This manuscript catalogue records book and maps housed in the library at Toft Hall near Knutsford, Cheshire. The catalogue is undated, but the paper is watermarked 1823, implying a date around 1823-1830, when the hall was owned by Ralph Leycester (1764-1835), MP for Shaftesbury. There are some later additions and amendments. The catalogue is divided into two sections: a main alphabetical author/title sequence, including size, number of volumes and shelf location; and, beginning at the back of the volume, a listing in shelf order. There were twenty-two presses, labelled A-I, K-W, with either five (in the case of presses A-F, S and T) or six shelves per press; W is described as 'the stand-up', with only three shelves. Books were shelved by size, duodecimos on the topmost shelves, folios at the bottom. The books recorded are representative of a mixed eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century country house library, comprising works on theology, gardening, politics, travel, Classical and English literature, and history.
The catalogue also records 'Maps & Plans in the large Map Case, made of the American Cherry Tree' and 'Maps & Plans in the Small Map Case, made of the American Cherry Tree'. The maps and plans cover Africa, India, North America, Europe and Great Britain, and range in date from 1743 to 1813.