Lincoln College

Initial Impressions

On Friday 19 October a number of Oxford colleges will open their doors to display selected 15th century books from their libraries. The afternoon is organised to coincide with the launch of the Oxford-based 15cBOOKTRADE’s exhibition, Printing R-Evolution and Society, at the Museo Correr in Venice.

The event will start at Lincoln College at 1.00 pm in the Oakeshott Room with a series of short presentations highlighting some of the books and collections on display during the afternoon. From there you will be invited to follow an event map to explore collections of early printed books in other Oxford colleges. These exhibitions will be open from 2.00-4.30 pm. The event map (which will indicate where there is step-free access) will be also be available on this site and at participating colleges should you wish to go directly to the exhibitions.

There is no need to book and all are welcome to join us at any stage and at any venue.

Please contact Sarah Cusk if you have any questions



1-2 pm: Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

Opening address by Professor Henry Woudhuysen (Lincoln)

Dr Julia Walworth, “Material evidence in Merton’s incunabula” (exhibition curated by Sian Witherden and Hannah Ryley)

Will Beharrell, “A short introduction to some 15th century printed books at Magdalen”

Sandra Bailey, “Four pieces of English printing and four European illustrated works from Wadham College library”

Owen McKnight, “Benefactions and Piety in Jesus College’s Fellows' Library”

Mark Bainbridge, “Incunabula from the collection of H.A. Pottinger at Worcester College Library

Stewart Tiley, “Mistaken for a manuscript: surreptitious incunabula in Balliol College”

Dr Sarah Cusk, “Edmund Audley’s 1518 donation to Lincoln College”

Professor Cristina Dondi, “Printing Revolution 1450-1500: fifty years that changed Europe: the exhibition that shares our research with the general public”

Closing remarks by Dr Monica Viero, Director of the Correr Museum Library, Venice


2-4.30 pm: exhibitions to be held at the following locations

Balliol College, St Cross building

Jesus College, Fellows’ Library

Lincoln College, Oakeshott Room

Magdalen College, Old Library

Merton College, Upper Library

Wadham College, Trapp Room

Worcester College, Chapel



A pdf version of this map can be downloaded here.