Douce's letters, papers, autobiographical memoranda, commonplace books and unpublished essays.
Papers of Francis Douce
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- ReferenceGB 161 MSS. Douce b. 6-9, c. 5-12, d. 20-88, e. 9-107, f. 6-26
- Dates of Creation1781-1840
- Language of MaterialEnglish, Latin, and French.
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Administrative / Biographical History
Francis Douce (1757-1834) was an antiquary and collector. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography. Douce and his collections are discussed in Bodleian Quarterly Record, 7 (1932-4), 359-82, in A. N. L. Munby, Connoisseurs and medieval miniatures 1750-1850 (Oxford, 1972), 35-56, and in The Douce legacy [exhibition catalogue] (Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1984).
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Given by the Trustees of the British Museum, 1933.
Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.
Other 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. 39185-389
Bequeathed to the British Museum, 1834, to be opened 1 Jan 1900.