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William Wordsworth
Library Catalog
Manuscript, 1829
MS Eng 880
Houghton Library
Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good:
—From "Personal Talk," 1806
The records of personal libraries offer matchless insights into the individual collectors. The catalog of Wordsworth's personal library is among the manuscripts in Houghton Library.

This catalog from Wordsworth’s library gives us a sense of the scope of his reading. It also includes a list of books that he loaned to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, highlighting the extent to which personal libraries were themselves a source of communal reading.