The Portico Library & Gallery, Manchester, England.

The Portico opened in 1806 as a Library and Newsroom and still occupies its original Grade II* listed building on Mosley Street – “the most elegant and retired street in town” according to John Dalton.

The Portico Library collection began with the foundation of the Library in 1806.There is a wide selection of travel literature, novels, biographies and history. Unusually for such a library in the 19th century, there is also a fine representative selection of fiction, including a number of first editions. Alongside Dickens, Bulwer Lytton, Wilkie Collins and Elizabeth Gaskell there are many lesser known authors who are emerging as important subjects of study.

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