Natural History Collection Belfast Central Library
Collection

Description

The Natural History Collection is a remarkable collection in terms of both quality and quantity. Since the first purchases made by George Hall Elliott, the first City Librarian, the Natural History Collection has been augmented by succeeding librarians through purchase of the most important books published in this field. Outstanding amongst this collection of fine copies of important works are fine illustrated books, most in colour and finished by hand. Many have distinguished provenances and can therefore be termed collector's copies. The items range from books published in 1645, including works illustrated by Redoute, Audubon, Ehret, Lear and Thorburn. Redoute's "Les Roses" in 3 volumes, bound by Simit and published in Paris, 1817-1824 is from the library of the Duc D'Orleans. This is an ideal companion collection to the Travel Collection also held at Belfast Central Library, reflecting the interests of exploration and scientific discovery of the 18th and 19th centuries. The volumes in this collection are evidence of the drive to classify the natural world with its ever increasing diversity. The volumes present an overview of scientific and stylistic development over time. Political influences (the French preoccupation with all things African as a result of Napoleon's campaigns there) and the trends of the time (leisure activities, hunting, fishing) are visible in the works making up this collection.

Strengths

The only complete sets of Elliott, Gould, and Leraillant are held. Outstanding amongst this collection of fine copies of important works are fine illustrated books, most in colour and finished by hand. Many have distinguished provenances and can therefore be termed collector's copies. The items range from books published in 1645, including works illustrated by Redoute, Audubon, Ehret, Lear and Thorburn. Redoute's "Les Roses" in 3 volumes, bound by Simit and published in Paris, 1817-1824 is from the library of the Duc D'Orleans.

Physical Characteristics

1,000 volumes

Languages

English;French

Collection Type

Collection.Library.Text.Special

Accrual

Policy: Active   Method: Donation;   Periodicity: Regular

Access

This collection is for reference only. Please contact Katherine McCloskey at Belfast Central Library in advance of a visit.

Legal Status

Libraries NI have legal owership of this collection. All enquiries regarding access and permissions should be directed to Libraries NI.

Description or Catalogue

Items in this collection are listed on an inhouse database.

Collector

Name

Libraries NI

Role

Public Library Service

History

The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Libraries NI has the statutory responsibility for the provision of public library services in Northern Ireland. Its functions are laid down in the Libraries Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. It is a Non Departmental Public Body which reports to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The Board of the Authority consists of a Chairperson and 18 Members, 11 of whom are Councillors, within the meaning of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972. All Board Members are appointed by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The executive business of the Board is carried out by a team of officers under the leadership of the Chief Executive. The Executive Team is organised into three strategic units, each being led by a member of the Senior Management Team.



Location

Name

Belfast Central Library

Address

Belfast Ulster and Irish Studies Department, Royal Avenue, Belfast

United Kingdom
BT1 1EA

Website

http://www.belb.org.uk/library/centralLibrary.htm

Access Control

Most of the stock is available for loan to any registered member of the Northern Ireland Library Authority. Hire charges apply to audio/ visual stock. Borrower tickets can be acquired from any public library in Northern Ireland on production of valid identification confirming name and address. A limited amount of material is for reference only. No prior appointment is necessary. Library opening hours are Monday to Thursday (09.00-20.00), Friday (09.00-17.30) and Saturday (09.00-16.30).

Administrator Role

Irish & Local Studies Librarian

Phone

+44 (0)28 9050 9150

Email

p.walker@libraries.belfast-elb.gov.uk

Owner

Role

Public Library Service

Telephone

00442837520738

Email

enquiries@librariesni.org.uk

History

The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Libraries NI has the statutory responsibility for the provision of public library services in Northern Ireland. Its functions are laid down in the Libraries Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. It is a Non Departmental Public Body which reports to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The Board of the Authority consists of a Chairperson and 18 Members, 11 of whom are Councillors, within the meaning of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972. All Board Members are appointed by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The executive business of the Board is carried out by a team of officers under the leadership of the Chief Executive. The Executive Team is organised into three strategic units, each being led by a member of the Senior Management Team.