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Inventory of Beckford's books, volumes of prints and drawings, and manuscripts at 19 and 20 Lansdown Crescent and Lansdown Tower, 1844

MS. Beckford b. 2
Held at the Weston Library

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Interleaved with unnumbered blank leaves.

Compiled by English & Son and Robert Hume, containing about 12,000 works, arranged by size, and room by room within each size, giving author, title, place and date of publication and number of volumes (bindings not described), with (passim) 'Notes' written in the margin, to indicate that a work contained Beckford's reading notes. The manuscript includes:

  1. (pp. 366-7) a list of 'Books sent to London'
  2. (pp. 369-72) books in Lansdown Tower 'with Mr.Beckford's MS. notes'
  3. (pp. 375a-380) illuminated and other manuscripts, many of the entries annotated with Hamilton Palace sale dates and lot numbers (1882-9)
  4. (p. 381) a note of the total valuation - £26,614; items in the inventory are not valued individually. The entry (p. 261) for Beckford's copy of his Recollections of an excursion (1835) is annotated 'taken by Duchess'.


  • Creation: 1844


458 page

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Beckford b. 2

Physical Facet

Binding: sewn sections in wrappers

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom