Rare Book Collections
UBC Botanical Garden’s Rare Book Collections are comprised of antique and rare books and other materials. The purpose of the Rare Book Collections is the preservation and storage of books that are too delicate or too rare to house in the Library with the main collection.
Highlights of the UBC Botanical Garden Rare Book Collections
- Classics of botany and horticulture, such as a 1756 printing of John Hill’s British Herbal
- Joseph Dalton Hooker’s Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya, complete with hand-painted illustrations
- A selection of botanical books printed in British Columbia by local authors, including books by John Davidson and Ernest P. Fewster
- Deluxe modern reprints of classics of botanical art such as Maria Sibylla Merian’s The Wondrous Transformation of Caterpillars, and Peter Kalm’s Travels into North America
- A selection of early editions of works by famed naturalists E.H. Wilson and Charles Darwin
Access to Holdings
Rare books at UBC Botanical Garden may not be removed from the library, but are accessible for purposes of research or private viewing. Books can be viewed by appointment only. Please contact UBC Botanical Garden Library and Archives for more information.