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The display of books includes literature, music and drama, science, antiquities, and art. The coloured spine labels indicate the subject classification of each work. Many are presentation copies, inscribed to the Queen and Prince by their authors and decoratively bound. Very personal volumes include the velvet-bound Bible and prayer book given to the couple by the Duchess of Kent on their wedding day.

Feodora, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1807-1872)

Lady Charlotte St Maur album

Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent, wife of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, 4th daughter of Prince Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786-1861)

Watercolour album VI

London : Spicer Brothers [for the Royal Commission on the Great Exhibition]

Official Catalogue of the Great Exhibition of the works of Industry of all nations, 1851

George Eliot (1819-80)

Adam Bede

Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-1901)

Leaves from the Journal of our Life in the Highlands, from 1848 to 1861

Wilkie Collins (1824-89)

The Frozen deep, in three acts

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)


Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-92)


Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-92)

Idylls of the King

Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-64)

The Victoria Regia

François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénélon, Archbishop of Cambray (1651-1715)

Extracts from the religious works of La Mothe Fénelon, Archbishop of Cambrai

Charlotte Grimston (1778-1830)

The Form of morning prayer

Prince Albert, Prince Consort, consort of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom (1819-61)


Wajid 'Ali Shah, King of Oudh (reg. 1847-1856)