'An invaluable guide to some of civilisation’s textual cornerstones. It might even satisfy Borges’ longing for a “catalogue of catalogues”
This Collector’s Edition of Marks of Genius designed in the Bodleian Library is quarterbound in Nigerian goatskin with gold tooling and blind blocking on the spine and front cover, and comes with a matching blocked, lined slipcase. It is limited to 350 individually numbered copies. Every copy is signed by the author and contains a hand-numbered limited declaration.
Marks of Genius pays tribute to some of the most remarkable testaments to genius throughout human history, from ancient texts on papyrus and the extraordinary medieval manuscript The Douce Apocalypse to the renowned children's work The Wind in the Willows. Bringing together some of the most impressive treasures from the collections of the Bodleian Libraries, it tells the story of the creation of each work and its afterlife, offering insight into the breadth and depth of its influence as well as its power to fascinate.
Illustrating works from Euclid, Dante and Handel to Einstein, Austen and Gandhi, Marks of Genius showcases over 100 books and manuscripts that constitute the pinnacle of human creativity and which we continue to revere and revisit.
Contents: Preface, Foreword, Blackwell's and the Bodleian, The Genius of Sir Thomas Bodley: The Bodleian Library, The Character of Genius, Catalogue Part One: Marks of Genius, Catalogue Part Two: Genius and Learning, Bibliography, Index, Concordance of shelfmarks, Copyright credits, Acknowledgements.
Stephen Hebron has published widely in the field of British Romanticism, and curated a series of exhibitions at the Wordsworth Trust in Cumbria, England. His previous publications include: John Keats: A Poet and His Manuscripts (The British Library, 2009) and Shelley's Ghost (2010).
- Limited to 350 copies
- Printed on Tatami paper with coloured inks
- Hand bound in Finedon, Northamptonshire by The Fine Bindery in Nigerian goatskin quarter binding and faux vellum, with edges also tipped in goatskin
- Blocked blind and in gold
- Presented in a lined slipcase bound in faux vellum with a blind blocked panel and raised printing
- Hardback in a slipcase
- 360 pages, 285 x 244 mm
- 200 colour illustrations
- ISBN: 9781851244416
- Publication March 2015