Percy Collection

Percy Collection Shelving

Percy Collection Shelving

Percy Pamphlets Shelving

Percy Pamphlets Shelving

An Essay on the Ancient English Minstrels (Percy Pamphlet 97)

An Essay on the Ancient English Minstrels (Percy Pamphlet 97)

To All Men of Warre in Generall (Percy Pamphlet 100)

To All Men of Warre in Generall (Percy Pamphlet 100)

The collection also reflects Percy's membership of Samuel Johnson’s 'Literary Club' by including association or presentation copies from Johnson himself, Oliver Goldsmith, Edmond Malone, George Steevens, et al. Percy annotated his books extensively, one of the most interesting of which is a copy of the 3rd edition (1775) of his own work, 'The Reliques of Ancient English Poetry.' A unique item in the library is the earliest known English Gesta Romanorum (Deeds of the Romans), printed by Wynkyn de Worde during the early 16th century.

Strengths

Early English Literture. 16th and 17th century verse. Shakepearean controversies. ballad poetry. Gaelic and Northern Poetry and antiquities. Popular metrical and prose romances of Europe.

Physical characteristics

Approx. 741 volumes and 1,225 pamphlets.

Description or Catalogue

The Thomas Percy Library is catalogued, items are identified by the prefix 'Percy/' or 'Percy Pamph.'. The Library catalogue is accessible at www.qub.ac.uk/lib

Books removed from (and books added to the Library at) Dromore House, since the catalogue was made in 1802. (Ms list; paper watermarked 1810); Books at Dromore House, (Ms cat. Paper watermarked 1808, but probably compiled 1812); Pamphlets [at Dromore House]. Ms cat. 1812; The Library of Thomas Percy…now sold…by Sotheby and Co…23 June 1969, London, Sotheby 1969, 54p; illus (covers only about one-third of the collection); Shane Leslie, ‘The Percy Library,’ The Book-collector’s quarterly, 14 (1934), p11-24;

Created

1500
1811

Collected

1750
1811

Coverage

1509
1808
Custodial History

Purchased at auction by Queen's University Belfast in 1969

Accrual
Accrual Policy
Closed
Accrual Method
Purchase
Accrual Periodicity
Closed
Added by Queen's University Belfast | Last updated on: 26 June 2018