General collection of 18th century books and pamphlets. The collection relates to a wide variety of subject areas representative of the interests and pre-occupations of writers of this period and the collecting concerns of QUB library. History, politics, religion, language and literature are all well represented within. One particular collection of note concerns the series of pamphlets maintained by the Irish politician and statesman, John Foster (1740-1828), best known as the last Speaker of the Irish House of Commons
These pamphlets convey a unique sense of the political life, arguments and events that shaped 18th century Ireland, in particular leading up to the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. The Collection is also strong in titles by the poet Allan Ramsey (1686-1758) formerly collected by Andrew Gibson (fl. 1904-27) of Belfast, a former Governor of the Belfast Library and Society for Promoting Knowledge.
The collection is strong for works dating from 18th century. Material concerning subjects and happenings of this period are therefore well represented. The John Foster Pamphlet Collection and Gibson's collection of Allan Ramsey titles are of particular interest.
Approx 7614 items comprising folios, pamphlets, quartos and volumes. English; Latin; French;
Details of the Early Printed Book Collection can be found on the QUB on-line catalogue (QCAT), prefixed by lower case "w".
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