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Bentham Book Collection

Topic(s) covered

Books and pamphlets by, about and owned by Jeremy Bentham.

The title page of Bentham’s Management of the Poor (BENTHAM COLLECTION 2 m 1)


Ca. 500 items

Scope and content

This collection contains first editions of the published writings of the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) as well as books and articles about his work. It also includes presentation copies of Bentham’s works inscribed by the author and a small number of items from Bentham’s own library. The items in this collection date from the 18th to the 20th centuries.


The Bentham Collection comprises of works inscribed by Bentham that were transferred from other collections, most notably the Ogden Collection and the Rotton Collection, as well as editions of Bentham’s own works and reference works about Bentham that were collected to complement the Jeremy Bentham Papers collection.


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