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Byron Collection

400 items (dispersed).

Some two thirds of the published works of Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Baron Byron) are available in first editions and most of the remainder, including the suppressed texts, in early editions.

A substantial portion of the early Byron editions was received as part of the Lloyd Roberts bequest.

Copies of English Bards and Scotch Reviewers include the Lloyd Roberts copy of the fourth authorized edition (1810), the Spencer copy of the second authorized edition (1809), and a massively grangerized copy of the third authorized edition (1810), the work of Joseph Mayer, the 19th-century antiquary and book collector of Bebington, Merseyside.

The grangerized copy, doubled in size, of Leigh Hunt's biography of Byron (1828) is also a source of much information.

Finding aids

  • Recorded in .
  • 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. 98-9.


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