Thursday, April 26, 2012

Oxford University Press

Did you know that the Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world? 

Its rich history spans five centuries and began in 1478, just two years after the first printing press was set up in London. From humble beginnings at the Sheldonian Theatre, (its first central print shop), the press moved to the Clarendon Building on Broad Street in 1713 and again in 1830 to its current location on Great Clarendon Street, Jericho. In 1857, it began one of its most significant projects, the "Oxford English Dictionary" and expanded significantly from the late 1800s, opening 
its first overseas office in New York in 1896.

The Oxford University Press Walton Street, Jericho. (Image © Copyright Fractal Angel)

The Oxford English Dictionary
The first part of "A New Oxford Dictionary," a tiny little bundle of unbound words ranging from 
'A' through to 'Ant' was first published by in 1884. However, it was not until 1928 that the entire work, comprising 128 individually published sections was complete. The title, "The Oxford English Dictionary (OED)," was first used in 1895.

Original slips from the first Oxford English Dictionary.

Oxford University Press Museum 
If you'd like to trace the history of Oxford University's involvement in printing and publishing
from the 15th century, why not visit the Oxford University Press Museum? Admission is free and tours include displays on the 17th century Fell Types, the Oxford Almanacks, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, The Oxford English Dictionary and much, much more. 

Click here for booking details.

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