Small collections of correspondence and manuscripts of the author and essayist Thomas De Quincey, acquired at different times. Edit




  • 1800-1855, undated. (Creation)


  • 88 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Conditions Governing Use

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  • Scope and Contents

    Thomas De Quincey's own letters are written to his family and friends about his work and other activities, finance, and family matters. Letters addressed to him include one from an unnamed American admirer, 1853, (folio 18) which was published in ‘Thomas De Quincey’, pages 103-105, the catalogue of an exhibition held at Dove Cottage and the National Library of Scotland. Most of the manuscripts are fragmentary drafts of unidentified essays, but they include parts of "The English mail-coach' (folio 62: ‘Collected writings of Thomas De Quincey’, edited by D Masson, xiii, pages 317-318) and 'On war' (folio 76: ‘Collected writings’ viii, pages 372-373).

  • Bibliography

    De Quincey, Thomas. ‘Collected writings of Thomas De Quincey’ edited by D Masson (Edinburgh, 1890); ‘Thomas De Quincey’ (Grasmere, 1985).

  • Arrangement

    88 folios.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Folios 11-13, bought, Sotheby's, 21 July 1983, lot 243; folios 62-63, bought, Sotheby's, 4 December 1979, lot 97; the rest bought, 1983-1984.