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Rare Books in the Bodleian Library: Incunables

Guide to finding and using rare books in the Bodleian Library

The mouth of Hell


The Bodleian Library houses the largest collection of pre-1500 printed books in a university library, and the fifth largest collection of incunabula in any library in the world: 5623 editions in 6755 copies.

Information about the history of the Bodleian’s incunable collections, their housing, and cataloguing may be found in Alan Coates, ‘The Bodleian Library and its Incunabula’.