James Crossley

(1800—1883) writer and book collector

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Crossley spent most of his life in Manchester, and his library came to include more than 50,000 books and MSS. He had a particular interest in Defoe, to whose bibliography he made valuable contributions. After his death, parts of his collection were sold in Manchester by Thompson & Son in May 1884; there were further sales at Sotheby's in London in July 1884 and June 1885.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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