Copy specific information about antiquarian books includes information about provenance, binding, foliation (i.e. perfect or imperfect copies) and marginalia, which is increasingly of interest to book historians. While the Bodleian has added copy-specific information to the majority of early printed books catalogued since 1988, many pre-1920 records remain sparse. As such, information in our online catalogue is complimented by card indexes held in the Rare Books office (please contact email@example.com for more information).
The Library preserves a large quantity of its own administrative records from 1602 to the present day. These reflect the various aspects of the work of the Library over four centuries (though few series are complete for the whole period) including but not limited to:
Please see Finding Aids - Early Modern & Modern Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library for more information.
The Library's pre-1801 printed catalogues are available online via EEBO and ECCO, along with the Benefactor's Register. Please search SOLO and limit your results to Online Resources only. For help finding these catalogues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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‟.
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 overview of the available databases and websites see CERL's Online Provenance Resources.