To follow up on a previous post (Book Collections – Alice in Wonderland), I have been researching book collections/collectors. I discovered that the University of British Columbia’s Rare Books and Special Collections Department has over 200 editions in their Alice Collection and over 500 other items which certainly puts my mere 15 to shame.
The Robert D. Fellman Dickens Collection includes more than 150 volumes of Dickens’ writings (including first editions). I have a small collection that I am quite proud of. They look fairly old, I don’t know when they were published. To have a first edition would be remarkable but unfortunately way out of my price range.
Another collection that I have been working on is attempting to obtain as many Enid Blyton books as I possibly can. At the moment I have around 50. She wrote over 150 novels alone so I have quite a way to go. The Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s books purchased an Enid Bylton collection from her eldest daughters Estate which included an unpublished novel.
He is perhaps my book collecting inspiration. His private collection consists of over 160,000 items with some printed before the 1500s. One day I hope to view the collection which is located in Switzerland at the Fondation Martin Bodmer World Literature Library.
Can any one else provide any information on book collections?