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Watercolour of Buckingham House's East Library

George III amassed an extensive collection of books and manuscripts


In his role as Sovereign, George III needed to keep up to date with the histories and politics of European nations. History is by far the largest section of the Windsor library catalogue. This includes gazetteers of Britain and Europe, atlases, road maps, general and specialised histories, treatises on social concerns, biographies, accounts of voyages and the works of classical historians. This provided the king with an overview of the most current developments occurring around the world.

Sir George Wheler (1651–1724)

A Journey into Greece

Patrick Colquhoun (1745–1820)

Treatise on the police of the metropolis

William Alexander

The Costume of China