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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 : 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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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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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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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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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.
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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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