Edward Gordon Duff: Sandars Lectures

Scope and Content

'Printers, Stationers and Bookbinders of Westminster and London from 1476 to 1535', the Sandars Lectures for 1899 and 1904, 204 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Gordon Duff (1863-1924) was born in Liverpool on 16 February 1863, the son of Robert Duff. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A., 1887), before becoming the librarian of the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1893-1900. He resigned in 1900 in order to devote his time to bibliographical work, and produced many works on printing and bookbinding. Duff was president of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 1899-1900, and the Sandars reader in bibliography at Cambridge University in 1898-1899, 1903-1904 and 1910-1911. He died on 28 September 1924.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Edward Gordon Duff, 1899-1904.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Duff in Who was who, Vol. II, 1916-1928 (London, 1967), p. 307.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other lectures and papers of Duff, MSS.Add.4230, 4542, 5126 and 7610-7612.


The lectures were printed together by Cambridge University Press in 1906.

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