Some of the treasures of political theory from Hertford’s rare books collections will be on display for Politics students in the Old Lodgings.
Items will include a few penned by our very own Thomas Hobbes, including titles once banned and burned in the Bodleian Quadrangle in 1683. Seeing this spectacle, and with his own Christ Church office full of such books, including Leviathan (which he read carefully), John Locke soon fled Oxford.
Other gems from the collection will include works by Margaret Cavendish, Daniel Defoe and Mary Astell, as well as the Earl of Clarendon’s 17th-century critique of Hobbes and books owned by John Locke (some with marginalia!).
Drop into the Old Lodgings on 19 February any time between 2pm and 4pm.