Medical Rare Books

Illustration from William Cowper,
The anatomy of humane
bodies …, Oxford: Printed at
the Theater, for Sam.
Smith and Benj. Walford
... London, 1698.Purchased with
funds from the estate
of Mrs F.M. Meyer.Special
Collections, Baillieu Library.
University of Melbourne.

Originally housed in the Brownless Medical Library, the Medical Rare Book Collection was  transferred to Rare Books for safe keeping.

This collection numbers approximately 1,850 volumes and covers the vast range of subjects that constitute the history of western medicine, dating from the first medical literature that emerged from the printing presses of the 16th century to the rare, privately published or limited editions of the 20th century.

Most items were published before 1850. Cataloguing of this collection in 2007-2008 was made possible by the generous support of the Russell and Mab Grimwade (Miegunyah) Fund.

All items are denoted by the prefix UniM SpC/Med on the library catalogue. To request material, please register and order here.