Local New Jerseyan Robert Campbell, Jr. (1917-1999) built a collection of mainly eighteenth century books, focusing on first editions. Though some of his books fall outside the eighteenth century, they illustrate his passions as a reader and collector. Most of the books that Campbell collected are bound in splendid collector’s bindings, which showcase the beauty of the works they contain.
The collection contains just over 100 volumes, which enrich Drew’s literary holdings. Notably, the Campbell Collection contains a second edition of Johnson’s Dictionary, a first edition of An Elegy Wrote in a Country Courtyard (1751), and an eighteenth century reprint of Boccaccio’s Il Decamerone. Campbell also owned several first editions from author Lord Byron, and multiple copies of works by Robert Burns.
The Campbell Collection is part of Julia E. Baker Rare Book Collection and can be searched using the online catalog.