Book Collections

Special Collections holds 30 named book collections.

They are grouped according to donator, collector, subject area or time period.

This page is under development, it currently contains brief summary descriptions and links to four book collections. It will eventually be a directory for all of our book collections.

The following book collections, whose individual titles are available on the Library Catalogue, have yet to be added here: Daly Collection; Early Economics Collection; Early Printed Books Collection; Foster Pamphlets; Gibson Books; Harty Collection; Hibernica Collection; MacDouall Collection; Moore Collection; O'Rahilly Collection; Percy Collection; Queen's Staff Collection; Ross-Rozenzweig Collection; Special Publications/ Limited Editions; Wright Collection. Please contact Special Collections if you would like information about them as collections.

Reference books and current issues of journals are located in the Special Collections Reading Room. All other books are held in our secure Store and should be requested on arrival at Special Collections. Readers are advised to check the catalogue (or below lists) for author, title and shelf mark details. 

Library of the great Scottish economist Adam Smith

Adam Smith Collection

Click here for a full listing of the Adam Smith Collection.  **Not on Library Catalogue**

General collection of monographs etc from the surviving personal library of the 18th century philosopher and economic theorist, Adam Smith (1723-90). The majority of titles relate principally to Greek and Latin classics and date mostly from the 18th century. 

The collection does, however, include a number of early works from the 16th and 17th centuries, of which can be found some particularly fine bindings. Notable items include a 1546 edition of the Marsilius Ficinus translation of Plato and four folio volumes of Aristotle's complete works, c 1728. The collection also includes a few additional items of more recent date (19th century) acquired by Smith's descendants.

Collection Level Description available on RASCAL.

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Theological, philosophical & literary works

Antrim Presbytery Collection

Click here for a full listing of the Antrim Presbytery Collection.  **Not on Library Catalogue**

Collection of theological, philosophical and literary works ranging from the 16th to 18th centuries, maintained and accumulated by the Presbyterian congregations in Belfast and Antrim, 1765-1873, for the purposes of local intellectuals and Presbyterian ministers. 

In addition to items on theology, philosophy and religion, the collection is notable for its material on the classics, civil and ecclesiastical history and politics. The majority of these titles date from before 1800. Items of later date (19th century) include mainly published sermons and addresses produced locally.

Collection Level Description available on RASCAL. 

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Historic library from the Belfast Medical Society

Belfast Medical Library

Click here for a full listing of the Belfast Medical Library. **Not on Library Catalogue**

The Belfast Medical Society (1806-1818 & 1822-1862) had established a lending library for it's member by 1826. The complete collection of it's 16th and 17th century works on medicine were presented to Queen's University during 1915 and 1916. They were originally housed in the Medical Library but were transferred to Special Collections in 2009. The present collection also contains medical books from the 18th and 19th century.

Collection of works by Professor David Beers Quinn

David Beers Quinn Collection

Click here for a full listing of the David Beers Quinn Collection. **Not on Library Catalogue**

A collection of material written or edited by the renowned historian Professor David Beers Quinn (1909-2002). It includes monographs, journal articles, book chapters, lectures and conference papers concerning topics such as exploration, discovery, colonisation and Irish history. The materials were generously donated by the Quinn family.

Collection of early medical works

Simms Medical Collection

Click here for a full listing of the Simms Medical Collection   ** Also on Library Catalogue, denoted by prefix Simm/ **

Once described as one of the most selective and extensive of collections in private hands, the Simms Medical collection is an outstanding assemblage of works concerning the practice of medicine and medical history. It comprises a few 17th century medical texts, first and early editions of 18th, 19th and 20th century texts and monographs, in addition to works on the history of medicine and medical biography.

Distinguished library of early medical works and medical history belonging to Dr Samuel Simms (d. 1967) of Belfast. Many of the titles included in the collection can be found listed in the Garrison and Morton Medical Bibliography (1983).

Click here to view the digital exhibition 'Samuel Simms Collection of Medical Texts'.

Collection Level Description available on RASCAL

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