Two substantial gifts of books in modern languages have come to the College this summer. The first is a collection of twentieth-century French literature donated by William Bell (matriculated 1955), including over 100 volumes of criticism and scholarly editions of the Nobel laureate André Gide.
We have also received the personal library – in nearly one hundred boxes! – of Robert Leith Thomson (1924-2006), former Reader in Celtic at the University of Leeds. This collection ranges widely across Welsh, Irish, and Scottish Gaelic, and will be a significant addition to the College’s specialist Celtic Library. The Taylor Institution, Oxford’s main library for modern languages, has claimed 200 books already held in Jesus for its own important Celtic collection. [The Taylorian’s Celtic specialist has written a blog post exploring Robert Thomson’s library in more detail.]
Both donations will, in due course, be catalogued and made available for students and researchers. Although the libraries do not have the space to accept every gift, the College is grateful to its Old Members and others whose generosity continues to develop the collection.
Owen McKnight (Librarian)