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A collection of autographs made in 1865-74 by H.R.H. Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (d. 1884), in three volumes:

  1. Vol. I consists chiefly of autographs of contemporary English men and women
  2. Vol. II is principally historical English and French autographs, and is largely grangerized
  3. Vol. III is mainly blank, but contains a few historical autographs and signatures of Oxford and other friends of the Prince, A.D. 1870-5

An index-volume accompanied the donation and is kept with the library papers, but in order to facilitate reference the entries have, with a few unimportant exceptions, been incorporated in the index to the Summary Catalogue. Only a limited selection of the writers are here noticed. Throughout the description the term 'signature' implies that the autograph is a signature only; the dates are those of autograph letters, and 'undated' implies that the year is not given.


  • Creation: Written principally in 1865-1874


0.80 Linear metres (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Autogr. b. 3, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Autogr. b. 3-5

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11735


Albany Autographs

Biographical / Historical

H.R.H. Prince Leopold (1853-1884), Duke of Albany.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, nos. 35573-35575.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was deposited in the Bodleian early in 1885 by H.R.H. the Duchess of Albany, and was presented by her November 12, 1912.

Albany Autographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom