Moore Collection

Thomas Moore, Moore's Irish Melodies, 1876, Cover (Moore PR5054.I7 1876a)

Thomas Moore, Moore's Irish Melodies, 1876, Cover (Moore PR5054.I7 1876a)

Thomas Moore, Irish Melodies, 1856. Opened at Illustrated Inside Cover (Moore PR5054.I7 1856a)

Thomas Moore, Irish Melodies, 1856. Opened at Illustrated Inside Cover (Moore PR5054.I7 1856a)

Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh:An Oriental Romance, 1860, Cover (Moore PR5054.L1 1860a)

Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh:An Oriental Romance, 1860, Cover (Moore PR5054.L1 1860a)

Thomas Moore, The Epicurean, a Tale and Alciphron, a Poem, 1877 (Moore PR5054.E1 1877a)

Thomas Moore, The Epicurean, a Tale and Alciphron, a Poem, 1877 (Moore PR5054.E1 1877a)

Thomas Moore, The Dream of Home: a Ballad, 1837, p1 (Moore M425 SONG)

Thomas Moore, The Dream of Home: a Ballad, 1837, p1 (Moore M425 SONG)

Special collection of books etc, by, or relating to, the Irish poet, satirist, composer, and musician, Thomas Moore (1779-1852). Born in Dublin to Roman Catholic parents in 1779, Thomas Moore went on to become one of Ireland's most popular writers, regarded at the time, as Ireland's national lyricist. Remembered principally for his Irish Melodies, which appeared in numerous editions from 1807-34, he produced quite a substantial portfolio of work of poetic satire, verse, prose and biography, enjoying both financial and literary success during his own lifetime. The core of this particular collection was assembled by the Belfast collector, Andrew Gibson (fl. 1904-1927) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It consists of many early editions of Moore's work, reflecting the various genres in which he excelled. Included can be found editions of Moore's Irish Melodies, sheet music and other works, some bound in fine and ornate bindings, while still others decorated by some of the most prominent illustrators of the 19th century. Since its acquisition in 1960 (from the P.D. Massie Estate), Queen's has continued to supplement the collection with the addition of various titles relating to Moore, his life and his writing. Modern criticisms, commentaries, musical arrangements and biographies are well represented.

Strengths

The strength of the Gibson-Massie Moore Collection lies in the completeness of its subject matter. Thomas Moore was a significant figure in the 19th century, and his work, in its various editions and formats, are well represented. The collection will be of interest to scholars of Thomas Moore and to students of music, literature and history. In addition to his musical reputation, it is notable that Moore was associated with Lord Byron and Lord John Russell. He was also responsible for biographies on Byron, Lord Edward Fitzgerald and Sheridan. Items within the collection provide comment on these, as well as providing an insight into life during the early 19th century and beyond.

Physical characteristics

The collection currently contains approx. 966 volumes including monographs, sheet music etc, and 1 CD recording.

Description or Catalogue

Details of the Gibson-Massie Moore Collection can be found on the QUB on-line catalogue (QCAT) within the Special Collections sub-division. Books are identified with the prefix 'Moore.' It is accessible at www.qub.ac.uk/lib

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Custodial History

Andrew Gibson assembed this collection. The collection was deposited at Queen's in 1960 by P.D. Massie. Mr Massie, a solicitor, took possession of Andrew Gibson's house in 1949. Mr Gibson's house lay vacant from 1931, when he died, until 1949.

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Passive
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Purchase
Donation
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Irregular
Added by Queen's University Belfast | Last updated on: 28 May 2018