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Watercolour of Buckingham House's East Library

George III amassed an extensive collection of books and manuscripts


Literature, in the form of prose, poetry, drama, rhetoric, belles-lettres and even folk songs, formed the final part of George III’s personal collection at Windsor Castle. English literature, the classics and European literature, both in translation and in their original languages can be found in this section, including works by contemporary authors such as Laurence Sterne, Voltaire and Frances Burney.

A notable section of this collection focuses on ancient pastoral poetry, perhaps due to George III’s own interest in agriculture, with numerous editions and translations of works by Virgil, Lucretius, Theocritus and Hesiod all appearing several times in the catalogue.