This revised and richly illustrated guide to the historical buildings of the Bodleian Library not only makes an attractive keepsake but is also packed with fascinating architectural details and interesting facts about one of the oldest libraries in Europe.
Following a short introduction which tells the story of the founding of the Library by Sir Thomas Bodley in 1602, this book offers a succinct guide to the architectural styles, exquisite stone masonry and subsequent renovations of the buildings of the Bodleian, situated in the heart of the University of Oxford. It also describes the involvement of famous architects such as Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor in designs and embellishments for these renowned buildings.
As well as giving the individual histories of Duke Humfrey’s Library, the Divinity School, Convocation House, the Schools Quadrangle, the Radcliffe Camera, the Clarendon Building and the Weston Library, author Geoffrey Tyack provides a guide to the intriguing statuary and carvings that adorn the buildings and gives translations of the many Latin inscriptions which mark key moments in the Library’s history.
Geoffrey Tyack is a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.
- Paperback with flaps
- 96 pages, 240 x 180 mm
- 62 colour illustrations
- ISBN: 9781851245673
- Publication March 2023