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Tabley Muniments

Date range: 19th century.

The collection consists mainly of the personal papers of the poet John Byrne Leicester Warren (1835–95), 3rd Baron de Tabley, of Tabley near Knutsford, Cheshire. Warren published under the pseudonyms George F. Preston and William Lancaster and later under his own name.

The tragedy Philoctetes: a Metrical Drama, published anonymously in 1866, was considered Warren’s most powerful work, but his poetry was largely overlooked by his contemporaries until the retrospective volume Poems Dramatic and Lyrical (1893) met with belated success.

Warren also produced a standard work on bookplates, A Guide to the Study of Book-Plates (ex-libris) (1880).

The papers reflect his interests in literature, politics, botany and numismatics and include correspondence with numerous prominent later Victorian figures.

Attention should also be drawn to de Tabley’s extensive and important collection of armorial bookplates.

There is correspondence with the 3rd Baron de Tabley among the Edward Freeman papers.

See also the Tabley book collection.

Finding aids

  • Preliminary survey list.
  • See also Dongho Chun, ‘Collecting pieces of oneself: Sir John Leicester’s scrapbooks in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester’, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 82, no. 1 (2000), pp. 101–13.


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