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Early Science Collection

The Early Science Collection covers 19th century science, including mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, evolution, comparative anatomy, engineering and technology, cookery and domestic science.

Illustration of poppies from Elizabeth Twining’s 'Illustrations of the natural orders of plants' (1868) .

Number of items: 2,620

Date range: late 18th to 20th centuries

Using Library Search

Records from all collections are available through King's Library Search.

Being signed in to Library Search gives the best functionality for searching and the homepage gives advice on how to narrow down your searches by using scopes and by filtering searches you have made. For full instructions please see both the Library Search homepage and also our 'Catalogues' webpage, available by scrolling down to the menu on the Special Collections homepage.

Using scopes

You can limit your search to Foyle Special Collections Library items by using scopes.

If you select the ‘Library Resources’ scope, only the print and ebooks, audiovisual material and journals held by the campus libraries and Foyle Special Collections Library will be retrieved in your searches

Using filters

For finding material related to specific collections or former owners, use the ‘Library Resources’ scope in the drop down menu and then filter by ‘Former owner’ in the Advanced search criteria to display records from a specific collection.

You can also use the Location drop down menu on the left hand side of the screen to identify items from specific named special collections.

Please do contact us for further advice on identifying material which will assist you with your studies.

  • Image: ‘Papaveraceae: the poppy tribe’ from Elizabeth Twining’s Illustrations of the natural orders of plants. London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1868 [Early Science Collection QK98 TWI]

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