May 22, 2022

Stanford University Libraries Completes the Cataloging of Edwardian Novel Collection, Digitization of Books Now Underway

From Stanford Libraries:

Special Collections’ Rare Book Cataloging Unit has just wrapped up the cataloging of a large collection of Edwardian novels (British novels published between 1890-1920). The books are now in the process of being digitized, after which they will be available for study both online and in person in the Special Collections reading room.


This project began in early 2017 when Rebecca Wingfield, Curator for American and British Literature, acquired the collection of 1200 novels from Jarndyce Booksellers in London.


This collection has many charms. The most obvious are the colorful and often entertaining publishers’ cloth bindings. These are decorated with stamped borders and illustrations in various colors, and sometimes with printed paper illustrations laid onto the cloth. In rare cases, the printed paper dust jackets are preserved, and a few of the cover designs are signed by the designer.


While the physical books and the digital surrogates are not yet available for study, the catalog records for the entire collection can be viewed by searching the online catalog for “Collection of British Novels, circa 1890-1920.

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