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Percy Online

Thomas Percy (1729-1811), Bishop of Dromore, Co. Down.

This online collection includes volumes from the Percy Collection, the almost intact 18th century library of the author and antiquarian, Thomas Percy (1729-1811), Bishop of Dromore, Co. Down. Described at one time as the finest library in private hands in Ireland, the collection contains monographs, bound volumes of pamphlets and some manuscripts relating principally to English Literature (especially 16th and 17th century verse, Shakespearean controversies, ballad poetry), Gaelic and northern poetry and antiquities, and popular metrical and prose romances of Europe. The collection also reflects Percy's membership of Samuel Johnson’s 'Literary Club' by including association or presentation copies from Johnson himself, Oliver Goldsmith, Edmond Malone, George Steevens, et al.

Percy annotated his books extensively, one of the most interesting of which is a copy of the 3rd edition (1775) of his own work, 'The Reliques of Ancient English Poetry.'

A unique item in the library is the earliest known English Gesta Romanorum (Deeds of the Romans), printed by Wynkyn de Worde during the early 16th century.

A collection level description is available on RASCAL www.rascal.ac.uk

Digitsation of a number of volumes in this collection was made possible by the Ulster-Scots Collectors Project.

 

 

Ulster-Scots Collectors Project

The Ulster-Scots Collectors Project is a research partnership between the Ulster-Scots Agency, The University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast, Special Collections and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities. The project seeks to create an online digitised collection of Ulster-Scots and Scottish literary and linguistic materials based on the collections of four significant Ulster-based collectors: Thomas Percy (1728-1811), Samuel Ferguson (1811-1888), Andrew Gibson (1841-1931), and John Hewitt (1907-1987). 

 

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