17 October 2014 9:00am — 7:45pm
A display in the Proscholium of the Bodleian Library, consisting of six early science books from the collections of Wadham College, centred around the life and work of the free-thinking polymath John Wilkins, Wadham’s sixth Warden from 1648–1659, and a key figure in the founding of the Royal Society of London in 1660. The display is one of several activities to mark the 400th anniversary of John Wilkins’s birth.
All of the books on display were in the college’s collections in Wilkins’s time. Included in the display is the first edition of De Revolutionibus (1543) by Copernicus, as well as three works by Wilkins, and another from his own private library.
Admission is free