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Due to refurbishment works in the Sydney Jones Library, Special Collections and Archives is closed to users from Monday 3 June until Monday 16 September (inclusive). We're still available for your enquiries via email.

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SC&A includes manuscripts and archives, medieval to modern; early and finely printed books, and science fiction collections.

Spence Books

17th-20th century books used by Dr Charles Singer in writing The earliest chemical industry: an essay in the historical relations of economics and technology illustrated from the alum trade (Folio Society, 1948) .

image from Sansone, The printing of cotton fabrics, showing paisley style fabricSPEC Spence 54

The collection contains early mineralogical works, treatises on mineral waters, guide books and accounts of volcanoes, including Sir William Hamilton's Campi Phlegri (Naples, 1776) with hand-coloured plates of volcanic eruptions (SPEC Spence 96-97). Presented by Peter Spence & Sons Ltd., chemical manufacturers of Widnes in 1949.