Joseph & Mary Mitchell Collyer Chronology

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A list of events in the lives of Joseph Collyer (Elder) and his wife, Mary Mitchell.

Black = Publications : Blue = Family events

02 Dec 1714 Joseph Collyer baptised at High Pavement Presbyterian Church, Nottingham

Abt. 1716 Mary Mitchell born. Believed born London

28 September 1738 Joseph Collyer and Mary Mitchell marry at St.Gregory by St.Paul, London

Two Discourses relating to Positive Institutions. I. Christ’s judgment concerning the fitness of obeying every divine command; II. Baptism designed for all those in every age, who profess Christianity; and not confined to the first converts only.. pp. iv. 63. J. Noon & Joseph Collyer: London, 1742. 8o. Held by British Library.

The Virtuous Orphan or The Life of Marianne translated by Mary Collyer from the French of Marivaux. Oxford Guide

1743 or before Elizabeth Collyer born

Memoirs of the Countess de Bressol. A history adapted to inspire the noblest sentiments of virtue, piety and honour. Done from the French, by the translator of The virtuous orphan, etc. [The translator named in an advertisement as Joseph Collyer.]. London: Jacob Robinson, 1743. 2 vol. 12o. (Oxford Guide) Held by British Library and Yale University.

February 1743/4 – Joseph Collyer (Elder) Freeman of the Stationers’ Company, London (by patrimony)

Felicia to Charlotte: being letters from a young lady in the country, to her friend in town, etc. [By Mary Collyer.]. pp. 310. Jacob Robinson; Joseph Collyer: London, 1744. 12o. Held by British Library.

Lettre circulaire que l’Empereur a envoiée à ses ministres dans les cours étrangères. The Emperor’s Circular Letter, etc. [22 Aug. 1744.] Fr. and Eng.. ff. 15. J. Collyer: London, 1744. 8o. Held by British Library.

A Letter from a Minister at the French Court to his friend in the army, containing the reasons of M. Amelot’s disgrace, etc.. pp. 8. Joseph Collyer: [London;] 1744. fol.. Held by British Library.

The Political Views of the Court of France delineated. Shewing the perfidious conduct of the French with regard to the treaties of the Pyrenees, Aix la Chapelle and Nimeguen. From the Spanish … Being a proper supplement to Sir W. Temple’s Memoirs, etc.. pp. 71. J. Collyer: London, 1744. 8o. Held by British Library.

The Speech of the Marquis de Fénelon, Ambassador from the King of France, to the Lords States General, on the 25th of April, at taking leave of their High Mightinesses, in a publick audience. Title [Another copy.] The Speech of the Marquis of Fenelon. Title [Another edition.]. London, 1744. fol.. J. Collyer: Ivy Lane [London], 1744. fol.. Dublin, 1744. 8o. Held by British Library.

An Epistle on Preferment, inscribed to the Rev. Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D. Found among the papers of a great author.. pp. 17. Joseph Collyer: London, 1744. fol. Held by British Library.

The Liberty of Britons, the Noblest Motive to Loyalty and Courage, etc.. pp. 28. Joseph Collyer: London, 1744. 8o. Held by British Library.

COLLYER, (j), bookseller and publisher in London, Ivy Lane, 1745-61. This name appears
in the imprint to Thomas Pascoe’s True and Impartial Journal of a Voyage to the South
Seas
, published in 1745. In 1761 he was one of Dodsley’s partners in The Death of Abel
(Straus, Robert Dodsley).

A true and impartial journal of a voyage to the South Seas by Thomas Pascoe London: printed & sold by S Birt, J Newbery, J Collyer, 1745. Held by State University of New York at Albany.

A Letter from a Discounter in Bishopsgate-Street to a Pawnbroker in Long-Acre [censuring him for having published a work concerning pawnbrokers, etc. Signed, Abraham Ben Little Wright].. pp. 34. J. Collyer: London, 1745. 8o. Held by British Library.

The Adventures of a Night: or, the Island of absurdities, a vision.. pp. 27. J. Collyer: London, 1745. 8o Visions: being a satire on the Corruptions and Vices of all degrees of Mankind … Translated from the original Spanish … Adorned with curious copper-plate cuts. By Mr. Nunez. Title [A reissue.] Six Visions of Hell: being satires, etc.. pp. iv. 221. Printed for J. Collyer: London, 1745. 12o.. Printed for M. Cooper … W. Reeves … and J. Barnes: London, 1750. 12o. Held by British Library.

A Compendious Account of the establishment of the Roman Empire in Germany; and of Pope Gregory V.’s Constitution … To which is added, with notes, the famous Golden Bull, of the Emperor Charles IV.. pp. 95. J. Collyer: London, 1745. 8o. Held by British Library.

The Perkinade, an heroic poem; containing some curious … memoirs of that egregious hero, etc. [A lampoon on the Young Pretender.]. pp. 24. J. Collyer: London, 1745. 8o. Held by British Library.

Remarks upon the Life of John Duke of Argyle. In a letter to Robert Campbell, Esq., author of that piece. Containing a detection of several dangerous doctrines which that gentleman has espoused against the Revolution, the Union of the Kingdoms, and the measures procured by the present Royal Family. By a friend to truth, and the present happy Establishment [i.e. Caleb Fleming]. Title [Another copy.]. pp. 37. J. Collyer: London, 1745. 8o. Held by British Library.

A Journal of the Pretender’s Expedition to North Britain … Now publish’d from a manuscript wrote by an officer that accompanied him, etc.. pp. 56. J. Collyer: London, [1745.] 8o. Held by British Library.

King George for England. A new ballad, to an old tune. Necessary to be sung by all true and loyal Englishmen, upon all occasions; more especially at the present conjuncture, etc.. pp. 8. Sold by J. Collyer, G. Woodfall: London, 1745. fol. Held by British Library.

The History of the remarkable Siege of Toulon attacked by the English and Dutch by sea, and Prince Eugene and the Duke of Savoy by land, in the year 1707.. pp. 198. J. Collyer: London, 1746. 12o. Held by British Library.

16 November 1746 Ann Collyer born 1 January 1747 Joseph Collyer is an
overseas fugitive, but later gives himself up at the Fleet prison.

The virtous orphan: or, The life of the Countess of ***** … The second edition … Translated [by Mary Collyer] from the French [of Marivaux], etc.. London: Jacob Robinson, 1747. 2 ol. 12o. Held by British Library.

14 September 1748 Joseph Collyer the Younger born

The Christmas Box’…consisting of Moral stories, adapted to the capacities of little children, and calculated to give them early impressions of piety and virtue. Two vols. Adorned with Cuts. Price one shilling. By the author of the Letters from Felicia to Charlotte. (Source: List of publications, written for J.Payne & J.Bouquet to appear at the end of Volume two of Mrs.Lennox’s ‘The Life of Herriot Stuart (1751). Quoted by Helen Sard Hughes in her thesis, 1917).

Abt 1749 Mary Collyer jnr born

4 September 1749 Joseph Collyer claims Insolvent Debtors` Relief

3 October 1749. Hearing under the Insolvent Debtors relief Act adjourned. JOSEPH COLLYER said to be in Dublin.

Felicia to Charlotte: being Letters from a Young Lady in the country, to her friend in town, etc. [By Mary Collyer.]. 2 vol. R. Griffiths, and G. Woodfall: London, 1749. 12o. Held by British Library and at Cambridge.

Abt 1752 John Collyer born

The History of Betty Barnes published by D Wilson & T Durham in 1753. According to Joyce Grossman (1999) this book was mis-attributed to Sarah Fielding in Samuel Halkett & John Laing, A Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous Publications in the English Language, (3:65) and in Andrew Block, The English Novel 1740-1850: A Catalogue (74). Grossman states that no corroborative evidence was cited by Halkett or Block. Grossman attributes this novel to Mary (Mitchell) Collyer, citing Ralph Griffiths, editor of The Monthly Review when this novel was published. She states that a margin note made by Griffiths stated “by Mrs Collier, wife of Jos Collier.” As similar annotations by Griffiths have proved correct, Grossman believes this evidence to be reliable.

Felicia, oder Natur und Sitten, in der Geschichte eines adelichen Frauenzimmers auf dem Lande Aus dem englischen übersetzt … Hamburg und Leipzig: bey Georg Christ. Grund und Adam Heinr. Holle, 1753. [12],584p (8o); 17cm… Held by British Library.

Select Pieces by Voltaire … Translated … by Joseph Collyer. Title [Another copy.] Select Pieces, etc. Title [Another copy.] Select Pieces, etc.. pp. xv. 284. D. Wilson & T. Durham: London, 1754. 12o.. London, 1754. Held by British Library and at Glasgow.

Letters from Felicia to Charlotte … The third edition. [By Mary Collyer.]. 2 vol. R. Baldwin: London, 1755. 12o. Held by British Library.

A Fourth Letter to the People of England, on the conduct of the M-rs in alliances, fleets, and armies, since the first differences on the Ohio, to the taking of Minorca by the French. [By J. Shebbeare.] Title [Another copy.] Title [Another copy.] Title Second edition.. pp. 111. M. Collier: London, 1756. 8o.. pp. 111. M. Collyer: London, 1756. 8o. Held by British Library.

Abt 1758 Catherine Collyer born

1759 Joseph Collyer the Elder mentioned in Will of James Jacobson. Jacobson waived any sums outstanding
to him from Joseph Collyer.

Abt 1760 Isabella Collyer born

Abt 1761 William Collyer born

The Parent’s and Guardian’s Directory, and the Youth’s Guide, in the choice of a Profession or Trade, etc.. by Joseph Collyer, Esq. pp. viii. 316. R. Griffiths: London, 1761. 12o. Held by British Library and at Cambridge.

1761 Mrs.Carter spoke of Mary Collyer to Mrs.Montague as ‘writing for the support of her family’, which, she adds,
‘is a laudable employment.’

The Death of Abel, in five books, attempted from the German of Mr Gessner. London: printed for R. & J. Dodsley; D. Wilson; T. Durham, and M. Collyer, 1761 Held at Cambridge, and seen for sale from Robert Temple, London April 1998 £135

The Death of Abel, in five books, attempted from the German of Mr. Gessner [by M. Collyer]. Title Second edition.. London, 1761. 12o.. London, 1762. 12o. Held by British Library and at Leeds – Brotherton Library

The Death of Abel ... Attempted from the German of Mr. Gessner [by Mary Collyer]. The third edition. Title [Another copy.] Title Fifth edition.. pp. xxiv. 259. R. & J. Dodsley, etc.: London, 1762. 12o.. London, 1763. 12o. Held by British Library.

Plutarch’s Lives, abridged from the original Greek, illustrated with notes and reflections, etc. [Vol. 1-4 abridged by Oliver Goldsmith; vol. 5 by Joseph Collyer.]. London: J. Newbery, 1762. 5 vol.: plates. 2o Held by British Library.

Plutarch’s Lives, abridged from the original Greek, illustrated with notes and reflections, and embellished with copper-plate prints. London: Printed for J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1762-94. (Vol. 1-5 abridged by Oliver Goldsmith; v. 6-7 probably compiled by Collyer. Cf. Dict. nat. biog) Copies held at Leeds- Brotherton Library.

31 December 1762 Mary Collyer dies, before completing “The Messiah”.

The Death of Abel … Attempted from the German [by Mary Collyer] … The sixth edition.. pp. xxiv. 168. Peter Wilson: Dublin, 1763. 12o. Held by British Library.

The Messiah. Attempted from the German of Mr. Klopstock [by J. Collyer]. To which is prefix’d his introduction on divine poetry. Title [Another copy.]. 2 vol. Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, London, 1763. 12o. Held by British Library, Bodleian Library, Leeds – Brotherton Library and Glasgow, Main Library

The [D]eath of Abel. In five books … A new translation. itle Seventh edition.. pp. 192. T. & D. Dodesley, etc.: London, 1764. 12o.. London, 1765. 8o. Held by British Library.

A New System of Geography etc. London: Printed for S. Crowder & sold by Mr. Jackson, etc, 1764-1765. Copy held at Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.

Abt 1764 Isabella Collyer dies

The Messiah. Attempted from the German of Mr. Klopstock. To which is prefix’d his Introduction on Divine Poetry … The second edition. [The translation begun by Mary Collyer and completed by Joseph Collyer.]. 2 vol. J. Dodsley: London, 1766. 12o. Held by British Library.

The death of Abel … Attempted from the German of Mr. Gessner, the eighth edition. [The translator’s dedication signed: Mary Collyer.]. London: J. Dodsley, etc., 1766. pp. xxiv, 259. 12o. Held by British Library

An advertisement appears: Vol. I of A new system of geography is to be published on Saturday September 20th 1766. Held at Cambridge University Library.

A new system of Geography: or, a general description of the World, containing a particular … account of all the countries, kingdoms, and states of Europe, Asia, Africa and America … Embellished with a new and accurate set of maps, etc. By D. F., … J. Collyer, … and others.. London, 1766, 1765. fol. Held by British Library.

The Messiah. Attempted from the German. [Commenced by Mary and completed by Joseph Collyer.] … The third edition.. 2 vol. J. Dodsley: London, 1769. 12o. Held by British Library.

Noah, attempted from the German … In twelve books. By Joseph Collyer. Title [Another edition.] Title The second edition.. 2 vol. J. Collyer, etc.: London, 1767. 12o.. 2 vol. J. Murphy, etc.: Dublin, 1767. 12o.. 2 vol. J. Collyer: London, 1770. 12o. Held by British Library. Bodleian has copy of 1770 edn.

The Death of Abel ... The ninth edition. [The translator’s dedication signed: Mary Collyer.]. pp. xxiv. 259. London: printed for J. Collyer, and sold by J Dodsley, T Caslon and F Newbery, 1768. 12o. Held by British Library and at Cambridge.

The Messiah. Attempted from the German of Mr. Klopstock … [By Joseph Collyer.] The fourth edition.. 3 vol. J. Collyer: London, 1769. 12o. Held by British Library.

Second edition of The History of Betty Barnes printed (London: James Fleming) 1770.

The death of Abel. In five books. Attempted from the German of Mr Gessner. The eight [sic] edition. London: printed, and sold by the booksellers, 1770. xi,[1],167,[1]p.,[1]leaf of plates (12o); 16cm… Held by British Library.

Joseph Collyer the Elder had his son – Joseph Collyer the Younger – as an apprentice.
He became Free on 2nd July 1771.

The Death of Abel ... The tenth edition. [Translated by M. Collyer.]. pp. xxiv. 259. J. Collyer: London, 1771. 12o. Held by British Library.

A New System of Geography: or, a General description of the world ... By D. Fenning … and J. Collyer … The third edition, revised, corrected, and much improved. Title [Another copy.] Title A new edition, revised … by T. Hervey … The account of North America, corrected and improved by Captain Carver. (Appendix to volume the first, [containing the voyages of Byron, Wallis, Carteret and Cook.]). 2 vol. J. Payne: London, 1771. fol.. vol. 1. London, 1785. fol. Held by British Library. Vol. 2 auctioned 20/6/1996, Bloomsbury. Price £350-500 for that and Vol. 1 of fourth edition.

An advertisement appears: A new edition of Volumes I and II of A new system of geography to be published on October 31st. (1772?) Held at Cambridge University Library.

A new system of geography by Daniel Fenning and Joseph Collyer. Fourth edition, 1772. Vol. 1 auctioned 20/6/1996, Bloomsbury. Price £350-500 for that and Vol.2 of third edition.

A dictionary of the world: or, a geographical description of the Earth; with an historical and biographical account of its principal inhabitants... The geographical part by R. Brookes, M.D. and the historical and biographical part by Joseph Collyer. London: printed for T. Carnan and F. Newbery junior, 1772. Held at Cambridge University Library.

1772 Third volume of The Messiah appears, but taste for this type of work was by now declining.

The death of Abel. In five books. Attempted from the German of Mr. Gessner. [The translator’s dedication signed: Mary Collyer.] The eighth edition.. London, 1772. pp. xv, 172: plate. 8o. Held by British Library.

Abt June 1772 John Collyer dies

6 November 1772 Ann Collyer marries Charles Claringburn at St Andrew, Holborn, Middlesex

The Death of Abel … Attempted from the German [by Mary Collyer] … The eleventh edition.. pp. xxiv. 259. J. Collyer: London, 1773. 12o. Held by British Library.

A new system of geography: or, a general description of the world… Embellished with a new and accurate set of maps,… and a great variety of copper-plates,…Vol. II. By the late D Fenning and J Collyer. The fourth edition, revised and corrected for J. Payne, and sold by J. Johnson, 1773. Held at Cambridge University Library.

History of England from Julius Caesar to the calling of the Parliament in 1774. 14 Vols., London, 1774-5, 12mo. Held by British Library.

Abt 1775 Elizabeth Collyer dies

Easter Eve 1775..”…while coffee was preparing, Collier came in, a man who I had not seen for more than twenty years, but whom I consulted about Macky’s books. We talked of old friends and past occurrences and eat and drink together.” Reference to Joseph Collyer by Samuel Johnson?

The death of Abel … Attempted from the German of Mr. Gessner [by Mary Collyer]. The tenth edition. Title Eleventh edition.. London: printed, and sold by the booksellers, 1775. pp. viii, 14-220. 12o.. London, 1776. 12o. Held by British Library.

The death of Abel, attempted from the German by Mary Collyer, the fifth edition, R & J Dodsley, London, 1775

16 December 1775 Joseph Collyer the younger marries Dulcybella Clayton at St James, Clerkenwell, Middlesex

20 February 1776 Joseph Collyer the Elder dies

The death of Abel, attempted from the German by Mary Collyer, the ninthe edition, printed & sold by the booksellers, London, 1776 Held by British Library.

The History of Lady Sophia Sternheim attempted from the German of Mr Wieland [or rather of M. S. von La Roche, published by Wieland; by J. Collver].. 2 vol. T. Jones: London, 1776. 8o Held by British Library.

A new system of geography 4th edn. Book iv (On America) published in German: Bern: bey Beat Ludwig Walthard, 1777. Also published in Göttingen and Leipzig, 1777 (note in Eureka). Held at Cornell University.

The Death of Abel ... Attempted from the German [by Mary Collyer] … The thirteenth edition.. pp. xvii. 158. S. Toplis & J. Bunney; Walker & Roberts: London; J. Mozley: Gainsbrough, 1779. 12o….. Held by British Library.

The Death of Abel ... Attempted from the German of Mr. Gessner [by Mary Collyer]. The ninth edition.. Edinburgh: Alexander Donaldson, 1779. pp. xiii, 187. 12o.. Held by British Library.

The Death of Abel ... Attempted from the German [by Mary Collyer] … The twelfth edition, embellished with an elegant engraving to each book.. pp. xxiv. 259. London: printed for J. Collyer, and sold by J. Dodsley, J. Rivington & sons, B. Law, T. Longman, R. Baldwin, G. Robinson, J. Bew & T. Evans, 1780. 12o. Held by British Library, Cambridge and Leeds – Brotherton Library

A New system of geography: or, a general description of the world… Embellished with a new and accurate set of maps… and a great variety of copper-plates,... Vol. I. By the late D. Fenning and J. Collyer. A new edition, revised and supplied with the latest and most authentic particulars… by Frederick Hervey, Esq;… The account of North America corrected… by Captain Oarver (sic), … London: printed for J. Johnson, 1780. Held at Cambridge University Library.

The Messiah, attempted from the German. Dedication by Joseph Collyer, co-translator Mary; 3 vol. London: William Lane, 1780

The ladies history of England, from the descent of Julius Caesar, to the summer of 1780. Calculated for the use of the ladies of Great-Britain and Ireland; and likewise adapted to general use, entertainment and instruction. by Charlotte Cowley, with engravings by Cook, Bannerman, J. Peltro, Royce, Page, and Collyer after Dodd; maps drawn by T. Bowen. London: printed for the proprietors, and sold by S. Bladon, 1780 Copy held at Dublin – Trinity College Library William Hunter. Stipple engraving by J. Collyer, 1783, after M. Chamberlin. Held in Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.

The death of Abel. In five books. Attempted from the German … The twenty-seventh edition. [The dedication signed by the translator: Mary Collyer.] Title Harrison’s edition. [Illustrated.]. London: T. Osborne; Gainsborough: J. Mozley, 1783. pp. xiv, 188. 18o.. London, 1786. 8o. Held by British Library.

The death of Abel in 5 books. Translated form the German of Mr Gessner by Mary Collyer. The eight edition. Alex Tillock & co, Glasgow. 1784. Copy held in National Library of Scotland.

The Virtuous Orphan; or, the Life of Marianne Countess of *****. Translated [by Mary Collyer] from the French.. pp. 313. pl. VIII. Harrison & Co.: London, 1784. 8o. Held by British Library.

The death of Abel ... The twenty-seventh edition. [The translator’s dedication signed: Mary Collyer.]. Bolton: printed by B. Jackson, 1786. pp. 130. 8o. Held by British Library.

Letters from Felicia to Charlotte; containing a series of the most interesting events, interspersed with moral reflections … By Mr. Collyer [or rather, by Mary Collyer]. Title [Another copy.]. 2 vol. pp. 172. pl. IV. 1788. Held by British Library.

The death of Cain : in five books : after the manner of The death of Abel / by a lady, by William Henry Hall. (Attributed to Mary Collyer by Halkett and Laing, but more probably by William H. Hall, to whom the work is ascribed on the title-page of the fourth edition, 1800) London: C. Stalker, 1789 Held at Cambridge University Library.

12 June 1790 Dulcybella (Clayton) Collyer (wife of Joseph the Younger) dies

The Death of Abel in Five Books. Attempted from the German of Mr Gessner by Mary Collyer. To which is added the Death of Cain. Philadelphia: William Spotswood, 1791. Seen for sale from Chandler Books April 1998. US$85

The Death of Abel in 5 books. Translated by Mary Collyer. The eighth edition. London: 1792.

The death of Cain in five books : after the manner of The death of Abel / by a Lady. Published: New-York : Printed and sold by William Durell at his book-store and printing office …, 1792. iv, [1], 6-130, [2] p. ; 13 cm. (12mo). Held at Library of Congress.

The death of Cain, in five books, after the manner of the Death of Abel. by Mary Collyer. Newburyport: 1793. 103, (2)pp. 12 mo (third American edition). Two previous American editions: New York 1791 and 1792, four more American printings by 1800. Seen for sale from Fine Antiquarian Books April 1998. US$100.

The death of Abel in 5 books. translated from the German of Mr Gessner by Mary Collyer. Edinburgh: A Shirrefs 1793. Copy held at National Library of Scotland.

The death of Abel. In five books. Attempted from the German of Mr. Gessner. London: printed for William Lane …, 1794. xvi,240p.,[1]leaf of plates (32o); 11cm… Held by British Library.

The death of Abel; in five books, attempted from the German of Mr Gessner [by M. Collyer] The eight edition. Glasgow, 1794. Copy held at Glasgow, Main Library.

Abt 1795 Catherine Collyer marries Joseph Palmer.

The Messiah translated from Mr Klopstock by Joseph Collyer. George Forman, New York, 1795 403 12mo. Seen for sale from Children’s planet April 1998. US$75.

The Death of Abel … Attempted from the German [by Mary Collyer] … A new edition. [With plates.]. pp. 246. Vernor & Hood: London, 1795. 8o. Held by British Library. Copy also held at Glasgow. The Death of Cain in 5 books. London: Benjamin Edes, jnr. 1795

19 January 1796 Joseph Collyer the younger marries second wife – Mary Smith – at St James, Clerkenwell

The death of Abel in 5 books. Translated from the German of Gessner by Mrs. Collyer (Cooke’s Pocket Edition of Sacred Classics) London: Cooke, 1796. Held in Sheffield Hallam University’s Corvey collection.

The Death of Abel … Attempted from the German [by Mary Collyer] … A new edition. Title Twentieth edition, etc. Title [A reissue.] The Death of Abel … The twentieth edition, etc. Title [Another edition.]. pp. xvi. 203. W. Lane: London, 1796. 32o.. pp. xxiv. 259. J. Collyer: London, 1799. 12o.. London, 1803. 12o. Held by British Library.

November 1797 Catherine (Collyer) Palmer dies

The Death of Abel. In five books. Attempted from the German [by Mary Collyer]. (New Idyls by S. Gessner [translated by W. Hooper]. With a letter to M. Fuslin on landscape painting; and the Two Friends of Bourbon, a moral tale, by M. Diderot.) [With engravings by Stothard.]. pp. xi. 275. T. Heptinstall: London, 1797. 8o. Held by British Library, Bodleian Library and Cambridge University Library.

The Messiah. Attempted from the German of Mr. Klopstock. To which is prefixed, his introduction on divine poetry … [The dedication signed : Joseph Collyer, who claims in the preface to have completed the translation begun by his wife Mary.]. London: printed by J. Adlard … for J. Parsons …, 1799. 3 vol. (12o); 18cm… Held by British Library.

The death of Abel, in five books. Attempted from the German … A new edition. [The dedication signed by the translator, Mary Collyer.]. London: the Booksellers; Gainsbro': H. & G. Mozley, 1800. pp. 180: plate. 12o…. Held by British Library.

The Death of Abel ... Attempted from the German. [By M. Collyer], etc.. pp. ix. 138. J. McKenzie & Co.: London, [1800?] 12o. Held by British Library.

The Death of Abel ... Translated … by Mrs. Collyer.. pp. 108. C. Cooke: London, [1801?] 12o. Held by British Library.

The Death of Abel … Attempted from the German [by Mary Collyer] … A new edition. Title Twentieth edition, etc. Title [A reissue.] The Death of Abel … The twentieth edition, etc. Title [Another edition.]. pp. xvi. 203. W. Lane: London, 1796. 32o.. pp. xxiv. 259. J. Collyer: London, 1799. 12o.. London, 1803. 12o. Held by British Library.

The death of Abel in five books. The thirteenth edition. Printed for J. Collyer & sold by T.Jones, F. and C. Rivington, C. Law… T. Longman, R. Baldin, G. Robinson and Co. and G. Wilkie… 1798. Held at Bodleian Library.

The death of Abel. In five books. From the German of M. Gessner. [Translated by Mary Collyer.]. London: Lane, Newman & Co., 1805. pp. 164: plate. 16o. Held by British Library.

December 1805 Mary Collyer jnr dies

The Death of Abel ... Attempted from the German of M. Gessner [by Mary Collyer]. [With plates.]. pp. 212. J. Robertson: Edinburgh, 1806. 24o. Held by British Library.

The death of Abel : In five books, from the German of Mr. Gessner by Mary Collyer. London : Printed by W. Wilson for J. Walker, J. Johnson… [et al.], 1808 xxii p., 1 ., 119 p : front ; 13 cm Held by British Library and at Leeds – Brotherton Library.

The Death of Abel, translated from Gessner by Mrs. Collyer.. pp. xxvi. 126. W. Suttaby and B. Crosby: London, 1807. 12o. A new translation … with notes. By F. Shoberl. To which is prefixed a copious memoir of the life of the author. Second edition. Title [Another edition.] Title Stereotype edition, with plates. Title New … edition.

The Death of Abel.. London, 1807. 8o.. Burslem, 1808. 8o.. London, 1809. 12o.. Portsea, 1810. 12o. Held by British Library.

The Messiah, attempted from the German of Mr. Klopstock … A new edition. [The dedication signed: Joseph Collyer, who identifies his co-translator as Mary Collyer.] Title A new edition.. London: William Lane, [ca. 1780]. 3 vol. 12o.. Bungay, 1808. 8o. Held by British Library.

The Death of Abel, etc. [Translated by Mary Collyer. With a life of Gessner.] Title [Another edition.] With occasional notes … By W. C. Oulton.. pp. 242. Oliver & Boyd: Edinburgh, [c. 1810.] 32o.. London, 1811. 8o. Held by British Library.

The Messiah. attempted from the German of Mr Klopstock, by Mr Collyer. Boston, John West, 1811 (microform copy). Held by Cambridge University Library.

The Messiah: from the German of Klopstock. The first sixteen books by Mrs. Collyer and the three last by Mrs. Meeke. To which is prefixed an introduction on divine poetry. Title [Another edition.] Title [Another edition.]. 2 vol. J. Walker: London, 1811. 12o.. London, [1817?] 8o.. pp. xxviii. 618. F. C. and J. Rivington: London, 1821. 12o. Held by British Library, Bodleian Library & Edinburgh.

The death of Cain, in five books after the manner and as a sequel to The death of Abel. 1812. Held at Bodleian Library.

The Death of Abel … Attempted from the German of Mr. Gessner [by Mary Collyer]. Stereotype edition. Title [Another edition.] With original notes by F. Shoberl. To which is added, Death, a vision … By J. Macgowan. Albion Press Edition. Title [Another edition.] Title [Another edition.] With a sketch of the life of the author. To which is now first added, the Death of Cain, in five books … to which is subjoined, Death, a vision, … under the similitude of a dream: by J. Macgowan.. pp. 12. 148. Henry Mozley: Gainsborough, 1812. 12o.. London, 1813. 8o.. Limerick, 1814. 12o.. pp. xxvi. 595. Oxford, 1814. 12o. Held by British Library.

January 1814 Ann (Collyer) Claringburn dies

The Messiah A new translation from the German. The five lost books prepared for the Press. By the Rev. Thomas Raffles. In three volumes London, 1814 3v in 1 : fronts. (ports., v. 1-2) ; 18 cm Copy held at Manchester: Deansgate.

The Death of Abel, etc. [Translated by Mary Collyer.] Title [Another edition.] Title [Another edition.]. pp. xxii. 119. J. Walker, etc.: London, 1814. 12o.. London, 1815. 12o.. London, 1818. 12o. Held by British Library.

The death of Abel in five books. Printed for B. Reynolds, 1816. Held at Bodleian Library.

The death of Abel : in five books, translated from the German of Solomon Gessner, by Mrs. Collyer. With memoirs of the author. To which is added, The death of Cain, in five books. After the manner, and as a sequel to the Death of Abel; likewise, The life of Joseph, the son of Israel, in eight books. And, Death, a vision, or, the solemn departure of saints and sinners, under the similitude of a dream: by John MacGowan. Kelly’s improved edition, embellished with engravings. London : Printed for Thomas Kelly, 1816 [1,8, LI,[1],2,[2],416 p : 7 plates ; 22 cm. Copy held at Leeds – Brotherton Library

April 1822 William Collyer dies

24 December 1827Joseph Collyer the Younger dies

The Death of Abel, etc. [Translated by M. Collyer.]. pp.128. I. Chidley: London, 1833. Held by British Library.

The Death of Abel ... Translated … by Mrs. Collyer … to which is added, The Death of Cain [by William H. Hall] … likewise,

The Life of Joseph … and Death, a Vision … by John Macgowan. Kelly’s improved edition … with engravings. Title [A reissue.]

The Death of Abel … Translated by Mrs. Collyer… To which is added, The Death of Cain [by William H. Hall] … likewise, The
Life of Joseph
… and Death, a vision … by John Macgowan, etc.. pp. 8. li. 2. 416. Thomas Kelly: London, 1836. 8o.. London, 1838. 8o. Held by British Library.

The Messiah. Descriptive of the principal events attending the Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. From the German of Frederic Gottlieb Klopstock. To which are prefixed, memoirs of the life of the author. Stereotype edition. [The prose translation by Mary Collyer and Mary Meeke.]. London: Thomas Kelly, 1839. pp. xv, 559: plates. 8o. Held by British Library.

The death of Abel, etc. [The translator’s dedicatory epistle signed: Mary Collyer.]. Otley: William Walker, [ca. 1845]. pp. 169: plate. 32o. Held by British Library.

The death of Abel : in five books, attempted from the German of … Gessner [by M. Collyer], The twenty-eighth edition, London, [?] pp. 143 (8vo) Copy held at Manchester- Deansgate. The Virtuous orphan; or, the Life of Marianne Countess of *****. An eighteenth-century English translation by Mrs. Mary Mitchell Collyer of Marivaux’s La Vie de Marianne. Edited with a critical introduction by William Harlin McBurney and Michael Francis Shugrue.. pp. xliv. 532. Southern Illinois University Press: Carbondale & Edwardsville, [1965.] 8o…. Held by British Library and University of London Library. Seen for sale April 1998 US$21.66.

Felicia to Charlotte. New York, Garland Pub., 1974. 310, 310 p. 18 cm. Series: The Flowering of the novel (Reprint of Felicia to Charlotte, printed for J.Robinson and J. Collyer, London, 1744; and of v. 2 of the same work with title: Letters from Felicia to Charlotte, printed for J. Payne and J. Bouquet, London, 1749). Copies held at Library of Congress, Glasgow- Main Library, University of London Library

An encyclopaedia of North and South America, 1786 [by D. Fenning and J. Collyer] : with an introd. by G. R. Crone. Old Woking, Eng. : Unwin Bros., 1976. 158 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 30cm. (Reprint of book 4 of the author’s A new system of geography, published for J. Johnson, London, in 1786). Held at Library of Congress, National Library of Wales, the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Dublin- Trinity College Library and the National Library of Scotland. Copy seen for sale from Edmonton Books April 1998. $20

The History of Lady Sophia Sternheim, Sophie von La Roche translated by Joseph Collyer, ed. James Lynn. New York University Press, 1992 Held at Cambridge, Dublin- Trinity College Library, Edinburgh- Main Library, UCL- Main Library (North), University of London Library.

Compiled by Helen Mitchell, 1998 – 2004

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