the codrington library


Greatest Libraries in the World - Part 1: The Old 

Trinity College Library, Dublin

The Theological Hall, Strahov Abbey, Prague

The George Peabody Library, Baltimore

The Codrington Library, Oxford

Clementinium Library, Prague

The Public Library of Cincinnati

Mafra Palace Library, Portugal

New York Public Library

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris

St. Florian Monastery Library, Austria

The Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford, United Kingdom. The Codrington Library is a private, reference only library at All Souls College, Oxford. Sir William Blackstone was a fellow, and the library bears his imprimatur. Built with a bequest from Christopher Codrington, Blackstone oversaw its completion in 1756. Its archival holdings are vast, with especially rich holdings in law, legal history, incunabula, and association copies of Blackstone’s works. The Amesbury Psalter has pride of place in its collection of codices and early manuscripts. All Souls also possesses the largest number of incunabula of any college, including the Nuremberg Chronicle, of which 18 copies are extant at the university.