Rothschild Manuscripts

A list of manuscripts in this collection can be viewed here. The page gives a list of the manuscripts along with descriptions and links to view the digitised manuscripts. The descriptions have been reproduced from the printed catalogue: The Rothschild Library, A Catalogue of the Collection of eighteenth-Century Printed Books and Manuscripts Formed by Lord Rothschild. Cambridge University Press, 1954 (privately printed). The entries are arranged in alphabetical order by author.


Nathaniel Mayer (Victor) Rothschild (1910-1990) began collecting books and manuscripts in 1932, when he was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read physiology, French, and English. The collection is made up of 18th century first editions, bindings and manuscripts and is particularly rich in works by Jonathan Swift and Swiftiana. It was donated to Trinity College Library by Lord Rothschild in 1969.