ARTstor is pleased to announce the first launch of over 4,000 high quality images of manuscripts and early printed books from the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. The entire collection will reach approximately 25,000 with subsequent releases through 2008.

The collection includes virtually all of the illuminated manuscript leaves from Bodleian manuscripts through the 16th century, as well as selected 19th and 20th- century manuscripts in the medieval tradition. The project also selectively includes significant bindings, illuminated initials, and text pages. The present collaboration will make this rich body of visual material and related scholarship available online and at high resolution for the first time. The audience for these highly valued materials will include not only art historians and medievalists but also scholars, teachers, and students throughout the humanities and beyond.

With more than 10,000 volumes, the Bodleian Library’s Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts has one of the greatest collections of western medieval manuscripts in the world. With support from the Getty Trust, the Bodleian Library has been developing an Electronic Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. The present collaboration with ARTstor will build on the foundation laid through that important effort.

Browse to view all the images included in this collection. From the welcome page, click on “Image Gallery” then choose “Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Bodleian Library, Oxford” from the resulting list.