Foskett Uzanne Collection

The collection

116 volumes, mainly in French but with a few English translations, based around the work of the Parisian writer and bibliophile Octave Uzanne (1852-1931). Uzanne’s works in the collection date from the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. In addition to 38 works with an intellectual contribution by Uzanne, the collection includes several works of French literature, chiefly twentieth-century editions of eighteenth-century texts, some illustrated, and with an erotic bias, by authors whose work Uzanne edited, such as Claude-Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, La Morlière and Réstif de la Bretonne. There are several books from the series “Le coffret du bibliophile” and several published by the Club français du livre. The oldest item in the collection is an edition of Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Héloïse from ca. 1785. Two editions of Uzanne’s Parisiennes de ce temps are presentation copies.


The collector

Collected by Douglas John Foskett (1918-2004), Librarian of the University of London 1978-1983.



Bequeathed by Douglas John Foskett in 2004.



Catalogued online 2004. For an overview of the collection, do a mixed classmark search on [Uzanne].
The collection is held off-site and material requires 48 hours (excluding weekends) to be fetched.


Select publications

Attar, K.E., ‘Douglas Foskett’s Uzanne Collection’, Private Library (Autumn 2005), 111-126.