Books, offprints and pamphlets (searchable via the catalogue) concerning geology, palaeontology and echinoderms, with an emphasis on European titles.
There are first and early editions of many classics in the field, including:
- Rondelet Libri de piscibus marinis, Lyons, 1554
- Gesner, De rerum fosilium, Zürich, 1565
- Agricola, De re metallica, Basle, 1621
There are also works by T. Burnet, J.T. Klein, Linnaeus, Lluyd, Murchison and J. Phillips.
The collection was created by Professor Herbert Leader Hawkins (1887-1968), Professor of Geology at the University of Reading from 1920 to 1952. It passed to the Library in 1969 under the provisions of his will.
- P. Allen, ‘Herbert Leader Hawkins 1887-1968’, Biographical memoirs of the Fellows of the Royal Society, 16 (1970), p. 315-29.