Curzon Collection

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  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Curzon a. 1-2, c. 1-2, d. 1-4, e. 1; [pr. bk.] Curzon b. 2-40
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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 / Biographical History

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

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Lord Curzon, 1926


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. 38397-444.

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.