Winners & Finalists of St John’s College’s Digital Inspire Competition – Carolingian Minuscule

Introduction by Petra Hofmann, College Librarian I have been delighted to contribute a short piece entitled The Evolution of the Book: A Brief History to “Class 2: Evolution as Metaphor” of St John’s College’s 2020/21 Inspire Programme for Year 10 & 11: See here for the entire Class 2 material. The contribution included a competitionContinue reading “Winners & Finalists of St John’s College’s Digital Inspire Competition – Carolingian Minuscule”

St John’s TEI Project

Over the past 465 years, St John’s College Oxford has acquired and preserved a large variety of special collections, aiding research and interest in the manuscripts, early printed books, and personal libraries the College holds. The latest development in St John’s management of these special collections is a project to digitise the manuscripts. Manuscript digitisationContinue reading “St John’s TEI Project”

Librarian’s Pick #8: Ben Jonson and Terence’s Comedies

Over the course of Trinity Term 2020, the library staff at St. John’s College will be taking you on a ‘tour’ of some of their favourites among our special collections. Every Monday, we will upload a new note on the item of the week. Read on to discover more about our chosen items… Ben JonsonContinue reading “Librarian’s Pick #8: Ben Jonson and Terence’s Comedies”

Librarian’s Pick #7: The Brittany Gospels

St John’s Oldest Book: The Brittany Gospels (MS 194) by Petra Hofmann, College Librarian St John’s oldest book is an inconspicuous Gospel codex, a little smaller than a standard Penguin paperback. The book was produced in the late 9th/ early 10th-century, probably in Brittany but some scholars have suggested England, too. During the Middle AgesContinue reading “Librarian’s Pick #7: The Brittany Gospels”

Librarian’s Pick #5: 19th century letters from an alumnus

Over the course of Trinity Term 2020, the library staff at St. John’s College will be taking you on a ‘tour’ of some of their favourites among our special collections. Every Monday, we will upload a new note on the item of the week. Read on to discover more about our chosen items… ‘I haveContinue reading “Librarian’s Pick #5: 19th century letters from an alumnus”

Librarian’s Pick #3: A Latin Textbook from Early Medieval England (MS 154)

Over the course of Trinity Term 2020 the Library staff at St John’s College will be taking you on a ‘tour’ of some of their favourites among our Special Collections. Every Monday, we will upload a new note on the item of the week. Read on to discover more about our chosen items… A LatinContinue reading “Librarian’s Pick #3: A Latin Textbook from Early Medieval England (MS 154)”

Librarian’s Pick #1: MS 325

Over the course of Trinity Term 2020, the library staff at St. John’s College will be taking you on a ‘tour’ of some of their favourites among our special collections. Every Monday, we will upload a new note on the item of the week. Read on to discover more about our chosen items… ‘Soften yourContinue reading “Librarian’s Pick #1: MS 325”

MS 262: The Little Gidding Harmonies

This Special Collections post explores the biblical harmonies compiled by a religious community at Little Gidding in the seventeenth-century. One of the harmonies, The Whole Law of God, resides at St John’s College. The Little Gidding community provides a fascinating insight into the creation of this manuscript, and the many individual harmonies the community produced.Continue reading “MS 262: The Little Gidding Harmonies”

Special Collections Today and Tomorrow

Our Michaelmas term exhibition celebrates some of the key treasures of St. John’s College. Aptly named Special Collections Today and Tomorrow, the exhibition spans the new Library & Study Centre, the 17th century Laudian Library, and the 16th century Old Library, and exhibits a wide range of our Special Collections. Read on to find outContinue reading “Special Collections Today and Tomorrow”

‘Impulse of Delight’: Paul Tod on MS17

In Trinity Term, the College invited me to write a short piece for the catalogue of the exhibition to mark the opening of the new Study Centre, describing two pages of the College’s manuscript MS17. This manuscript is a mathematical compilation, largely concerned with the methods needed for computing the date of Easter. The twoContinue reading “‘Impulse of Delight’: Paul Tod on MS17”