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John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera for English Literature students: The catalogues

How to use printed ephemera from the John Johnson Collection in the study of English literature

The Connoisseur

Composite print titled The Connoisseur. The image of the lady is made up of prints

(C) John Johnson Collection: Trade in Prints and Scraps 2 (1)


Finding your way around the catalogues

The John Johnson Collection online catalogue

The Johnson online catalogue (not searchable through SOLO) contains all the records for catalogued items except those in Bodleian Ballads and the Toyota project.  There are currently c. 118,000 records in the Johnson online catalogue.

Johnson records appear in two forms:

  • Display record (default): selected information only.
  • Bibliographic record. This shows the whole record in tagged format.  To decode the tags, use the Johnson allegro format, which lets you into the secrets of our cataloguing system

The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera (ProQuest)

For the following five sections you should use the ProQuest project, which provides images and full-text searching with hit-highlighting, maximising the usefulness to research:

  • 19th century Entertainment (including playbills and programmes)
  • Booktrade (including Prospectuses)
  • Popular Prints
  • Crime
  • Advertisements

You can browse, search, download and zoom images, etc.


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Julie Anne Lambert
John Johnson Collection
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