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French Special Collections: Curzon of Kedleston

Curzon of Kedleston

Curzon of Kedleston, George Nathaniel Curzon, Marquess, 1859-1925 Foreign Secretary 1919-24, Chancellor of Oxford University 1907.

A collection of c. 330 works on Napoleon bequeathed by Lord Curzon, originally brought together by A. M. Broadley, bought at the sale of his books in 1916 and added to by Lord Curzon. It relates in the main to Napoleon’s captivity on St Helena, but also includes sets of The Life of Napoleon I by J. Holland Rose and Napoleon: the last phase by the Earl of Rosebery, extra-illustrated by A. M. Broadley, 1905, and of A. M. Broadley’s Napoleon in caricature 1795-1821, 1911, extra-illustrated by A. Brewis, all three grangerized into 39 folio volumes, illustrated by the addition of thousands of portraits, views, contemporary caricatures, broadsides, autograph letters, and original drawings, covering the whole Revolutionary and Napoleonic period.  Some of these items are available on Digital Bodleian.


Rare  Books Named Collection descriptions

Craster, p. 284. A catalogue of the.. .collection of Napoleonic books, autographs and engravings formed by the late A M Broadley... sold by auction by Messrs Hodgson & Co., 7-8 December, 1916.

Thompson, J.M., Curzon collection: index to autographs and portraits, 1928. (Typescript, Bodleian shelfmark MS. Curzon d.3=R.6.85)