University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books


Henderson Collection

Images of the Henderson Collection

The University Library received in 2004 the Scottish History and Topography books from the library of the late Professor G P Henderson (his philosophical books have been left to the University of Dundee). Henderson was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dundee, previously having taught logic and metaphysics at the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee. He held B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Oxford and an M.A. from the University of St Andrews, and was an editor of The Philosophical Quarterly.

The books date from the 16th to the 20th centuries, and contain many beautiful illustrations. This collection of about 300 books has yet to be classified or catalogued, but can be accessed by contacting Special Collections.


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.