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Bates, H. E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974

About 90 works by Bates.  The collection includes more than one early edition of Charlotte’s Row, The Day of the Tortoise, Fair Stood the Wind for France, The Feast of July, Love for Lydia, Oh! To be In England, and The Sleepless Moon.  The collection contains several early editions of collections of Bates’s short stories and novellas.

Buchan, John, 1875-1940

One of the world’s most comprehensive collections of works by Buchan, including early and multiple editions of The Battle of the Somme, The Blanket of the Dark, Castle Gay, The Gap in the Curtain, Greenmantle, Huntingtower, John Burnet of Barns, John Macnab, The Magic Walking-Stick, Memory Hold-the-Door, Midwinter, Mountain Meadow, The Path of  the King, Prester John, Sir Quixote of the Moors, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Walter Scott, and The Thirty-Nine Steps.


Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824

More than 250 published versions of works by Byron.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, The Corsair, Don Juan, English Bards, and Scotch Reviewers, The Giacour, Hebrew Melodies, Hours of Idleness, The Lament of Tasso, Lara, Manfred, Mazeppa, Monody on the death of the Right Honourable R. B. Sheridan, Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte, Poems on His Domestic Circumstances, The Siege of Corinth, Werner and  Works.  The collection also includes German, Italian, and Spanish editions.  The library also holds a small collection of papers relating to Bryon and his family. 

Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881

More than 100 versions of Carlyle’s published works.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of The French Revolution, History of Friedrich II of Prussia, Latter-day Pamphlets, The Life of Friedrich Schiller, The Life of John Sterling, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History, Past and Present, Sartor Resartus, and Oliver Cromwell’s Letters and Speeches.  The library holds a 100-item Carlyle manuscript collection that includes letters written by Carlyle and his wife, Jane Baillie Welsh Carlyle.

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834

About 120 versions of Coleridge’s works.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of  Aids to Reflection, Biographia Literaria; or, Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions, Christabel, &c, The Friend; A Series of Essays, Remorse, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and  Lyrical Ballads.  A copy of the 1817 edition of his work Sibylline Leaves contains the following note: “Coleridge’s copy with his corrections for a new edition.”  The library also holds a commonplace book of Coleridge’s, which includes manuscript copies of several poems.

Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924

A small Conrad manuscript collection that contains letters by Conrad concerning literary and personal matters.  There are also about 60 letters by Conrad in the library’s Francis W. Dawson Papers and about 75 versions of Conrad’s published works.  Included in the Dawson Papers are letters by Conrad’s wife Jessie and photographs of the Conrad family. Published works include early editions of Heart of Darkness, The Nature of a Crime, The Nigger of the “Narcissus,” Nostromo, A Tale of the Seaboard, The Rescue, Romance, The Rover, Tales of Hearsay, Typhoon, and Victory. 

Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731

More than 170 versions of works by Defoe.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of Robinson Crusoe (early editions of this work were titled The Life and Most Surprizing (or Surprising) Adventures of Robinson Crusoe) and A Tour Thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain.  The collection also includes works attributed to Defoe, including Faction Display’d and A Short History of the Parliament, as well as German editions of Fortunate Mistress and Robinson Crusoe

Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870

About 160 versions of Dickens’s published works.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of Bleak House, A Christmas Carol, The Cricket on the Hearth, David Copperfield, Dombey and Son, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend, Sketches by Boz, The Uncommercial Traveller, and Martin Chuzzlewit.  The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, and other works are present in their original serialized form.

Dryden, John, 1631-1700

About 175 versions of works by Dryden, including multiple and early editions of Absalom and Achitophel, All for Love, Amphitryon, Aureng-zebe, The Conquest of Granada by the Spaniards, The Indian Emperor, The Rival Ladies, Secret Love, The Spanish Fryar, Sr Martin Marr-all, and Tyrannick Love.  The collection also includes editions of Dryden’s translations into English of works by Ovid, Plutarch, and Virgil. 

Fielding, Henry, 1707-1754

About 60 versions of Fielding’s published works.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of The History of Tom Jones, The Miser, Tom Thumb,  and The Works of Henry Fielding.  The collection includes editions of the History of Tom Jones in French and German.

Goldsmith, Oliver, 1730?-1774

More than 100 versions of Goldsmith’s works.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of A History of England…, The Citizen of the World, The Deserted Village, Roman History, The Good Natur’d Man, Grecian History, A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature, The Life of Richard Nash, The Miscellaneous Works of Dr. Goldsmith, The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer, The Traveller, and The Vicar of Wakefield. 

Haggard, H. Rider, 1856-1925

About 90 works by Haggard.  The collection includes multiple early editions of Ayesha, the Return of She, Allan Quatermain, Dawn, Eric Brighteyes, Heart of the World, Joan Haste, King Solomon’s Mines, Morning Star, Mr. Meeson’s Will, Nada the Lily, Regeneration, She and Allan, The Wanderer’s Necklace, The Witch’s Head, and The Wizard.  The library also holds a manuscript collection of about 100 items that document Haggard’s  life and career.

Johnson, Samuel,  1709-1784

About 140 versions of Johnson’s works.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of A Dictionary of the English Language, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abssinia, The Idler, A Journey to the Western Island of Scotland, The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, The Poetical Works of Samuel Johnson, and The Seasons: Containing, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.  The collection also contains several editions of  two serials, The Adventurer and The Rambler, to which Johnson was the primary contributor.  There are also several 18th- and 19th-c. editions of Shakespeare’s plays, poems, and dramatic works for which Johnson wrote prefaces.  

Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637

Over 35 versions of  Jonson’s  works, including multiple and early editions of  Every Man in His Humor, The Works of Ben Jonson, The Alchemist, and Volpone.  The collection also includes several editions of Jonson’s plays, as well as a 1655 English translation of the Commentaries of C. Julius Caesar in which there are commendatory poems by Jonson. 

Keats, John, 1795-1821

Early and multiple  editions of Keats’s poetry Non-poetry titles include The Letters of John Keats to Fanny Browne and Life, Letters, and Literary Remains of John Keats. 

Milton, John, 1608-1674

About 150 versions of  Milton’s works including multiple and early editions of Comus, Paradise Lost, and Paradise Regained, and The History of Britain.   There are more than 20 editions of Paradise Lost alone, dating from 1669 to 1976. 

Morris, William, 1834-1896

About 90 letters written by Morris in the Thomas Wardle Papers.  The letters pertain to the collaboration between Morris and Wardle on the design and production of textiles.  The library also holds a number of books produced by Morris’s Kelmscott Press, including a beautiful copy of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer Newly Augmented (1896).

O’Shaughnessy, Arthur William Edgar, 1844-1881

The O’Shaughnessy Papers consist of about 170 items primarily relating to O’Shaughnessy’s literary career and his relationship with his publisher.

Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744

Over 170 versions of works by Alexander Pope.  Most of these items are first or early editions, and translations into French, German, and Italian are included.  In the collection, for instance, are multiple early editions of An Essay on Man, The Dunciad, The Letters of Mr. Pope…, The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, and The Works of Alexander Pope.  There are as well different editions of Pope’s English translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey.   A 1772 polyglot edition of An Essay on Man includes the work in English, French, German, Italian and Latin.  This is a truly exceptional collection of Pope’s works.

 Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882

About thirty-five published versions of works by Rossetti, and a Rossetti manuscript collection of more than 200 items, including unpublished poems, first drafts, and literary notes.  Printed works include several translations into English of La Vita Nuova [of] Dante Alighieri as well as several early editions of Rossetti’s ballads, sonnets, and poems.

Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822

Over fifty versions of Shelley’s works.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of Queen Mab and Shelley’s poetry as well as several Italian pamphlets by and about Shelley in the library’s Guido Mazzoni Collection.  The library also holds typed transcriptions of journals and letters by Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley, the originals of which are in the British Library. 

Stephen, Leslie, Sir, 1832-1904

Early editions of Stephen’s works about Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, and Jonathan Swift, and a Stephen manuscript collection of over 300 items.  The collection contains letters by Stephen that mention his children Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf as well as correspondence between Stephen and his first wife Harriet Marian (Minny) Thackeray, daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray. 

Sterne, Laurence, 1713-1768

Over forty versions of Sterne’s works.  The collection includes early and multiple editions of Letters from Yorick to Eliza, The Letters of the Late Rev. Mr. Laurence Sterne, to His Most Intimate Friends, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy…, A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, The Sermons of Mr. Yorick, and The Works of Laurence Sterne.

Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745

About 120 versions of Swift’s works, including several books attributed to him.  The collection includes multiple and early editions of  Baucis and Philemon, The Conduct of the Allies…, Gulliver’s Travels (early editions of this work were titled Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World) , Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, and his Works.  The collection includes three German editions by an unknown author titled Des Capitains Lemuel Gulliver Reisen…which, following Swift, continues the fiction of an autobiographical account on to a second voyage. 

Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892

A manuscript collection of more than eighty items, including letters by Tennyson and members of his family and over eighty versions of published works by Tennyson, including early editions of  The Death of Oenone, Enoch Arden, Harold: A Drama, Idylls of the King, In Memoriam, The Princess: A Medley, and Queen Mary,  a Drama.

Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850

About twenty-five versions of works by Wordsworth, including the 1798 first edition of Lyrical Ballads.  There are also several Italian pamphlets pertaining to Wordsworth located in the Guido Mazzoni Collection.

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