University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books


Fleeman Johnson Collection

Images of the Fleeman Collection

‌The library of Dr J D Fleeman (1932-1994), noted Samuel Johnson expert and bibliographer, presented to the Library in 1998 by his widow. It consists of over 1000 volumes by and about Samuel Johnson and Boswell, and is particularly rich in early editions of Johnson`s works. There are 134 pre-1801 items, including two pre-1701, and around 200 19th century items.

Finding aids

The collection consists of 1100 volumes. Classmarks for books in this collection have the prefix Fle and can be found on the online catalogue here.

The papers of Dr Fleeman are also held within our manuscript collection.


Find out how you can get copies of books, manuscripts or photographs held within Special Collections.

Collection development policy

Discover how the Special Collections Division makes decisions on the development of its rare book collections.

Current projects

Read about the exciting collection projects the Rare Books team is currently working on, and those that have recently been completed.