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Scope by Area: 18th century

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Collecting Scope by Area: Eighteenth century



After 1714, the Folger limits eighteenth-century acquisitions to items relating to Shakespeare and the British stage, or items that otherwise support our strengths in the areas of local history and publishing and printing history. This includes foreign language sources for plays adapted into English in the eighteenth century.

 

Current and emerging strengths to be collected comprehensively

  • Material by and about:
    • Mary Astell, 1668–1731
    • Susanna Centlivre, 1667?–1723
    • Colley Cibber, 1671–1757
    • Mrs. (Catherine) Clive, 1711–1785
    • George Colman (the younger), 1762–1836
    • George Colman (the elder), 1732–1794
    • William Congreve, 1670–1729
    • David Garrick, 1717–1779
    • Eva Maria Garrick, 1724–1822
    • Mrs. (Elizabeth) Inchbald, 1753–1821
    • William Henry Ireland, 1777–1835
    • Sarah Siddons, 1755–1831
    • Nahum Tate, 1652–1715
    • Sir John Vanbrugh, 1664–1726
  • British stage
  • British playbills
    (with priority to Drury Lane, Covent Garden, Shakespeare)
  • Shakespeare playbills
    (from anywhere in any language)

Current and emerging strengths to be collected only as they relate to Shakespeare or the British stage

  • Material by and about:
    • Joseph Addison, 1672–1719
    • Charles Burney, 1726–1814
    • Fanny Burney, 1752–1840
    • Edward Capell, 1713–1781
    • John Cawse, ca.1779–1862
    • Daniel Defoe, 1661?–1731
    • Henry Fielding, 1707–1754
    • Henry Fuseli, 1741–1825
    • William Hamilton, 1750 or 1751–1801
    • William Hogarth, 1697–1764
    • Thomas Holcroft, 1745–1809
    • Samuel Ireland, d. 1800
    • Samuel Johnson, 1709–1784
    • Edmond Malone, 1741–1812
    • Hannah More, 1745–1833
    • Alexander Pope, 1688–1744
    • George Romney, 1734–1802
    • Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1751–1816
    • Robert Smirke, 1752–1845
    • Richard Steele, 1672–1729
    • George Steevens, 1736–1800
    • Jonathan Swift, 1667–1745
    • Richard Westall, 1766–1836
    • John Masey Wright, 1777–1866

 
 

Out of scope

  • colonial history
  • French Revolution
  • Mary Wollstoncraft
  • the novel
  • post–1714 continental books
    (unless they relate to Shakespeare or the British stage, or consist of biographical and bibliographical materials that pertain to the strengths of the collection)
  • post–1714 English works of sermons, trade and commerce, acts of Parliament, and political tracts



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