Sir John Neale Collection
The library of the Elizabethan historian Sir John Neale (1890–1975) was purchased from his widow and daughter on very favourable terms in 1979–80.
Sir John had held the chair of modern history at Manchester from 1925 until 1927, but most of his academic career was spent as Astor Professor of English History at University College, London (1927–56).
His abiding interest in Elizabeth I is reflected in the collection, which contains works covering almost every aspect of her reign.
The 170 items of antiquarian interest held at Deansgate date mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries.
They include William Camden’s Rerum Anglicarum et Hibernicarum Annales Regnante Elisabetha (London, 1635), Sir Edward Coke’s The Second Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England (London, 1642), and Jakob Spiegel’s Lexicon Iuris Civilis (Basel, 1569): an edition not recorded in Adams.
The Library also holds ten boxes of Neale’s lecture notes.