in design, development, general, University of Oxford


There is the Centre of the Study of the Book that, at the moment, house the page of Blockbooks, creating a page with series of other pages linked to collections.

The idea is to create a web presence for Blockbooks, and maybe other collections in a central area. Image collections at the moment are in LUNA and a few ideas for the project came to life:

  • central page for 4 collections: Early printing in Europe (blockbooks), Oriental collection, Greek collection and Medieval collection
  • transcription of the text in each image so the user can view the text in its original language and the English transcription simultaneously
  • a geographical mapping of the collections pin-pointing where and when they occur

The zoomify tool is provided by Luna. There are a few complex descriptions (created in PDF) that will be linked from the website as needed.

Examples of LUNA implementation outside University: David Rumsey and NASA images.


At the moment I created an initial website idea for the Blockbooks and it will evolve including the new collections as possible. The page can be found at

Update [Feb 2011]: the final (and modified version) of Blockbooks now is a complete image library and hold more items. However, I still prefer my initial design…

One of the possibilities of the pin-pointing time and place that the manuscripts were created will be created using the timemap code and a similar idea of what I’m planning for the geographical mapping is here.

Blockbooks on trac system: (internal to University of Oxford only)

Dorothy Little can point me to the correct Bodleian logo direction.

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