Probably the world's largest collection of Thomas Moore's published literary and musical works, amassed by Andrew Gibson, Belfast. containing over 1,000 volumes, the collection comprises Moore's poetry, lyrics, fiction and satire, frequently in a full sequence of first to late editions. Of particular note the selection of over 200 volumes of Irish Melodies in various editions, 71 editions of Lalla Rookh and three rare editions of Odes upon Cash, Corn, Catholics and other matters (1828, 1829).
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.
The strength of the 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.
The collection currently contains approx. 966 volumes including monographs, sheet music etc, and 1 CD recording.
Details of the 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
Queen's University Belfast has legal ownership of this collection.
Andrew Gibson assembled this collection. P. D. Massie discovered the books and manuscripts in 1949 when he purchased Andrew Gibson’s house, which had lain derelict since Gibson's death in 1931. Massie offered Queen’s University Belfast the opportunity to purchase the collection. The Library at Queen’s University Belfast agreed and purchased the collection in May 1960.
The Moore material that Gibson collected is held within the Moore Collection; the remainder of Gibson's book and manuscript collection is known as the Gibson-Massie Collection MS 37.