The St John’s Library team is working hard to provide a variety of content relating to our special collections for College members and the general public. We have turned several images from our historic collections into colouring sheets and jigsaw puzzles.
You can find downloadable versions of each of these on the College website at this link: https://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/discover/news/st-johns-library-shares-collections-online-during-lockdown/
We currently have four images available: a dragon from Peter Apian’s 1540 Astronomicum Caesarium, an elephant from a 13th century bestiary, a knight from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (from our 2nd edition Caxton Chaucer), and a zebra from Duarte Lopes’ 1597 Report of the Kingdome of Congo, a region of Africa.
Find out more about these items, and download the colouring templates on the St John’s website linked above.
We have also online jigsaw puzzles from our historic collections.
We currently have jigsaw puzzles on:
Peter Apian’s Astronomicum Caesarium, found here: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=159b03a153cd
Yeats’ Secret Rose, found here: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=03ecfd6bf46e
Wife of Bath from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (Caxton Second Edition), found here: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=23b813cd70a1
Hint: you can click on the 'picture' button at the bottom left of the puzzle to view what the completed image should look like.
Share your finished colourings and jigsaws with us on Twitter – tag @StJohnsOxLib so we can see your designs. We hope you enjoy exploring our historic collections in a new and interactive way.