Areas of strength in the collections include:
John Dryden, 1631-1700: About 175 versions of works by Dryden, including multiple and early editions of many plays. The collection also includes editions of Dryden's translations of works by Ovid, Plutarch, and Virgil.
John Milton, 1608-1674: About 160 versions of Milton's works, including more than fifty editions of Paradise Lost from the 1669 first edition to the 21st century, multiple early editions of Paradise Regained, and many of the prose works.
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616: Nearly 300 editions of Shakespeare's works, including a copy of the fourth folio, many illustrated sets, and hundreds of individual plays from 1700 to 2000.