Robjohns Collection

Bequeathed to the Library in 1930, the collection includes medieval manuscripts, incunabula, Bibles, books by or about John Bunyan, Quaker literature and many other rare books on all subjects.

Caleb Kelham Robjohns (c.1857-1929), was a Leicester hosiery manufacturer and the son of the minister of the Narborough Congregational Chapel, Rev. James Nelson Robjohns and his wife Mary Ann.

In Psalterium

The Robjohns collection includes most of the University's medieval manuscripts, including the Library's oldest book - a 12th century commentary on the Psalms by Gilbertus Porretanus, Bishop of Tours (d.1154), illustrated here.

Other important items in the collection include 500 early printed Bibles, including a 1535 Coverdale, the Chronicum Mundi, printed in Nuremberg in 1493 and a first edition of John Milton's Paradise Regained.

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