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The Book Collection

Watercolour of the library by John Chessel Buckler, 1820For the Egerton family, the Library was an academic as well as a recreational resource.

The main library contains approximately 5000 volumes, with a further 4,000 volumes kept elsewhere within the house. The earliest printed book is a copy of ‘Vitruvius Iterum et Frontis a Jocundo Revisi Repurgatique Quantium ex Collonatione Licuit’ (Florence: 1513).

A watercolour of the Library, painted by John Chessel Buckler in 1820 shows a plainer design to the current décor after Mansion alterations had just been completed.  After the ceiling had been damaged, the plasterwork was replaced with the present design in the 19th century.

Amongst the treasures in the Library collection is a set of four volumes of Japanese woodblock prints dating from the 19th century which were probably bought back from Japan by Wilbraham, Earl Egerton, who visited Japan in the 1850’s. These beautiful albums show vivid images of Japanese culture, including prints of Samurai, wrestlers, battle scenes and Japanese “beauties”.

The Library has a huge variety of subject matters and languages – French, German, Swiss, Russian, Japanese to name a few. Designed for comfort and utility, the library is south facing with five huge windows which take advantage of the natural light and commands spectacular views across the Cheshire countryside to Bosley Cloud, some 13 miles away.

Recently, a 17th century notebook in the collection by Nehemiah Wallington was digitised by John Rylands Library Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care.


Romantic Poetry on the Tatton Park Library Shelves

If you'd like to learn more about the Romantic Literature that forms part of our extensive collection, click through the links below. These digital exhibits were produced by students taking a Romantic literature module as part of the English Literature programme at Keele University.

They attended a workshop at Tatton Park Library, led by the Mansion and Collections Managers, Carolyn Latham and Vicky Rowbotham, where they received insights into how their degree skills could be utilised in the heritage and leisure sectors.

Byron, 'Stanzas to the Po'

Wordsworth, 'There was a Boy'

Smith, 'On the Departure of the Nightingale'

Wordsworth, 'Daffodils'

Smith'On the Departure of the Nightingale'

Smith'Sonnet V' 

Wordsworth, 'To a Sexton'