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Named Collections of Printed Materials (B)

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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BAGFORD, John [1650-1716]. (1). 'The Bagford Title-pages'.
Scope: Title-pages, fragments of printed books and other material dating from 1528 to 1715, and intended to document the history of printing. Initially collected by John Bagford and added to the Harleian Collection of manuscripts in 1716. The Harleian Collection was in turn purchased by parliament for the British Museum Department of Manuscripts in 1753. The title-pages were transferred to the Department of Printed Books in 1890. (Other Bagford material received with the Harleian Collection remains in the Department of Manuscripts at MS.Harl.5892-5998).
Location: Harl.5903 etc.; Harl.5915 - 5996; Sloane.885 etc. [Note: further material from the collection was transferred to the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings].
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.B.815/1-21), and access to the originals restricted.
Catalogue: Catalogue and indexes to the title-pages of English printed books preserved in the British Library's Bagford Collection, compiled ... by Melvin H Wolf (London, 1974); includes a reprint of A W Pollard’s ‘Rough list of contents’, originally published in Transactions of the Bibiliographical Society (1902-04). *Copies in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.541 and Rare Books Reference Enquiries Desk.
Reference: ‘John Bagford, bookseller and antiquary’, by M McC Gatch. Electronic British Library Journal (1986), art. 12, pp.150-71 [http://www.bl.uk/eblj/1986articles/article12.html]

BAGFORD, John [1650-1716]. (2). 'The Bagford Ballads'.
Scope: 17th century ballads and fragments. Collected by John Bagford.
Location: C.40.m.9 - 11.
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.A.7818), and access to the originals restricted. A set of facsimiles printed from the microfilm are shelved in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAX Bagford Ballads.
Reference: The Bagford Ballads, edited by J W Ebsworth (Hertford, 1876-80). * Copy shelved at Ac.9928/5.

BAKER, Revd Franklin [1800-1867].
Scope: A collection of songs dating from around 1807 to around 1860. Mounted in two volumes, with a manuscript index. Formed by Revd F Baker.
Location: 1876.d.41.

BALFOUR, Arthur James, 1st Earl of Balfour [1848-1930].
Scope: Printed material dating from 1789 to 1929, received with the Balfour Papers (which are in the Department of Manuscripts).
Location: B.P.13.

BALLARD, Edward George [1791-1860].
Scope: Ballads, songs, etc. dating from 1777 to 1800 and printed by Fowler at Salisbury. Collected by the father of E G Ballard. Presented in 1848.
Location: 1357.m.8 (1 - 55).

BANKS, Sir Joseph [1743-1820]. (1)
Scope: Printed books, tracts and periodicals from the library of Sir Joseph Banks, mainly on natural history. The collection was initially bequeathed to Banks' librarian Robert Brown (1773-1858) for the duration of his lifetime, and to the British Museum thereafter. Robert Brown however agreed to the transfer of the collection to the Museum in 1827. A few of Banks’s catalogues were transferred to the Natural History Museum.
Location: Mostly shelved in the areas 431 - 462; 953 - 965; 977 - 990; B.1-746 (the 'Banksian Tracts').
Catalogue: A manuscript inventory of the Library of Sir Joseph Banks as received by the British Museum. [1827. In manuscript. 2 vols.]. *Shelved at 460.g.1; microfilm at Mic.A.7280.
Catalogue: Catalogus bibliothecae historico-naturalis Josephi Banks, compiled by J Dryander (London, 1796-1800). Facsimile reprint (London, 1996. 5 vols.) in Humanities Reading Room at HLR508.016.
Reference: ‘The Scholarly library and collections of knowledge of Sir Joseph Banks’, by R Joppien and N Chambers. In: Libraries within the Library, edited by G Mandelbrote and B Taylor (London, 2009), pp.222-43. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.541.

BANKS, Sir Joseph [1743-1820]. (2)
Scope: Book prospectuses, etc. dating from 1803 to 1805. Collected by Sir Joseph Banks (see above).
Location: 899.h.1.

BANKS, Sir Joseph [1743-1820]. (3)
Scope: 117 Icelandic books collected by Sir Joseph Banks (see above), many of which he originally acquired from the library of Halfdan Einarsson.
Location: In the area 867 - 870 (interspersed with other material).
Catalogue: Catalogue of the books printed in Iceland in the Library of the British Museum, by T Lidderdale (London, 1885). Supplements (1886-90). *Copy shelved in stacks at 11917.de.9; supplements at 011902.f.2.
Catalogue: Catalogue of books brought from Iceland and given to the British Museum by Joseph Banks. [c1778. In manuscript]. * Shelved in British Library stacks at 980.h.32.

Note: Some manuscript correspondence of Sir Joseph BANKS, together with manuscripts formerly owned by him, are in the Department of Manuscripts. See The Banks Letters, edited by W R Dawson (London, 1958).

BANKS, Miss Sarah Sophia [1744-1818]. (1)
Scope: Playbills, notices and press-cuttings dealing with private theatrical performances, dating from 1750 to 1808. The collection is variously attributed to Charles Burney (1757-1817) and to Miss S S Banks, sister of Sir Joseph Banks.
Location: 937.g.96.

BANKS, Miss Sarah Sophia [1744-1818]. (2)
Scope Broadsides, cuttings from newspapers, engravings, etc. dating from 1780? to 1801? Collected by Miss S S Banks, sister of Sir Joseph Banks. Presented to the British Museum Library by Lady Banks, her sister-in-law, in 1818. Bound in nine volumes: (i) ballooning, circuses, curiosities; (ii) Order of Bath, royal court, numismatics; (iii) Prince Regent, Byron, other notables, fairs; (iv) French Revolution, Thomas Paine, Napoleon, European monarchs; (v) funerals of Nelson, Pitt the Younger, other notables; (vi) lotteries, archery, medicine; (vii) ballads about Robin Hood, Chevy Chase, etc; (viii) politics, Thomas Paine, Joseph Banks; (ix) Grand Jubilee of 1814.
Location: L.R.301.h.3 - 11.

Note: A heraldic collection made by Miss S S BANKS is in the Department of Manuscripts at Add.6277-6342. Trade cards collected by Miss S S BANKS are held by the British Museum in their Department of Prints and Drawings.

BANNERMAN, Sir Henry Campbell [1836-1908].
Scope: Four file boxes of printed material dating from 1871 to 1908, received with the Campbell Bannerman Papers (held in the Department of Manuscripts).
Access: Contact rare-books@bl.uk

BARLOW, Fred [d. 1964].
Scope: Two volumes of psychic photographs dating from 1870 to 1930. Formed by Fred Barlow, Secretary of the Society for the Study of Supernormal Picture.
Location: Cup.407.a.1.
Access: Access to the originals is restricted. Please apply in writing to the Curators of British Printed Materials, 1801-1914.
Catalogue: [Typescript catalogue], by E.J. Dingwall (c. 1975). * Shelved at Cup.407.a.1a. (not restricted).

BELL, John. [1783-1864].
Scope: 20 volumes of pamphlets, broadsheets and other material relating to the history of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Material dates from 1733 to 1855.
Location: L.R.264.b.1.
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.C.1470), and access to vols. 2 - 19 restricted.

BELL, Thomas [1785-1860]. (1)
Scope: Ballads dating from 1780? to 1820? Collected by Thomas Bell.
Location: 11621.i.12.

BELL, Thomas [1785-1860]. (2)
Scope: Two volumes of local poetry and songs relating to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Tyneside area. Chiefly cuttings with hawkers ballads. Material dates from 1780 to 1830? Collected by Thomas Bell.
Location: 11621.i.2.

BESTERMAN, Theodore. See Maret, J B Léon.

BLADES, William [1824-1890].
Scope: Eight volumes of material relating to the Caxton Celebrations of 1877. Comprises a published 'Catalogue' of an exhibition inlaid and interleaved in with a collection of correspondence, prospectuses, cuttings, etc. Collected by William Blades.
Location: C.61.e.8.

BLAKENEY, Thomas Sydney [1903-1976].
Scope: 68 bound volumes of newspaper cuttings, periodical articles, pamphlets, maps, photographs, and other ephemera collected by T S Blakeney. Arrangement: (a) 4 vols. on mountaineering 1868-1963; (b) 36 vols. on bibliography, biography, religion and topography 1877-1968; (c) 3 vols. on Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes 1940-64; (d) 7 vols. on Ely 1924-51; (e) 9 vols. on Raynham Hall in Norfolk, Townsend Family 1843-1956; (f) 4 vols. on Alpinism 1963-1970s; (g) 5 vols. of newspaper cuttings 1930-46.
Location: (a) X.622/2578.; (b) X.972/331; (c) Cup.407.gg.34.; (d) X.800/13520; (e) X.809/28832; (f) X.629/7896.; (g) Cup.502.h.3.

BLOOMFIELD, Barry Cambray [1931-2002].
Scope: Over 300 printed books relating to the poet Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823), including many early editions of his works. Collection formed by the librarian Barry Cambray Bloomfield, a collateral descendent. Donated by Barry Bloomfield's wife, Valerie, in 2002.
Location: Bloomfield 1-298.
Catalogue: The Bloomfield Collection...: a catalogue of books by, and relating to, Robert Bloomfield, as added to the General Catalogue of Printed Books [computer print-out] (2003). * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR821.7.

BOASE, Clement. [1846-1913].
Scope: 287 monographs and 124 volumes of bound pamphlets relating to the Catholic Apostolic Church inspired by Scottish clergyman Edward Irving (1792-1834). Material dates from around 1835 to 1890. Collected by Clement Boase of Edinburgh, and bequeathed to the British Museum Library in 1911.
Location: 764.a. - n.
Catalogue: British Museum Catalogue of printed books: accessions, the Boase Collection (London, 1913). * Copy shelved in British Library stacks at 11917.dd.31.

BROSTER, Dorothy Kathleen. See Schlich, Gertrude.

BROXBOURNE. See Ehrman, Albert.

BULLOCH, John Malcolm [1867-1938]. (1)
Scope: Articles on Scottish genealogy and biography in the form of cuttings or offprints from newspapers and periodicals. Material dates from 1898 to 1937. 38 parts.
Location: 9915.pp.23.

BULLOCH, John Malcolm [1867-1938]. (2)
Scope: Articles on the Gordon Family in the form of cuttings or offprints from newspapers and periodicals. Material dates from 1898 to 1938. 40 parts.
Location: 09915.t.2.

BULLOCH, John Malcolm [1867-1938]. (3)
Scope: Articles on various subjects, extracted or reprinted periodicals, together with collections of newspaper and other cuttings. Material dates from 1916 to 1936. 21 parts.
Location: 012272.f.10.

BULLOCH, John Malcolm [1867-1938]. (4)
Scope: Six volumes of portraits and biographical details of some officers distinguished in the South African War. Material dates from around 1900.
Location: L.R.271.d.1.

BULLOCH, John Malcolm [1867-1938]. (5)
Scope: London and Aberdeen theatre programmes and related newspaper cuttings, dating from 1882 to 1938. Collected by J M Bulloch. With an index to the year 1901. With manuscript notes. 57 vols.
Location: 11797.c.1.

BURN, Jacob Henry. (1)
Scope: Tickets, pamphlets, manuscript notes, engraved views and portraits, music, and extracts and cuttings from books and periodicals, relating to Ranelagh Gardens (London). Material dates from 1743 to 1841. Originally collected by J H Burn.
Location: Cup.401.k.8.

BURN, Jacob Henry. (2)
Scope: A collection of tickets, bills of performance, pamphlets, manuscript notes, engravings, and extracts from books and periodicals relating to Vauxhall Gardens (London). Material dates from 1709 to 1874. Originally collected by J H Burn.
Location: Cup.401.k.7.

BURNEY, Charles, DD. See also Banks, Miss Sarah Sophia (1) above.

BURNEY, Charles, DD [1757-1817]. (1). 'The Burney Collection of Early English Newspapers'.
Scope: Early English newspapers and news pamphlets, collected and arranged chronologically by the classical scholar Charles Burney. Purchased by the British Museum Library in 1818. The collection comprises primarily London titles from 1603 to 1818, but also contains some Irish papers from 1691, Scottish papers from 1708, English provincial papers from 1712, and a small number of 18th century American papers. Bound by the British Museum Library into some 1,300 volumes, arranged by year, then title, with many non-Burney newspapers parts interfiled.
Location: Burney.
Access: The collection has been digitised and is available via 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers (Gale Cengage). Access to the originals is restricted. Catalogue: A chronological catalogue to the Burney Collection of Newspapers. [In manuscript]. Photocopied facsimiles of the Catalogue are shelved in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room with the microfilms and also at the Reference Enquiries Desk. Catalogue entries for pre-1801 Burney items can be found in the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC).
Reference: The Early Newspapers page of the British Library website.

BURNEY, Charles, DD [1757-1817]. (2). 'The Burney Collection of Theatrical Materials'.
Scope: Material relating to the English theatre. The collection was assembled by the classical scholar Charles Burney and purchased by the British Museum Library in 1818. Contents: (i) 84 notebooks at 938.a-d. entitled 'Theatrical Register' containing cuttings which relate to the English stage 1660-1801; (ii) 46 notebooks at 938.e, f. containing cuttings and manuscript notes, largely criticism of plays with special attention to the performances of actors in the years 1538-1807; (iii) seven notebooks at 939.b.1. of cuttings and manuscript notes entitled 'Biographical Sketches of Actors and Actresses'; (iv) 48 notebooks at 939.d - e. of cuttings and manuscript notes dealing with the life and work of David Garrick (1717-1779); (v) one notebook at 937.g.95 listing all the dramatic parts in which Garrick appeared; (vi) two notebooks at 939.b.2., chiefly in manuscripts, relating to the Theatre in Goodman's Fields, London E1 (1729-43).
Location: 937.g.95; 938.a - f.; 939.b.1., 2.; 939.d - e.
Catalogue: See entries in a printed edition of the British Library Catalogue to 1975 under the heading 'BURNEY, Charles, DD'.
Reference: 'Theatrical holdings of the Department of Printed Books, British Museum', by HM Nixon. The Ohio State University Theatre Collection Bulletin, vol. 8 (1961), pp. 5-9. * Copy shelved in stacks at Ac.2685.gb/10.

BURNEY, Charles, DD [1757-1817]. (3). 'The Burney Collection of Playbills'.
Scope: Playbills collected by the classical scholar Charles Burney, DD. Contents: (i) 59 volumes at 937.b.-.e. relating to London theatres (1768-1817: mainly Drury Lane, Covent Garden and the Haymarket); (ii) one volume at 937.f.1. relating to the Theatre, Brighton (1804-08); (iii) nine volumes at 937.f.2/1-9. relating to theatrical performances across Britain (1773-1801).
Location: 937.b - e.; 937.f.1.; 937.f.2/1-9.
Catalogue: See entries in a printed edition of the British Library Catalogue to 1975 under the heading 'BURNEY, Charles, DD'.
Catalogue: Burney Provincial Playbills: Index to the volumes at 937.f.1 and 937.f.2/1-9 [Typescript, 2003]. * Filed as an appendix to the copy of the Register of Playbills, Programmes and Theatre Cuttings kept at the Reference Enquiries Desk in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room.
Reference: 'Provincial theatre in Britain, 1773-1808: the Burney playbills examined', by A Edwards. Theatre Notebook, vol. 57 (2003), pp. 136-141. * Copy shelved in stacks at P.P.5224.dcd.

BURNEY, Charles, DD [1757-1817]. (4). 'The Burney Collection of Book Sale Catalogues'.
Scope: Catalogues of late 18th and early 19th century English book sales. Collected by the classical scholar Charles Burney, DD.
Location: S.C.719. - S.C.834. (with some non-Burney material interfiled).
Access: The collection has been restricted and microfilm will be issued.

BURNEY, Charles, DD [1757-1817]. (5). 'Burney Classical Texts'.
Scope: 13,500 printed editions of classical texts, purchased from Charles Burney in 1818. The collection is particularly strong in editions of Greek dramatists, some of which are annotated by Henri Estienne, Isaac Casaubon or Richard Bentley. Many were originally purchased at the Pinelli sale of 1789.
Location: Dispersed throughout the subject arrangement of the Old Library, although 164 vol. of uncatalogued working copies, fragments and cuttings are now in the manuscript collection.

Note: Manuscript material collected by Charles BURNEY is in the Department of Manuscripts at MS Burney, etc.; this material mostly relates to the Classics. A collection of theatrical portraits formed by Burney is in the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings.

BURNS, John [1858-1943].
Scope: Printed material dating from 1844 to 1914 received with the Burns Papers (which are in the Department of Manuscripts at Add.46281-46345).
Location: B.P.15.

BUTTOLPH, F E.
Scope: Menu cards of dinners and reports of celebrations in the United States. Material dates from 1890 to 1904. Formed by Miss F E Buttolph.
Location: C.120.f.2.

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