The Dryden Collection, purchased in 1940, is a collection of approximately five hundred volumes that includes a fine representation of the early editions of the works of John Dryden (1631–1700), with associated contemporary items.
These include plays for which Dryden wrote prologues, epilogues, or other notes, his translations, and books mentioning Dryden and literary controversies in which he was involved. Represented in contemporary editions are Beaumont and Fletcher, Collier, Lansdowne, Settle, and Shadwell. Biographical and critical works complete the collection.
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