Adrian Edwards

Photograph of Adrian Edwards speaking
Head, Printed Heritage Collections
History and development of the British Library collection of Western printed materials; historical development of writing and printing
Related Offices
Consortium of European Research Libraries (executive committee); Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives Advisory Board; JISC Historical Texts Advisory Board

Adrian Edwards is a rare books librarian with a particular interest in linguistics and library history. He manages 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. He has worked at the Library for over 30 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.

Current research interests focus on the collections of George III, particularly his Americana, and early editions of the plays of William Shakespeare.



  • ‘The Mainz Psalter of 1457’, in The Book by Design, edited by P.M.J. Marks and Stephen Parkin (London: British Library, 2023).
  • ‘The Shakespeare First Folio of 1623’, in The Book by Design, edited by P.M.J. Marks and Stephen Parkin (London: British Library, 2023).
  • Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, facsimile edition introduced by Adrian S. Edwards and Tanya Kirk (London: British Library; New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2023).
  • 'Afterword: Writing and the Collections of the British Library', in Writing: Making Your Mark, edited by Ewan Clayton (London: British Library, 2019).


British Library online articles


  • Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth (2022)
  • Writing: Making Your Mark (2019)
  • Comics Unmasked (2014)
  • Evolving English (2010-11)