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Special Collections

Description of Special Collection

Collection Level Description: Winterbottom Collection
University Library

Collection Level Description: Winterbottom Collection

Collection name: Winterbottom Collection
Collection code: Winterbottom
Date range: 15th-19th century
Extent: 1,625 volumes
Language: English; Latin; French; German; Italian
Created by: Thomas Masterman Winterbottom (1766-1859), physician, of South Shields
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections

Part of the library of Thomas Masterman Winterbottom (1766-1859), physician, of South Shields.
The collection contains approximately 1,600 titles, largely 18th and 19th century editions, but also including 7 incunabula, 16 STC and 9 Wing items. Travel literature, especially on Africa and Asia, and natural science are strengths. There is a small but interesting representation of French, German and Italian literature.
The only manuscript in the collection is a catalogue of Winterbottom's library made while it was still at South Shields.
About the creator:

Previous ownership history:
Winterbottom bequeathed his medical books to the General Infirmary at Newcastle, whence a surviving residue has descended to the University Library there. He bequeathed his other books to the University of Durham. The books left to Newcastle were seriously diminished by fire and damp. Those which came to Durham were drastically reduced in 1926, when under pressure for space many items thought to be duplicated in other collections and editions thought to be superseded were discarded; some of the disposals were given to Newcastle.
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.
The collection is in the main catalogue. To restrict the search to this collection, use the following URL
E. I. Carlyle, "Winterbottom, Thomas Masterman (1766–1859)", rev. Patrick Wallis, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 14 Jan 2009]
J.S. Emmerson, "On the Gallery" (account of medical collection, including Winterbottom's, in Newcastle University Library), University of Durham Medical Gazette, 47 (1953), 24-7.
J.S. Emmerson, "Thomas Masterman Winterbottom, MD", ibid, 49 (1955), 23-7.
S.W.S. Menzies, "Thomas Masterman Winterbottom MD, 1766-1859" in Medicine in Northumbria, (Newcastle upon Tyne, Pybus Society, 1993), pp.193-210.
S.W.S. Menzies, "The life and work of Thomas Masterman Winterbottom MD, 1766-1859", University of Newcastle upon Tyne M.Litt. thesis, 2001.

Index terms

Winterbottom, Thomas Masterman, 1766-1859.

Date last modified: 14 January 2009