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COLERIDGE & LITERARY SOCIETY, 1790-1834
The Papers of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) from the British Library, London

We cover all 81 Coleridge manuscripts from the Additional, Ashley and Egerton manuscripts series in the British Library.  This is the largest and most significant collection of Coleridge material held anywhere. The project includes:

  • The Gutch memorandum book (Add Ms 27901);
  • The Ottery collection (Add Ms 47496-47558), containing all 55 volumes of Coleridge's notebooks, 1794-1834;
  • The ‘Liber Aureus’, from Christ’s Hospital (Ashley Ms 3506) - the notebook kept by James Boyer containing his pupils’ best compositions - featuring work by Coleridge, Lamb, Leigh Hunt, and Valentine Le Grice;
  • The Kubla Khan manuscript (Add Ms 50847);
  • Letters to Fox and Wilberforce (Add Ms 35344);
  • Philosophical lectures (Egerton Ms 3057);
  • ‘Poems on Various Subjects’ 1796-1797.

Even though the notebooks have been well edited by Kathleen Coburn, she confirmed that nothing "short of a photographic reproduction of the pages" would do justice to their arrangement, which provides us with insights into Coleridge's thought, conversation and working practices.

Kubla Khan by Coleridge

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