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Song of Solomon booklets in English dialects

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: ML-011

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 25 4" x 6" booklets of The Song of Solomon (also known as Song of Songs), translated into provincial English dialects. Each booklet lists the type of dialect, translator, and in most cases, the date.

The booklets are one set out of a total of 250 printed in London by George Barclay between 1859 and 1862.


  • Creation: 1859-1862 inclusive, 1859 bulk
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1859 - 1859



This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Marian Library reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission form the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

History of the Song of Solomon booklets in English dialects

Philologist and politician Louis-Lucien Bonaparte commissioned the Song of Solomon (also known as the Song of Songs) translations in the late 1850s. He had the book translated into 23 provincial English dialects by various authors.

Louis-Lucien employed London based printer, George Barclay (later succeeded by Strangeways and Walden) to publish the booklets.


0.25 Linear Feet (one of 3 collections in card box)

Language of Materials



The Song of Solomon (also known as Song of Songs) booklets were commissioned by Louis-Lucien Bonaparte and translated into provincial English dialects by various authors. This collection contains a set of 25 4" x 6" booklets.


The books are numbered 1-25 and are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Marian Library.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jillian Slater in 2011.


Guide to the Song of Solomon booklets in English dialects, 1859-1862
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Repository Details

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