Publisher: London: Printed for John Hartley, 1703.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL II, 1700; Lowndes 1022.
Condition: A few leaves dust soiled; mild staining in the gutter of several leaves from leather preservative applied too liberally to the spine; edge of the binding slightly rubbed; overall a fine, handsome copy.
Book ID: 23855
Description8vo, contemporary panelled calf, red morocco label, gilt lettering and gilt-rolled edges.
Comments¶ Over 200 letters from Thomas Bodley (1545-1613) to the his first librarian, Thomas James (1572-1629), on matters pertaining to the establishment, plan, design and mission of the library, including methods of cataloging, types of bindings, subject matters to be included and excluded, etc. James was responsible for the arrangement with the Stationers' Company of London to deposit in the library copies of books printed in London, which Bodley initially objected to on the grounds that it would introduce riffraff, particularly plays, to his library. James was also responsible for the first catalogue of the library. Reliquiae Bodleianæ is the first book by another distinguished employee of the Bodleian, antiquarian Thomas Hearne (1678-1735). See the DNB online.