Collegiorum Scholarumque Publicarum Academiae Oxoniensis topographica delineatio E Codice Ms. in Archivis Bibliothecae Bodlejanae descripsit ediditque Tho. Hearne.

Published: Sheldonian Theatre

Date: 1713

FIRST EDITION, with 1 emblematic engraving and 17 engravings of buildings, all in the text, slight foxing,pp. [115-] 150, 8vo, late 19th-century citron calf, gilt and blind tooled borders on sides, spine lettered in gilt, the gilt on spine faded, head of spine slightly worn, extra blank leaves bound at end, engraved armorial bookplate of Charles Francis Wyatt inside front cover, with a note (presumably in Wyatt’s hand) ‘From F.J. Morrell’s Lib.1884’

Note
This was issued with Henry Dodwell’s De Parma Equestri Woodwardiana Dissertatio, a book almost always found incomplete as Hearne was forced to remove an offending passage in his introduction. Hearne had approved (in Latin) of Dodwell as 'one of those honest men who thought it wrong to break an oath to a king' and was, as a result, 'sad to say' ('proh dolor!'), deprived of the Camden lectureship. In fact, the present part of the book has a coherence, as it also contains the Dialogue between Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley (Chacellor of the University) on the occasion of her seven-day visit to the University in 1566, and the distinguished provenance of this copy adds credence to this. Both Morrell and Wyatt were distinguished Oxford collectors, with significant bequests by both of them (or their descendants) to the Bodleian. Neale and Bereblock ‘produced a set of views of the colleges with Latin verses for each when Queen Elizabeth visited... The original work has disappeared, but a copy, probably the only one, was presented to the Bodleian in 1630. The [1882] volume is a reproduction is a reproduction of the Bodleian copy. The views are said to be the earliest representations of the colleges and public buildings of the University’ (Clary, Supplement, 157, and see also 78). Curiously, 1882 is the year in which Morrell died.

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