University Library

Special Collections and Archives

First Edition Collection

The First Edition Collection contains works by the following twentieth-century British and American authors:


  • Kingsley Amis
  • Joyce Cary
  • Graham Greene
  • John Masefield
  • Iris Murdoch
  • Harold Pinter
  • John Boynton Priestley
  • Alan Sillitoe
  • Muriel Spark
  • Evelyn Waugh
  • Virginia Woolf
Masefield Book


  • Edward Albee
  • James Baldwin
  • John Barth
  • Saul Bellow
  • Bernard Malamud
  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • Philip Roth
  • William Styron
  • John Updike
James Baldwin Book

The First Edition Collection was launched in 1968 at the prompting of Cal Poly Pomona English professor and book dealer Dr. John Ray Butterworth. It was built systematically until the late 1980's when buying activity was forced to cease due to budgetary constraints.