Richard Ovenden is the 25th Bodley’s Librarian, and heads the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford. He has worked at the National Library of Scotland and at Edinburgh University Library. He became Keeper of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, followed by Associate Director, and latterly (from 2011) Deputy Librarian, at the Bodleian. Richard is author of numerous works on book history including A Radical’s Books: the Library Catalogue of Samuel Jeake of Rye 1623-1690 (1999) and a chapter in the Cambridge History of Libraries, volume 1.
Following the talk, Scholars will have the opportunity to view the new display Richard Hakluyt: The World in a Book; an exhibition of Elizabethan travel books and rare maps celebrating the Oxford geographer Richard Hakluyt (1552–1616). The display will include the famous Codex Mendoza, once owned by Hakluyt.