Charlotte, Queen, consort of George III, King of Great Britain, 1744-1818

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Queen Charlotte was the youngest daughter of Charles Lewis, brother of Frederic, third Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Charlotte, like her husband, was a considerable bibliophile and reader. She amassed her own collection of approximately 4,500 volumes, which were kept at Frogmore and Windsor. However, very little is known, save for this catalog, about the actual books she owned. Evenings at Windsor saw much social and recreational reading, and Queen Charlotte employed three readers: Marie Elisabeth de La Fite for German books, Jean André Deluc for French books, and Fanny Burney for English works. Her library was also used for the education of her children, especially her daughters. Although Charlotte learned English rapidly and fluently, she remained fond of German and, from the contents of this catalog, kept up with the latest German books. The Scottish painter and Enlightenment figure, Allan Ramsay, who spoke German with Charlotte while she was still mastering English, obtained German books for her.

Queen Charlotte's books, prints, drawings, furniture, objets d'art, jewels, and decorative trifles were offered in a series of Christie's auctions in 1819 under a thin veil of anonymity.

From the description of Verzeichniss der in Ihro Majestät der Koniginn Bibliothek zu Windsor und Frogmore enthaltenen deutschen Bücher [manuscript], England, between 1803-1818. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123488356

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creatorOf Charlotte, Queen, consort of George III, King of Great Britain, 1744-1818. Papers of Charlotte, consort of George III, King of Great Britain, 1775-1785. Library of Congress
referencedIn Charlotte, consort of King George III, King of Great Britain, 1744-1818. Letter, 1784. University of North Carolina, Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins Library
referencedIn More, Hannah, 1745-1833,. Autograph letter signed from Hannah More, Barley Wood, to Mrs. Garrick [manuscript], 1818 December 2. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dodd, William, 1729-1777. William Dodd papers, 1777. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., collected and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1413-1900 (inclusive), 1775-1839 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Powell, Angelika Schmiegelow. Queen Charlotte, 1744-1818: a bilingual exhibit, 1996-1997. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Benezet, Anthony, 1713-1784. Letter, 1783 August 25, Philad[elphia], "To Charlotte Queen of Great Britain" / Anth[on]y Benezet. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Portraits, 1679-1893. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers, 1593-1824 (inclusive), 1794-1813 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn History of the Seven Years' War, 1756-1762. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
creatorOf Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793. Letter signed : Versailles, to "Madam, my sister" [Charlotte, Queen, consort of George III, King of Great Britain, 1744-1818], 1788 Jan. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hanover royal music archive, 1651-1951 (bulk circa 1770-1870). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Benezet, Anthony, 1713-1784. Papers, 1750-1936 (bulk 1750-1784). Haverford College Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous European calligraphy, 1591-1977. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Extra-illustrated Life of Nollekens, 1708-1875, 1768-1836 Yale Center for British Art
referencedIn Arblay, Alexandre Jean Baptiste Piochard, comte d', 1754-1818. Recueil de lettres copiees pour servir un jour a l'instruction autant qu'a l'agrement de notre cher Alex qui trouvera a chaque page mille et mille nouvelles raisons d'aimer et cherir et admirer His Fond Mother. / A.P. d'Arblay, [ca. 1800]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Addition to the Prints Collection None., 1718-1945 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Burney, Charles, 1726-1814. Memoirs, 1805 - 1811. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Beckedorff, Charlotte. Charlotte Beckedorff manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1802-1818 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Spencer Perceval: Correspondence, 1806-1812 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Wynn Belasyse Letters, 1788-1821 Bangor University
referencedIn Lee family. Lee family papers, 1754-1836. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Schrader, Heinrich Otto. Gedichte religiösen inhalts / von H. O. Schrader : manuscript, 1801. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Engravings, 1679-1880. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Luc, J. A. de (Jean André), 1727-1817. Jean André DeLuc papers, 1746-1847 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Johnsonian Miscellanies, extra-illustrated, 1538-1900 (inclusive);, 1738-1866 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. Autograph letter signed : Southampton, to Cassandra Austen, 1809 Jan. 17-18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Jean André DeLuc papers, 1746-1847 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Boswell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales, edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1464-1897 (inclusive), 1724-1874 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834. [Queen Charlotte] : autograph manuscript signed and incomplete of an article written for the Courier, [1818-1819]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Johnsoniana; or, Supplement to Boswell: being anecdotes and sayings of Dr. Johnson, extra-illustrated, 1668-1866 (inclusive);, 1738-1836 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Portraits [manuscript], 1679-1893. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Charlotte, consort of George III, King of Great Britain, 1744-1818. Letter to Thomas Bruce Brudenell, 3d Earl of Ailesbury [manuscript] 1788 June 7. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Charlotte Beckedorff manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1802-1818 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
referencedIn Doctor Johnson and the fair sex; a study of contrasts, extra-illustrated, 1738-1840 (inclusive), 1784-1837 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, 1771-1851. Autograph letters signed (18) : to his mother Queen Charlotte, (2) and to Capt. Charles Jones, (16), 1818 Apr. 3 to 1830 Apr. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Charlotte, Queen, consort of George III, King of Great Britain, 1744-1818. Verzeichniss der in Ihro Majestät der Koniginn Bibliothek zu Windsor und Frogmore enthaltenen deutschen Bücher [manuscript], England, between 1803-1818. Grolier Club
referencedIn Charlotte, Queen, 1744-1818 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Arblay, Alexandre Jean Baptiste Piochard, comte d', 1754-1818. person
associatedWith Austen, Jane, 1775-1817. person
associatedWith Beckedorff, Charlotte person
associatedWith Beckedorff, Charlotte. person
correspondedWith Benezet, Anthony, 1713-1784. person
associatedWith Boswell, James, 1740-1795 person
associatedWith Brudenell, Thomas Bruce, 3rd Earl of Ailesbury, 1729-1814. person
associatedWith Burney, Charles, 1726-1814. person
correspondedWith Charlotte, consort of King George III, King of Great Britain, 1744-1818. person
associatedWith Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834. person
associatedWith Craig, William Henry, 1835- person
associatedWith Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857 person
associatedWith Dodd, William, 1729-1777. person
associatedWith Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, 1771-1851, person
associatedWith Hill, George Birkbeck Norman, 1835-1903 person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Ireland, W. H. (William Henry), 1777-1835 person
correspondedWith Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 person
associatedWith Karl Ludwig Friedrich, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, 1741-1816. person
associatedWith Lady Charlotte Wynn Belasyse person
associatedWith Lee family. family
associatedWith Louis XVI, King of France, 1754-1793. person
associatedWith Luc, J. A. de (Jean André), 1727-1817. person
associatedWith Luc, J. A. de (Jean André), 1763-1847 person
associatedWith More, Hannah, 1745-1833, person
associatedWith Perceval, Spencer person
associatedWith Powell, Angelika Schmiegelow. person
associatedWith Schrader, Heinrich Otto. person
associatedWith Upcott, William, 1779-1845 person
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Birth 1744-05-19

Death 1818-11-17

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