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Named Collections of Printed Materials (E-F)

Describes collections which are associated with a particular person (e.g. a previous owner). Most are not identified as 'part of a collection' in our Integrated Catalogue.

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ECCLES: The Lady Eccles Oscar Wilde Collection

EDMONDS, William.
Scope: One volume of concert programmes, exhibition programmes, dinner invitations, etc. relating to events held in London from 1888 to 1913. Collected by William Edmonds.
Location: Cup.1247.ccc.5.

EDWARDS, Arthur, Major [1680?-1743]. "The Edwards Bequest".
Scope: About 2,000 volumes collected by Major Arthur Edwards. Bequeathed to the Cottonian Library, which in turn became one of the British Museum's foundation collections.
Location: Dispersed throughout the subject arrangement of the Old Library.
Catalogue: A Catalogue of the books given to the Cottonian Library by Arthur Edwards Esq., compiled by Richard Widmore. [1755. In manuscript]. * Stored in British Library stacks at C.120.h.2.
Reference: A Directory of rare books and special collections..., edited by B Bloomfield (2nd ed. London,1997), 'British Library' entry, section Bb. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.041.

EHRMAN, Albert [1890-1969], and EHRMAN, John [b. 1920]. "The Broxbourne Library".
Scope: 15th and 16th century printed books. Many items were donated by Albert Ehrman and his son John at various times; others were purchased at auction in 1977 and 1978.
Location: C.145. (most 16th century books). The incunabula are dispersed within the IA., IB. and IC. shelfmark ranges.
Catalogue: A list is given in: 'Acquisitions from the Broxbourne Library'. British Library Journal, vol. 6, no. 1 (Spring 1980), pp. 86-107. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.541 (small-sized sequence).
Reference: A Directory of rare books and special collections..., edited by B Bloomfield (2nd ed. London,1997), 'British Library' entry, section Fi. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.041.

EVANION, Henry [1832?-1905]. "The Evanion Collection of Victorian Printed Ephemera".
Scope: Some 5,000 pamphlets, handbills and miscellaneous printed matter relating to theatres, fairs, etc. dating from around 1800 to 1895. Collected by conjuror and ventriloquist Henry Evans Evanion, and acquired in 1895.
Location: Evan.
Access: The collection is in the process of being digitised, and access is restricted.
Catalogue (online): Evanion Catalogue.
Reference: 'The Evanion Collection', by E Harland. British Library Journal, vol. 13, no. 1 (Spring 1987), pp. 64-70. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.541 (small-sized sequence).
Reference: The Evanion Collection of Victorian Printed Ephemera pages on the British Library website.

EVELYN, John [1620-1706].
Scope: Around 318 volumes, being the nucleus of the library of John Evelyn. Comprises mainly of books with Evelyn's annotations. Purchased at a Christie's auction in 1977.
Location: Eve.
Reference: 'John Evelyn's library catalogue', by G de la Bedoyère. Book Collector, vol. 43, no. 4 (1994), pp. 529-48. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR002.075 (small-sized sequence).
Reference: A Directory of rare books and special collections..., edited by B Bloomfield (2nd ed. London,1997), 'British Library' entry, section Fj. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.041.

EWEN, Cecil Henry L'Estrange [b. 1877].
Scope: Typescripts, proof sheets and miscellaneous notes, mainly by Cecil Ewen, on occult science. Material dates from 1929 to 1949.
Location: Cup.504.h.1.

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FERNÁNDEZ de LIZARDI, José Joaquín [1776-1827].
Scope: Eight volumes of pamphlets dating from 1812 to 1827 on contemporary topics in Mexico written by, or relating to, J J Fernandez de Lizardi (pen name: El Pensador Mexicano). With manuscript notes.
Location: 1570/1874.
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.C.639).

FILLINHAM, John.
Scope: Eight volumes of newspaper cuttings, advertisements, playbills etc., dating from 1700? to 1860. Collected by John Fillinham. Arrangement: I, British Museum. II, Carlisle House and White Conduit House. III, Christmas carols. IV, Fairs. V, Remarkable characters, exhibitions, fireworks in Green Park, 1749. VI-VIII, Trained animals, menageries, etc.
Location: 1889.b.10/1 - 8.
Access: access to the originals is restricted.
Reference: A Directory of rare books and special collections..., edited by B Bloomfield (2nd ed. London,1997), 'British Library' entry, section Pf. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.041.
Note: A similar volume relating to the London Pleasure Gardens is held at the Guildhall Library in the City of London.

FITZMAURICE, Henry Charles Keith Petty, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne [1845-1927].
Scope: Correspondence relating to affairs in India. Collected by Henry Fitzmaurice, who served as Governor-General of Canada and as Viceroy of India.
Location: B.P.7/16 - 20 ; B.P.7/26.

FOUNDATION COLLECTIONS.
Note: Those collections of manuscripts or printed books which the British Museum acquired between its foundation in 1753 and its opening to the public in 1759. These are the Sloane Collection, the Cotton Collection, the Harley Collection, the Edwards Bequest, and the Old Royal Library.

FRANKS, Sir Augustus Wollaston [1826-1897]. (1)
Scope: Book-stamps, mainly heraldic, mounted in two volumes. With a typewritten index. Formed by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks in around 1890.
Location: L.R.406.i.9.
Reference: A Directory of rare books and special collections..., edited by B Bloomfield (2nd ed. London,1997), 'British Library' entry, section Gh. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.041.

FRANKS, Sir Augustus Wollaston [1826-1897]. (2)
Scope: Around 260 volumes from the 16th to the 18th centuries with English and French bindings with armorial book-stamps. Purchased in 1900.
Location: C.67. - C.68.
Reference: 'A W Franks and armorial bookbindings: including a list of British armorial bookbindings contained within the Franks Collection', by P J M Marks. Electronic British Library Journal, (2006), art. 2, pp. 1-35.
Reference: 'The Franks Collection of armorial book-stamps', by A W Pollard. The Library, series 2, vol. 10, no. 3 (April 1902), pp. 114-134. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR010 (small-sized sequence).

FRANKS, Sir Augustus Wollaston [1826-1897]. (3)
Scope: Around 35,100 British and American bookplates, dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.
Location: Held at the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings. Microfilms of items from this collection are in the British Library stacks at Mic.A.16440 (10 reels).
Note: The British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings also holds substantial numbers of Franks bookplates from countries other than Britain and America.

Note: Brass rubbings collected by Sir A W FRANKS are held in the Department of Manuscripts at Add.34891-4.

FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY TRACTS.
Scope: Around 50,000 books, pamphlets and serials published mainly in France between 1780 and 1820, and reflecting every stage and aspect of this period. The F. Tracts were purchased from a collector in Paris in 1856 through the Rt. Hon. John Wilson Croker (1780-1857). The F.R. and R. Tracts were purchased directly from J W Croker in 1831 and 1856.
Location: F. ; F*. ; F**. ; F.R. ; R.
Catalogue: Currently the subject of a special catalogue, which will be made available in stages.
Reference: 'The French Revolutionary Collections in the British Library', by A C Brodhurst. British Library Journal, vol. 2, part 2 (Autumn 1976), pp. 138-58. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.541 (small-sized sequence).
Reference: French revolutionary collections in the British Library, by G K Fortescue and A C Brodhurst (London, 1979). * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR094.30944 BL; and Humanities Reading Room at HLR944.04.

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