Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Duke Humphrey's Library at the Bodleian Library

Many of the seminar members spend a good part of our day in the justly famous Duke Humphrey's Library, the rare book and manuscript library of the Bodleian. Today I will be working with the 1527 edition of Caxton's Myrrour of the World as well as availing myself of the incredible number of catalogues of collections that are held in the reference section of the Duke Humphrey Library. As Dr. Vaisey, Director Emeritus of the Bodley, said on our tour, "Great libraries should collect things beyond the needs or understanding of current scholarship." Many of the manuscripts and books in Duke Humphrey's library are available to scholars because of this philosophy.