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Jonathan Swift Collection
McMaster University, Mills Memorial Library

Swift, Jonathan; Irish literature

The collection was established ca 1965. It forms part of the Eighteenth Century Collection. A major acquisition was the Barry Brown collection in 1969.

The collection contains first and variant editions, and translations of Jonathan Swift's works. The emphasis is on eighteenth century editions although holdings are also strong in nineteenth century editions. Some important items include the A, AA, and B editions of Gulliver's travels. Manuscript material is excluded from the collection. Swift items are acquired when available.

English and French predominate. German and Italian editions of Swift's works are also collected.

400 monographs.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in the Eighteenth Century card catalogue. LC subject headings are used. The material is arranged according to internal shelving location numbers. The holdings are currently being converted to the library's online catalogue. The holdings are recorded in the National Library Union Catalogue. Special bibliographies include an annotated copy of A bibliography of the writings of Jonathan Swift by Teerink and Scouten (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 1963).

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
None at present.