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British Popular Fiction 1770-1830
University of Alberta, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library

English literature; Children's literature

The collection was established in 1972. The core of this collection is from the library of the Duke of Cumberland. His library included eight hundred three-decker novels.

The collection includes minor and anonymous authors of three-decker novels. Gothic tales, fairy tales, literary anthologies, short-lived literary periodicals, chapbooks, and religious tracts in fictional form make up the collection and provide the context within which the major English novelists were published and read. Major novelists of the time, such as Austen, Sterne, and Richardson, are excluded (although present in other Peel Collections). The collection includes translations of lesser European fiction writers published in England; an extensive collection of rare monographs; and Minerva Press novels, with some 170 at present extremely rare. The library is continuing to augment the collection.

English predominates.

3,300 monographs.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is fully catalogued on OPAC.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.