Robinson (Marjorie and Philip) Collection

Subject strengths: Literature, Travel

The Philip Robinson Collection comprises incunabula, medieval manuscripts and books so the material ranges from a fourteenth-century gradual to items published in the Nineteenth Century. The collection was bequeathed by Marjorie Robinson (d. 1998), widow of antiquarian bookseller, Philip Robinson. It includes early editions of works by Dante, Boccaccio and Tasso; rare pamphlets by Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Swift; and is a good resource for travel literature.

Highlights include an original Gutenberg Bible leaf [1400]; a book of hours which is printed on vellum, in a brown cloth binding with blue velvet spine and metal centerpiece, corner-pieces and ornamental clasp; presentation copies of Alexander Pope's works as well as books which he formerly owned and A letter from South Carolina, 2nd ed. (1718) which provides first-hand information on the pioneer settlement of that state.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Robinson (Marjorie and Philip) Collection

Library Catalogue Collection Ref Code: Robinson

Date Range of Material

1470 - 1858

Type of Material

Rare book collection

Size of Collection

19 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

An exhibition to compliment this collection is available to view here.

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for January 2002, November 2002, December 2002, July 2006May 2008 and September 2009.

A digitised copy of Petre's Gradual is available on Page Turners, our browser-based viewer.