Quarterly Review Volume . 188

Quarterly Review Volume . 188

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Library which, even within his own life-time, was to make a manuscript Catalogue no longer possible, and to render the adoption of print indispensable. That event was hastened by two causes, both of which he had himself set in motion.' An admirable report which he presented to the Trustees in 1845 called attention to the extraordinary deficiencies of the Museum Library in general literature, and led to the Treasury making an annual grant of 10,000/. for the purchase of new books, The growth of the collection was thus accelerated. The bulk of the manuscript Catalogue was further increased by a measure, excellent in itself, which Panizzi adopted. Accessions were to be registered by slips pasted on the leaf in such a manner that they could easily be removed and shifted from place to place, so as to avoid disturbing the alphabetical order. Such slips, when placed on each side of a leaf, trebled its thickness; moreover, they were pasted somewhat widely apart, and were written without much regard to saving of space. Thus not only the number of accessions, but the mode of recording them, rapidly swelled the dimensions of the Catalogue. The 150 volumes of written Catalogue which existed in 1850 had in 1875 become about 2'2sO, and the single letter B then occupied as much space as the whole of that portion of the Catalogue which had been written up to 1850. But this unmanageable growth in bulk was not the only objection. Manuscript had become more costly than print. The system of movable written slips required endless labour in transcribing, incorporating, shifting, relaying, binding, and rebinding. The great expense had been the subject of frequent communications from the Treasury. In 1875, Mr. Richard Garnett, who had then lately become...show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236771117
  • 9781236771117