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Edward Mangin pamphlets collection

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS B163


Composite volume containing 1 manuscript tract (trial for sedition of Joseph Gerrald (1763-1796), a political reformer of Irish West Indian descent) and 7 separately printed pamphlets (occasional verse, politics, economics, philosophy, religion, science, first voyage of the Great Western steamship). Many of the items pertain to Bath, England.


  • Creation: 1794, 1833-1838, undated


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Edward Mangin (1772-1852)

Edward Mangin was from an Irish family, attending Balliol College at the University of Oxford and receiving his BA in 1793 and his MA in 1795. He was ordained in the Irish church and lived most of his life in Bath, England.


1 volume : Paper support. Varied watermarks. Bound in red morocco; marked "Edward Mangin" "Gerrald" "1794" on the spine. ; Volume measures 18.2 cm tall.

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

There are 8 items in the volume, 1 manuscript copy of a speech and 7 pamphlets. They are as follows:

  1. Manuscript copy of the speech of the radical Joseph Gerrald at his trial for sedition, 1794 (Preliminaries include manuscript copy of Hogarth's sketch of Wilkes with Liberty Cap; and a cow's skull hanging from a swag. p. (1) At head of text: ink sketch of song-bird on stump. p. [20] At end of text: ink posy.)
  2. Mangin, Edward. Vagaries in verse, Bath, 1835
  3. Keene, James. On simplifying our wants, Bath, 1833
  4. The parish election (Houlston tract 77). London; Wellington, undated (Titlepage has engraved or woodcut vignette illustrating the text: a venerable man under a tree discoursing to the villagers on the green.)
  5. Toulmin, G.H. The eternity of the universe, London, 1837
  6. Piers, Octavius. Memorial of the Reformation, London, 1835
  7. Piers, Octavius. Transubstantiation not the doctrine of the Church of England, London and Bath, 1837
  8. A journal of the first voyage of the steam ship Great Western, Bath, 1838

Physical Location

MS B163

Custodial History

There are two text hands involved: an awkward "Roman" (imitating a type-face), and an ornate cursive. These are probably both by the same man. Some items bear the ownership signature "Ed'wd Mangin," in what resembles the cursive hand, but no attempt has been made to find another sample of his writing. The date of the latest item is 1838.

Frederick Shun, F.A.S., of Bath (adult by 1843; still alive in 1913) spent his life collecting books connected with Bath. His 1913 catalogue of his collection describes these works, probably as a single volume. The spine-title hints that Mangin was not the owner when the volume was bound; and the unique endpapers are in the colours used on the exterior of Shum's 1913 catalogue. It seems likely that Shum acquired this group on the death of his townsman, and had it bound up (locally?) in the last half of the century: but it is notable that it contains some items not obviously related to Bath -- perhaps the Mangin provenance was sufficient.

P.S. O'Hegarty of Ireland (1879-1955) collected English literature; anything concerning Ireland; and oddities. In 1959 the University of Kansas acquired his collection from his widow.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of the O'Hegarty acquisition.

Guide to the Mangin Collection
Edward Mangin pamphlets collection
Finding aid prepared by alh, October 8, 1992. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Edward Mangin pamphlets collection, Department of Special Collections, MS B163, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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