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Collection Level Description: Curzon Collection

Reference: MSS. Curzon a. 1-2, c. 1-2, d. 1-4, e. 1; [pr. bk.] Curzon b. 2-40
Title: Curzon Collection
Dates of Creation: 1809-1928
Extent: 48 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

George, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925) was a statesman. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

This collection of printed books about Napoleon, mainly relating to the years 1810-21, collected by Curzon, includes nine manuscripts, and several extra-illustrated works bound in 38 folio volumes.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Much of the collection was bought by Lord Curzon at the sale of A. M. Broadley's Napoleonic library at Hodgson's, 7 Dec 1916.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by Lord Curzon, 1926

Access Conditions

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38397-444.

Access Points

Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815

Curzon | George Nathaniel | 1859-1925 | 1st Marquess Curzon | Statesman

Napoleon | I | 1769-1821 | Emperor of the French

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