A collection of approximately 80 works on cryptography, together with a small number of seminal scientific works.
Despite its small size the cryptography section of the collection offers a good conspectus of major works on the subject published from the 16th to the 19th century. It includes Trithemius's Polygraphiae Libri Sex (1518) with the rare Clavis, the 1st edition of G.B. della Porta's De Furtivis Literarum Notis (1563), and B. de Vigenère's Traicté des Chiffres (1586). Among the early scientific works are Leonard Digges' A Geometrical Practise, named Pantometria (1571), and the first edition of Robert Hooke's Micrographia (1665). The collection also includes a complete set of the publications of Dr. Elliott, its founder, a distinguished pathologist who was a graduate of the university.