The collection

82 volumes of English children’s fiction printed between 1865 to 1918, primarily with an evangelical bent. All have a bookplate or inscription showing them to have been presented as prizes, chiefly Sunday School ones. Most are illustrated, and most are bound in unexceptional but attractive and typical pictorial Victorian cloth bindings. Several are publications of the Religious Tract Society or the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Most are by popular religious writers such as Fredrika Bremer, Maria Cummins, Hesba Stretton, Elizabeth Wetherell, and Mrs O.F. Walton. Common in their day, several are now scarce in academic libraries.


The collector

Collected by John Henry Pyle Pafford (1900-1996), Librarian of the University of London 1945-1967 (see obituaries in the University of London archive, ULC/PC43/5).



Donated by Pafford in the late 1970s or early 1980s.



For an overview of the collection, do a mixed classmark search on [Prize]. Books are arranged in alphabetical order by author’s surname.
The collection is held off-site and material requires 48 hours (excluding weekends) to be fetched.