Give the British another black eye and humanity a boost

"In November 2015 the Bodleian Libraries acquired its 12
millionth printed book: a unique copy of a pamphlet entitled
Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things, written by a
Gentleman of the University of Oxford and printed in 1811. The
pamphlet was the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley (17921822), then a
student at Oxford University, and now recognised as one of the
great English poets of the 19th century. The acquisition is a
momentous event for the public, for scholars, the University and
the Bodleian Libraries. Known to have been published by Shelley
in 1811 but lost until recently, Shelleys Poetical Essay is,
thanks to the generosity of a benefactor, now freely available to
all in digitized form.

"The Bodleian Libraries are extremely grateful to Mr Brian
Fenwick-Smith and Mr Antonio Bonchristiano for their generous
support of this project.

"The poem, written for the support of an Irish journalist
imprisoned for libel, shows a young Shelley engaging with the
political and social issues that coloured much of his work. The
themes Shelley addresses in Poetical Essay (the abuse of press
freedom, dysfunctional political institutions and the global
impact of war) preoccupied him throughout his career, and are as
sharply present today as they were 200 years ago." 

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