University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books


Williams Collection

Images of the Williams Collection

‌The collection contains around 58 volumes from the library of John Williams Williams, Professor of History at St Andrews 1929-1955 and was presented by his executors in 1958. It's devoted entirely to the Eikon Basilike attributed to Charles I, chiefly comprising 17th century editions.

Finding aids

Available through the guard-book catalogue only. Classmarks for books in this collection have the prefix Wil.


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.