Rare books and special collections

The Library's rare book collections date from the 15th to the 21st century. Rarity may be considered through age, uniqueness, ownership, significant edition, a special binding or illustration.

Robbins Magic Collection

This rare collection gives an insight into the golden age of magic and conjury.

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Donald MacPherson Collection of Art and Literature

The Library’s Donald MacPherson collection contains books on pure literature and fine art.

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Colour illustration of knight fighting on horseback

Cervantes Collection

The Cervantes collection was gathered over 30 years by Dr Ben Haneman. The collection includes over 1100 editions of Don Quixote, and hundreds of additional works on Cervantes.

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