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Camden Society (11th-19th century)

The Camden Society, named after the 16th-century antiquary and historian William Camden, was a text publication society founded in London in 1838 to publish early historical and literary materials, both unpublished manuscripts and new editions of rare printed books. In 1897 it merged with the Royal Historical Society, which continues to publish texts in what are now known as the Camden Series.

The Library collection comprises almost complete runs of the Camden First (1838-1872), Second (1871-1899) and Third Series (1900-1963), a full set of the Camden Fourth Series (44 volumes) which were published between 1969 and 1993 and the whole of the Camden Fifth Series, published since 1993 to date.

The volumes held cover a broad range of topics (such as politics and government, ecclesiastical law and church history, science and trade) and reproduce material from a wide range of sources (British and Continental) and time periods (from the 11th to the 19th century). Examples of titles include: The Vita Wulfstani of William of Malmesbury; Norwich Heresy Trials 1428-1431; Sidney Ironworks Accounts 1541-1573; Gentlemen of Science: Early Correspondence of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. The texts are mostly in English although occasional Latin and French texts are published without translation.

Individual volume titles are listed on the Library catalogue.