Leeds University Library

Rare Ovid books now online

Published Monday 14 September 2015

Incunabula image. Ovid.

New digital learning resource reveals remarkable annotations and colourful illustrations in 15th century texts.

A new online learning resource that examines a unique set of books containing the works of the Roman poet Ovid is now available on the Library's Special Collections website.

The Brotherton Ovid Digital Resource reveals extensive annotations and hand-drawn illustrations that enhance and embellish the printed text. The remarkable three-volume set of books was printed in Italy in 1477 and bound in pig-skin and oak boards.

These books are amongst the most treasured items in the Library's Brotherton Collection. It is unusual for a collection to contain all three volumes in such good condition and they are one of only a few complete sets surviving in British libraries.

Now they are digitised and presented with additional learning material they can be accessed by anyone interested in finding out more about Ovid, the books and their historical context. Discover who owned them and when, and who might have added the hundreds of annotations and colourful illustrations.

Explore the Brotherton Ovid Digital Resource