Digitized images from the Bodleian Libraries Special Collections

Bible. O.T. Song of Solomon - Osculet[ur] me oscolo oris sui q[ui]a meliora sunt vbera tua viro...

Early Printing in Europe

A guide to the Bodleian’s holdings of books and images printed in the 15th century, with complete digital facsimiles of the library’s blockbooks.

 

Portrait of the emperor Shajahan, enthroned [opens new window]Masterpieces of the non-Western book

This digital image collection presents facsimiles of some of the Bodleian s most valuable and most fragile manuscripts from many cultures of the Near East and Asia.

 

Tetralogies 1-6, comprising 24 dialogues: Euthyphro, Apologia, Crito, Phaedo, Cratylus, Theaetetus, Sophistes, Politicus, Parmenides, Philebus, Symposium, Phaedrus, Alcibiades i and ii, Hipparchus, Erastae, Theages, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Euthydemus, Protagoras, Gorgias and Meno. With marginal scholia.

Greek Manuscripts at Oxford

Five major Greek manuscripts in full digital facsimiles, including Euclid (AD 888), Plato (AD 895) and an illuminated Menologion (AD 1322-40).

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript illumination (from 35mm)

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript illumination (from 35mm)

Around 25,000 images selected mostly from Western illuminated manuscripts (with a few from early printed books) and scanned from the Bodleian's older image library of 35mm slides and filmstrips. Searchable by shelfmark, text, iconographic subject, etc.

Royal genealogical pastime of the sovereigns of England from the Dissolution of the Saxon Heptarchy to the reign of his present Majesty George the Third. [opens new window]

Educational ephemera and children’s games of the 18th and 19th centuries

An exhibition of board games, writing blanks, and other printing for children’s entertainment and education.

Western Manuscripts - MS.Auct.D.2.19 detail [opens new window]

Western Manuscripts

Medieval and later manuscripts from Oxford collections including the Bodleian Library.

18th Century Entertainment Ephemera [opens new window]

18th Century Entertainment Ephemera

Comprehensive database of 18th-century entertainment ephemera in the John Johnson Collection - playbills, handbills, newscuttings and prints taken from the following sections: Theatre; London Play Places; Animals on Show; Circuses; Concerts; Dioramas; Entertainment folders; Exhibitions; Human Freaks; Magic and Mystery; Museums and Waxworks.

Key works of 17th, 18th and 19th century geological literature [opens new window]

Key works of 17th, 18th and 19th century geological literature

Rare books relating to the history of science, geology, palaeontology, petrology, and mineralogy. Many of these items are beautifully illustrated, depicting for example fossils, rock sequences and landscapes.

Ardea Purpurea. [opens new window]

Flora Graeca, Oxford’s finest botanical treasure

Digital copies of the printed volumes and of the original hand-coloured drawings from which the printed engravings were made, unpublished drawings of the Fauna Graeca, and a unique series of topographical Mediterranean Scenes, also never published.

Citizen Milton [opens new window]

Citizen Milton

An exhibition on the life, political views, and poetry of John Milton (1608–74).

Maps in script and print [opens new window]

Maps in script and print

Cartographic images from the Bodleian’s Special Collections.

The Gough Map - The oldest road map of Great Britain. [opens new window]

The Gough Map: gateway to medieval Britain

14th-century manuscript route map.

Scenes from an extraordinary life: Benjamin Disraeli [opens new window]

Scenes from an extraordinary life: Benjamin Disraeli

An exhibition of private papers, portraits and cartoons relating to the British Prime Minister, novelist and writer, Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield ( 1804-81).

The Suez Crisis, 1956 [opens new window]

The Suez Crisis, 1956

An 'insider's viewpoint' of the Suez crisis from politicians, diplomats, civil servants and leading public figures, drawn from the Bodleian’s holdings of modern political papers.

Political Prints from the Curzon Collection [opens new window]

Political Prints from the Curzon Collection

Satirical depictions of the Napoleonic wars and Napoleon’s career in a selection of 1400 cartoons and political prints from England and the Continent.

The Wind in the Willows [opens new window]

The Wind in the Willows

Exhibition featuring the original manuscript of The Wind in the Willows, given to the Bodleian Library by Elspeth Grahame in 1943.

Bringing Laxton to life [opens new window]

Bringing Laxton to life

A 17th-century survey and map of Laxton, Nottinghamshire.

H.H. Asquith and the Liberal Legacy [opens new window]

H.H. Asquith and the Liberal Legacy

An exhibition of photographs and documents relating to the political career of H.H. Asquith, Prime Minister  from 1908 to 1916.

The entomologist's useful compendium [opens new window]

The entomologist’s useful compendium

Key works in 19th-century entomology from the library of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Exploring Egypt in the 19th century [opens new window]

Exploring Egypt in the 19th century

Publications of the 1828 expedition by Champollion and Rosellini, describing and illustrating in detail the monuments and inscriptions they saw.

Plates from John Gould's  ornithological works [opens new window]

Plates from John Gould's ornithological works

20 hummingbird plates and their accompanying texts, selected from the 6 volumes of A monograph of the Trochilidae, 1861-1887. (Zoology department)

Conservative Party Election posters, 1909-2007 [opens new window]

Conservative Party Election posters, 1909-2007

Posters from the Conservative Party Archive representing election publicity throughout the 20th century up to recent times.

John Johnson Collection Online Catalogue [opens new window]

John Johnson Collection Online Catalogue

A searchable catalogue, with many digital images attached, of the library’s largest collection of printed ephemera, advertisements, playbills, greetings cards and political cartoons mainly from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

Broadside Ballads Online Database [opens new window]

Broadside Ballads Online Database

Image database of 30,000 broadside ballads from Bodleian Library collections, ranging in date from 16th to 19th centuries, indexed by title, first line, and subjects of text and illustration.

Kalighat paintings [opens new window]

Kalighat paintings

110 paintings from 19th-century Calcutta, created as inexpensive souvenirs for Hindu pilgrims visiting the famous temple of Kali, and depicting Hindu gods and goddesses as well as social life and customs of Bengal.

Burmese life and devotion [opens new window]

Burmese life and devotion

18th-century Burmese volumes depicting court life and scenes from the life of the Buddha, with a 19th-century album of watercolours depicting family life, economic activity, and festivals.

Bodleian Library/Toyota City Imaging Project [opens new window]

Bodleian Library/Toyota City Imaging Project

A collection of 1244 motoring and transport images from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.

A Nation of Shopkeepers: Trade  Ephemera from 1654 to the 1860 in the John Johnson Collection

A Nation of Shopkeepers: Trade Ephemera from 1654 to the 1860 in the John Johnson Collection

An exhibition of over 300 tradecards and illustrations of shops and shopping from the 17th century to Victorian times, including images of the Great Exhibition in 1851.

The Sheldon Tapestry Map of Gloucestershire

The Sheldon Tapestry Map of Gloucestershire

Detailed image of a tapestry map of Gloucestershire made for Ralph Sheldon in the 1590s.

Sarasvati, goddess of language and literature. [opens new window]

Seeing is believing: traditional and colonial images of popular culture

The parliamentary history of England, from the earliest period to the year 1803 : from which last-mentioned epoch it is continued downwards in the work entitled, 'The parliamentary debates'. [opens new window]

Cobbett's Parliamentary History

Early 12th-century miscellany of computistical texts. [opens new window]

SJC Ms17: a unique work of medieval science

Bull relief. Oil painting. [opens new window]

Arthur Evans Archive (Knossos excavations)

     
Entente Cordiale - Special Collections [opens new window]

Entente Cordiale