[Sir Thomas Bodley.]
Stipple on India paper, small margins. Proof before letters. Platemark: 375 x 265mm (14¾ x 10¼"). Very slight foxing.
A portrait of the founder of the Bodleian Library, Sir Thomas Bodley (1545 - 1613). Half length, facing viewer, with his hand on the hilt of his sword. This print is a fragment from the frontispiece to 'Catalogue of the Bodleian library', first publsihed in 1674. Sir Thomas Bodley was an English diplomat and scholar, founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, when in 1598 his offer to restore the old library was accepted by the university. Bodley began his book collection effort in 1600, using the site of the former library above the Divinity School, which was in near ruin. For titled impression, see item ref: 33874.
[Ref: 33875] £120.00