• Curatorial collections built up over many years from the Museum’s inception, providing background knowledge to the art collections held by the Museum and further afield.
  • Art periodical runs such as The Connoisseur, Apollo, The Burlington Magazine.
  • Sale catalogues from Christie’s, Sotheby’s and other dealers.
  • Guides and catalogues from British and overseas museums.
  • Joséphine Bowes’ collection of French literature, including ladies’ and fashion magazines, plays, travel guides and Revolutionary pamphlets from 1790s.
  • Local history collection relating to Teesdale and the North-East, including many pre-1900 works acquired from John Davidson and Ralph Nelson.
  • General reference collection including many pre-1900 works acquired from John Davidson and Ralph Nelson.
  • Periodical runs including Country Life, Punch, Gentleman’s Magazine, Lady’s Magazine, La Belle Assemblée, Annual Register, Spectator, The Atheneum, World of Fashion, Sporting Magazine, Naval Chronicle, Botanical Magazine.
  • Newspaper runs including Teesdale Mercury, Illustrated London News.
  • Early works in several European languages printed from the late 15th century onwards.
  • Small collection of illuminated manuscripts.
  • Fine and rare decorated book bindings including the armorial bindings of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, Pope Clement XI, Charles X and others.

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