Collections > Master's Papers > School of Information and Library Science > Francis Douce and His Collection: An Antiquarian in Great Britain, 1957-1834
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This paper is a study of the English antiquarian Francis Douce and his collection of books, prints, drawings, coins, and artifacts. The major theme of the collection - the manners, beliefs, and customs of the world - is connected to three of Douce's most remarkable collecting interests: children's books and games; fools and jesters; and the sublime, including his collections of death, demonology, and witchcraft. The collection, divided between the Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, remains an invaluable resource for scholars in a wide variety of fields. It is hoped that this paper will emphasize the vision according to which Douce developed a distinctive collection; that it will shed additional light on British collecting and collectors of Douce's lifetime, 1757-1834; and that it will serve as a lesson in collecting that might be used by librarians and non-librarians alike.