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About the collection

GreenfieldDoggett bookplate

Bookplate of the Greenfield Doggett family

The History Faculty Library (HFL) is one of the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford.  It holds a small collection of antiquarian books, which are available for consultation by library members on request.  Please contact the library for further information.

HFL’s 2010-11 trainee, Clare Bristow, undertook the task of recording the items in order to help HFL and Bodleian Rare Books staff take decisions concerning the future of the collections. The project also aimed to make readers aware of the underused working rare book collection, as the majority of items are not in SOLO.

Please be aware that there are still some books in the HFL which are neither catalogued nor in the Rare Books blog.

The collection consists of around 200 titles in over 500 volumes.The majority of items date from the 18th and 19th centuries. There are also a dozen 16th- and 17th-century items, and some 20th-century books are included for special provenance interest.

The collection has been assembled in the HFL from a variety of sources. It can be seen from stamps, inscriptions, and the HFL’s accessions records that many of the books were formerly owned by other libraries in Oxford, especially the Bodleian Library. Others were purchased from public libraries and booksellers, or donated to the HFL by members of the History Faculty. Some books show signs of a colourful life before this, with bookplates from stately homes, marginal notes, or newspaper cuttings found inside.

The books cover an assortment of subjects in British and European history. A large proportion is early modern British source material, including long runs of parliamentary papers and statutes.

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