Home and Colonial Library

The Home and Colonial Library was a series of works published in London from 1843 to 1849, comprising 49 titles, by John Murray III. He founded it, as a series of cheap reprints, original works and translations, slanted towards travel literature in the broad sense, in the year of death of his father, John Murray II.[1][2]


This listing of 44 titles of the Library, two of those coming in 2 vols., was published in 1876.[3]

Author Title
Charles Acland Manners and Customs in India[4]
Joseph Abbott Missionary Life in Canada
John Barrow Life of Sir Francis Drake
George Borrow The Bible in Spain[5]
George Borrow Gypsies in Spain
Thomas Campbell The British Poets
Charles Darwin Voyage of a Naturalist
John Drinkwater Siege of Gibraltar
John Hay Drummond-Hay Morocco and the Moors
William Henry Edwards The River Amazon
Richard Ford Gatherings from Spain
Lord Ellesmere The Sieges of Vienna
George Robert Gleig Sale's Brigade in Afghanistan
George Robert Gleig Campaigns at Washington
George Robert Gleig The Battle of Waterloo
George Robert Gleig Life of Lord Clive
George Robert Gleig Life of Munro
Alexander Duff Gordon Sketches of German Life
Lucie, Lady Duff-Gordon The Amber Witch
Lucie, Lady Duff-Gordon The French in Algiers
Alexis Guignard, comte de Saint-Priest History of the Fall of the Jesuits
Henry William Haygarth Bush Life in Australia
Sir Francis Bond Head, 1st Baronet Stokers and Pokers
Sir Francis Bond Head, 1st Baronet Pampas Journeys
Reginald Heber Journal in India
Henry Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon Portugal and Galicia
Charles Leonard Irby and James Mangles Travels in the Holy Land
Matthew Gregory Lewis Journal of a Residence Among the Negroes in the West Indies
Lord Mahon Life of Condé
Lord Mahon Historical Essays
Julia Charlotte Maitland Letters from Madras: During the Years 1836-1839[6]
John Malcolm Sketches of Persia
Herman Melville Typee and Omoo
Louisa Anne Meredith Notes and Sketches of New South Wales
Edward Augustus Milman The Wayside Cross; or, the Raid of Gomez, a tale of the Carlist War
Elizabeth Rigby,[7] Livonian Tales
"A Lady" (Elizabeth Rigby)[8] Letters from the Shores of the Baltic
Matteo Ripa The Court of China
George Frederick Ruxton Adventures in Mexico
Bayle St John The Libyan Desert
Charles George William St John Highland Sports
Robert Southey Cromwell and Bunyan
Henrik Steffens Autobiography
"A Lady" (missionary who used the pseudonym Mary Church)[9] Letters from Sierra Leone

Originally there were some extra titles, or works later substituted. Two books were often printed in one volume, and 49 works in all were in 37 volumes. Washington Irving's Bracebridge Hall, Traveller's Tales and Oliver Goldsmith were included. There were also the Memoirs of Sir Fowell Buxton.[10] Melville's works Typee and Omoo were at first issued separately.[11] Murray required that Typee appear as Four Months among the Natives of the Marquesas.[12]


  1. ^ Innes M. Keighren; Charles W. J. Withers; Bill Bell (6 May 2015). Travels Into Print: Exploration, Writing, and Publishing with John Murray, 1773-1859. University of Chicago Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-226-42953-3.
  2. ^ Robert L. Gale (1995). A Herman Melville Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 312. ISBN 978-0-313-29011-4.
  3. ^ s:Page:Memoir and correspondence of Caroline Herschel (1876).djvu/398
  4. ^ "A Popular Account of the Manners and Customs of India : Charles Acland : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  5. ^ H. Manners Sutton (1851). The Lexington Papers. John Murray. pp. 375–6.
  6. ^ Julia Charlotte Maitland (1846). Letters from Madras: During the Years 1836-1839. J. Murray. p. 82.
  7. ^ Lady Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake; Julie Sheldon (2009). The Letters of Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake. Liverpool University Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-84631-194-9.
  8. ^ Lady Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake (1842). Letters from the Shores of the Baltic. J. Murray.
  9. ^ Caroline Shaw (2015). Britannia's Embrace: Modern Humanitarianism and the Imperial Origins of Refugee Relief. Oxford University Press. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-19-020098-5.
  10. ^ Sir John Barrow (1846). Voyages of Discovery and Research Within the Arctic Regions, from the Year 1818 to the Present Time: Under the Command of the Several Naval Officers Employed by Sea and Land in Search of a Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; with Two Attempts to Reach the North Pole. Abridged and Arranged from the Official Narratives, with Occasional Remarks. Harper & Brothers. p. 15.
  11. ^ Aileen Fyfe (17 July 2004). Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain. University of Chicago Press. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-226-27648-9.
  12. ^ Royal A. Gettmann (10 June 2010). A Victorian Publisher: A Study of the Bentley Papers. Cambridge University Press. pp. 164–. ISBN 978-0-521-15320-1.

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