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University of Guelph Library
Foulis Collection

      The Library’s archival, rare, and special collections section can be reached by taking the single elevator or stairs in the south-east corner (past the Circulation/Reserve area) to the lower level where researchers can use materials in the Wellington County Room. TRELLIS, the TriUniversity Libraries catalogue, is the primary tool for identifying and locating materials in Archival and Special Collections. TRELLIS can be accessed via the Library’s home page (, where various electronic resources, such the rare books in Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collection Online are also available.


The Foulis Press collection was begun in 1990 with the acquisition of approximately 330 titles, almost half the titles known to be published by Robert and Andrew Foulis over the span of thirty-five years. Subsequently, the Library has added titles on a selective basis and the collection has grown to about 375 titles.


Robert and Andrew Foulis were booksellers and printers who issued more than 600 titles in Glasgow from 1740 to 1776. The press was continued in a modest form by Andrew Foulis the younger until 1806. The two brothers were particularly proud of  their editions of Greek and Latin authors such as Homer, Pindar, Cicero, Herodotus, and Aristotle. Their books were noted for quality and many were attractively bound. Although they were mostly interested in classical authors, Robert and Andrew also produced English editions with Chaucer, Milton, Dryden, Shakespeare, and Pope. As well, there are a few French and Italian authors such as Boccacio represented in their catalogues.


English is the predominate language; however many classical authors were reprinted in Greek and Latin.


Approximately 375 titles: books are shelved by Gaskell Bibliography number.


All titles are catalogued and available via the library’s online catalogue. Library of Congress classification is used for all material. Use of the search limit, Guelph Rare Books – Foulis Press,  is the most efficient way to retrieve items in conjunction with keyword searching. Gaskell’s Bibliography is also available for consultation in the Wellington Country Reading Room.


Rare and archival collections are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (4:30 in the summer). All Foulis Press books are housed in the locked wooden cabinets of the rare book collection.

Interlibrary Loan:

No publications are available for loan.


Yes, as the condition of the material warrants, and as the copyright allows.

Reference Assistance:



Sauer, Tim and Carol Goodger-Hill – “The Foulis Collection.” -- Collection update. -- No. 15 (1992). -- [Guelph, Ont.]: University of Guelph Library.

Gaskell, Philip -- A Bibliography of the Foulis Press – [Winchester, England] : St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1986

Read about Robert and Andrew Foulis

Here is where the Foulis collection is located

And those ae the books in the collection shelf by shelf

I now got the opportunity to see some of the books in the collection and there is an amazing range of subject matter...

You even get Homor in the origional Greek language

Great wee poem about a cat!

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