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Rare books


The rare book collection covers a wide range of subjects dating back to the sixteenth century.

The highlights include:

  • Shakespeare’s Second Folio
  • Serialised editions of Little Dorrit and Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  • Robert Hooke’s Micrographia
  • Edward Topsell’s History of Four Footed Beasts and Serpents
  • The Suffragette and Votes For Women newspapers

We also hold special collections from the libraries of theatre enthusiast Roy Waters, and artist Lady Christiana Herringham.

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