Collections

The collections at Armagh Robinson Library & No 5 do not only cover printed works, such as books, journals and pamphlets. The Library also holds collections of ancient and medieval coins, commemorative medals and sulphur gems, prints, atlases, and manuscripts.

Atlases & Maps

The library collections hold a small number of atlases and maps, covering areas as wide as the entire world, and as small as townlands. The 17th and 18th century atlases are of international importance. The 1835 Ordnance Survey maps of all of Ireland are a huge draw for local historians and family historians.

  • Map of Central Eurasia in P001148261: Claudij Ptolemæi Alexandrini Geographiae libri octo Graeco-Latini, 1605 in Armagh Robinson Library
    Map of Central Eurasia in P001148261: Claudij Ptolemæi Alexandrini Geographiae libri octo Graeco-Latini, 1605

 Manuscripts

The Library collections holds 307 manuscripts, including 15 from the Medieval period, and 9 from the 15th Century. The earliest manuscript dates from the late twelfth century.

  • Pages from P001941646: S. Aurelii Augustini Opuscula, 1175 - 1200 in Armagh Robinson Library
    Pages from P001941646: S. Aurelii Augustini Opuscula, 1175 - 1200

Books

The library holds many early books on mathematics, astronomy, science, architecture, medicine, numismatics, horticulture, history, politics, law and seventieth and eighteen century atlases and travel books.

There are a significant number of rare books of national and international importance, for example the 1640-60 Catalogue of the Second Viscount Conway’s Library, Jonathan Swift’s personal annotated copy of Gulliver’s Travels, John Gerson’s De praeceptis decalogi, printed in Strasburg, 1488; Sir Walter Raleigh’s the Discovery of Guiana, 1600; Jeremiah Rich’s shorthand New Testament of 1659, and the seventeenth and eighteenth century atlases such as The English Atlas by Moses Pitt, London: 1680-1683 and Thomas Jeffreys’ The American Atlas. […], London: 1776 .

  • P00139291x: A New Medical Dictionary, Or, General Repository of Physic : Containing an Explanation of the Terms, and a Description of the Various Particulars Relating to Anatomy, Physiology, Physic, by G. Motherby, 1791, in Armagh Robinson Library
    P00139291x: A New Medical Dictionary, Or, General Repository of Physic : Containing an Explanation of the Terms, and a Description of the Various Particulars Relating to Anatomy, Physiology, Physic, by G. Motherby, 1791

Coins, medals and Gems

The Library’s founder, Archbishop Richard Robinson, had a keen interest in numismatics, the study or collection of currency. He collected a large number of coins, and many books on the subject, all of which are held in the Library.

The coin collection has Roman, as well as Scottish, English, Irish, Greek and Portuguese pieces with varying dates and denominations.

  • P001962929: A Catalogue of Impressions in Sulphur of Antique and Modern Gems From Which Pastes are Made and Sold, by J. Tassie Compton Street, 2nd door from Greek Street Soho, 1775, plus a drawer of Tassie gems, in Armagh Robinson Library
    P001962929: A Catalogue of Impressions in Sulphur of Antique and Modern Gems From Which Pastes are Made and Sold, by J. Tassie Compton Street, 2nd door from Greek Street Soho, 1775, plus a drawer of Tassie gems

Print collection

The Library holds an impressive collection of over 3,700 prints, both bound in volumes and individual prints. The collection comprises fifteenth- to nineteenth century prints, including those by Vouet, Mellan, Goltzius, Hogarth, Piranesi, and the Sadeler family.

  • Prints in Armagh Robinson Library