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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.

£20

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BLATCHLY, John : THE TOWN LIBRARY OF IPSWICH PROVIDED FOR THE USE OF TOWN PREACHERS IN 1599 : A HISTORY AND A CATALOGUE.

Woodbridge : Boydell Press, (1989). First edition. A detailed study of a closed collection of about 1,000 books published between 1474 and 1760, as well as the eight manuscripts included in the founding gift. With chapters on William Smarte, Samuel Ward, early donors, Cave Beck, distinguished patrons, Robert Coningsby, etc., and material on a unique system of running fore-edge shelfmarks, booksellers' coded prices, hitherto unrecorded book labels, etc.
Post 4to. (x),(200),[vi]pp. Tipped-in colour plates. Illustrations. Original boards; a few faint edge spots, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£25

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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.

£20

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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.

£20

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CANTWELL, John D. : THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE : 1838-1958.

CANTWELL, John D. : THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE : 1838-1958.

London : HMSO, (1991). First edition. A full-scale history 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- : 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 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. xiv,(194),[ii],[2]pp. Original cloth; just a hint of spotting to top edge, but a very good copy.

£20

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EWARD, Suzanne Mary : A CATALOGUE OF GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL LIBRARY.

Gloucester : The Dean & Chapter of Gloucester, 1972. First edition. A thorough catalogue of the manuscripts and printed books, together with a history of the Library and separate appendices on the Hebew Books (by R.A.May), the bindings (by H.M.Nixon), the pastedowns, etc.
Crown 4to. xx,(250),[ii]pp. Frontispiece. Two plates. Original armorial boards; a few faint marks, but a very good, bright and sound copy.

£25

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GRIEST, Guinevere L. (Guinevere Lindley), 1924- : MUDIE'S CIRCULATING LIBRARY AND THE VICTORIAN NOVEL.

Newton Abbot : David & Charles, [1971]. First British edition. A valuable study of the interaction between the shape, form and content of fiction and the demands of the libraries and publishers, with material on George Bentley, John Blackwood, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, George Gissing, William Heinemann, Charles Edward Mudie, Anthony Trollope, etc. First published in the USA in 1970.
Demy 8vo. (xiv),272,[ii]pp. Illustrations. Original boards; a little bruised; some spotting of edges; but a very good copy in a sunned and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£20

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GRIMES, Brendan : 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. (xii),278,[vi]pp. Numerous illustrations, plans, etc. Original boards; fine in dust-jacket.

£35

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GWINN, Nancy E. - editor : PRESERVATION MICROFILMING : A GUIDE FOR LIBRARIANS AND ARCHIVISTS.

Chicago : American Library Association, 1987. First edition. A complete guide, with material on administrative decisions, selection of materials, planning and preparation, practices and standards, bibliographic control, cost control, etc. A review copy, with occasional pencil notes and a typescript of the review loosely inserted.
Crown 4to. (xxx),(210)pp. Illustrations. Original wraps; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

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McCRIMMON, Barbara : 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.
Demy 8vo. 186,[vi]pp. Original cloth; very good indeed, in a slightly spooted dust-jacket.

£10

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ROYAL SOCIETY : ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION CONFERENCE 21 JUNE - 2 JULY 1948 : REPORT AND PAPERS SUBMITTED.

London : Royal Society, 1948. First edition. Includes working papers on the format of scientific publications, editorial policy, scope and quality of abstracts, classification, methods of reproduction, mechanical indexing, etc.
Demy 8vo. (724)pp. Plates, tables, charts, etc., some folding. Original cloth gilt; lightly rubbed and a little dulled; endpapers a little tanned; a good and serviceable copy.

£25

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SHERCLIFF, W.H. (William Henry) : MORALITY TO ADVENTURE : MANCHESTER POLYTECHNIC'S COLLECTION OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS : 1840-1939.

Manchester : Manchester Polytechnic Library, in association with Bracken Books and Studio Editions, 1988. First edition. A descriptive catalogue of the 2649 items in this handsome collection. Arranged by themes - and with indices of authors, editors, translators, contributors, illustrators, engravers, local publishers, etc. Introduction by Peter Stockham.
Demy 4to. [viii],(204)pp. Tipped-in colour frontispiece. Colour plates. Illustrations. Original boards; very good indeed in the dust-jacket.

£35

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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.

£20

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TRAPP, J.B. (Joseph Burney), 1925-2005 : ERASMUS, COLET AND MORE : THE EARLY TUDOR HUMANISTS AND THEIR BOOKS. THE PANIZZI LECTURES 1990.

London : British Library, (1991). First edition. An illustrated study of the books that the early Tudor humanists wrote, had written or printed for them, owned, read and used.
Demy 8vo. viii,144pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original wrappers; very good indeed.

£15

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