University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books


Hollis Collection

Images of the Hollis Collection

‌This collection was presented c. 1760-1770 by Thomas Hollis (1720-1774), the Dorset 'Lover of Liberty' and library benefactor, who was founder of Harvard Library. It contains 9 volumes, 18th century English books in characteristic Hollis bindings (7 by John Matthewman and 2 by Richard Montagu).

Finding aids

The collection has been entirely catalogued. Classmarks for books in this collection have the prefix Hol and can be found on the online catalogue here.


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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.