Bodleian Treasures: 21 pairs and a tropical forest

About the exhibition

An exhibition displaying a selection of the Bodleian Libraries' most magnificent items. It featured rare and renowned items including Handel's Messiah, Shakespeare's First Folio, William Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell and the venerated Shikshapatri.

The exhibition presented some of the best of the 12 million items in the Bodleian's collections and uniquely displays these treasures in 21 pairs. Familiar icons of the Libraries' extraordinary holdings were shown alongside the less familiar, opening new avenues into the wealth of the Bodleian's famous collections.

Be transported to a tropical forest in this new exhibition that pairs up some of the Libraries' most iconic items. Featuring lavishly illustrated natural history books alongside more familiar titles, such as Handel's Messiah and Shakespeare's First Folio, this fascinating exhibition brought together some of the best of the 12 million items in the Bodleian's collections.

 The curator

David Pyle, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford

Gifts & books

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