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Rare Books

The Science History Institute has one of the greatest collections of rare books on chemistry in the world.

The Othmer Library of Chemical History is home to an extraordinary collection of rare books, which began with acquisitions from The Chemists’ Club, Donald F. Othmer’s bequest of his personal library, and other individual purchases, donations, and bequests.

In 2004 the Othmer Library acquired the Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, which represents one of the richest, most comprehensive, and most cohesive single deposits of books on the history of chemistry in the world. Roughly 6,000 titles in all, the Neville collection comprises materials that date from the late 15th century to the early 20th century and includes many of the most important works in the history of science and technology from this period.

The Othmer Library continues to actively acquire new books and manuscripts for the collection, including a growing collection of alchemical manuscripts dating from the 15th to the 17th century.

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