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Reference sources, 1614 - 2018

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/PRESS 5

Scope and Contents

Many of these volumes and articles contain annotations, with papers or correspondence inserted. They are 'secondary' sources in that they are copies of original documents or printed sources, but can contain 'primary' sources as well.
It is not the aim of the Press Archive to hold a comprehensive list of titles relating to Press history, but in some cases scarce volumes or articles have been preserved. Cambridge University Library holds many books about the Press, and some are noted in a bibliography at the start of the catalogue.
Booklets relating specifically to printing or publishing (rather than the history of the Press) have been placed in PRESS 2 or PRESS 3.


  • Creation: 1614 - 2018


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The Syndics' library consisted of books published or (in the case of very early books) printed by the Press. It was housed in the top floors of the Pitt Building tower. In the early 1980s most of the early books (ie down to c.1820) were sent to Cambridge University Library, where they were - mostly - added to class Cam[bridge].

Quite a number of books were sold to Cambridge booksellers. Ronald Mansbridge (of the Press New York office) wanted to buy some of them: if he did, they are now probably held in Keio University.

Books are no longer stored in the middle of the three vertical tower rooms of the Pitt Building, which housed the Syndics’ Library, or part of it. Many of them were transferred to the Library at the University Printing House, and many still have book-plates inside the cover.

The Printer's Library was in the University Printing House. It consisted of a number of quite early books as well as books from the 20th century. Cambridge University Library holds some of the early books, which were collected as much for their typographical interest as for their local associations. Some of them dated back to pre-1939 Stanley Morison days. Some were sold via Cambridge booksellers.

There is a short article about the Syndics' library in one of the 1950s issues of the Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographcal Society.

Information supplied by David McKitterick and Kevin Taylor in March 2016.

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