Rare Books and Maps

Cheap Repository tract, Hannah More [1796]

Pre-1800 Book Collection

Access to pre-1800 books and serials can be obtained through the Library Catalogue. A listing of eighteenth century journals is also available. For help searching the library catalogue, please consult these helpful videos.

The early printed materials in the Division number over 30,000 volumes and encompass a wide range of subject and author collections. The emphasis is on eighteenth-century English and European imprints, covering the literature of that period as well as the biographical, philosophical and historical output. Literature and

Social History are great strengths. Particular author strengths include the works of Swift, Johnson, Goldsmith, Dryden, Defoe and Pope in addition to significant holdings of numerous other dramatists, novelists and poets.

Illuminated manuscript, Koran, 16th or 19th centuries. Ms.39




Also noteworthy are the Italian Renaissance books in the Caselli Collection, a fine selection of early periodicals and newspapers, rare English and Irish pamphlets, and a large collection of early maps. A number of manuscripts and books found in this section provide examples of important developments in the history of illustration, printing and bookbinding.


Post-1800 Book Collection

Poster from World War II collection

All post-1800 monographs are catalogued in the Library Catalogue.

The Division houses growing collections of material printed after 1800. Notable among the authors represented are Samuel Beckett, Edmund Blunden, Charles Dickens, Robert Graves, Leigh Hunt, Henry James, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Iris Murdoch, Mervyn Peake, Ezra Pound, Siegfried Sassoon, H.G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf. Subject concentrations in the collections cover such areas as literary and historical works relating to World War I, World War II, British pacifism, Anglo-Irish literature, children's literature, imprints of the Hogarth Press, modern Canadian poetry, imprints of Canadian publishers, and more than 4,000 Canadian pamphlets.