Posts tagged: Whipple Library

Cambridge collectors: The last of his kind: George Parker Bidder

By , 1 May 2012 1:54 pm

Bidder bookplateThe University Library’s exhibition ‘Shelf Lives: Four Centuries of Collectors and their Books’ runs for another six weeks until 16 June 2012.

Dawn Moutrey continues our theme of Cambridge collectors with a recent post on George Parker Bidder (1863–1953), whose collection of some sixty books on subjects including physiology, natural history, zoology and calculus is held at the Whipple Library. Bidder’s obituary in Nature described him as ‘the last of his kind—that of the great amateur biologists of the past century’.

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Cambridge collectors: Origins of the Whipple

By , 28 February 2012 12:17 pm

Whipple collection spine labelDawn Moutrey continues our theme of Cambridge collectors with a post on the origin of the Whipple Library in the collection of Robert Stewart Whipple.

‘Donations to libraries come in all sizes, from a single book donated by the author, to large collections which make you get out a tape measure to make sure you have the space. They all have a place in the history and development of a collection, and even a subject field.  The donation in 1944 by Robert Stewart Whipple (1871–1953) of his scientific instruments and books to the University has been viewed as “… an essential element in the establishment of the history of science as an academic discipline in Cambridge”’.

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Our posts on Cambridge collectors accompany the University Library’s major exhibition ‘Shelf Lives: Four Centuries of Collectors and their Books’, which runs until 16 June 2012.

Cambridge collectors: The Steward Collection

By , 7 February 2012 1:29 pm

Embossed stamp of J. H. Steward Ltd.

Our theme of Cambridge collectors, accompanying the current exhibition ‘Shelf Lives: Four Centuries of Collectors and their Books’, continues with a post by Dawn Moutrey of the Whipple Library on the Steward Collection, which came to the library in the 1970s when the Whipple Museum purchased a number of scientific instruments from the Steward family.

‘The J.H. Steward company was established in London in 1852 and became J.H. Steward Ltd. in 1913. It produced instruments for optical measuring, observation, military use, drawing and surveying. The 100-odd books we have in this collection cover physics, optics, scientific instruments, astronomy, lubrication, meteorology and gemmology (James Henry Steward, who established the company, was also a jeweller).’

Read the full post on the ‘Whipple Library Books Blog’ …