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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
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 Botanical Dialogues Between Hortensia and her Four Children (1797).
Extent: Over 500 books, ranging in date from the 17th century to the 20th century.
COVID-19 National Lockdown, January 2021 - Access
Special Collections Open Access Area - University of Southampton staff and students can continue to use the click and collect service, to book browsing slots and to book study spaces in the Special Collections open access area. See Library Services and COVID-19.
Archives, Manuscripts and Rare Books Search Room - this service is closed. Members of staff are working off-site and can provide a limited enquiry service. Please email Archives@soton.ac.uk with any enquiries.
The Salisbury Collection is part of Special Collections on level 4 of the Hartley Library.
If you do not have a University I.D. Card, you will need to show photographic I.D. and a form of I.D. which includes your permanent residential address when you enter the Hartley Library and also when you arrive at the Search Room.
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 copier is behind the main staircase on level 4.
If you are not a member of the University, you will need to set up a guest account online, see Hartley Library: Visitors
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.