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Lloyd Roberts Collection

David Lloyd Roberts, the distinguished Manchester doctor and bibliophile, bequeathed his books to the Library, and the items were accessioned in the 1920s.

A substantial portion of the collection is devoted to first editions of major English authors ranging from Thomas Browne to Lord Byron and John Ruskin. However, the bequest added significantly to the Library's holdings of early editions of Ariosto and Dante Alighieri, and the collection also contains some mid 18th-century costume books by Tommaso Maria Mamachi.

Also included are a large number of fine bindings dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, such as those produced for Jean Grolier and for Giovanni Battista Grimaldi, with the characteristic Apollo and Pegasus cameo stamp.

There are also numerous examples of the work of 19th-century binders such as Zaehnsdorf, Bedford and Chambolle-Duru.

Finding aids

  • Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.
  • 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. 98-9.


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