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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]. (1)
Scope: 7,425 title-pages of books printed in England, Scotland and Ireland before the year 1749. Collected by the bibliographer Joseph Ames, and presented to the British Museum Library by the bookseller Mileson Hingeston in 1778. Arranged in three volumes, now re-bound into six parts.
Location: Ames.1 - 6.
Reference: 'The Ames Collection of titlepages', by A W Pollard. Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, vol. 7 (1902-04), pp.161-63. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR010 (small-sized sequence).
Reference: A Directory of rare books and special collections..., edited by B Bloomfield (2nd ed. London,1997), 'British Library' entry, section Gc. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.041.

AMES, Joseph [1689-1759]. (2)
Scope: 3,013 title-pages of books printed in foreign towns, the names of which begin with letters A to J. Part of a larger collection brought together by J Ames (see above). Formerly in two volumes, now re-bound in three parts.
Location: Ames.7 - 9.

AMES, Joseph [1689-1759]. (3)
Scope: Printed and manuscript materials illustrative of various alphabets. Pasted into a scrap-book. Collected by J Ames (as above).
Location: Ames.10.

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 Dorking.
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]. (1)
Scope: The Library of the bibliographer and businessman H S Ashbee, strong in continental literature with a notable accumulation of erotica. Bequeathed in 1900.
Location: Collection dispersed throughout the general collections.
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 Reference Enquiry Desk.
Catalogue: A database of Ashbee books is maintained by the Library's Preservation Service; contact the Rare Books Reference Team in the first instance.

ASHBEE, Henry Spencer [1834-1900]. (2)
Scope: Editions of Cervantes (1547-1616). Formed by H S Ashbee. Donated in 1900.
Location: Cerv.
Reference: 'The Cervantes Collection of Henry Spencer Ashbee' by Barry Taylor and Geoffrey West, in Studies in Spanish literature in honor of Daniel Eisenberg, edited by Tom 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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