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[DELTA] A collection of over 5,000 v of the 16th- 19th cent, the various sections being used for both English and foreign books in quarto between 1824 and 1861, for folio volumes between 1840 and 1861, and for older books in folio and large quarto between 1861 and 1883.

Denyer A collection of 21 English 16th cent Bibles including Coverdale, Cranmer, Tyndale and Grafton, and of 21 English theological works, nearly all printed before 1600. Bequeathed in 1825 by Mrs Eliza D Denyer, widow of John Denyer (d1806).

  • Macray 3l5.
Diss. [Dissertations] A comprehensive collection of German, Dutch and Scandinavian academic dissertations of the 17th, 18th and early-19th cent, including many subjects in Roman and German law, theology and history, bought in 1827, 1846, 1849 and 1854. These collections were systematically added to by donation from the universities of Germany, Scandinavia , Holland, Switzerland and France, at the rate of 3,000 p.a. by 1888.
  • Catalogus dissertationum academicarum quibus nuper aucta est Bibliotheca Bodleiana MD CCCXXXII. Oxonii, 1834. (Bodleian copy, shelfmark 2590 b.Oxf.lc.27=R.6.202, annotated with Bodleian shelfmarks.)
  • Macray 317.
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Dobell 450 v acquired in 1972 from Mrs Rosemary Dobell, being the collections of Bertram Dobell (1842-1914) bookseller and man of letters and his sons P J and E A Dobell, booksellers and publishers of Tunbridge Wells and London, largely works written or published by them, including proofs, trial copies, variant issues, etc, dating from 1885 up to the 1930s, sets of their catalogues, 1876-1916, copies of books presented to them up to 1957, and books with ms notes by them.

  • T.D. Rogers. [The papers of Bertram Dobell], BLR, XI,4(May 1984) 244-5.
Don. [Donations] Books presented to the Library from 1925-82, either through the Friends of the Bodleian or Bodley’s American Friends or, less frequently, direct. Over 2,000 v of all periods and in all languages. From 1975, pre-1850 gifts through the Friends of the Library have been classified into Vet.(qv).

Francis Douce (1757-1834) antiquary, Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum 1807-11. Bequeathed over 19,000 v of printed books of all periods, including 479 incunabula (largely romances, histories and liturgical books) and including 15 items printed by Caxton; block books and books printed on vellum; Bibles, Horae, Primers, Books of Common Prayer, Psalters; early-printed editions of Medieval romances, and editions of the popularized versions of the 16th and 17th cent; editions of novels and tales, including editions of works of lighter French fiction, original and translated, of the 17th and 18th cent, amorous and facetious tales and ‘contes galantes’; original and early editions of 17th and 18th cent English drama (foreign drama is less well represented); a collection of poems, songs and ballads, including a remarkable collection of broadside ballads of the second half of the 17th, of the 18th and early 19th cent; chapbooks and children’s books of the 18th and early 19th cent; almanacs and prognostications covering the period 1674-1771 (supplementing the Rawlinson and Ashmole collections), with some from earlier years; fragments of works by early English printers; volumes especially noteworthy as examples of the engraver’s art; sale catalogues, with notes of his purchases and the prices he paid; books in fine bindings, especially French bindings; bindings (loose covers, mainly 16th cent blind-stamped and gold-tooled).

Douce’s collection is strong in history, biography, antiquities, manners, customs, the fine arts, travel, archaeology, witchcraft, and the ‘Dance of Death’, and in foreign books.

In addition to the printed books, Douce’s bequest included some 420 manuscripts (of which two thirds are Medieval or 16th c., bought chiefly for their illumination, including Books of Hours, French romances and early English literature), woodblocks, prints, drawings, coins, playing cards. Most of the prints, the drawings and the coins are now in the Ashmolean Museum; only those prints belonging to, or closely connected with books as distinct from pure art, were retained in the Bodleian.

The Library now also preserves Douce’s correspondence and a series of notebooks kept by him for most of the later half of his collecting life.

The shelfmark Douce Adds. was in use c1834-80, largely for retrospective accessions of children’s books, chapbooks and similar ephemeral literature and includes some specimens of early printing, and some material from Douce’s own collections, including Douce’s albums of early printed initials, devices and title-pages, many removed from his own books. There is a total of 333 v representing a larger number of bibliographical items, of the 18th and 19th cent.

  • Catalogue of the printed books and manuscripts bequeathed by Francis Douce, Esq to the Bodleian Library. Oxford, 1840. (Bodleian copies shelfmarked 2590 b.Oxf.1.4. =R. 6.92 and 2590 b.Oxf.1.3=X.1.28 are annotated in ms with the shelfmarks of the printed books.)
  • J O Halliwell-Phillipps. A hand-list of the early English literature preserved in the Douce collection in the Bodleian Library, selected from the printed catalogue of that collection. 1860.
  • A C Madan, A catalogue of the collection of engravings &c in portfolios bequeathed by Francis Douce in 1835 and not transferred to the Ashmolean Museum as of special artistic value. (In MS. Bodleian shelfmark R.6.260).
  • G R Scott, A catalogue of the collection of engravings in portfolios bequeathed by Francis Douce in 1835 and received back from the Ashmolean Museum, in which they had been deposited for about 45 years, in 1915. (In MS. Bodleian shelfmark R.6.260.)
  • Handlist of the octavo English almanacks in the Douce collection with index. (In MS. Bodleian shelfmark R.6.221.)
  • The Douce Ballads are catalogued and displayed in the Bodleian Ballads Project, http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ballads/
  • Macray 326-9.
  • Craster 15-16.
  • ‘Francis Douce 1757-1834’, BQR 7(1934), 359-84.
  • ‘Children’s games: an exhibition [of engravings from the Douce collection]’, BLR 1 (1940), 182-7.
  • A N L Munby, Connoisseurs and Medieval Miniatures, 1750-1850, Oxford, 1972, pp. 35-56
  • The Douce legacy. An exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the bequest of Francis Douce (1757-1834). Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1984
  • Giles Barber, ‘Francis Douce and popular French literature’, BLR, XIV, 5 (October 1993) 397-428.
  • Giles Barber, ‘From Canaletto to the ostrich : Parisian popular entertainments in 1755’, BLR, XII, 6 (April 1988) 453-470.


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Dunston Collection. In 1981 Miss Emma Frederica Isabella Dunston, of Burltons, Donhead St Mary, Wiltshire, the last surviving member of an extraordinary family of book collectors, botanists, mycologists and photographers, bequeathed her books to the University of Oxford, which had been alma mater to her father and brothers. c. 8,000 books. Main categories: early books and classics; English literature - over half the collection - comprising works of the mainstream English poets, dramatists and novelists of the late 17th to the early 20th centuries, including special collections of several writers - Browning, Butler, Byron, Pope, Scott (nearly 1,000 vols.), Tennyson, and over 300 children’s books, mostly from the first half of the 19th century; manuscripts and printed books by William Roscoe (1753-1831); and natural history, mainly botany. Includes books in original condition, association copies, and ephemera. The originator of the collection was F W Dunston (1850-1915).

  • Clive Hurst, ‘The Dunston collection’, BLR, vol. XII, 3 (October 1986) 177-204.
  • Veronica Hurst, ‘Background to a collection: the Dunston family’, BLR, vol. XII, 3 (October 1986) 205-232.
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Judge Robert Paul Eckert (d1966) biographer and bibliographer of the Oxford poet Philip Edward Thomas (1878-1917), bequeathed 190 works previously owned by Thomas or written by or about Thomas.

  • Edward Thomas, 1878-1917, an exhibition, Oxford 1968.
  • ‘Edward Thomas exhibition’, BLR 8(1969), 120-1.
Facs. [Facsimiles] Over 400 ‘one-off’photographic reproductions of works published up to 1850, but mainly early printed books. (Published facsimiles are now classified as contemporary books according to the current classification.)

Frederic Sutherland Ferguson (1878-1967), bibliographer, and Director of Bernard Quaritch Ltd. A collection of 220 Scottish books, mainly of the 17th cent, some of the 16th cent, bequeathed in 1967. The Bodleian was given second choice after the National Library of Scotland.

Sir Charles Harding Firth (1857-1936) Fellow of All Souls (1902), Regius Professor of Modern History (1904), the editor of Clarendon’s History. Part of his library donated by his widow. The 380 v of printed material include 24 v of printed portraits and caricatures illustrative of English history from c1603-c1830, the main series arranged chronologically; c20 v of broadside poems and ballads of the second half of the 17th, the 18th and early 19th cent, largely arranged by subject, including those on political, naval and military topics (Bodley also has Firth’s ms and typewritten transcripts and notes); 4 v of proclamations and other broadsides of the 17th and 18th cent; c100 v of miscellaneous literature, including chap-books, song garlands, and other popular literature of the 18th and early 19th cent; poetical pamphlets of the second half of the 17th and the 18th cent; 84 v of political tracts, mostly of the latter half of the 17th cent; mid-17th cent newspapers and newsbooks. The remainder of Firth’s collections are at Worcester College, Oxford, and the University of Sheffield.

  • Craster 279-80, 314.
  • ‘Lady Firth’s donation’, BQR 8(1936), 208-9.
Harold Bagley Forster (1913-85). A collection of the works of Edward Young (1683-1765), both in English and in translation, comprising some 40 editions of collected works and some 200 editions of single works, including some 80 English editions and some 40 translations of The complaint, or Night thoughts on life, death and immortality. Purchased from the collector in his own lifetime, but not received until 1985.
  • H B Forster. ‘Edward Young in translation’, (Some uncollected authors, 45), Book Collector, XIX, 4 (Winter 1970) 481-500; XX, 1 (Spring 1971) 47-67; XX, 2 (Summer 1971) 202-224.
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Strickland Gibson (1877-1958), Keeper of Printed Books, Bodleian Library (1942). A collection of over 400 items presented by him (and added to since then) to provide illustrative material for the study of every stage of the process of making a printed book, for use in his course on bibliography. Though chiefly intended for the study of English books printed on a hand-press, it contains some examples of the work of a number of European printers before 1500, with a few examples of the work of modern presses, and a small collection on typography. Included are specimens of printer’s copy, of proof sheets, of methods of imposition, of cancels etc and samples of all kinds of wrappers and bindings. More than half of the printed volumes consist of Gibson’s own collection of bindings. There are few rare books, but some volumes are of interest for their inscriptions or annotations, or because of their provenance.

Alphabetical subject index on cards.
  • ‘The Gibson donation’, BLR 4(1953), p179.
  • H J Davis, ‘The Strickland Gibson collection’, BLR 6, 5(1961), p645-54.
Mrs E G V Gilliat (a cousin of the Sitwells) 55 v, being works of the Sitwells, chiefly Edith, but also Osbert and Sacheverell, mainly presentation copies.

William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98), statesman and author. 256 pamphlets on Homeric subjects, mainly 19th cent from his library, presented in 1923 by Henry N Gladstone. The rest of his library is at St Deiniol’s, Hawarden (qv).

  • Craster p281.
Rev Charles Godwyn (1700-70) Fellow of Balliol. The collection he bequeathed consists chiefly of works in English and general history, civil and ecclesiastical, published in the 18th cent, and includes the later Benedictine editions of the Fathers. The books, c.1,600 in number, are shelfmarked Godw, and the tracts or pamphlets, mainly theological and literary, G. Pamph. [Godwyn pamphlets]. Include many important English works which had not reached the Library under the terms of the Copyright Act. To the series G.Pamph. the Bodleian has added: (a) c300 tracts in 41 v (G. Pamph. 276-316) relating to American affairs and the War of Independence, a collection formed by the Rev Jonathan Boucher and bought by the Bodleian in 1836; (b) A series of pamphlets in 75 v (G.Pamph. 327-402), chiefly relating to Irish history and to literary matters, from the library of Edmund Malone and bought by the Bodleian in 1838. Many volumes uniformly bound in half calf, with ‘E M’ in an interleaved monogram on the spine; (c) Pamphlets mainly of the 17th-19th cent on all subjects, making a total of over 2,900 v, and c38,000 separate works.
  • Godwyn pamphlets: complete index (MS. Bodleian shelfmark R.6.204).
  • Macray p263-4; 308; 331.
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Richard Gough (1735-1809), antiquary, bibliographer, topographer, Director of the Society of Antiquaries (1771-97), bequeathed to the Bodleian upwards of 3,700 v, many annotated by him and with printed insertions, comprising: (a) all his topographical collections of maps, topographical prints, drawings etc arranged under the names of the counties of the British Isles (shelfmarked Gough maps 1-260) and over 2,500 printed books arranged under the headings of General topography, Ecclesiastical topography, Natural history, and the counties of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. They are mostly 18th cent, but include some of the 16th, 17th and early 19th cent. Included are his interleaved copies of his British Topography (the 1780 edition, comprising his collections for a third edition), of his Sepulchral monuments of Great Britain (1786-99), and of his edition of Camden’s Britannia (1789). c250 book prospectuses printed pre-1801, many for antiquarian and topographical works, are to be found, some pasted into the volumes to which they relate, some in his working notes and manuscript collections, many in his collection for a third edition of his British topography; (b) 227 printed volumes connected with Anglo-Saxon literature and that of the Scandinavian races generally, mainly of the 18th cent; (c) Over 200 printed service books of the English church before the Reformation, (many of Sarum or York use) including Missals, Breviaries, Manuals, Hours, Graduals, Psalters, Processionals, Hymns, Primers, and a few manuscripts, chiefly Horae; (d) 16 large folio volumes of coloured drawings of monuments in the Churches of France, (detached from a large collection of drawings of royal and other monuments and tombs made by Francis Roger de Gaignières); (e) 400 copper plates, used mainly for his Sepulchral monuments of Great Britain; (f) Mss, including much unpublished topographical material by Gough himself, and his diary for 1747-51 and 1755-73.

Gough’s books included many volumes from the libraries of Ducarel, Lort, Blomefield, Peter Le Neve, Hutchins, West and others. The miscellaneous part of his library was sold by public auction in 1810.

  • [B Bandinel], A catalogue of the books, relating to British topography and Saxon and northern literature, bequeathed to the Bodleian Library in the year MDCCCIX by Richard Gough, Oxford, 1814.
  • Summary list of Gough prints and drawings (ie Gough maps)... Miscellaneous prints in certain volumes in Gough General topography and Gough maps (in MS.Bodleian shelfmark R.6.262).
  • Macray, p285-90.
  • Craster, p79.
  • Sir George Fordham, ‘Richard Gough, an address, 5 August 1926’, BQR 5(1926), p69-71.
  • R P Doig, ‘A bibliographical study of Gough’s British topography (Printed from Edinburgh Bib Soc Trans iv, 1963). Edinburgh, 1963.
  • J P Feather, Book prospectuses before 1801 in the Gough collection, Bodleian Library, Oxford, a catalogue with microfiches. Oxford, Oxford Microform Pub, 1980.
Note: The shelfmark G.A. [Gough Additions] was used from 1860 to 1988 for current and antiquarian accessions of works on British topography, rivers, roads and railways.

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