Preston Pearce Collection
800 items (dispersed).
A collection of printed almanacs and `companions' dating from 1681 to 1866 (including ten from 1684), donated by A. Preston Pearce between 1952 and 1954.
The collection also contains miscellaneous French documents dating from the century before the French Revolution, formed to illustrate the history of revenue stamps.
It includes records of all types relating to Paris and the regions of France, as far apart as Savoy, Brittany, Lorraine and Corsica, with wills and marriage settlements being particularly well represented.
The collection provides a fascinating research resource for students of French social and economic life in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
- Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.
- Note in Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 35 (1952-3), pp. 287-8.