Marks of Genius
Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries
Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
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.
Blackwell’s and the Bodleian
The Genius of Sir Thomas Bodley: The Bodleian Library
The Character of Genius
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
Concordance of shelfmarks