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Thomas Chatterton Collection

In 1991 Rare Books acquired this Thomas Chatterton Collection containing books by and about the English poet Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770). The collection of forty-nine items includes first editions of The Auction: A Poem (1770), The Execution of Sir Charles Bawdin (1772) and The Revenge (1795); and a copy of the second edition of the Poems, Supposed to Have Been Written at Bristol, By Thomas Rowley (1778 — the first and third were already among holdings of Rare Books). As well, there is a copy of Sir Herbert Croft's scarce novel Love and Madness (3rd ed., 1780) which prints some of Chatterton's letters; several books and pamphlets on the Rowley controversy; and many later editions of Chatterton's poems, as well as biographical and critical works.

Records for the holdings are in the McGill Library on-line catalogue.


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