Middle Temple Library - Rare Book and Manuscript Collection

Contact details

Website: http://www.middletemple.org.uk/library-and-archive/library/rare-books E-mail: library@middletemple.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)20 7427 4830

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About the library

Copac contains the records for the early printed books only- i.e. books printed between 1450 and 1800. The Rare Book and Manuscript Collection at Middle Temple contains approximately 9000 early printed books and 300 manuscripts. The books range in topic, covering areas such as science, medicine, geography, literature, theology and law. The Library was established in 1641 with the Robert Ashley bequest of books (approximately 3700 volumes). The Library also holds the only known pair of Molyneux globes (the earliest globes made in England, 1592) in the world. The Library is normally only open to members of the four Inns of Court, but the Rare Book and Manuscript Collection is open to non-members by prior arrangement only.

The full local library catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Access to the Rare Books and Manuscript collection is available by appointment only. Please use the contact details above for access.


Middle Temple data on Copac

Example record from the Middle Temple:

Papegay, ofte formulier-boek : van allerhande requesten, mandamenten, conclusien, schrifturen, als anders, in de dagelijksche practijke dienende voor de respective hoven van justitie in Hollandt / te samen gesteldt door Willem van Alphen.
  Published: 's Graven-hage : Johannes Steucker 1668, 1683

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