Most Noble Bodley!

A Bodleian Library Anthology

Ursula Aylmer

Most Noble Bodley!

Ursula Aylmer

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

268 pages | 83 halftones | 7 x 9-1/2 | © 2002
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781851240784 Published March 2005 For sale in North America only
Aylmer draws on 400 years of writing about the Bodleian to create this highly readable treasure trove of historical profiles, amusing anecdotes, and witty observations about a much loved and occasionally maligned institution. This book paints a vivid portrait of a working institution and its complex relationship to Oxford, the United Kingdom, and the World.


1. Sir Thomas Bodley

2. Books Chained and Unchained

3. The Old Library

4. The Camera, Clarendon Building, and New Bodleian

5. Copyright, Accessions, and Cataloguing

6. Library Policy and Innovations; Critics

7. Unwanted Books or Valuable Ephemera?

8. Curiosities and Rarities

9. Bodley’s Librarians

10. Staff and Bodley Boys

11. Some Eccentrics

12. Bodleian Readers

13. Visitor’s Impressions

14. Flora and Fauna

15. The Library in Wartime

16. The Bodleian in Fiction

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