Gerald Henry Rendall Papers

Scope and Content

Rendall's papers include manuscript notes, typescripts, correspondence and cuttings relating to his work on Shakespeare and also Christmas cards, menus and invitations relating to social events in Liverpool 1880-1897 . Rendall's writings on Shakespeare include Shakespeare sonnets and Edward de Vere (1930), Shake-speare handwriting and spelling (1931), Personal clues in Shakespeare poems & sonnets (1934), Ben Jonson and the First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays (1939), The Ashbourne portrait of Shakespeare (1940) and Lord Oxford as Shakespeare

Administrative / Biographical History

Gerald Henry Rendall (1851-1945), Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge was appointed as the first Principal of University College, Liverpool and Gladstone Professor of Classics and Ancient History on 11 June 1881. He was also Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria University 1891-1895. Oppressed by administrative chores, Rendall offered his resignation as Principal on 14 December 1892, but the appointment of MacCunn as Vice-Principal and the provision of secretarial assistance kept him at Liverpool until December 1897, when he left to become Headmaster of Charterhouse. Shortly after leaving the University, he was ordained, and on his retirement from Charterhouse in 1911, he settled in Dedham, Essex, where he became an honorary Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral and published a series of books on Shakespeare. He died in 1945, bequeathing to the Library the book collection he had built up in the course of his research on Marcus Aurelius, which culminated in his acclaimed translation of the Meditations - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to himself, with introductory study on stoicism and the last of the stoics (Macmillan, 1898), and his Shakespeareana collection.


GHR 1: Invitations, programmes, etc for Liverpool social events 1880-1898

GHR 2: Shakespeareana

Access Information

Access is open to bona fide researchers

Acquisition Information

Given by Gerald Henry Rendall, died 4 January 1945. Entered in Library Gift Accession Registers [A197/D/2/3-4] 13 Jan. 1943 and 3 July 1945

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Reproduction and licensing rules available on request

Related Material

Held at the University of Liverpool

In the Unniversity Archives: Papers of Revd Canon G H Rendall

P.3/20 (3 letters re Owen Templeman Prize from R. Alfred Hampson to Rendall and Prof. Meyer, dated 1897; P.6A/2/3 (letters to Rendall re the formation of the Board of Legal Studies, 1892, 1886; S.2613 (Minutes of Court of University College 17 Dec. 1881-2 May 1903).

Marcus Aurelius Collection which comprises Rendall's research collection of 150 sixteenth-nineteenth century editions of Marcus Aurelius, particularly translations of the Meditations, and books and pamphlets relating to him and to the Stoic philosophy, some of which have Rendall's notes. In addition to the post of Principal, Rendall held the Gladstone chair of Classics and Ancient History and found time to publish an acclaimed translation of Meditation - Marcus Aurelius Antonius to himself with introductory study on stoicism and the last stoics (Macmillan, 1898).

Rendall's Shakespeare Collection of more than 100 books and pamphlets reflecting contemporary approaches to Shakespeare, many with his annotations and review cuttings.

A bust (1897) by C.J Allen is held by the University of Liverpool Art Collections


Kelly, ThomasFor Advancement of Learning: The University of Liverpool 1881-1981Liverpool University Press, 1981