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Stokes, Whitley: Collection

2,800 vols

The library of Whitley Stokes (1830-1909) the Indian legal administrator and folklorist was presented to the College in 1910 by his daughters. The collection numbers some 2,800 volumes and deals mainly with Celtic subjects, folklore, folk literature, philology, and oriental religions. Apart from many scarce books, the most interesting feature of the collection is the large number of autograph letters inserted in the books from Whitley Stokes himself and Dr. Kuno Meyer, who taught Celtic in the College between 1908 and 1913, and from philologists such as W.O.E. Windish, A. Bezzenberger, M.H. d'Arbois de Jubainville, G.I. Ascoli, V. Henry, H. Zimmer and F. Max Muller. There is a typescript handlist of the books containing autograph letters. There are also some personal papers of Whitley Stokes in the manuscript collections.