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Launched in 2008, the Sponsor-a-Book Appeal has raised over £8000 and allowed us to restore, repair and conserve twenty-seven volumes from the collection, as well as some of the earliest memoirs and correspondence between the Society's founders.  We thank all those from amongst our Fellowship, Friends and Corporate Affiliates for their generous support so far.

But there are many more books in need of conservation - and we still need your help!

If you would like to sponsor a book please view our list of titles in greatest need of repair.

A special bookplate will be placed in each fully restored book with the name of the person, persons or company who sponsored its restoration and the date that the work was completed (if you wish, of course, your sponsorship can remain anonymous).

A leaflet with information on the Sponsor-a-Book Appeal is available to download below in a printable format:


James Silk Buckingham's 'Travels among the Arab tribes inhabiting the countries east of Syria and Palestine' (1825)

This fascinating travel memoir was sponsored by Dr John Davey in April 2011. 

Richard Owen's 'A history of British Fossil Reptiles' (1884)

Sponsored by The De Laszlo Foundation. The very generous donation allowed us to restore all four volumes, removing rotten sewing while preserving the original buckram cases. 


The Sponsor A Manuscript Appeal

Find out about our successful appeal to conserve a valuable early manuscript

    About the Rare Book collection

    The Geological Society Library’s Rare Book collection is one of the finest collections of antiquarian books on geology and related subjects, containing approximately 3500 volumes mostly published after 1800, as well as some 18th Century volumes and a few titles dating back to the 16th Century, and including impressive early volumes annotated by the 19th Century geologists who originally owned them.

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