Clarke (Edwin) Miscellaneous Collection

Subject strengths: General

Bequeathed by Edwin Clarke (1919-1996), approximately half of the Clarke Miscellaneous Collection was published in the Twentieth Century but the collection contains material dating back to 1655. It is a collection with a strong bias towards the occult, ritual and folklore, with some rogue items relating to book history.

Examples include A laconic narrative on the life & death of James Wilson, known by the name of Daft Jamie (1881) - a victim of Burke and Hare -, F. Hutchinson's An historical essay concerning witchcraft (1718), The Yorkshire spiritual telegraph and British harmonial advocate (1857) and a book on exercise by H. Halsted called Motion-life: or the demon of the age and means of its exorcism (1856).

Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Clarke (Edwin) Miscellaneous Collection

Library Catalogue Collection Ref Code: Clarke Misc.

Date Range of Material

1555 - 1992

Type of Material

Rare book collection

Size of Collection

14 Linear Metres of shelving

How To Order Items From This Collection

The books within this collection are described within the Newcastle University Library Catalogue and can be ordered directly from the catalogue.

This link to the library catalogue will show a list of all the items within the collection. Please note this link is available to members of the public as well as University staff and students.

You can then place your order by linking to our request form

Scanning and Photocopy Service

If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a scanning and photocopying service. 

Other Resources

For other books collected by Edwin Clarke, see also Clarke Local Collection, and Clarke Medical Collection.

For archival material collected by Edwin Clarke, see Clarke General Collection.

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for September 2007.