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Named Collections of Printed Materials (O-R)

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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OLD ROYAL LIBRARY.
Scope: Around 9,000 printed books from the library of the kings of England, from the restoration of Edward IV in 1471 until they were given to the British Museum by George II in 1757.The collection was not developed systematically, except for two periods under James I and Charles II, when the libraries of John, Lord Lumley, Isaac Casaubon and John Morris were acquired. Some books dispersed in the Civil Wars of the mid-17th century.
Location: Dispersed throughout the subject arrangement of the Old Library. Most books bear an octagonal blue stamp.
Catalogues: A list of catalogues and their locations is given in Appendix B (History of the Royal Collection) of The Lumley Library: the catalogue of 1609, edited by S Jayne and F R Johnson (London, 1956). * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR002.092 LUM.
Reference: English monarchs and their books from Henry VII to Charles II, by T A Birrell (London, 1987). (The Panizzi Lectures, 1986). * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.141.
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.

ONO, Barry [1876-1941]. 'The Barry Ono Collection of Penny Dreadfuls'.
Scope: A collection of some 700 examples of 19th century popular fiction known as bloods and penny dreadfuls. Collected by the music hall performer Barry Ono (born Frederick Valentine Harrison). Added to the collections in 1948.
Location: C.140.a - C.140.e.
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.C.920 - Mic.C.12487; also Mic.A.17233), and access to the originals restricted. A concordance of shelfmarks to microfilm reel numbers is kept at the Rare Books Reference Enquiries Desk.
Catalogue: Penny dreadfuls and boys' adventures: the Barry Ono Collection of Victorian popular literature in the British Library, by E James and H Smith. (London, 1998). * Copies in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR823.8 and in Humanities Reading Room at HLR823.8.
Reference: The Barry Ono Collection pages on the British Library website.

ORWELL, George [1903-1950].
Scope: 2,700 pamphlets, for the most part political, dating from around 1915 to 1945. Collected by George Orwell, and donated by his widow in 1955. The material is overwhelming published in London.
Location: 1899.ss.1 - 21; 1899.ss.23 - 47.
Catalogue: 'Index'. [c1950. Typescript]. * Shelved in British Library stacks at 1899.ss.48-49.
Catalogue: 'Introduction and classified catalogue', by P Davison. [Marlborough, 1994]. * Shelved in British Library stacks at 1899.ss.49.
Reference: The George Orwell Collection pages on the British Library website; includes the article: 'George Orwell’s Loft', by A Simons (2013).

OSBORNE, John [1929-1994].
Scope: 140 works by and about the major British playwright John Osborne. Comprises many fine copies of first editions of Osborne plays, complete with dust wrappers, as well as uncorrected proof copies. Also promotional material associated with Osborne's films, and programmes for theatrical performances. With a small number of letters and a working transcript of the early play Personal enemy (1955), with the deletions of the Lord Chamberlain. Donated by Irwin T Holtzman over the period 1994-2009.
Location: Osborne.
Reference: The Osborne Collection pages on the British Library website.

OWEN, Bob.
Scope: Books, mainly in Welsh, from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Location: 1550/1-172.

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PATENT OFFICE LIBRARY
Scope: Books, periodicals, pamphlets, trade literature and patents formerly constituting the Patent Office Library in Holborn, London WC2 (founded 1855). The collection comprised materials on a vast range of topics, including engineering, physical sciences, agriculture, mining, railways, shipbuilding, textiles, gastronomy and architecture. In 1966 the Library joined the British Museum as the National Reference Library of Science and Innovation.
Location: Integrated, or in the process of being integrated, into the London reference collections of the British Library. Most pre-1801 books and pamphlets are now dispersed within the collections held by the Early Printed Collections department. 19th century books and pamphlets are being selectively transferred to the Early Printed Collections area. Later material, together with most runs of periodicals, patents, and trade literature, are held in the Science, Technology & Medicine departments.
Note: Catalogue entries for items which have been transferred to Early Printed Collections since the end of the 1990s contain a provenance note stating that they were originally in the Patent Office Library.
Catalogue: Catalogue of the Library of the Patent Office, arranged alphabetically (London, 1881-98; supplement 1910). * Copies in the Humanities Reading Room at HLL501.6, and in the Science Reading Room opposite the Issue Desk on Floor 3 (annotated).

PERCIVAL, Richard. (1)
Scope: Two volumes of material dating from 1729 to 1830 which illustrate the history and topography of the parish of St Pancras, London NW1. Collected by R Percival.
Location: Crach.1.Tab.4.b.3.

PERCIVAL, Richard. (2)
Scope: 14 volumes of material dating from 1683 to 1848 which relate to Sadler's Wells Theatre, London EC1. The collection comprises pamphlets, broadsides, playbills and advertisements, songs with musical notation, engraved views and portraits, and autograph letters from actors and others.
Location: Crach.1.Tab.4.b.4.
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.C.19539), and access to the originals restricted.

PERCIVAL, Richard. (3). 'The Grangerised 'County of Surrey' by Manning & Bray'.
Scope: The three volumes of the 1847 edition of The History and Topography of the County of Surrey, by O Manning, enlarged by W Bray, to which R Percival added over 6,000 original drawings, prints, maps, plans and other pieces of ephemera. The resulting work comprises 30 volumes.
Location: Crach.1.Tab.1.b.1.
Note: The member of staff on duty at the Rare Books Reference Enquiries Desk in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room has access to a short online concordance between the original three volumes and the resulting 30 volumes.

PERCY, John [1817-1889].
Scope: Newspaper cuttings, manuscript correspondence and other material collected from 1852 to 1884 which relate to the existence of gold in Britain. Collected by the metallurgist Dr John Percy.
Location: 7105.g.9.

PETHERBRIDGE, J.
Scope: Selected programmes from the Covent Garden Opera House (London) for the years 1906-07, 1909-14, and 1919-39.
Location: Playbills 439-451; Playbills 453-467.
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.C.13137), and access to the originals restricted.

PLACE, Francis [1771-1854].
Scope: 180 volumes of newspaper cuttings dating from 1792 to 1852. All relate to political and economic issues.
Location: Place.
Access: The collection has been microfilmed (Mic.B.905), and access to the originals restricted.
Catalogue: Index. [Typescript]. * Shelved at the Reference Enquiries Desk in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room.

POTTER, George William. (1)
Scope: A copy of the 1842 edition of The history and antiquities of Highgate (London), by Frederick Prickett, to which G W Potter has added a collection of engravings, photographs and newspaper cuttings. With additional title-pages, dated 1875.
Location: L.R.24.a.5.

POTTER, George William. (2)
Scope: Engravings, cuttings etc. on the poet Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770), dating from 1892 to 1921.
Location: 1870.c.28.

POTTER, George William. (3)
Scope: Cuttings on John Bunyan (1628-1688), dating from 1870 to 1907. Purchased at the sale of the Harmsworth Trust's Bunyan Collection, 27 Jan. 1947.
Location: 04411.bb.1.

PRIVATE CASE.
Scope
: Printed books segregated from the main collection, 1850s to 1990, on grounds of obscenity. The definition of obscenity was subjective, varying with the tenor of the age, and the contents of the Private Case were regularly revised with books moved in and out. At its largest extent it contained around 4,000 volumes, now reduced to 2,000. In addition to individual books acquired through purchase, donation or legal deposit, the Private Case is strong in books originally collected by Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834-1900), the 27th Earl of Crawford (1871-1940), William Robert Phelips (1882-1919), Charles Reginald Dawes (1879-1964), Beecher Moore (1908-1996), Alfred Rose (1876-1936), and Eric John Dingwall (1890-1986).
Location: PC.13-32.
Access: Special conditions on access have been removed; a few individual items are restricted owing to their value or fragility.
Catalogue: A separate catalogue of guardbooks with moveable slips was maintained, until all entries were transferred to the main catalogue from 1966 to 1983.
Reference: The Private Case: an annotated bibliography of the Private Case Erotica Collection in the British (Museum) Library, by P J Kearney (London, 1981). * Copy in Rare Books Reading Room at RAR808.803.
Reference: ‘The Private Case: a history’, by P J Cross. In: The Library of the British Museum: retrospective essays, edited by P R Harris (London, 1991), pp.201-40. *Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR027.541.

PROCTOR, Robert George Collier [1868-1903].
Scope: Proof-sheets, woodcut illustrations and borders, fly-sheets, circulars, and book-labels, printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. With a list of contents in manuscript. Collection compiled by Robert Proctor and presented by his mother in 1904.
Location: C.43.c.26; C.43.f.24; C.43.g.11; C.43.h.22.

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RAMSDEN, Charles F I [1888-1958].
Scope: Some 1,500 English and French volumes with signed bindings from the period 1780 to 1840. Collected by C Ramsden and bequeathed to the British Museum in 1958.
Location: C.150 - C.156.

RIPON, Marquess of. See next entry.

ROBINSON, George Frederick Samuel, 1st Marquess of Ripon [1827-1909].
Scope: Correspondence relating to affairs in India and Afghanistan at the end of the 19th century. Collected by the Marquess of Ripon, Viceroy of India 1880-84.
Location: B.P.7/3 - 11.

ROSE, Hugh, 1st Baron Strathnairn [1801-1885].
Scope: Printed material dating from 1860 to 1876 received with the Rose Papers (which are in the Department of Manuscripts).
Access: Apply in the Social Sciences Reading Room for access.

ROSENBERG, Lily Marian.
Scope: Four volumes of programmes of concert, opera and theatre performances given in Berlin and other European cities between 1917 and 1934. Collected by L M Rosenberg.
Location: C.186.d.1.

ROXBURGHE, John Ker, 3rd Duke of. See Ker, John.

ROYAL MUSIC LIBRARY.
Scope: Besides printed music and manuscripts, the Royal Music Library contains around 200 vols. of printed books about music. The collection was deposited on loan with the British Museum by George V in 1911, and converted to a donation by Elizabeth II in 1957.
Catalogue: Catalogue of the King’s Music Library, by W B Squire (London, 1927-9), especially Part 3, pp.357-83 ‘Music Literature’. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at MUS780.164 BRI.
Reference: 'The Royal Music Library: Some Account of its Provenance and Associations', by A H King. Book Collector, vol. 7 (1958), pp.241-52. * Copy in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR002.075.

RUND, J.B. (1)
Scope: Catalogues and lists (some in manuscript) of erotic literature, the earliest dating from around 1888. Donated by J B Rund of New York, June 1971.
Location: Cup.803.f.20.

RUND, J.B. (2)
Scope: Single sheets, press cuttings and pamphlets on books and book sales, the earliest dating from around 1900. Collected by J B Rund of New York.
Location: Cup.900.x.15.

RUND, J.B. (3)
Scope: Books about book collecting, the majority by John Waynflete Carter (1905-1975). Donated by J B Rund of New York in 1975.
Location: Cup.407.h.1 - 25.

RUSSELL, William James [1830-1909]. (1)
Scope: Foreign playbills, dating from 1845 to 1856. Donated by his family.
Location: Playbills 303.
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, programmes and theatre cuttings. [Typescript. 1951]. * Copies in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR792.95 and at the Reference Enquiries Desk.

RUSSELL, William James [1830-1909]. (2)
Scope: London playbills, dating from 1847 to 1908. Donated by his family.
Location: Playbills 305.
Catalogue: Broadly indexed in the Library's Register of playbills, programmes and theatre cuttings. [Typescript. 1951]. * Copies in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR792.95 and at the Reference Enquiries Desk.

RUSSELL, William James [1830-1909]. (3)
Scope: Playbills from British provincial theatres, dating from 1845 to 1860. Donated by his family.
Location: Playbills 304.
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, programmes and theatre cuttings. [Typescript. 1951]. * Copies in Rare Books and Music Reading Room at RAR792.95 and at the Reference Enquiries Desk.

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