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Lord Curzon's letters concerning his Napoleon collection

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MS. 12932
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Fifty-seven letters, 1917-1924, from Curzon to Thomas Hancock Arnold Chaplin (1864-1944) concerning the acquisition and arrangement of Curzon's Napoleon collection. Chaplin had published A St Helena Who's Who, or, a Directory of the Island during the captivity of Napoleon in 1914 and Curzon asks his advice on items in sale catalogues and on how to bind the materials. Chaplin and his wife assisted Curzon by bidding at auctions on his behalf.


  • Creation: 1917-1924


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12932].

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MS. 12932

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12932


Lord Curzon's letters concerning his Napoleon collection.

Biographical / Historical

George, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925), was a politician, traveller and viceroy of India. He became fascinated by Napoleon at a young age and after visiting St Helena in 1908 began to acquire manuscripts and printed books relating to Napoleon. For further information see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Meridian Rare Books in February 2018.

Related Materials

Lord Curzon's collection of printed books and manuscripts about Napoleon was bequeathed to the Bodleian Library in 1926 (MSS. Curzon a. 1-2, c. 1-2, d. 1-4, e. 1; [pr. bk.] Curzon b. 2-40).

Catalogue of Lord Curzon's letters concerning his Napoleon collection
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom