Books, formerly the property of Samuel Butler

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Printed volumes owned by Samuel Butler. Butler believed he possessed 'the smallest library of any man in London who is by way of being literary' (letter to Robert Bridges, 6 February 1900). In his will he bequeathed his book collection to his nephew, Henry Thomas Butler, who gave it to Henry Festing Jones. Some of the volumes were taken by R.A. Streatfeild (Butler's literary executor) and a few were lost in transit; the remainder are in the St John's College collection [see note in Henry Festing Jones's 1921 catalogue, p.35]. Shelved volumes in this section are catalogued on iDiscover (

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