|Method||Etching, copper engraving.|
|Published||Published and sold by Robert Bliss, Bookseller, Oxford. Printed by N. Bliss.|
Printed title, 4 pages of descriptive text, reference to the plates, ground plan of the buildings destroyed by fire and six etchings. This copy contains one copper engraving and seven soft-ground etchings. Clary 297, Cordeaux and Merry (Univ.) 7050.
The fire here describedby text and illustration is supposed to have started around midnight on Friday, March 3rd, 1809 from uncertian sources and had it not been for such a calm night it may well have spread into the Hall and the Gate of Tom Tower. The fire was extinguished through the combined efforts of the Christ Church fire crew and those from other colleges. One of the main problems occuring after the fire was the possibble theft of furniture, books, and valuables removed for safety from some of the endangered rooms and as a result the property was guarded by the Regiment of Oxford Loyal Volunteers.