Drew University Library houses notable collections of the works of Lord Byron, Winston Churchill, John Ruskin and Walt Whitman, thanks to generous gifts from Norman B. Tomlinson.

The twenty-four titles by Byron (1788-1824), all of them first editions, were printed between 1807 and 1823, and include virtually every major work by the author. The collection is particularly rich in association copies: Beppo and The Prisoner of Chillon, with bookplate of Francis Lewis Randolph; Thomas Moore’s copy of Sardanapalus, with his signature on the front fly-leaf; The Corsair, with a letter from Moore to Byron, dated February 18, 1816, tipped in at front; and Cantos I-II of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, with an autograph note, signed, from Byron to John Murray. In addition, Hebrew Melodies was bound by Zaehnsdorf, and The Giaour by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Hours of Idleness is in original boards, and The Prisoner of Chillon and Mazeppa in original wrappers.

View a list of books relating to Byron in the Tomlinson Collection


Tomlinson collected many of Churchill’s writings: his speeches and historical works, his essays on painting, and his poetry. The 24 titles include The Second World WarWar SpeechesMy Early Life, and Painting as a Pastime. These important works show Churchill’s intellectual life as well as his life as an author.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was a writer, social thinker, art critic, artist and philanthropist. He wrote on many subjects, including literature, education, architecture, myth, ornithology, botany, and politics. His forms of writing were as varied as his subjects, including essays, treatises, poetry, lectures, travel guides, and even a fairy tale. His writing emphasizes the connections between art, nature and society. Drew University Library holds a complete 39-volume limited edition of The Works of Ruskin by the Ballatyne Press, published in 1912, along with additional Ruskin volumes.

Among the twenty-three volumes of Walt Whitman (1819-1892) are eleven separate editions or printings of Leaves of Grass, including the first edition, first issue of 1855; the Doheny copy of Good-bye My Fancy; and five presentation copies, including Good-bye My Fancy to John H. Johnston, Leaves of Grass (1860) to Henry P, Leland and Memoranda During the War to “each conductor and driver on the Camden horse-cars.” A number of volumes are signed or initialed by Whitman.

View a list of books relating to Whitman in the Tomlinson Collection


The Tomlinson Collection is part of Julia E. Baker Rare Book Collection and can be searched using the online catalog.