The Onslow’s library was small by aristocratic standards. Nevertheless the books kept here were like a window on the family’s literary taste and interests; the classics, country pursuits and political procedures, the history of battles and some, but not too many, religious books. The 4th Earl and Countess travelled widely, so there are plenty of Baedeker guides. Their deeper interest in other cultures is reflected, particularly their time in New Zealand where the 4th Earl was Governor in the late 1880s, through books on Maori culture. The 5th Earl’s interest in caged birds is represented, and it's difficult not to be disproportionately intrigued by Nudity in Modern Life, Among the Nudists, or indeed The Sexual Life of Savages in north-Western Malanesia, all of the 1920s.
Sadly, much of the renowned library of the Great Speaker was dispersed in 1885, to the great irritation of the 4th Earl, who did his best to buy them back. However, some 18th century books survived, including a 1734 edition of the Koran.