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Redpath Tracts
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Great Britain--History--16th-19th centuries; Great Britain--Politics and government--16th-l9th centuries

Established ca 1900, the collection has as its nucleus forty volumes of political pamphlets gathered by Sir John Bramston, M.P.(1611-1700). To this core, acquired by Mrs. Peter Redpath of Montreal in 1901, were added a series of tracts given by Peter Redpath in 1880 and another series given by Mrs. Redpath in 1903. Extensive additions have been made since.

The collection consists of tracts and pamphlets, divided into nine series, illustrating the religious, political, literary, scientific, and social history of the British Isles during the period 1561-1900. Representative of the collection's contents are the extensive holdings on the Popish plots in Series V and other series (1678-1700); the twenty volumes of marine tracts of Series VI (1703-1862); the forty two volumes of the Siemens collection of scientific pamphlets in Series III (1848-1881); and the six volumes of tracts by William Prynne in Series III (1629-1668). There is some nineteenth century North American and European material in the collection.


20,090 pamphlets.

Bibliographic Access
Most of the collection is uncatalogued except for Series III, 1800-1900, which has 1807 main entries on MUSE (McGill Libraries Online Catalogue). For the other series, chronological and alphabetical card files provide access. Partial holdings are recorded in Donald Wing's Short title catalogue [...] (1972), and in ESTC.

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
Bell, Allan. -- "Munificent, Wise and Thoughtful Gifts: Grace and Peter Redpath and the Redpath Tracts". -- Fontanus VI. -- (1993),45-67.