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Cambridge Library Collection Blog

  • Goodbyeee!
  • 20 March 2015, Cambridge Library Collection
  • Alas, and thrice woe (from my point of view anyway), this is my last ever blog for the Cambridge Library Collection. I now slip away into the sunset, leaving...
  • Spring and Port Wine
  • 16 March 2015, Cambridge Library Collection
  • … is the name of a play and then a film about Bolton, in northern England. However, I’m borrowing the title because I’ve just spent a few spring days in (O)Porto,...
  • The Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith
  • 10 March 2015, Cambridge Library Collection
  • Sydney Smith is described in his ODNB entry as ‘author and wit’, which somewhat overlooks the day job as a clergyman. In the two-volume ‘life and letters’ published...

Endorsements of the Cambridge Library Collection


'The Cambridge Library Collection has been masterfully conceived and pristinely produced. These volumes are no backroom photocopies of faded and dingy digitized rags but tightly bound volumes of brilliant leaves studded with crisp black type. To hold one of these clean cream and red (or blue, or green) volumes in one's hands is to travel back in time – to experience the wonder of peering into a scholarly work of the highest order and seminal significance at the moment of its appearance. Cambridge University Press has provided the scholarly world with an incomparable resource with the publication of the CLC. Kudos to Cambridge.'

Roger D. Woodard, Andrew van Vranken Raymond Professor of the Classics, Professor of Linguistics, University of Buffalo (The State University of New York)


'This laudable initiative makes readily available a superb library of modern scholarship's foundational classics. The use of the best scanning technology produces pristine, superior reprints, which are a pleasure to hold and read.'

Robert L. Fowler, Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek, University of Bristol


'A splendid series of handsome books providing access to the texts on which modern scholarship is built.'

David Parker, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham


'Important volumes which have previously only been available infrequently at exorbitant prices through second-hand booksellers are now in ready and affordable supply. The digital imaging is of high quality, as is the overall book production … splendid and very highly recommended.'

Paul Foster, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, in The Expository Times


'Using the resources of the University Library among others, Cambridge University Press has used the latest digital technology to scan and reprint a superb range of out-of-copyright titles, most available only in specialist libraries.'

Journal of Classics Teaching


'Cambridge University Press are to be warmly congratulated on this initiative: the reissuing of old books from various publishers. … Printing is digital … and generally very good; binding is adhesive and sturdy; the paper used is smooth and commendably opaque.'

Journal of the Printing Historical Society


'Lovely books … great to have them in this nice edition.'

Professor R.M.W. Dixon, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Queensland


'The individual volumes have been taken from the Cambridge University Library and have been scanned page by page. Then the pages have been digitally cleaned before being reproduced. The result is a remarkably clear, unsullied text, which is visually a pleasure to contemplate and very easy to read.'

Professor Raymond Geuss, University of Cambridge