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E. L. Burney Book Collection

Date range: 1641-1974

Number of items: 2,200 items.

The collection of Edward Lester Burney (1903-1998), donated in 1975, includes a large number of items associated with Mrs George Linnaeus Banks (1821–1897), née Isabella Varley, the Manchester schoolmistress and author of The Manchester Man (London : Hurst and Blackett, 1876).

The subject coverage is wide, including items of local history, women’s literature, general and popular fiction, book illustration and juvenilia. Women’s literature is well represented, with works on the theme of etiquette and the role of women in Victorian society.

The whole collection resembles a private library put together in a piecemeal rather than systematic fashion, reflecting the tastes and preoccupations of a collector of diverse interests.

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Further Information:

  • Recorded in Library Search.
  • John P. Tuck, 'Some Sources for the History of Popular Culture in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester,' Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 71 no. 2 (1989), pp. 159-80 (pp. 176-77).

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