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Special Collections

Description of Special Collection

Collection Level Description: Maltby Library
University Library

Collection Level Description: Maltby Library

Collection name: Maltby Library
Collection code: Maltby
Date range: 1503-1863
Extent: 1,500 volumes.
Language: English; Latin
Created by: Edward Maltby (1770-1859)
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections

Given by Bishop Edward Maltby (1770-1859), on his retirement from the See of Durham in 1856. The surviving collection contains approximately 1,500 titles, including 50 foreign 16th century books, 9 STC, and 61 Wing. Classical literature, philology, and theology are prominent. There is some science and English literature, including Sir Thomas Browne's Hydriotaphia (1658) with an inscription and corrections by the author, and an excellent run of the Edinburgh Review.
About the creator:
See his entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Previous ownership history:
In 1929, under pressure for space, about a third of the collection was discarded as duplicates of items in other collections or editions of supposedly little interest, some being given to what is now the University of Newcastle, and others sold or discarded.
Open for consultation
Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.
A catalogue of the collection was printed in 1863 Catalogus librorum impressorum quos legavit Universitati Dunelmensi Edwardus Maltby. Now included in the Library's online catalogue: identifiable by the shelfmark Maltby and also retrievable by the following search
Related collections held at Durham:
The only manuscript in the collection (notes by John Taylor (1704-66), on the Greek New Testament) has been relocated as Add. MS 769.
E. A. Varley, "Maltby, Edward (1770–1859)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [, accessed 4 Nov 2008]
Harbord, Elizabeth, Bishop Maltby and his library, ([Durham], 1977).
Catalogus librorum impressorum quos legavit Universitati Dunelmensi Edwardus Maltby (London, 1863)

Index terms

Maltby, Edward, 1770-1859.

Date last modified: 4 November 2008