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BIRRELL, T.A. (Thomas Anthony Clement), 1924-2011 : ENGLISH MONARCHS AND THEIR BOOKS : FROM HENRY VII TO CHARLES II.
London : British Library, 1987. First edition. The Panizzi Lectures 1986 – pioneering studies of the Royal Library. A presentation copy, warmly inscribed to the late Barry Bloomfield and signed by Tom Birrell.
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[BROPHY, Brigid (Brigid Antonia), 1929-1995 & DUFFY, Maureen (Maureen Patricia), 1933- ] : EX LIBRIS : THE WORKING WRITERS REPORT ON PLR.
London : Writers Action Group, . First edition. Writers lobby for Public Lending Right.
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BROWN, James Duff, 1862-1914 – editor : OPEN ACCESS LIBRARIES : THEIR PLANNING, EQUIPMENT AND ORGANISATION.
London : Grafton & Co., 1915. First edition. Chapters by various hands on reference departments, lending departments, equipment, classification, catalogues, charging systems, regulations, etc., with some fine photographs and floor-plans of libraries in Islington, Croydon, Glasgow, etc.
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CANTWELL, John D. (John Dennis), 1924-2015 : THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE : 1838-1958.
London : HMSO, (1991). First edition. A full-scale history, by one of its most distinguished archivists, of the keeping of the “people’s evidences”, from the founding of the PRO in 1838 and the absorption of the State Paper Office in 1854, to becoming “the greatest store of material that has ever been gathered in one place”.
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ELLIS, Edward F. (Edward Fenwick), 1906-1984 : THE BRITISH MUSEUM IN FICTION : A CHECK-LIST.
Buffalo : Privately Printed, 1981. First edition : limited to 500 copies. A splendidly idiosyncratic tabulation – with extensive quotation – of many hundreds of references in English and American fiction (from Smollett onwards) to what was plainly once the world’s most cherished institution – the British Museum and its Reading Room.
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GRIMES, Brendan, 1945- : IRISH CARNEGIE LIBRARIES : A CATALOGUE AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY.
Dublin : Irish Academic Press, (1998). First edition. A detailed and well-illustrated study of the eighty Irish libraries (sixty-two of which survive) founded through the benevolence of Andrew Carnegie, with pictures, plans, etc., and introductory material on Carnegie, James Bertram (his private secretary), the library movement in Ireland, planning, equipment, management, etc.
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HARRISON, K.C. (Kenneth Cecil), 1915-2006 – editor : LIBRARY BUILDINGS : 1984-1989.
London : Library Services, 1990. First edition. A volume in a continuing series, providing detailed information, with analysis, plans, photographs, etc., of all major library projects in the United Kingdom – the present volume describing over 120 libraries in detail – including the National Library of Scotland, Queen Mary and Westfield College, and public libraries in Cardiff, Ilford, Hounslow and Coventry – and reporting on more than 300 further projects.
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JOHNSON, Barry C. (Barry Cornish), 1932- : LOST IN THE ALPS : A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT PROCTOR THE “GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHER” AND OF HIS CAREER IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM.
London : Privately Published, 1985. First edition. A life of Robert George Collier Proctor (1868-1903) of the British Museum, inventor of the “Proctor Order” method of classifying incunabula, used at the British Library, Cambridge, Harvard, etc. Loosely inserted is a 1985 signed, typed, single-page note from the author.
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KELLY, Thomas, 1909-1992 : A HISTORY OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN GREAT BRITAIN : 1845-1975.
London : Library Association, 1977. Second and best edition, amplifying, correcting and extending the coverage of the original 1973 edition, which ended at 1965. A definitive and well-illustrated chronological account of the great age of the British public library.
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KORSTEN, Frans (Franciscus Johannes Marie) : A CATALOGUE OF THE LIBRARY OF THOMAS BAKER.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, (1990). First edition. A detailed reconstruction of the library of Thomas Baker (1656-1740), historical scholar, antiquary, and book-collector. Korsten was able to trace the current location of forty-three per cent of the 4,290 items described.
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LANDAU, Thomas, 1919- – editor : WHO’S WHO IN LIBRARIANSHIP.
Cambridge : Bowes & Bowes, (1954). First edition. A useful work of reference, giving biographical and career details of over 2,000 British librarians, with an index of special interests, etc.
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McCRIMMON, Barbara, 1918-2011 : POWER, POLITICS AND PRINT : THE PUBLICATION OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM CATALOGUE 1881-1900.
Hamden (CT) : Linnet Books / London : Clive Bingley, 1981 First edition. The painful and sometimes bitter genesis of the first National Library Catalogue – Panizzi, Edward Bond, Richard Garnett, Gladstone and Disraeli as trustees, the Civil Service, the Treasury, etc. – “not only an important chapter in library and publishing history, but also in the intellectual history of the late nineteenth century”.
MANDELBROTE, Giles, 1961- & TAYLOR, Barry, 1956- – editors : LIBRARIES WITHIN THE LIBRARY : THE ORIGINS OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY’S PRINTED COLLECTIONS.
London : British Library, 2009. First edition. Nineteen essays by various hands on the prime collections upon which the British Library was built, including the Cotton books and manuscripts; Sir Hans Sloane’s printed books; the collections of Sir Joseph Banks; the “duplicate” sales; the Bibliotheca Smithiana; Thomas Grenville; the King’s Library; researching provenance in British Library invoices, etc.
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MUDIE’S SELECT LIBRARY LTD. : MUDIE’S CATALOGUE OF THE PRINCIPAL FOREIGN BOOKS : NINE LANGUAGES IN CIRCULATION AT THE LIBRARY.
London : Mudie’s Select Library, 1927. First and seemingly the only edition of the Mudie’s “Foreign” catalogue to include the library’s holdings in Danish, Dutch, Flemish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish books to the already extensive collections in French, German and Italian, which had warranted their own catalogue since 1888.
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MUNFORD, W.A. (William Arthur), 1911-2002 : WHO WAS WHO IN BRITISH LIBRARIANSHIP 1800-1985 : A DICTIONARY OF DATES WITH NOTES.
London : Library Association, (1987). First edition. A pioneering study, attempting to assemble biographical information on senior librarians from 1800 onwards from a variety of sources and much patient enquiry.
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SELWYN, David G., 1938- : EDMUND GESTE AND HIS BOOKS : RECONSTRUCTING THE LIBRARY OF A CAMBRIDGE DON AND ELIZABETHAN BISHOP.
London : Bibliographical Society, 2017. First edition. The Elizabethan library of Edmund Geste (1514?-1577), bequeathed to Salisbury Cathedral on his death, with material on Geste as a book-collector, the earlier provenance, the annotations, the bookbinders employed, etc. With indices of publishers and printers, bindings, provenances, annotations, pastedowns, etc.
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THORNTON, John L. (John Leonard), 1913-1992 : SELECTED READINGS IN THE HISTORY OF LIBRARIANSHIP.
London : Library Association, 1966. First edition under this title : an expanded and augmented version of the same author’s earlier "A Mirror for Librarians" (1948) and "Classics of Librarianship" (1957). An extensive selection of substantial extracts from the writings of the outstanding and innovative librarians of the past – from Alcuin of York, via Sir Thomas Bodley, Sir Anthony Panizzi and Melvil Dewey to William John Bishop. With biographical introductions, plates, etc.
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