Alexander Ireland (1809-1894) came to our city in 1843 and became managing partner of the Manchester Examiner. He had previously lived in Edinburgh where he formed friendships with many leading British writers of the day – William Hazlitt, James Leigh Hunt, Thomas Carlyle, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles and Mary Lamb.
We hold a collection of books and papers relating to 19th century essayists that were collated by Ireland throughout his life. Coverage of authors vary but contains many first editions of their works and other rare material.
There are also annotated and autographed editions, original copies of letters, as well as biographies and cuttings.
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