Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Six volumes of a manuscript catalogue of the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature, containing a chronological list of the titles, with some notes on the bindings. The catalogue was prepared by Herbert Somerton Foxwell, but this is probably a fair copy in the hand of an assistant. The volumes cover the years 1501-1700, 1751-1815, and 1821-1825. The volumes for 1701-1750 and 1816-1820 were apparently not received by the library.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Somerton Foxwell (1849-1936) was a dedicated book-collector and bibliophile, who formed a large collection of economic books printed before 1848. In 1901, Foxwell sold his library to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (Goldsmith's Company) for £10, 000 in 1901. At that time it contained about 30,000 books. The Company also generously provided Foxwell with a series the wherewithal to make further acquisitions for addition to the Library, which was given to the University of London in 1903.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Part of the Goldsmiths' Library, given to the University of London in 1903.

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.