The Weston Library will become the new home of the Bodleian's special collections. Iconic relics of the Bodleian collection, as identified by our expert curators, are currently on display as beautiful hoardings wrapped around the Weston building. The popular display boards are enjoyed by staff and visitors alike. When the Weston Library officially opens in March 2015, some of these treasures will be on permanent public display. In the meantime, enjoy the images below and visit our comprehensive treasures gallery online.
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AUSTEN Jane Austen, aged about 35. From a portrait by her sister Cassandra, c.1810 THOMAS BODLEY Sir Thomas Bodley, founder of the Bodleian Library. Miniature by Nicholas Hilliard, 1598 CAXTON The Fables of Aesop, translated and published by William Caxton, 1484. One of the first English printed books DANTE Detail from a 14th-century manuscript of Dante’s Divine Comedy. In the Inferno, Virgil shows Dante the Well of Giants, above the lowest circle of Hell EUCLID Euclid’s Elements of geometry, a standard mathematical textbook for over 2,000 years. Greek text and diagrams from one of its oldest surviving manuscripts, AD 888 FIRST FOLIO SHAKESPEARE The first collected edition of William Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death GUTENBERG BIBLE The Latin Bible produced by Johannes Gutenberg and Johann Furst, c. 1455. The first book printed with moveable type HOOKE View of a flea from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, 1665. The first work in English to publish observations made under the microscope IRIS GERMANICA Watercolour of Iris germanica by Ferdinand Bauer. Made for John Sibthorp’s ten-volume Flora Graeca, published 1806–40 JAMI ‘The vain dervish rebuked’. Mughal court painting dated 1595 by the artist Basawan, illustrating a scene from the Baharistan (‘Garden of Spring’) by the Persian writer and mystic, Jami KAFKA Page from Franz Kafka’s notebook containing the opening of his story Die Verwandlung (‘The Metamorphosis’), 1912 LE CARRÉ John le Carré, one of the world’s most celebrated authors, has deposited his literary archive in the Bodleian Library MAGNA CARTA One of four early engrossments of Magna Carta owned by the Bodleian Library. Issued in the name of the boy king Henry III in 1217 NASSAU HOURS Book of Hours made for Engelbert of Nassau. Flemish illumination by The Master of Mary of Burgundy, c. 1470-1490 OWEN Photograph of the poet Wilfred Owen, who died in action on the Western Front in the First World War PURCELL ‘Hail bright Cecilia’, the manuscript of Henry Purcell’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, 1692, celebrating the patron saint of music QUEEN LOZIKEYI Photograph of the Queen Regent of Matabeleland, c. 1910 RAGAMALA Illustration to a Ragamala cycle describing the moods and sentiments behind the traditional forms of Indian music MARY SHELLEY Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. A miniature portrait made after her death by Reginald Easton TOLKIEN ‘Conversation with Smaug’, one of several watercolours painted by J. R. R. Tolkien to illustrate The Hobbit, 1936 URASHIMA Part of a Japanese picture scroll narrating the fairy tale of the fisherman Urashima, Keicho Period (1596-1615) VESALIUS Engraving from the De humani corporis fabrica (‘On the Fabric of the Human Body’) by the physician and anatomist Andreas Vesalius, 1543 WILLIAM MORRIS The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, with illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones, printed by William Morris at his Kelmscott Press, 1896 X-RAY Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964 for her work on X-ray crystallography YARN Winding silk from cocoons. From illustrated poems on tilling and weaving composed by the Kangxi emperor in 1696 ZODIAC ‘Zodiac man’, the human body as a microcosm of 12 regions governed by the astrological signs. English, late 14th century One of the beautiful display boards fitted into place, January 2012. Construction workers assemble A-Z display boards, January 2012. A to H display boards adorn the New Bodleian renovation site, January 2012.