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Napoleon Collection

The Napoleon collection was a particular interest of the University Librarian, Richard Pennington, (1947-1964) and was developed during his tenure. Beginning with a small donation of books and prints from the Canadian publisher Frederick Southam, the collection was assembled with the advice of Paul Fleuriot de Langle, curator of the Musée Marmottan in Paris and a specialist in Napoleon and the art of the Empire, and of the Parisian print dealer Paul Prouté. The collection comprises some 2,275 monographs, 3,500 prints (including 110 maps and plans), 200 pictorial documents, 50 broadsides, 350 pamphlets, 100 related printed documents such as declarations, proclamations and decrees, manuscript material and some realia. The collection covers all aspects of the Napoleonic era and the monographs are particularly rich in pre-1850 imprints. The Napoleon Prints are described as part of the Print Collection. Records for the holdings are in the McGill Library on-line catalogue.


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