Buy Books On Oxford – Balliol College History


Buy Books On Oxford - Balliol College History

Buy Books On Oxford – Balliol College
A History: 1263-1939

by John Jones

Balliol College has existed in its Broad Street location as an institution, or community of like-minded scholars, since 1263, which makes it the oldest College in both Oxford and Cambridge. Among the famous historical figures who have been associated with this dominant Oxford College are John Wyclif, the philosopher and theologian who was one of the first dissidents to the Papacy, and led a group called the Lollards, forerunners of the Protestant reformation; also the diarist John Evelyn, and James Stirling the mathematician – who do you think Stirling numbers, Stirling permutations and Stirling ‘s approximation are named after? We won’t go into them here!

Let’s not forget also Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, Gerard Manley Hopkins. Graham Greene, and Anthony Powell, all of them Balliol men.

This copy of the book was a Gift copy from Balliol College, Oxford, to a retiring member of staff (two dedications from other staff members on half-title page). The book is cased in an attractive dark blue (of course) binding, with the Balliol College arms and book title in gilt to the front, pp xix, 323 + 25 black-and-white illustrations and 21 in color.

As you would expect of a gift copy, this is one of those rare books for sale that could be described as being in pristine condition. The pages are bright white, tight and very clean – perhaps unread (although there is near-imperceptible creasing to the top corners of a block of 50 or so leaves).

Likewise, the dustjacket is immaculate and unmarked, save for some light scratching to the back. In summary, ‘almost’ New (because it isn’t new).

Oxford University Press, 1989. ISBN 0199201625

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