19th Century Collection

Subject strengths: General, Children's Literature, Literature, Book History

The 19th Century Collection of books published 1800-1899, is broad in subject coverage but English literature is well-represented with works by such authors as Browning, Tennyson, Rossetti, Dickens, Crabbe, Swinburne, Meredith, Kipling and Eliot in the collection, as well as works by some lesser-known nineteenth-century writers and some nineteenth-century editions of earlier works.

The collection includes first editions of Lewis Carroll's last novel for children, Sylvia and Bruno (1899), and of The Hunting of the Snark (1876). There is also local history material, such as local auction catalogues and C. Hindley's The history of the Catnach Press: at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnwick, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in Northumberland, and Seven Dials, London (1887) and some general history, natural history, travel accounts and nineteenth-century editions of Ancient Greek and Latin classical works.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: 19th Century Collection

Library Search Collection Ref Code: 19th C. Coll

Date Range of Material

1800 - 1899

Type of Material

Rare book collection

Size of Collection

481 Linear Metres of shelving 

How To Order Items From This Collection

The books within this collection are described within the Newcastle University Library Search and can be ordered directly from the catalogue.

This link to the Library Search will show a list of all the items within the collection. Please note this link is available to members of the public as well as University staff and students.

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Other Resources

Material from this collection was used in our Treasures of the Month feature for March 2007, November 2007, December 2009January 2010, October 2010, November 2010, December 2010, March 2011, July 2011, June 2012March 2013, November 2015, August 2017, August 2019, and February 2020

Material from this collection have been included in the following exhibitions: Reivers and Heroes: Borders in the Romantic Age, The Armstrong Effect: The life and legacy of Lord ArmstrongBooks We Forgot to Remember: The radical tradition on British children's literature of the early twentieth century, and The Blaydon Brick: Joseph Cowen.

See more digitised content from this collection at CollectionsCaptured.