Illustrating Daily Life in Seventeenth-Century Oxford
A few months ago, Special Collections acquired the 1675 first edition of David Loggan’s Oxonina illustrata at the 2014 Melbourne Antiquarian Book Fair. The book consists of some of the most detailed engravings depicting the city of Oxford and the university, including a plan of the city, all the Oxford colleges, halls and public buildings, and a plate showing examples of academic dress.
Though Loggan’s architectural engravings are of course the centre piece of his work, it was the small vignettes illustrating activities outside the university walls that generated much conversation amongst staff. Below is a sampling of these miniature images of daily life in seventeenth-century Oxford, from people selling goods and men driving animals, to horse-drawn carriages and a child’s run in with a dog.
Anthony Tedeschi (Deputy Curator, Special Collections)
 David Loggan, Oxonia illustrata … Oxoniae: E. Theatro Sheldoniano, ; Melbourne copy with the bookplate of Australian military historian and academic Alec Hill (1916–2008).
 Oxonia illustrata was evidently intended as a companion to Anthony Wood’s Historia, et antiquitates Universitatis Oxoniensis (1674). Special Collections holds a later English language edition published in Oxford by the Clarendon Press in 1786. An appendix to this work was published in 1790.
 Special Collections also holds two pre-1801 editions of Loggan’s Cantabrigia illustrata, a companion volume of views of Cambridge first published c. 1690, at which time Loggan was appointed engraver to the University of Cambridge. These volumes are held as part of the Pierre Gorman Cambridge Collection.