Sunday, December 1, 2013

Biographical note: a visit to Leviathan

Quite often, I'm amazed at how old Oxford University is. My College (St Edmund Hall, aka Teddy Hall) dates back to the 13th Century and some of its oldest buildings date from the 12th and 17th centuries.

Last week, I took a short tour visit to the Old Library of my College to see the 1st edition of Leviathan, pubished in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes. My Social Scientists readers know how special this book is and you can probably imagine how I felt like a kid in a candy store!


ps. I thank the dedicated librarians at Teddy Hall who were very kind to receive me in their 'office' to talk about their work.

3 comments:

Fabio Storino said...

That is awesome! I'd say it looks no more than 100 years old.

A museum in the University of Texas, where I studied, has one of the "Gutenberg bibles" (http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/gutenbergbible/).

Rafael H M Pereira said...

That is really nice!

Rafael H M Pereira said...

Fabio, I just saw this link. There is a virtual version of the Gutenberg Bible available online.

http://www.openculture.com/2013/12/oxford-university-presents-the-550-year-old-gutenberg-bible-in-spectacular-high-res-detail.html