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Named Collections of Printed Materials (G)

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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GANE, Douglas M.
Scope: Newspaper cuttings and pamphlets dating from 1886 to 1946, relating to the island of Tristan da Cunha (South Atlantic Ocean). Compiled by D M Gane.
Location: 10493.h.27.

GARRICK, David [1717-1779]. 'Garrick Collection of Old English Plays'.
Scope: English drama, chiefly of the late 16th and 17th centuries. Collected by the actor David Garrick. Bequeathed in 1780, at which point it comprised some 1,300 individual plays. Many were subsequently sold during the duplicate sales that ran until 1832. Transfers were made into the collection from the Thomason Tracts and from elsewhere. Some imperfect copies were ‘perfected’ in the 1840s; others were mutilated by T.J Wise in order to ‘perfect’ his own copies, now in the Ashley Library.
Location: 643.a - d. ; 644.a - l. ; C.34. ; C.21.
Catalogue: Catalogues and indexes of the collection of plays made by David Garrick, by Edward Capell. [1756? In Manuscript]. * Shelved in British Library stacks at 643.l.30.
Catalogue: The Garrick Collection of Old English Plays: a catalogue with an historical introduction, by G M Kahrl and D Anderson (London, 1982). * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR822.008.
Reference: 'Reflections on librarianship: observations arising from the examination of the Garrick Collection of Old Plays in the British Library', by D Anderson. Electronic British Library Journal (1980), art. 1, pp.1-6 [http://www.bl.uk/eblj/1980articles/article1.html]. 

GATHERCOLE, Michael Augustus.
Scope: Pamphlets and sermons dating from 1820 to 1840. Collected by M A Gathercole.
Location: 908.b.1 - e.7.

GEORGE III, King. [1738-1820] 'The King's Library'.
Scope: The collection of George III (ruled 1760-1820). Some 65,000 vols. of printed books and periodicals (including over 800 incunabula), plus at least 14,000 pamphlets. Material dates from 1454 to the 1820s, and is wide ranging in subjects. Incorporates some books with an earlier royal provenance, including items owned by William III and Mary II, Caroline of Ansbach, and Frederick, Prince of Wales. Expanded considerably with the purchase in 1763 of the second library of Joseph Smith (1682-1770), British consul at Venice. Followed by systematic growth by carefully combing the British and continental book trades. Collection presented to the nation by George IV in 1823 (although 30 items retained for the Royal Library at Windsor), and transferred to the British Museum in 1828.
Location: 1 - 304; C.1 - C.16; a few items are dispersed across the general oversize sequences.
Catalogue: Bibliothecae regiae catalogus, by F A Barnard (London, 1820-29; 10 vols.). * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room in RAC sequence, annotated with earliest British Museum Library shelfmarks.
Catalogue: [A subject catalogue of the library of George III, by F A Barnard] (In manuscript, 1812-20?). * Shelved at: 102.gg.& 103.gg. (12 vols.).
Catalogue: [A catalogue of the pamphlets in the King's Library] (In manuscript, 1850s?). * Set 1 shelved at: L.R.419.b.3. (9 vols. complete). Set 2 shelved at: L.R.419.b.2. (18 vols., wanting v.1-2).
Reference: ‘The King’s Library’, by P R Harris . In: Libraries within the Library, edited by G Mandelbrote and B Taylor (London, 2009), pp.296-317. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.541.
Reference: ‘Moving the King’s Library: argument and sentiment, 1823-1998’, by J Goldfinch. In: Libraries within the Library, edited by G Mandelbrote and B Taylor (London, 2009), pp.280-95. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.541.
Reference: ‘Destroyed, damaged and replaced: the legacy of World War II bomb damage in the King’s Library’, by A Edwards. Electronic British Library Journal (2013), art. 8, pp.1-31 [http://www.bl.uk/eblj/2013articles/article8.html].
Reference: ‘Royal Libraries in the King’s Library’, by J Goldfinch. In: 1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts, edited by K Doyle and S McKendrick (London, 2014), pp.213-36. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR092.0922.
Reference: The George III Collection pages on the British Library website.

Note: Manuscript materials collected by King GEORGE III can be found in the British Library Department of Manuscripts at King's.MSS.1 - 446. The largest part of the "King's Topographical Collection" is held in the Department of Maps. Some atlases however can be found in the main King's Library collection in the shelfmark ranges 113, 115 and 118. Further material is now in the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings.

GILBERT, Sir William Schwenk [1836-1911]. (1)
Scope: Miscellaneous press cuttings relating to concerts. Material dates from 1887 to 1893. Collected by Sir W S Gilbert .
Location: 7903.l.4.

GILBERT, Sir William Schwenk [1836-1911]. (2)
Scope: Newspaper cuttings relating to Sir W S Gilbert and the Savoy operas. Also a collection of miscellaneous concert programmes. Material dates from 1879 to 1940. Collected by Sir W S Gilbert.
Location: Th.Cts.78.

Note: Manuscript material relating to Sir W S GILBERT is in the Department of Manuscripts at Add.49289-49353.

GINGUENÉ, Pierre Louis [1748-1816].
Scope: Over 4,300 volumes, mainly Italian and French literature from the 16th to 18th centuries. Collected by PL Ginguené in preparation for his Histoire litteraire d'Italie, 1811-19. Purchased in 1818.
Location: 1062 ; 1065 ; many other volumes have been dispersed throughout the general collections.
Catalogue: Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu M P L Ginguiné (Paris, 1817). * Copy in British Library stacks at 822.c.28 (annotated with early shelfmarks).
Reference: 'La Bibliothèque de Ginguené', by J-D Candoux. In: Ginguiné 1748-1816: idéologue et médiateur, E Guiton (ed.) (Rennes, 1995). * Copy in British Library stacks at YA.1996.a.19588.

GLADSTONE, Herbert John, Viscount Gladstone [1854-1930].
Scope: Three volumes of English and South African newspaper cuttings, dating from around 1880 to 1930. Collected by Viscount Herbert John Gladstone (1854-1930).
Location: 1899.b.11.

GLADSTONE, William Ewart [1809-1898].
Scope: Printed material received with the Gladstone Papers (which are held in the Department of Manuscripts).
Location: B.P.2.; B.P.19.

GLOVER, Thomas.
Scope: Prospectuses of public companies and similar matter. For the most part, collected by Thomas Glover of Manchester. Material dates from around 1830 to around 1845.
Location: 1890.e.1.

GLYNN, Sidney Carr.
Scope: 12 volumes of playbills from London theatres, 1791-1895.
Location: Playbills 352 - 363.
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.C.13137), and access to the originals restricted.
Catalogue: Broadly indexed in the Library's Register of Playbills. * Copies in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR792.95 and at Reference Enquiries Desk.

GORDON, Arthur Charles Hamilton-, 1st Baron Stanmore [1829-1912].
Scope: Two file boxes of printed material received with the Stanmore Papers (which are held in the Department of Manuscripts).
Access: Contact rare-books@bl.uk.

GORDON, Diana. (1)
Scope: English ballet, concert, opera and theatre programmes and similar material, all dating from 1932 to 1974. Collected by Diana Gordon. Donated in 1975.
Location: X.435/318.

GORDON, Diana. (2)
Scope: French, German and Italian concert, opera and theatre programmes and similar material, all dating from 1936 to 1963. Collected by Diana Gordon. Donated in 1975.
Location: X.431/2098.

GORDON, George Hamilton-, 4th Earl of Aberdeen [1784-1860].
Scope: Printed materials dating from 1822 to 1862, received with the Aberdeen Papers (which are held in the Department of Manuscripts).
Location: B.P.12.

GOUGH, Richard. See Luttrell, Narcissus (4).

GOULD, Revd Sabine Baring [1834-1924]. (1)
Scope: Two volumes of ballads dating from 1730? to 1830?, printed mainly in Newcastle-upon-Tyne by J White, or in London. Each ballad is cut up and mounted. With manuscript index. Collected by Revd Sabine Baring Gould.
Location: L.R.31.b.19.

GOULD, Revd Sabine Baring [1834-1924]. (2)
Scope: Nine volumes of ballads, printed mainly in London by J Catnach and J Pitts. Mostly dated 1800 to 1870, but with a few of earlier date and with a small number of prose broadsheets. Collected by Revd Sabine Baring Gould. With manuscript indexes.
Location: L.R.271.a.2.
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.B.962/17-20), and access to the originals restricted.

GRAHAM, James.
Scope: Contemporary printed and manuscript documents relating to the Indian famine of 1874. Collected by Col. James Graham.
Location: C.108.f.18.

GRENVILLE, Thomas [1755-1846]. 'The Grenville Library'.
Scope: Approximately 16,000 works (in 20,240 volumes) collected by the statesman and British Museum Trustee Thomas Grenville. The collection contains printed books from the 15th to 19th centuries, and complements the King’s Library in terms of incunabula and post-incunabula, early voyages, bibles, vernacular poetry and romances (especially Italian and Spanish), and English literature. The collection is particularly noted for its fine bindings. Bequeathed to the Museum in 1846. Although part of the Grenville Library, the volumes at G.20276-78 were absent from the collection when it arrived at the British Museum. They were subsequently acquired though the book trade by either the British Museum or the British Library.
Location: G.1 - G.20278.
Catalogue: Bibliotheca Grenvilliana, by J T Payne and H Foss (Pts 1 and 2) and W B Rye (Pt 3) (London, 1842-72); some of the ephemera is omited. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room in the RAC sequence.
Reference: ‘Thomas Grenville (1755-1846) and his books’, by B Taylor. In: Libraries within the Library, edited by G Mandelbrote and B Taylor (London, 2009), pp.321-40. *Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.541.

Note: Around 60 manuscript items received with the library of Thomas GRENVILLE are held in the Department of Manuscripts.

GROLIG, Moritz.
Scope: 18 volumes, dating from 1596 to 1904 (but mainly 17th and 18th centuries), dealing with the Jesuits. Collected by Moritz Grolig.
Location: 4789.a - e.

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