Baron Collection

The Baron Collection consists of 800 items of lithographed music. Most were printed in continental Europe between 1799 and about 1850.

The collection was formed originally by Hermann Baron (1914-1989), the music dealer and bookseller. It was acquired by the University Library in 1988. 

Additions are occasionally made to the collection.

[Illustration, right, taken from Washing day : a proper new ballad for wet weather]

More information

  • Two handlists of the collection are available:

    Handlist 1 (PDF) lists items from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France and Germany.

    Handlist 2 (PDF) lists items from Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

  • Most items are described in Early lithographed music: a study based on the H. Baron collection by Michael Twyman, 1996 (Special Collections Reference (shelved in the reading room) 686.284-TWY).
    Some items are also described in Early lithographed books by Michael Twyman, 1990 (University Library 655.325-TWY and Special Collections open access reference collection (open access library corridor) 655.325-TWY)

music, printing history printed books (pre-1850), printed music baron collection

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