Odes

Horace (65 BC-AD 8)

1874

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London

Claes Janszoon Visscher (1587-1652)

First issued in 1616

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Materia medica (Materials of Medicine)

Dioscorides of Anazarbus (d. c. AD 90)

Completed 1240

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The Birds of America

John James Audubon (1785-1851)

1827-38

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Workes

Benjamin (Ben) Jonson

1616

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Venus and Adonis

William Shakespeare

1602 (really 1607-1608)

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The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke

William Shakespeare

1611

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The Tragicall History of D. Faustus

Christopher Marlowe (Marley)

1604

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The Douce Apocalypse

c. 1265 – c. 1270

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Works

Geoffrey Chaucer

1896

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Rubā īyāt (Quatrains)

Umar Khayyām

1460

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Conics

Apollonius of Perga

1070

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Twenty Poems

Emperor Gaozong (the Qianlong Emperor)

c. 1750

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Kalilāh wa-Dimnah (Kalilah and Dimnah)

Ibn al-Muqaffa

1354

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Astronomia nova (New Astronomy)

Johannes Kepler

1609

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Siderius nuncius (The Starry Messenger)

Galileo Galilei

Pirated edition published in Frankfurt, 1610

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De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres)

Nicolaus Copernicus

1566

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Kalendarium (Calendar)

John Somer

after 1387

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Selenographia (Atlas of the Moon)

Johannes Hevelius

1647

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De dignitate et augmentis scientiarum (The Dignity and Advancement of Science)

Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban

1623

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Novum organum (New Instrument)

Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban

1620

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El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of la Mancha)

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

1605

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Engravings fron Oxonia illustrata (Oxford Illustrated)

David Loggan

1675

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Letter to Rowland Burdon-Muller (1891-1980)

Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997)

28 June 1958

 

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Telegram to ‘University Board Oxford’

Dmitri Shostakovich

25 March 1958

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Reference cards compiled by the Oxford University Careers Service

1920s-1940s

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A Map of Virginia

John Smith (bap. 1580, d. 1631)

1612

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Bestiary

Mid-thirteenth century

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Flora Graeca (The Flora of Greece)

John Sibthorpe (1758-1796), James Edward Smith (1759-1828) and John Lindley (1799-1865)

1806-1840

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The Pencil of Nature

Willian Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877)

1844-47

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Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies (The First Folio)

William Shakespeare

1623

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The Ashmole Bestiary

early thirteenth century

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Letters to his son, Alastair (‘Mouse’) Grahame (1900-1920)

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)

10 May 1907-September 1907

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Songs of Innocence

William Blake (1757-1827)

1789

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The Gutenberg Bible

c. 1455

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Notes to William Godwin (1756-1836)

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)

30 August 1797

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Miniature copies of the Bhagavadgītā

eighteenth century

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The tale of Urashima

Unknown artist

mid-seventeenth century

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Les Proverbes de Salomon

1599

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A Geneva Bible

1583

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Album of Mughal paintings and calligraphy

1628-58

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Bahāristān (The Garden of Spring)

Jāmī

1595

 

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A copy of the Qur’an

1550

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Astronumicum Caesareum (Astronomy of the Caesars)

Peter Apian (Petrus Apianus) (1495-1552)

1540

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Historia Naturale (Natural History)

Pliny the Elder (23-79)

1476

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The Kennicott Bible

1476

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Il Filocolo (‘Love’s Labour’)

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375)

c. 1463-4

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The Douce Ivory

c. 800

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Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy)

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

1687

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Geographia (Geography)

Ptolemy (c. 90 – c. 168)

1486

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Nuzhat al-mushtāq fī ikhtirāq al-āfāq (Entertainment for he who Longs to Travel the World)

Al-Idrīsī (c. 110-1166)

1553

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Regula Sancti Benedicti (The Rule of St Benedict)

Early eighth century

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Stoicheia (Elements)

Euclid (fl. 300 BC)

September AD 888

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Micrographia

Robert Hooke

1665

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Apocalypsis (The Apocalypse)

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

1511

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Utopia

Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)

1516

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Advertisement for the Sarum Ordinal or Pye

William Caxton (c. 1415-1492)

c. 1477

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Fragments of poems

Sappho (c. 620 – c. 550)

Second century AD

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Watch owned by Percy Bysshe Shelley

1814

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Journal

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), with Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

28 July-13 May 1815

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Notebook

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

1818-1819

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St Margaret’s Gospel lectionary

Mid-eleventh century

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Schilflied (Reed Song)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

March 1845

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Journal

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

May-September 1912

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Draft of a part of the Mishneh Torah (Repetition of the law)

Moses Maimonides (1135-1204)

Twelfth century

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Commentary on Isaiah

St Jerome (c. 342 – c. 420)

Late eleventh century

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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

William Blake (1757-1827)

c. 1790

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Magna Carta

Issue of 1217

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De humani coporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body)

Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)

1543

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La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy)

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

Mid- to third quarter of the fourteenth century

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Roman de la Rose (The Romance of the Rose)

Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun

Probably second half of the fifteenth century

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A hajj pilgrim’s scroll

Mid-seventeenth centrury

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Map of the Holy Land

Late fourteenth century

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Fortune-telling tracts

c. 1250-55

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Symbolicarum Quaestionum (Symbolic Questions)

Achille Bocchi (1488-1562)

1574

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De civitate Dei (City of God)

St Augustine (354-430)

1522

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Le Imagini de i Dei de gli Antichi (Images of the Ancient Gods)

Vincenzo Cartari (c. 1531-1569)

1581

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Marks of Genius

21 March to 20 September 2015

Admission Free

Exhibition opening hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm