Friday, 2 March 2012

An Oxford Alphabet

This winter the Bodleian Library collections have made their way from the inside to the outside of the Broad Street building during renovations. An abecedarium guide to the treasures of the library collections is displayed on temporary hoardings.

Although pedestrians do not seem to be taking much notice of the alphabet over their heads, I was curious to see which authors had made it into the Bodleian's select canon of twenty-seven. Shakespeare was there, of course - albeit under 'F' for 'FIRST FOLIO', but other choices were less conventional.

How has the great library solved the universal problem of the letter X? No surprise there: conveniently hidden behind a traffic light, X stands for ... X-RAY. 

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