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Tracts & Pamphlets

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Approximately 7,000 tracts and other pamphlets bound into 900 volumes.

The items in the collection cover a wide range of subjects, genres and topics: sermons, theological disputes, medical treatises and numerous examples of political pamphleteering and polemics mainly centred upon the disturbances of the early nineteenth century.

Many of the items are of local origin, confirming Manchester’s role as the major centre for printing outside London and also the central role of the region in the political and social unrest of the first half of the nineteenth century.