Austin Dobson Collection

The collection

Almost 640 titles generated by the poet and author (Henry) Austin Dobson (1840-1921; see ODNB). These are divided into multiple editions of books written by Austin Dobson; works edited by him; works to which he contributed; and books containing references to him. Almost every edition of every work written or edited by Dobson is present, together with a major collection of his contributions to newspapers and periodicals. The collection includes copies corrected by Austin Dobson; books with correspondence, notes or press cuttings tipped in; inscription copies; and limited editions. Some of the works to which Dobson contributed are illustrated, e.g. by Gustave Doré, Randolph Caldecott, Hugh Thomson and Charles Brock.


The collector

Based on a collection made by Dobson’s youngest son, the civil servant Alban Tabor Austin Dobson (1885-1962), around a nucleus of material from his father’s own collection (partly inherited, partly bought from the sale of a portion of Austin Dobson’s library at Sotheby’s, 13 March 1922). Alban Dobson managed Austin Dobson’s literary estate and edited some of his work.



The bulk of the collection was donated by Alban Dobson in 1946. It was subsequently enlarged by gifts from Alban’s son, Christopher Selby Austin Dobson, and from other members of the family, and by Library purchases.



Catalogued online 2014. For an overview of the collection, do a mixed classmark search on [A.D.C.]. This will bring up items in order of the categories listed above.
The collection is held off-site and material requires 48 hours (excluding weekends) to be fetched.


Related archives

MS810 (manuscripts and correspondence)


Select publications

[Dobson, Alban], Catalogue of the Collection of the Works of Austin Dobson (1840-1921) (London: University of London Library, 1960)


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