Adrian Edwards

Adrian Edwards
Head, Printed Heritage Collections
History and development of the British Library collection of Western printed materials
Related Offices
Consortium of European Research Libraries (coordinating committee); CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group (committee); Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives Advisory Board; JISC Historical Texts Advisory Board

I am a rare books librarian with a particular interest in linguistics and library history. I manage the Printed Heritage Collections curatorial team, which is responsible for Western printed books, periodicals, prints, drawings and ephemera from the mid-15th century through to the year 2000. I have worked at the Library for over 25 years in a variety of roles ranging from cataloguing early Italian books through to managing reference services in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room.

My current research interests focus on North American Indian linguistics, the collections of George III, and the life and research of the 19th-century American poet and Romani linguist Charles Leland.




  • Evolving English (2010-11)
  • Comics Unmasked (2014)