The Collections: Guide to the Collections: British History
The Lilly Library's in-depth holdings in British history begin with the Astle-Morant collection of some five thousand 17th century pamphlets concerning the Civil War (1642-1649) and continue with other political, historical and economic writings published through the end of Robert Walpole's administration in 1742. Holdings are especially strong for the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714). The emphasis beginning with the 19th century shifts from political to social history, as represented by the Michael Sadleir collection of London low-life, a major collection of works illustrated by George Cruikshank, and numerous books, pamphlets, and government reports related to the social and economic conditions of the time. The development of British law from the middle ages through the 18th century is documented in the outstanding collection of early English law books formed by Judge Morris S. Arnold and by the legal records included in the Parker manuscripts. The Lilly Library also holds a very good collection of printed works and some manuscripts documenting Scottish history from the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, through the Act of Union in 1707.
Related exhibition catalogues include:
- An Exhibit to Commemorate the One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary of the Beginning of the War of 1812 (un-numbered catalogue)
- XXXVII. Scotland Before the Union [ online version available ]
- XXXIX. The Reign of Charles II [ online version available ]
Top: "Goose." Thomas Rowlandson. Cries of London (1799).