Selected books from Special Collections are featured in The Keeper's Rare Book blogs
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Historiated initial from the earliest printed book in the College Library, Cicero’s De officiis, Mainz. 1465 (Mss 5.3.11)
Believed to have been illuminated for Prince Arthur, eldest son of Henry VII. Printed on vellum.
Astronomica, 15th century, ex dono Thomas Leigh, 1667
‘Putheus, a group of demons surrounding a large head’
Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers, 15th century, ex dono Samuel Starling
The philosopher Diogenes pictured with his cask.
Archbishop William Sancroft's Library
Book of Hours, printed by Wynkyn de Worde, c.1520.
Ms annotation by William Sancroft on the remains of the title-page records that the book was found under the Dean’s Stall in Old St Paul’s Cathedral in 1667 after the Fire of London. Sancroft was Dean of St Paul’s 1664-1678.