Document ReferenceCPC
TitleCoventry Patmore Collection (printed books)
Date1823-20th century
ExtentOver 100 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistoryCoventry Patmore (1823-1896) began writing at an early age and his first poems were published in 1844.

In 1847 Patmore married Emily Andrews (1824-1862) who bore him six children. In 1864 he became a Roman Catholic, and in the same year married his second wife, Mary Byles (1822-1880). He began his friendship with the architect Basil Champneys, who subsequently edited Patmore's 'Memoirs and Correspondence' (1900). In 1865 Patmore resigned his post in the printed book department at the British Museum and bought the Heron's Ghyll estate in Sussex. From 1878 onwards he wrote little poetry, concentrating instead on prose.

Patmore's second wife died in 1880, and the following year he married Harriet Robson by whom he had a son, Francis. Patmore sold Heron's Ghyll and moved to The Lodge in Lymington, Hampshire where he spent his final years. His last book, 'The Rod, the Root and the Flower' appeared in 1895.

This Collection of over 100 printed volumes by and about the poet Coventry Patmore (1823-1896) was formed, mainly during the 1930s, by R. M. Hewitt, Professor of English at University College Nottingham, and Frederick Page, editor of Notes and Queries. Hewitt was influential in the creation of the English section of the University Library. He was an accomplished linguist and was particularly admired for his translations of poetry, notably from Russian. His great literary interest was Coventry Patmore and, with his friend Frederick Page, he was responsible for building up the Department's complementary manuscript collection (Pt). Hewitt retired in 1938. He was given an Honorary Readership in Comparative Literature and retained a strong connection with the University's activities until his death in 1948.
Custodial HistoryPatmore holdings, both published and manuscript, are added to as opportunity allows.
DescriptionWithin its coverage of the Patmore oeuvre, the Collection numbers 18 first editions. Rarities include copies of the privately printed Odes of 1878 and of Amelia from Patmore's own library, as well as a copy of The Angel in the House (4th ed. 1866) with corrections by the author. Also present are five works by the poet's father, Peter George Patmore (1786-1855).
MgtGroupLiterary and cultural records
Printed Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged by Library of Congress classification
FindingAidsThe collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term CPC (the code for Coventry Patmore Collection) into the main search box and select to search within the Library Catalogue only.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialPapers and Correspondence of Coventry Patmore (1823-1896), poet and writer (Ref: Pt)
Related RecordPt

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA77309Hewitt; Reginald M. (1887-1948); Professor; Professor of English, University College Nottingham1887-1948
NA1072Patmore; Coventry (1823-1896); poet1823-1896
NA1071Page; Frederick (fl 1911-1949); Coventry Patmore enthusiastfl 1911-1949
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