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Daniel Defoe Collection
McMaster University, Mills Memorial Library

Defoe, Daniel; English literature

The collection was established ca 1965. It has been developed over the years through purchases from antiquarian booksellers.

This collection is part of the Eighteenth Century Collection. It consists of a large collection of material by Daniel Defoe who wrote on a wide variety of topics, including history, politics, government, and literature. First and eighteenth century variant editions of Defoe's works are present. Items attributed to Defoe are also included. Present acquisition plans are to purchase every Defoe item when available. Manuscripts are not collected.

English, French, and German language editions, as well as other selected foreign language material.

345 monographs.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued and forms part of the Eighteenth Century Collection catalogue. LC subject headings are used. The material is not classified, and is arranged according to an internal shelving system. The holdings records are currently being converted to the library's online catalogue. Special bibliographies include an annotated copy of Moore's A checklist of the writings of Daniel Defoe (Hamden, Conn. : Archon Books, c1971).

Physical Access
The collection is in a special collections area which is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Only to selected libraries on IUTS.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Library research news. -- Vol. II [i.e. vol. 11], no. 1 (1987). -- Hamilton, Ont. : University Library Press, 1987.