Remarkable Renaissance Books is a story narrated and illustrated with extraordinary books, from the very first printed in the fifteenth century to the groundbreaking scientific texts of the Enlightenment. Eighteen books, from Gutenberg and Galileo to Mercator and Maria Sibylla Merian and beyond, chart the story of readers, authors, printers, scientists, philosophers and artists and the part they played in forging the modern world.

John Boardley’s forthcoming Remarkable Renaissance Books, published by the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.