941 volumes, mostly in English and dating from the twentieth century, devoted to drama: both works about the theatre, and editions of plays written between the sixteenth and the twentieth centuries. The collection’s particular strength is Shakespeareana, including editions of Shakespeare’s plays in several series, contemporary dramas such as Malone Society publications, and supporting studies and works of criticism. Noteworthy features are volumes of the Arden Shakespeare annotated by Granville-Barker; presentation copies to Granville-Barker; illustrated editions of Shakespeare produced by Ernest Benn; about 75 late-eighteenth-century plays published by John Bell; and a few limited editions.
The collector: Primarily the playwright, actor and theatre director Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946; see ODNB). Smaller quantities of books were given to the British Institute in Paris in 1937 by Frederick Nathan, of whom no further is known, and by the British Council.
Transferred from the University of London Institute in Paris, 2011.
Catalogued online, 2013. For an overview of the collection, do a mixed classmark search on [G.-B.C.].
The collection is held off-site and material requires 48 hours (excluding weekends) to be fetched.
Correspondence within the Sturge Moore papers (MS978); MS1194, typescript play owned by Granville-Barker.