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Classics: Antiquarian Materials and Primary Sources

Useful resources for researchers in Classics at Stanford.

Antiquarian Materials and Primary Sources

The Department of Special Collections holds a number of collections that may be of interest to researchers in Classics, including manuscript collections, early coins, early printed materials (including many editiones principes of works by Classical authors), facsimiles, and antiquarian editions and scholarly texts. Some of the highlights of the collections are listed below, but please contact the Rare Books Curator, Benjamin Albritton (, for any questions about accessing these materials, using them in classroom visits to Special Collections, or using them for individual research.



Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts

In addition to the two items above, we have dozens of codices and hundreds of medieval manuscript fragments listed in SearchWorks. The easiest way to find these is to limit your search to the Library -> Special Collections, and then sort by date -> ascending.

Incunabula and 16th c. Printed Books

Stanford holds some 350 incunabula (books printed from 1450-1501) and more than 5000 books printed in the 16th century, many with texts of interest to Classical scholars. Author, title, and keyword searches in SearchWorks will often provide the items you may be looking for, but the Rare Books Curator is always happy to help if you run into difficulties. A few of our more cohesive collections in this area are listed below.