Ohtake Collection

Ohtake Collection

Professor Masatsugu Ohtake, formerly of Waseda University and now Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall, has amassed a magnificent collection of books which he has most generously donated in recognition of his long association with the College. The collection mostly consists of:

First World War poets

First editions of the works of Edward Thomas (1878-1917), Professor Ohtake’s particular enthusiasm, and other material relating to Edward Thomas.

Books by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), including Sassoon’s school diary which was displayed in the exhibition at Cambridge University Library: ‘Dream Voices: Siegfried Sassoon, Memory and War’.

Further books by and about the First World War poets, and generally about the literature and history of the war.

Ted Hughes

First editions, fine press limited editions, and other material relating to former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes (1930–98). Some items have manuscript inscriptions by Ted Hughes himself. Much of this was acquired by Professor Ohtake from Keith Sagar, the bibliographer and friend of Ted Hughes.

Fine print and private press books

These include the exquisitely bound volumes of Matrix, and books published by Ashdene Press, Daniel Press, Doves Press, Whittington Press, William Cobden-Sanderson and Rampant Lions Press.

Accredited scholars are welcome to consult the collection by appointment: contact library@hughes.cam.ac.uk.

The College reserves the right to make an administrative charge for access and for authorised copying.