Manchester City Council

Coleridge collection

  1. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an early 19th-century English poet, literary critic and philosopher. 

    This collection belonged to John Albert Green, the librarian from 1895 of the then independent Moss Side Library. He persuaded several local and international collectors as well as relatives of famous authors to donate their collections to our library. As a result he created the Moss Side collection which is made up of: Gaskell, De Quincey, Gleave Bronte collections.

  2. What's available

    We hold:

    • first editions of Coleridge's works and books about Coleridge, many with only incidental references and anecdotes. The collection contains no material dated after 1930
    • almost complete sets of collected editions from before 1930
    • 50 editions of The rime of the ancient mariner and early editions of other works
    • newspaper cuttings
    • a large collection of portraits including a proof given by his grandson
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  3. How to access

    Ask a member of staff in the Central Library search room to see a bibliography based on the whole collection (we don't hold all items). 

    You can also look at items from the collection in the search room, please make an appointment (with at least one day notice).

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