
Illustrations
1. The Legacy
2. The Setting
3. The Building
4. A New Library
Appendix: Plates from Bibliotheca Radcliviana
References
Further Reading
Index of Names
Review Quotes
Library and Information History
“A real delight. . . . In spacious and very readable prose, Hebron narrates the fascinating history of how ‘one of the most distinctive buildings in the country’—this iconic, circular, and gracefully domed library—was conceived, designed, constructed, and then adapted and used over the succeeding 250 years. . . . Highly recommended.”
 
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