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Bodleian Treasures

The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford is home to over 12 million items, some of which have been digitized on their fantastic Digital.Bodleian website (featured in the 07-31-2015 Scout Report). Understandably, the sheer number of rare and historic items in the collection can sometimes feel a little daunting. Enter the unique Bodleian Treasures exhibit, which features just 42 items in the collection arranged into 21 thoughtfully curated pairs. Each of these pairs features a famous letter or document from the collection and an illustration of some kind, often from a natural history book. For example, William Shakespeare's "The First Folio" (which includes Macbeth and Julius Caesar) is paired with Opera - a work by the tenth century German dramatist Hrotsvitha. The treasure Navanitaka, which is a Sanskrit manuscript dating from approximately the sixth century that provides, "medical, divinatory, and magical treatises," is paired with a gorgeously illustrated Latin manuscript, dating from the late- eleventh century, that prescribed herbal remedies for various ailments. Why is this collection called "21 Pairs and a Tropical Forest"? In addition to these 21 pairs, this exhibit includes a trio of colorful images from three nineteenth-century natural history books that depict tropical flora and fauna.
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February 16th, 2018
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February 12th, 2018 at 2:30pm
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