The collection

Currently comprises around 60 volumes from the 17th to the 21st centuries. While the majority are works of English prose, poetry and drama (by writers such as Joseph Addison, Richard Glover and Samuel Richardson), the collection also covers works of theology, moral guidance, logic, natural history, juvenile literature, and translations from classical authors. In addition to texts in English, the collection contains a few works in French and Italian. Most of the volumes are in contemporary bindings and several are illustrated. Of particular note is a volume of five rare 18th-century plays by Ambrose Philips, John Banks, Aaron Hill, Richard Steele and George Farquhar.


The collectors

Yvonne Cory (née Hales) (1928-2008) began collecting books while studying English at Somerville College, Oxford. She worked in publishing before marriage and subsequently the collection developed with a view to recreating a library of the ‘Age of Enlightenment’ in the family home in the Cathedral Close in Salisbury. Cory’s daughter Dr Emma Jane Robinson (University of London Librarian 1994-2003) inherited much of the older material, and has added items from her own collection and those from other members of the family.



Donated by Dr Emma Jane Robinson in 2013.



Catalogued online 2013. For an overview of the collection, do a mixed classmark search on [Cory] or an author search on “Cory, Yvonne, 1928-2008” or “Robinson, Emma Jane, 1953-” as former owners.
The collection is held off-site and material requires 48 hours (excluding weekends) to be fetched.