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Rare Books in the Bodleian Library: Copy Specific

Guide to using Rare Books in the Bodleian Library

Savile Library bindings

Copy Specific

Online resources:

Card Indexes: (please contact for more information)
  • The Broxbourne Collection : provenance and bindings.
  • The Rare Books Provenance Index: a partial a card index of provenances for early books listing known names and the type of evidence, including bookplates and signatures, sometimes reproduced on the cards.
  • Bindings of Bodleian books and manuscripts arranged by date and country.


Library Records:

The Library preserves a large quantity of its own administrative records from 1602 to the present. They reflect the various aspects of the work of the Library over four centuries (though few series are complete for the whole period), including: Curators' minutes and reports; accounts and bills; correspondence with donors and depositors, and papers about the acquisition of collections.

Please see Finding Aids - Early Modern & Modern Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library for more information.

Library catalogues

The Library's pre-1801 printed catalogues are available online via EEBO and ECCO, along with the Benefactor's Register. Please search SOLO for the following titles and limit your results to Online Versions only. 

Books with manuscript annotations

Bodleian Adversaria: An Early-Modernist's Miscellany by Dr. William Poole.

The following list is a tourist's miscellany, compiled piecemeal from personal experience in conjunction with Duke Humfrey R. Ref. 717, "Printed Books with Manuscript Additions‟.

Provenance Research

Online Databases

The recording of provenance in early printed books is an area of particular growth, and there are now many libraries providing access to this information online. For a broad over-view of available databases and website see CERL's Online Provenance Resources