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Allardyce Nicoll Drama Collection

1,100 items.

This collection of 19th-century plays was formed by (John Ramsay) Allardyce Nicoll (1894-1976), Professor of English Language and Literature at Birmingham University, 1945-1961, when he was writing his History of the English Drama. Very much acting editions with full stage directions, plans of settings and notes on costumes, the texts range from burlesque to tragedy.

Both major authors and minor farceurs are represented, but Dionysius Lardner Boucicault, Sir Francis Cowley Burnand, Henry James Byron, Douglas William Jerrold, Thomas Morton and Sir Arthur Wing Pinero are among the dramatists for whom a considerable number of items are available.

Finding aids

  • Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.
  • See also separate unpublished handlist.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library