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 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:
Top: "Goose." Thomas Rowlandson. Cries of London (1799).