12 June - 31 October 2009. The Bodleian Library is host to an exhibition of two of of the finest bookbinding collections of the 20th century: the Broxbourne Library collected by Albert Ehrman and the Wormsley Library established by Sir Paul Getty. The skill of European and Islamic bookbinders from various cultures over the centuries is celebrated in the Bodleian and includes bindings from medieval times right up to contemporary examples.
The libraries of Oxford are venerable istitutions indeed and they house priceless books and manuscripts. Some of the library buildings have been in continuous use since the Middle Ages. Among them is The Bodleian which first opened in 1602 and is continually expanding due to its constantly growing collection. The building is named after Sir Thomas Bodley (1545-1613) who, at the library's inception, played a critical role in securing its future.
Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00 Sat: 09.00-16.30
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An Artful Craft: Fine bindings from the Broxbourne and other collections
Bodleian Library, Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quadrangle, Catte Street, Oxford. Tel. +44 1865 277162.