John Henry Wrenn Library
The Wrenn Library (6,000 volumes), the first rare book collection acquired by The University of Texas, came to Austin in 1918. Wrenn was a Chicago financier who collected English literaturethe 17th century and the Romantic poets in particular. He purchased many books from the English bibliographer and collector Thomas J. Wise, later identified as a master forger. As a result, the Wrenn Library contains nearly one hundred examples of Wise's spurious 19th-century pamphlets and many copies of 17th-century plays which Wise is known to have "improved" with leaves torn from British Museum copies. High spots include the King's Collection, a separately designated section of the library with the prose pamphlets of John Milton and proclamations of the Stuart Kings from the English Civil War; an extensive collection of 17th-century quarto plays; Shelley's scarce Original Poetry; By Victor and Cazire (1810) as well as other first editions of the major Romantics; and a complete run of Kelmscott Press books.
Printed catalog: A Catalogue of the Library of the Late John Henry Wrenn (Austin, 1920)
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