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Collection Level Description: French and English Manuscripts Collected by Robert Shackleton

Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. e. 1637; French c. 47-9, d. 42-4, e. 39
Title: French and English Manuscripts Collected by Robert Shackleton
Dates of Creation: 18th-20th cent.
Extent: 8 shelfmarks

Language of Material: French and Engliish

Administrative/Biographical History

Robert Shackleton (1919-86) was Bodley's Librarian, 1966-79, Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, and Fellow of All Souls College, 1979-86. He collected books by and about Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, and wrote Montesquieu : a critical biography (London : Oxford University Press, 1970). Details are given in Who Was Who.

Scope and Content

French and English manuscripts, some relating to Montesquieu.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bequeathed to the Library by Robert Shackleton, with his library of books by and about Montesquieu, 1986.

Access Conditions

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Further Information

Finding Aids

A full description is available in the Library.

Access Points

De Secondat | Charles | 1689-1755 | Baron de Montesquieu

Secondat | Charles de | 1689-1755 | Baron de Montesquieu | see De Secondat, Charles

Shackleton | Robert | 1919-1986 | Professor of French Literature

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