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Edward Clark Collection


A selection of images has been digitised to provide a virtual exhibition of many of the interesting items in the collection. The images can be accessed from the website pages, or from LibrarySearch.


Click on the thumbnail image for full-size image.

Stories about beasts image 

Illustration from Stories about beasts, by a young naturalist, London, [s.n.], 1854. (S 163)




Works of Chaucer image 


Page from The works of Geoffrey Chaucer. London, The Kelmscott Press, 1896. (F308)


The most famous of Kelmscott books and one of the great masterpieces of British printing. The printing took 21 months. The work was illustrated by Burne-Jones and the ornament designed by William Morris.




Page from Doves biblePage from The English Bible. 5 v. London, The Doves Press, 1903. (F 193-7)

"The noblest book to look at that was ever printed. The openings of the Books are admirably contrived with a woodcut initial in red; but the want of chapters and verses limits the use of the edition and the lines are really too long"

Comments on The Doves Bible taken from: P.J.W, Kilpatrick, ed. Catalogue of the Edward Clark Library, Edinburgh, Napier College of Commerce and Technology, 1976., p.233



Uncle Tom binding 



Image showing the binding of: Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's cabin. London. 1853. (S160)


Case binding in blue grained bookcloth with blind blocking on both boards. Spine and centre of front stamped in gold with allegorical designs and lettering by J. Leighton. Gilt edges.




Martinius binding 



The splendid binding of - Martinius, Martinius: Sinicae Historiae Decas prima. Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1659. (C54)


Fine contemporary binding of brown sheepskin, with roll decoration in gold on edges and frames of both boards; panels of spine and boards filled with diaper of gilt fleur-de-lys; gilt edges.



Psalterium page 


A page from: Porrus, Petrus Paulus. Psalterium Hebraeum, Graecum, Arabicum ... Genoa, 1516. (B 15)


This was the first polygot Psalter, and contains a biography of Columbus.