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The Anglo-German Collection

Topic(s) covered

Translations into German and English


Ca. 250 items

A translation of Swift's Gulliver's Travels into German (ANGLO-GERMAN COLLECTION 8 d/11)

Scope and content

This small collection consists of translations into German or English of German, Swiss, British and Irish literature, literary criticism and essays. Most of the works were published in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

It includes German translations of Pope's 'Essay on man', Milton's 'Paradise lost' and Macpherson's 'Poems of Ossian', Swift's 'Gulliver's travels' and plays by Shakespeare. The translations into English include plays by Schiller, Goethe's 'Torquato Tasso' and Zimmermann's essays 'Über die Einsamkeit' and 'Von dem Nationalstolze'. In addition there are a few descriptions of the social life and customs of France and Germany, works on German history and descriptions of travels through England and Italy.


The collection incorporates the library of the Anglo-German Academic Bureau (Deutsche-Englische Vermittlungsstelle), which organised student and teacher exchanges between Germany and the UK after the first World War. Almost half of the titles in the collection were donated to the library by John Alexander Wilks (1889-1968), who was UCL Librarian from 1926 to 1954. Most of the works he donated were war damage replacement copies.


The collection is fully catalogued. To browse the records, conduct a shelfmark search for ANGLO-GERMAN on Explore.