Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781851242665 Published July 2014 For sale in North America only
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781851244034 Published July 2014 For sale in North America only

Marks of Genius

Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries

Stephen Hebron

Stephen Hebron

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

300 pages | 200 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781851242665 Published July 2014 For sale in North America only
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781851244034 Published July 2014 For sale in North America only
What sets Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein apart from so many other famous works of fiction? What special combination of creativity and vision made possible the drafting of Magna Carta—a document both so unprecedented and so fundamental to the concept of basic human rights that its name can now be used to define the many declarations that came after it. When describing exceptional accomplishments like these—and the men and women behind them—we use the word “genius.” And while genius is difficult to define, we all recognize that elusive, special quality when we encounter it.

Marks of Genius pays tribute to some of the most remarkable testaments to genius throughout human history, from ancient texts on papyrus and the extraordinary medieval manuscript The Douce Apocalypse to the renowned children’s work The Wind in the Willows. Bringing together some of the rarest and most impressive treasures in the collections of the Bodleian Libraries, it tells the story of each work’s creation and its journey through time, offering insight into the breadth and depth of its influence as well as and its power to fascinate.

Published to accompany an exhibition of the same name at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, Marks of Genius celebrates with two hundred full-color illustrations works that constitute the pinnacle of human creativity and which we continue to restore and revisit—perhaps in the hopes that some of their remarkable brilliance will rub off.
Contents
Preface
Richard Ovenden
 
Foreword
Toby Blackwell
 
Blackwell’s and the Bodleian
Reg Carr
 
The Genius of Sir Thomas Bodley: The Bodleian Library
Richard Ovenden
 
The Character of Genius
Stephen Hebron
 
Catalogue
 
Part One: Marks of Genius
 
What is Genius?
 
Written in Their Own Hands
 
The Most Ingenious Books
 
Perched on the Shoulders of Giants
 
The Child of Patronage
 
Part Two: Genius and Learning
 
Genius is from Heaven, Learning from Man
 
Gathering in Books
 
Books of their owne stoare
 
For the Use and Ease of Students
 
The Gigantic Genius of Shakespeare
 
Bibliography
 
Index
 
Concordance of shelfmarks
 
Copyright credits
 
Acknowledgements
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