Early History of the London Library

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An analysis of the London Library during its first few years: examination of the early buildings and expenditures, stock and acquisitions policy, sources and development of the book collection, the 1842 Catalogue and shelf markings, the laws, regulations, and staffing of the Library. With illustrations.


". . . draws upon unpublished and neglected manuscript materials. . . . an important work. It transcends the narrow confines of library history while making a significant contribution to that field and to the study of Mid-Victorian social history. . . . The Early History of the London Library is a study of intertextuality weaving history, library history, politics, administrative history, biography, and intellectual history and development with the study of readership into a complex yet enriching tapestry. Its readers will be students and researchers in British Library history, Victorian history, intellectual history, and literature, as well as scholars with a specific interest in Carlyle, Darwin, Mill, Gladstone, and other major figures of the period." - Diane G. Johns in Scholarly Research and Review

"Scholars and historians will find Baker's descriptive account of the day-to-day operations of the London Library valuable resource material for future assessments of the library's unique position in this very critical period in British library history." - AEB

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