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Named Collections of Printed Materials (M-N)

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.



McDOWALL, James.
Scope: Newspapers cuttings on spiritualism, dating from 1881 to 1892. Chiefly written by J McDowall. With manuscript notes.
Location: 08632.ff.65.

MADAN, Falconer [1851-1935], and MADAN, Francis Falconer [1886-1961].
Scope: Over 1,000 vols. of books, tracts and ephemeral items by or about the clergyman Dr Henry Sacheverell (1674?-1724). Dr Sacheverell achieved fame in 1709 when he attacked the Whig government for its toleration of religious dissenters. He was subsequently tried and convicted for seditious libel. 638 items. Collected by Falconer Madan and his son Francis Falconer Madan; bequeathed to the Friends of the National Libraries, who gave it to the British Library.
Location: Sach.1 - 447.
Access: Access to the originals is restricted. Apply through the Rare Books Reference Team.
Reference: A critical bibliography of Dr Henry Sacheverell, by F F Madan, edited by W Speck (Lawrence, Kansas, 1978). * Copy in British Library stacks at Ac.2692.i.8 (this copy annotated with manuscript notes and locations).
Reference: 'Outstanding acquisitions'. British Museum Quarterly, vol. 24 (1961), p. 117. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR069.0942 (small-sized sequence).
Reference: 'Notable acquisitions'. British Museum Quarterly, vol. 26 (1962), p. 58-59, 64. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR069.0942 (small-sized sequence).
Catalogue: Records for items, together with British Library shelfmarks, can be found in the English Short Title Catalogue. 

MADAN, Francis Falconer [1886-1961].
Scope: 133 editions, 17th and early 18th century, of the 'Eikon Basilike' (a work issued soon after the execution of King Charles I in 1649, purporting to be his spiritual autobiography) and related material. Donated in 1961 by Francis Falconer Madan.
Location: C.118.d.
Reference: 'A New Bibliography of the Eikon Basilike', by F F Madan. Oxford Bibliographical Society Publications, new series no. 3 (1950); also published separately (London: Quaritch, 1950). * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR010.

MADDEN, Sir Frederic [1801-1873].
Scope: Four volumes of views, cuttings, etc. on the British Museum, dating from 1755 to 1870. Collected by Sir Frederic Madden. (Further manuscript material collected by Sir F Madden is with the Department of Manuscripts).
Location: C.55.i.1.

MAIDMENT, James [1795?-1879]. (1)
Scope: Two volumes of poems and newspaper cuttings (mostly from Edinburgh), dating from 1754 to 1835. With the bookplate of James Maidment.
Location: 11602.h.13 - 14.

MAIDMENT, James [1795?-1879]. (2)
Scope: Two volumes of literary prospectuses, newspaper cuttings, etc. dating from 1757 to 1853. Collected by James Maidment.
Location: 816.l.47.

MANNING, Henry Edward, Cardinal [1808-1892].
Scope: Books formerly in the library of Cardinal Henry Edward Manning. Mainly 16th and 17th century religious works printed on the Continent of Europe. Purchased in 1967 from the Oblates of St Charles, Bayswater (London W2).
Location: 1650/1 - 47.

MARET, J B Léon.
Scope: 16 volumes of Italian pastoral letters, dating from about 1700 to about 1900. Arranged geographically. Formerly part of the library of J B Léon Maret. Donated by T Besterman, 30 April 1969 (wanting volumes 1, 15 and 16).
Location: 1602/152 (2 - 19).
Catalogue: See a printed edition of the British Library Catalogue to 1975 under the heading 'COLLECTION' (A collection of pastoral letters, ca. 1700-ca. 1900) for a description of the contents of each volume.

MIDLETON, William St John Frederic Brodrick, 1st Earl of Midleton [1856-1942].
Scope: Printed material dating 1903 to 1926, received with the Midleton Papers (which are held in the Department of Manuscripts).
Access: Apply in the Social Sciences Reading Room for access.

MILFORD HAVEN. See Mountbatten, George.

MORLEY, John, Viscount Morley of Blackburn [1838-1923].
Scope: Two file boxes of printed material dating 1803 to 1893 received with the Morley Papers (which are held in the Department of Manuscripts).
Access: Contact

MORRIS, Jane [1839-1914].
Scope: 55 works printed on vellum at the Kelmscott Press, 1891-1890. Donated by Jane Morris, wife of William Morris, in 1910.
Location: Morris.1-55.
Access: Access is restricted; alternative copies printed on paper are available via the main catalogue.

MORRIS, John [c1580-1658].
Scope: The largest part of the library of John Morris. Purchased for the Royal Library in about 1660. 1,462 titles have been identified as having been donated to the British Museum in 1757 later reduced to around 1,300 by sales of duplicates.
Location: Dispersed throughout the subject arrangement of the Old Library.
Reference: The Library of John Morris, by T A Birrell (London, 1976). * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR002.092 MOR.

MORRIS, William [1834-1896]. See Proctor, Robert George Collier and Cockerell, Sir Sydney.

MOUNTBATTEN, George, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven [1892-1938].
Scope: Prospectuses and catalogues of erotic and obscene books, pictures and instruments, dating from 1889 to 1929. 81 parts. Collected by George Mountbatten.
Location: Cup.364.g.48.

MUSGRAVE, Sir William [1735-1800].
Scope: Books on many subjects collected by British Museum Trustee Sir William Musgrave. Around 400 volumes of mainly British biography were presented in 1790. At his death in 1800, the Museum was invited to select manuscripts and more printed books of interest as part of a bequest; around 1,500 printed books were chosen.
Location: Scattered throughout the older parts of the collection, with perhaps the majority located within the subject arrangement of the Old Library (including most of the volumes in the range 1415.a.1.-1419.k.4.).
Note: A variety of identifying marks can be used to determine a Musgrave provenance, including his stamped signature on the verso of the title-page and a distinctive emblem on the spine.


NAGY, István [died 1863].
Scope: A collection of Hungarian printed books formed by I Nagy, and purchased by the library in 1870. Contains important 16th and 17th century imprints, as well as later material on a wide range of subjects.
Location: Dispersed throughout the general collection.

NARES, Robert [1753-1829].
Scope: A collection of printed items dating from 1796 to 1809 entitled 'Fugitive papers, such as prospectuses, handbills, etc. Collected for the sake of preserving them'. Collected by Revd Robert Nares, Assistant Librarian at the British Museum.
Location: 898.f.1.

NORTHCOTT, Richard [1871-1931].
Scope: Libretti of operas, operettas and cantatas, with press cuttings, photographs and other material. Collected by Richard Northcott.
Location: Northcott.
Catalogue: Handlist. * Shelved in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room at the Reference Enquiries Desk.

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