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About the Library The University of Southampton Library holds approximately 4,500 book printed before 1800. Of these, almost 3,500 are held in the Library's Rare Book Collection, with the balance forming part of the the Special Collection, the Perkins Agricultural Library.

Collection Highlights Collection 1: The Rare Book Collection includes books on most subjects represented in the Library's general collections, with an emphasis on philosophical, theological, historical and literary works. It contains a number of bequests from local scholars, such as the theological library of John Bullar, part of the library of Henry Robinson Hartley, the founder of the University's predecessor, the Hartley Institution, and material on slavery in the West Indies, collected by Robert Washington Oates of Selbourne.

Collection 2: The Perkins Agricultural Library is a collection of the works of British and Irish writers on agriculture. It was originally the private collection of Walter Frank Perkins (1865-1946), whose interest in agricultural books led both to the formation of the collection and to his bibliography British and Irish Writers on Agriculture (Lymington, 1929). The collection rivals in scope that of the Royal Agricultural Society at Rothamsted and contains a significant proportion of books that do not appear in the national collections of the British Library. Its main strength lies in books on general practice and improvement of agriculture in Britain, with smaller sections on specific farming activities and economic aspects of agriculture.
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