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Partington Collection

1,500 items.

This collection of books on the history of science was bequeathed in 1966 by James Riddick Partington (1886-1965), formerly lecturer and demonstrator in chemistry at Manchester University, and Professor of Chemistry at London University from 1919 to 1951. Partington was a leading scholar in the field of inorganic, physical and historical chemistry, and his A History of Chemistry (1964) remains a seminal text.

The collection is particularly rich in books on chemistry, embracing every aspect of the science from the early Greek and Arabic treatises, through the chemical revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, to modern researches into atomic chemistry.

It contains:

Particularly noteworthy are:

In addition to printed books, the collection contains manuscript notebooks, lantern slides, theses supervised by Partington, and many hundreds of offprints and pamphlets, all as yet uncatalogued.

Finding aids


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library