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BIRRELL, T.A. (Thomas Anthony Clement), 1924-2011 : ENGLISH MONARCHS AND THEIR BOOKS : FROM HENRY VII TO CHARLES II.

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.
Demy 8vo (22cm). x,(68),[ii]pp. Original blue wrappers, printed in red and darker blue; very good.

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[BROPHY, Brigid (Brigid Antonia), 1929-1995 & DUFFY, Maureen (Maureen Patricia), 1933- ] : EX LIBRIS : THE WORKING WRITERS REPORT ON PLR.

[BROPHY, Brigid (Brigid Antonia), 1929-1995 & DUFFY, Maureen (Maureen Patricia), 1933- ] : EX LIBRIS : THE WORKING WRITERS REPORT ON PLR.

London : Writers Action Group, [1972]. First edition. Writers lobby for Public Lending Right.
Post 8vo (21cm). [ii],14pp. Original stapled wrappers; lightly rubbed and very slightly creased, but a very good copy of a scarce and ephemeral production.

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BROWN, James Duff, 1862-1914 – editor : OPEN ACCESS LIBRARIES : THEIR PLANNING, EQUIPMENT AND ORGANISATION.

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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (228)pp. Illustrations. Plans. Original cloth; small mark near foot of spine, but otherwise very good.

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CANTWELL, John D. (John Dennis), 1924-2015 : THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE : 1838-1958.

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”.
Royal 8vo (26cm). [2],(xii),(632)pp. Plates (two coloured). Portraits. Original cloth; just faintly bruised, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£40

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ELLIS, Edward F. (Edward Fenwick), 1906-1984 : THE BRITISH MUSEUM IN FICTION : A CHECK-LIST.

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.
Medium 8vo (24cm). xiv,(194),[ii],[2]pp. Original cloth; jsome spotting to top edge, but otherwise a very good copy.

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GRIMES, Brendan, 1945- : IRISH CARNEGIE LIBRARIES : A CATALOGUE AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY.

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.
Crown 4to (26cm). (xii),278,[vi]pp. Numerous illustrations, plans, etc. Original boards; very good indeed in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

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HARRISON, K.C. (Kenneth Cecil), 1915-2006 – editor : LIBRARY BUILDINGS : 1984-1989.

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.
Pott folio (31cm). x,336,[iv]pp. Illustrations. Plans. Original boards; lightly bruised at tips, but otherwise very good in a lightly sunned and slightly creased dust-jacket. Occasional small cancelled library stamps of Cambridge University Library.

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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.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [ii],50pp. Illustrations. Original cloth; very good.

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KELLY, Thomas, 1909-1992 : A HISTORY OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN GREAT BRITAIN : 1845-1975.

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.
Royal 8vo (26cm). (xiv),582pp. Plates. Portraits. Illustrations. Original cloth; a few faint edge spots, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

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KORSTEN, Frans (Franciscus Johannes Marie) : A CATALOGUE OF THE LIBRARY OF THOMAS BAKER.

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.
Crown 4to (26cm). [2],l,426,[ii]pp. Original red cloth; a very good copy.

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LANDAU, Thomas, 1919- – editor : WHO’S WHO IN LIBRARIANSHIP.

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.
Royal 8vo (25cm). [xii],(270),[viii],[2]pp. Original cloth; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good copy in a chipped and torn dust-jacket.

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McCRIMMON, Barbara, 1918-2011 : POWER, POLITICS AND PRINT : THE PUBLICATION OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM CATALOGUE 1881-1900.

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”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 186,[vi]pp. Original cloth; very good in an unworn but somewhat spotted dust-jacket.

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MANDELBROTE, Giles, 1961- & TAYLOR, Barry, 1956- – editors : LIBRARIES WITHIN THE LIBRARY : THE ORIGINS OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY’S PRINTED COLLECTIONS.

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.
Royal 8vo (26cm). xii,448,[iv]pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Appendices. Original boards; a very good copy in the dust-jacket – also very good.

£75

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MUDIE’S SELECT LIBRARY LTD. : MUDIE’S CATALOGUE OF THE PRINCIPAL FOREIGN BOOKS : NINE LANGUAGES IN CIRCULATION AT THE LIBRARY.

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.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [xvi],974,[ii]pp. Portrait frontispiece and view of the main library. Original cloth gilt; lightly rubbed and slightly marked; spine gilt somewhat dulled; sticker noting changes to subscription rates pasted in; a good and serviceable copy. Neat contemporary ownership inscription.

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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.

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.
Crown 4to (26cm). (xii),(92)pp. Original blue cloth gilt; very good.

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SELWYN, David G., 1938- : EDMUND GESTE AND HIS BOOKS : RECONSTRUCTING THE LIBRARY OF A CAMBRIDGE DON AND ELIZABETHAN BISHOP.

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.
Royal 8vo (26cm). (xxx),(494),[iv]pp. Illustrations, some in colour. Facsimiles. Original cloth; very good.

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THORNTON, John L. (John Leonard), 1913-1992 : SELECTED READINGS IN THE HISTORY OF LIBRARIANSHIP.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 408pp. Twenty plates. Original cloth; very good in slightly used, rubbed and nicked dust-jacket.

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