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Sir E.K. Chambers Shakespeare Collection
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Shakespeare, William; English literature

The collection was purchased in 1954 and consists of some of the books and pamphlets used by Sir Edmund Kercherver Chambers in writing his critical works on Shakespeare.

The collection includes over four hundred books on Shakespeare, his plays, and the Elizabethan theatre; and some two hundred pamphlets, reviews, transcripts of lectures, magazine articles, and brochures, for the period between 1850 and 1950. Some of the books and pamphlets contain annotations and corrections by Chambers. The collection is not expanded but is supplemented by the Rare Book Department's extensive Shakespeare holdings and the McLennan Library's collection.


672 items.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is listed alphabetically by main entry in a separate typed list.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public upon registration with the Department and the presentation of a suitable piece of identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Limited.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.