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Address: Special Collections, Hartley Library, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ
Most Salisbury Collection books in the open access area are available for Long Loan.
If you have a University I.D./Library Card you can borrow books at the Loans Desk or at the self-issue units on level 2.
Rare Books Salisbury Coll. folio QK 77
During the Hartley Library Refurbishment Project, access to Special Collections will be via the main stairs to Level 3, across Level 3 to the fire stairs at the back of the building and up to Level 4.
Restricted Access to Lift
Lift access to Special Collections (Open Access and Search Room) will be available Monday to Friday 09.30-16.30 only. Please contact Library Reception on arrival, if you wish to use the lift.
The collection reflects the passion for ordering the natural world and in this case recording the plants of a particular area, which arose during the eighteenth century and continues today. It includes examples of national floras such as those of Spain, Germany and Russia, but the emphasis of the collection is on British floras on both a national and a local level.
Most counties are represented and there are also examples of floras of individual towns and cities e.g. Thomas Hall A Flora of Liverpool (1839). Listings of the ferns, mosses, algae, lichens and fungi found in Britain are also included.
Many of the earlier publications come from the Perkins Botanical Collection and amongst these there are examples of herbals, practical field guides and books in the form of 'botanical dialogues', a well know example of this form of botanical instruction being Botonical Dialogues Between Hortensia and her Four Children (1797).
Extent: Over 500 books, ranging in date from the 17th century to the 20th century.
The Salisbury Collection is part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library. It is open to all to use.
If you do not have a University I.D. Card, you will need to show photographic I.D. on entering the Hartley Library and on entering the Search Room, a form of I.D.which includes your permanent residential address.
See Salisbury Collection for a list of titles on WebCat.
The Salisbury Collection brings together the botanical books donated by Sir Edward Salisbury to the Biomedical Sciences Library in 1978 and those presented by the family of Walter Frank Perkins to the University College of Southampton in 1948.
Sir Edward Salisbury (1886-1978) was a founder member of the British Ecological Society, who researched and wrote on woodland ecology, and with F.E. Fritsch, compiled a number of botanical textbooks during the 1920s. His later publication, Living Garden (1935) contributed to his appointment as Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew in 1943, a position he held until his retirement in 1956.
Walter Frank Perkins (1865-1946) was born in Southampton and was educated at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He later worked as a surveyor in Southampton and was elected as the Member of Parliament for the New Forest in 1910. From 1928 to 1933, Perkins was the Treasurer of the University College of Southampton and presented his larger collection of agricultural books to the College in 1946.
Rare Books Salisbury Coll. QK 92
The nearest photocopiers are behind the main staircase on level 4 and the charges are 5p per A4 sheet and 10p for A3..
If you are not a member of the University, you will need to obtain a Guest Account login from either the Special Collections Enquiry Office or Hartley Library Reception.
Bound volumes in Rare Books cannot be photocopied but you can request photographic or microfilm copies, subject to the age and condition of the item.
See Reprographics Service for a list of the types of copy available and charges.