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Named Collections of Printed Materials (A)

Describes collections which are associated with a particular person (e.g. a previous owner). Most are not identified as 'part of a collection' in Explore the British Library.

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ABBOT, Charles, 1st Baron Colchester [1757-1829].
Scope: Parliamentary papers dating from 1731 to 1800. Collected by House of Commons Speaker Charles Abbot, and presented to the British Museum Library in 1808. 111 vols.
Access: Apply in the Social Sciences Reading Room for access.
Reference: Guide to parliamentary papers, by P Ford and G Ford (Shannon, 1972). * Copy in Social Sciences Reading Room at SPIS942.0043.

ABERDEEN, George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of. See Gordon, George Hamilton.

ADAMS, Ansel [1902-1984].
Scope: Limited editions and examples of American fine printing, associated with the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, and named for the photographer Ansel Adams.
Location: Cup.931/1- .

ALSTON, Robin C. [1933- ].
Scope: Photocopies from those items listed in the Bibliography of the English language, 1500-1800, by R C Alston (Ilkley, 1974), but not held by the British Library.
Location: 1551/1 - 152.

AMES, Joseph [1689-1759].
Scope: A collection of pre-1749 titlepages extracted from printed books and pasted into 9 albums. Vols 1-6 contain 7,425 titlepages from books printed in Britain and Ireland; vols 7-9 contain 3,013 examples from continental towns beginning A-J. Collection formed by the J Ames during the compilation of this Typographical Antiquities (1749). Vols 2-9 were presented to the British Museum in 1778 by the bookseller Mileson Hingeston; vol 1 was acquired later. Also, Ames’s scrapbook of alphabets.
Location: 270.k.7 (v.1); Ames 2-9 (v.2-9); Ames 10 (Alphabets).
Reference: ‘The Ames Collection of titlepages’, by A W Pollard. Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, vol. 7 (1902-4), pp.161-3. *Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR010.

ARÁNYI, Jelly D' [1895-1966].
Scope: Programmes of concerts given by sisters Adila Fachiri (1886-1962) and Jelly D'Arányi, together or singly, in Britain, Europe and the USA. Accompanied by press-cuttings, letters, contracts and other related material. Material dates from 1906 to 1956.
Location: Aranyi.

ARCHER, William [1856-1924].
Scope: Seven volumes of London and provincial British theatre programmes, arranged alpabetically and dating from 1895 to 1924. Collected by the theatre critic William Archer.
Location: Playbills.335-341.

ARNCLIFFE-SENNETT, Maud. See Sennett, Maud Arncliffe.

ARNOLD, Edward, of Dorkin [d. 1823?].
Scope: Around 100 miniature books dating from 1747 to 1824, mostly French almanacs. In a case. Collected by Edward Arnold and presented by his son Andrew W Arnold of Dorking. With a catalogue of the collection (privately printed, 1921).
Location: C.97.f.6/1 - 72.
Reference: 'The Arnold Collection of French almanacs'. British Museum Quarterly, vol. 7, no. 1 (June 1932), p. 24. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR069.0942 (small-sized sequence).

ASHBEE, Henry Spencer [1834-1900].
Scope: The library of bibliographer and businessman H S Ashbee, bequeathed in 1900. The bequest comprised 8,764 titles in 15,299 vols., and was strong in 17th and 18th century French and Spanish literature (incl. 748 collected editions of the works of Cervantes), as well as erotica. In the years following the bequest, a significant number of books were disposed of as duplicates and some of the obscene material was destroyed.
Location: Most titles are dispersed across the general collections; Cervantes editions are shelved at Cerv.; much of the erotica is in the Private Case. A database of Ashbee books is maintained by the library’s Collection Care department.
Catalogue: ‘Erotic, gallant, and libertine books from the collection of Henry Spencer Ashbee: a provisional list’ [typescript, 2005]. *Shelved in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at the Reference Enquiry Desk.
Reference: ‘The Cervantes Collection of Henry Spencer Ashbee’, by B Taylor and G West, in Studies in Spanish literature in honor of Daniel Eisenberg, edited by T Lathrop (Newark, DE, 2009), pp.337-361.

Note: Further manuscript material relating to H S ASHBEE is in the Department of Manuscripts at Add.37025, Add.37417, Add.37523, Add.38807-9, Add.38826-30, and Add.57732-33.

ASHLEY LIBRARY. See Wise, Thomas James.

ASPIN, John Geoffrey.
Scope: 17th century editions of collected works of French playwright Pierre Corneille (1606-1684). Purchased in 1976.
Location: C.127.f.1 - 8.

AXON, William E A [1846-1913].
Scope: Around 90 broadsides collected by William Edward Armytage Axon. All were printed by the firm Tipografia A Salani of Florence from 1889 to 1902. Bound with an article by Axon extracted from The Library, new series, vol. 5 (July 1904).
Location: 11436.l.7.

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