Francis Bacon Society Library

The collection

The library of the Francis Bacon Society. It contains about 1,300 books and pamphlets, of which 34 were printed in the sixteenth century, 280 in the seventeenth century, and 164 in the eighteenth century. The library’s primary focus is on books and pamphlets by and about Sir Francis Bacon, or perceived to be related to him in some way. Other holdings include a seventeenth-century set of the works of Jacob Cats and nineteenth-century school textbook editions of Shakespearean plays. A relatively high proportion of books have been annotated by former owners, providing a fascinating personal light into elements of the Baconian theory.

 

The collector

Collected by members of the Francis Bacon Society, including its foundress, Mrs Henry Pott (Constance Mary Fearon Pott, 1833-1915); the Baconian writers Bertram G. Theobald (1871-1940) and Alfred Dodd (all three of whose own works are represented in the collection); and Mrs Vernon Bayley (d. 1949), a Vice-President of the  Society.

 

Acquisition

The bulk of the collection was deposited by the Francis Bacon Society in 1956, with a further, smaller deposit of books made in 2000.

 

Access

Catalogued online 2006/7.To gain an overview of the library, do a mixed classmark search on B.S.
With the exception of books with classmarks ending (SSR), the collection is held off-site and material requires 48 hours (excluding weekends) to be fetched.

 

Related archives

Bacon Society scrapbook, 1937-8 (DLL/2/15); Constance Mary Fearon Pott papers (MS1113); accessions list of 1956 deposit (UoL/UL/5/8/1).

 

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