The former University Library Special Collections

In 1972 the John Rylands Library merged with the University of Manchester Library, and Deansgate's fine holdings were enriched further by the transfer of the University's Special Collections.

Foremost among these is the extensive collection of Renaissance literature from France and Italy assembled by Professor Richard Copley Christie (1830-1901), which was bequeathed to the University of Manchester in 1901.  Like Spencer, Christie had accumulated a substantial collection of Aldines, and as a result the Library now holds many duplicate and variant copies.  The Christie Collection also includes many fine bindings.

Other notable additions include:

[A page from 'Le Cose Volgari' by Francesco Petrarca, Rylands' Christie Collection. Image number: JRL022638tr]
Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. 'Le Cose Volgari'. Vinegia: Nelle case d'Aldo Romano, 1501. (Chrsitie Collection)
This book (right), printed by Aldus Manutius, was the first to be produced in italic type.

Further information about the Library's Special Collections can be found in the , and in .