Young Gladstone's library auctioned for £65,000

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A collection of books bought by the Victorian prime minister William Gladstone while he was an inquisitive Oxford student has been sold for £65,000. Using plentiful family money, the young Gladstone acquired more than 2,000 volumes on everything from military history to the travel exploits of a young Englishman, David Carnegie. The 400 lots auctioned at Montrose included diaries from other Gladstones which were stored at Fasque House in Aberdeenshire. Gladstone's main library is at his former home in Hawarden, Flintshire, which he gave to the nation on his death in 1898.

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