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Baskerville Collection

30 items (dispersed).

The Library holds over half of the entire output of John Baskerville (1706-1775) of Birmingham, England's greatest 18th-century printer.

Baskerville's first and arguably finest work, the 1757 Virgil, is available in two different states, one with the extra illustrations supplied by the plates from Ogilby's translation printed in 1654.

Among other classical authors are Horace (1762), Lucretius (1772) and Terence (1772), while English works include Milton (1758 and 1759), Addison (1761), and Lord Shaftesbury (1773), together with the Book of Common Prayer of 1760-62, and the Bibles of 1763 and 1769-72.

Finding aids

  • Recorded in .
  • See also David W. Riley, 'English Books of the Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, with Particular Reference to History and Literature', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 71, no. 2 (1989), pp. 95-6.


The John Rylands Library

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