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Ronald Brunlees McKerrow was born in Putney in 1872, the son of a civil engineer, and was educated at Harrow, King’s College, London, and Trinity College, Cambridge. After leaving university he spent three years teaching English in Tokyo before beginning a period of intense literary and bibliographical study, largely at the British Museum, two important results of which were his edition of the works of Thomas Nashe (1904–10) and his Notes on Bibliographical Evidence (1914). The latter, revised as An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students (1927), became a standard work. From 1914 McKerrow also gave lectures in English literature, and later bibliography, at King’s College, London. In 1917 he was appointed managing director of the publishers Sidgwick & Jackson, and this was his main occupation till his death, but he was also honorary secretary of the Bibliography Society from 1912 to 1934, editor of the Review of English Studies (which he founded) from 1925 to 1940, and editor of The Library from 1934 to 1937. In 1929 he accepted an invitation to prepare an edition of Shakespeare for the Clarendon Press, but, though he prepared a good deal of material, only a general textual introduction ever saw print.
These letters and papers were found loose in McKerrow’s annotated copies of three of his own publications, namely an offprint of ‘Some Notes on the Letters i, j, u and v in Sixteenth Century Printing’, reprinted from The Library, July 1910 (Adv. c. 25. 80), and his editions of John Weever, Epigrammes in the Oldest Cut and Newest Fashion, 1599 (1911) (Adv. c. 25. 81), and Greenes Newes both from Heauen and Hell, 1593, and Greenes Funeralls, 1594 (two texts in one volume) (1911) (Adv. c. 25. 82). These books were among a number of books and papers donated to the Library by McKerrow’s son Malcolm in September 1994.
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The letters and papers in this group all relate either to the works from which they were removed or to similar literary and bibliographical subjects.
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The documents are arranged in three files, according to the publication from which they were removed. Within each of these files the items are arranged in chronological order.
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This catalogue was compiled by A. C. Green in 2008.