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This exhibition, curated by Maria Franchini and open at Christ Church Library, marks the completion of the cataloguing of the early printed books in the Wake Collection.

William Wake (1657-1737) was one of the most famous members of Christ Church and, from 1716, Archbishop of Canterbury. Wake's Bequest was arranged by deed of appointment in 1728, in favour of the Dean of Christ Church and the Professors of Divinity and Hebrew. It counts over 7000 early printed books, including finely bound volumes and presentation copies from European and English authors, amounting to about a sixth of the whole early printed books at Christ Church. Several precious manuscripts, both Western and Byzantine, are also part of the bequest. Archbishop Wake’s extensive papers are particularly precious, covering not only the English ecclesiastical and political world of his time but also a wide range of contacts with Europe and missionary enterprises overseas. Wake is the only Archbishop of Canterbury whose papers are not held at Lambeth Palace.

In recent years, several projects have been carried out to re-catalogue the collection electronically to full antiquarian standard and with copy specific information, both in-house and through participation in the Early Printed Books cataloguing project of the Bodleian Library. Work began in 1995, and after a break between 2003 and 2005, was continued till completion. The last volume of the Wake Collection was electronically catalogued on Friday 26th February 2010. The records are accessible via OLIS, the Oxford University integrated online catalogue.

The exhibition will be open between 28 April-28 May 2010.

Visiting hours

Monday-Friday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm; 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Saturday: 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm



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