Travers Collection

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 335 books

Administrative / Biographical History

Michael Travers created a collection of books ranging from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The collection has 2 main themes, which are the impact of the printing press and the development of modern culture. It includes a Polychronicon printed by Caxton and rebound by Douglas Cockerall and a collection of 24 incunabula, most of which are in contemporary binding. The collection of 335 volumes represents a select portion of Michael Travers' library.

Access Information

Items in the collection may be consulted for the purpose of private study and personal research, within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Special Collections Reading Rooms.

Acquisition Information

In 1978, Michael Travers' widow presented the rare book collection to the Library at the University of Sussex.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue of the Travers Collection / Jeremy M. Potter, 1990. The collection is also listed on the Special Collections web site.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Ellen Scaife.

Conditions Governing Use

COPIES FOR PRIVATE STUDY: Subject to copyright, conditions imposed by owners and protecting the documents, the Library can supply, at a charge, photocopies, photographs or digital copies.

PUBLICATION: A reader wishing to publish material in the collection should contact the Head of Special Collections, in writing. The reader is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the copyright owner.

Related Material

  • Baker Collection of Books
  • Gilbert Foyle Dickens Collection
  • Caffyn Collection


Catalogue of the Travers Collection / Jeremy M. Potter, 1990.