ABL Rare Collection

ABL Rare Books

  • First editions of all of the works of both Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; subsequent editions published during their lifetimes; numerous Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning presentation, inscribed, and association copies; rare titles concerning the Brownings and their works.

  • Rare books by and about members of the Brownings' circle of friends, acquaintances, and contemporaries, notably those of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • One of the most important resources for Matthew Arnold research in the USA comprising first and successive editions of his published works and eighty-four titles, annotated and marked, from his personal library. Click the links below to see a list of these collections, provided by BearCat, the Baylor University Libraries' Online Catalog:


Browning Music

  • 1,500 music scores which constitute a nearly complete collection of every verse by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning set to music as well as music related to or associated with their poetry.


Pre-1901 Periodicals

  • Meynell Collection Periodicals--approximately 300 periodical issues or articles from the personal libraries of Robert and/or Elizabeth Barrett Browining and their immediate families.

  • Hundreds of single periodical issues or articles containing reviews or criticism and interpretation of the Brownings' works or other information concerning the Brownings.

  • Approximately 6,000 bound humanities-related periodical volumes published before 1901 which contain a wealth of information on the nineteenth century.


Stokes Shakespeare Collection

  • The gift of William N. Stokes, Jr., the Stokes Shakespeare Collection is a collection of over 180 titles, including significant eighteenth-century editions of Shakespeare as well as works relating to the Bacon-Shakespeare authorship controversy. BearCat, the Baylor University Libraries' Online Catalog, provides a list of the books in this collection, which can be sorted by author, title, or year of publication. Click HERE to see the list.