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Catalogues of Birrell & Garnett, as issued, 1920-1934


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There were three series of catalogues. The small octavo catalogues were general; in the list below, catalogues are small octavo unless otherwise stated. More important books went into a more lavishly printed demy octavo series. This began with five catalogues, each covering a period of English literature from the Elizabethan to the middle of the nineteenth century, and included three catalogues of early newspapers. The quarto catalogues were designed as works of scholarship on specialised subjects, but the only one to be issued was catalogue [21], the catalogue of type specimens. Writing books described in a separate quarto catalogue were sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and to Philip Hofer, before the catalogue was printed. The typescript catalogue is MS. Pollard 85. A catalogue of catalogues was also planned for the quarto series. Some of the material for it is described in The distribution of books by catalogue (1965), pp. xvii-xviii; some of the cards for it are reproduced in MS. Pollard 151, and a few notes are in MS. Pollard 290, fols. 1-3. Three cover designs by Duncan Grant were used in the small octavo series. Catalogues 2-4 are missing from this series, but are in the Bodleian's own collection - [pr. bk.] 2593 d. 27. Catalogue 36 was misnumbered 37, and two different catalogues were numbered 44. The first catalogue with which Pollard was concerned was no. 9.


  • Creation: 1920-1934

Language of Materials

  • English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Pollard 1-44

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom