Norman Colbeck was a bookseller who traded from Bournemouth on the south coast of England. Colbeck emigrated to Canada in 1967 where, at UBC Library, he prepared a two-volume catalogue of his collection.
The collection includes material written by and about English and Anglo-Irish poets and essayists of the Romantic, Victorian and Edwardian periods (nineteenth and early twentieth centuries). More than 450 authors of these periods are represented in more than 13,000 volumes. The collection also contains a vast number of presentation and association copies, all preserved in their original state as acquired by Mr. Colbeck over more than 40 years. Significant items include many first editions, special editions, limited editions, and titles of significance in the history of printing (by the Lee Priory, Pickering, Kelmscott, and Cuala Presses), publications of book collectors’ clubs (Sette of Odd Volumes), and little magazines.
The collection is strong in minor writers of the period. Unique items include many rare first editions, special editions, limited editions, association and presentation copies, items significant to the history of printing (by Lee, Priory, Pickering, Kelmscott, and Cuala presses) and publications of the book collectors' club Sette of Odd Volumes.
Want more information about Norman Colbeck? Check out these items held in the UBC Collection:
Ian Fletcher. "The Colbeck Collection." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 32.2 (1989): 223-226. Project MUSE. Information about the Colbeck Collection; requires a UBC CWL
Fredeman, William E. Norman Colbeck., 1999. Biography from the Gale Literature Resource Centre; requires a UBC CWL
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Indexes, Catalogues, and Bibliographies in Print
Colbeck, Norman. A Bookman’s Catalogue: The Norman Colbeck Collection of Nineteenth-Century and Edwardian Poetry and Belles-Lettres in the Special Collections of the University of British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1987.
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Field, Michael (pseud. for Katherine Bradley & Edith Cooper)
Palgrave, Francis Turner, 1824-1897
Raleigh, Sir Walter, 1861-1922
Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1860-1894
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882
Rossetti, William Michael, 1829-1919
Shaw, George Bernard,1856-1950
Sitwell, Dame Edith, 1887-1964
Whistler, James Abbott McNeil, 1834-1903
Yeats, William Butler, 1865-1939
Cuala Press , Formerly Dun Emer Press
English Literature--19th Century
English Literature--20th Century
Pamphlets in the Norman Colbeck Collection
Written by Norman Colbeck