More than two centuries have past since the English romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote a pamphlet called Poetical Essay On The Existing State of Things during his first year at Oxford University. It is therefore somewhat poetic that his old university has purchased the only known surviving copy of the 20 page work which deals with issues such as the abuse of the press, political institutions, and the impact of war. It also includes a 172 line poem he wrote under the alias a “gentleman of the University of Oxford”. The pamphlet, which was printed by a stationers in Oxford, was only attributed to Shelley fifty years after the poet’s death and was only unearthed in a private collection in 2006. Today it is one of the many books housed in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the twelfth millionth to be precise. That’s alot of books.