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aesthetics.One promtsmg method for detecting madness among book dealers. and determining the intended meaning depends on context. but I will procure what you want from the Stationery Office. of The Yellow Book (or of the Yellow Pages. What is the subject?" 1 . one can understand the reply made by an Edinburgh bookseller to a woman who came into his shop one day and said she wanted a set of Blue Books: "I don't keep any. size. a Blue Book is a government report. book collectors. subject order. taken advantage of color in their titles: think of Andrew Lang's multi-colored fairy books. either formally or informally. Grangerization. Meanings can become complicated: by Blue Book. for example. or a book of etiquette. Various sorts of books have. and because Blue Books tend to proliferate like Mediterranean fruit flies. and kleptomania. a college examination writing book. the Social Register. number. To a politician. and librarians is to examine the manner by which they arrange their books on their shelves. As a modest contribution to the literature of this subject. a handbook of contract bridge bids. or of governmental White Papers. for that matter). we might mean a guide to the prices of used cars. I propose to discuss the lunatic arrangement of books according to principles of color.
for purposes of decorative appeal or otherwise? I am told that there used to be an outlet in New York City called Books by the Yard. To this day. the bookseller at length grasped that it was books of a certain shade of blue binding that she desired-books to match her carpet and the curtains in her living room. I wonder." with the color of the leather or of the cloth of bound sets carefully described. some booksellers issue what at least privately they call "leather catalogues" and "cloth catalogues."The subject? The subject doesn't matter." With the help of a piece of blue tapestry which the customer had in her hand. so much per foot of cloth. While we may scoff at this sort of Philistinism. Young's The Misses Mallett. the 2 . H. I want them in blue. Once his mind "had coped with the initial absurdity of the idea of buying books for the colour of their binding. 1 How many people." he found her an easy and profitable client. The Edinburgh bookseller concluded that he was a house decorator as well as a bookseller: he decorated minds and rooms. do arrange their books according to the color of their bindings. The blue books he sold her included E. where decorators and others could view books arranged by color and buy them at so much per foot of leather. and Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. Somerset Mangham's The Moon and Sixpence.
blue. indeed. or (if I am used to the volume without a dust-jacket) had left the dust-jacket on the book. and too bad for me if that library had rebound the original. The late Martin Breslauer made a special point of always having his reference books bound in morocco of the brightest colors: red. If color is one kind of organizing principle for the arrangement of books. of having to enquire about the location of a particular reference book by its color. even the name of the author. not till the eighteenth century did book collectors generally bother to label the spines of their books. 2 Many of us who are habitual users of one or a small number of reference libraries tend to look for the red book or the blue book or the green book. green. when working in a strange library. Spine labels became common only when the sixteenth and seventeenth century 3 . or ( if I am used to the book with a dustjacket) had taken it off. because I couldn't remember the name of the author. yellow-saying that they were his close friends. then size is another. I have found myself more than once in the embarrassing position. on occasion. and not bother ourselves otherwise about the exact wording on the spine or title-page-or. being confident that they could identify them by color and size alone. and that he used them often.color of bindings is a fundamental part of life in most libraries. private or public. so why shouldn't they be cheerful in appearance.
with big shelves for tall books and small ones for 4 . Gautier pointed out. and Fourth collected editions of the works of Shakespeare. Johnson. a good. and 1684 we have the First. Thus in 1623. and taken separately. Pope. big folio volume makes an admirable book press for flattening out creased and rumpled engravings. was also concerned with the size of his books.habit of issuing standard works in large folio volumes gave way to the tendency to issue such works in multiple quarto or octavo volumes. Theobald. octavos were less suitable than folios for putting under children who would not otherwise be able to sit at table-besides which. Most libraries. whereas the eighteenth century editions of Shakespeare by Rowe. and so on. Third. Warburton. Theophile Gautier disliked octavos. Not all book collectors like small books. because when stacked up on the floor they made less successful footstools than folios. all folio volumes.with the result that he became known throughout the Trade as Measure Miller. 3 The celebrated nineteenth-century English book collector. Second. private or public. 1665. and Steevens. William Henry Miller. 1632. must make some concession to the size of the books they contain. are all octavo in format. He invariably carried a pocket-ruler with him on visits to bookshops and sale rooms in order to determine the exact size of the volumes he proposed to buy for his library at Britwell Court .
Cambridge.000 (the largest folio). Samuel Pepys liked all his books to make an even appearance on the shelves of his library.4 There are. of Manchester. Pepys was an orderly person. the whole collection fitting exactly into twelve wainscot bookcases-some of which may be seen to this day at Magdalene College. Richard Bennett. If there are some collectors who acquire and arrange books according to their size. there is a related passion having to do with uniformity of size. in order to bring their tops into the same horizontal line. various lunatic solutions to this problem. Ian MacLaren once noted that the bookman is perpetually engaged in his own form of spring cleaning. of course. and also having his books in equal sizes. 3. where they have rested since 1724. in both collecting the books of one subject department together. and he is always hoping to square the circle. the collector who purchased William Morris's valuable library of books 5 . which is rearranging his books. To secure this end he had little high-heels of various heights built which could be set on his shelves under smaller books.little books-with disastrous consequences for those who insist on a strict subject or other order. he gives up that attempt.000 volumes to his Cambridge college. He bequeathed exactly 3. After a brief glance at a folio and an octavo side by side.000 volumes numbered from one (the smallest) to 3.
in one case a monument of medieval bookbinding because of its equally monumental size. author of In the Track of the Bookworm.and manuscripts. the eventual resting-place of Bennett's collection. Horeb. The History of Perry Township. Hamady wrote back suggesting that anybody dissatisfied with the height of his book could simply crop off the offending one-fourth inch. Wisconsin. informing him that the latest Perishable Press book. unfortunately. and therefore not truly a miniature bookwhich. Here on the subject is Irving Browne. and catalogs of miniature (or nearly miniature) books are issued frequently to satisfy their habit. The Morgan thereby never acquired certain books. three and one-fourth inches high. to the detriment of the Pierpont Morgan Library. 5 Collectors of miniature books frequently give as the reason for this remarkable activity the convenience of storage of their collections. had an aversion to books taller than about 14 inches. was. in Mt. Bennett sold. Limited. and then encapsulate the shavings in a Mylar envelope for binding-in at the back. must be 3 inches or less in height to qualify. said the bookseller. published by Roycroft in 1897: 6 . Aesthetic considerations are frequently important in the arrangement of books. once received a letter from a bookseller. the proprietor of The Perishable Press. What William Morris had owned that was larger than 14 inches. Walter Hamady.
and to buy vases in paris exactly alike and put them on either side of the parlor clock. as in veal. and later he preferred to see a little artistic confusion-high and low together here and there. and alongside a dainty Angler. or a little girl in calico with a pigtail at Sunday School. 0 That was the time when [my wife] used to have all the pictures hung on the same level. as opposed to beef. 7 . now and then some giants laid down on their sides to rest. 6 Book collectors frequently arrange their books 0 1 had to look this one up: vealy means immature. However.There was a time when I loved to see my books arranged with a view to uniformity of height and harmony of color without respect to subjects. or as beggars and princes kneel side by side on the cathedral pavement. That time I regard as my vealy period. which was generally surmounted by a prancing Saracen or a weaving Penelope. the author's taste changed. a book in red or blue cloth with a white label-just as children in velvet and furs sit next a newsboy. the shelves not uniformly filled out as if the owner never expected to buy any more. like a democratic community.
A former student of mine once had a superbly lunatic encounter with the architect of a new reading-room in one of our nation's most ancient and honorable academic institutions." "Nonsense. in fact." So my former student took a book truck and two of her assist ants into the stacks. hanging electric light fixtures were suspended 14 inches from the surface of the reading-room tables." said the architect. 8 . she discovered that the large. "How large is a large book?.with aesthetic considerations in mind. several feet tall. Everything in the reading room. My former student replied. was specially designed. which could not even be opened on tables with light fixtures hanging 14 inches above them. "Show me a book like that. like everything in the building containing it. as do their decorators and architects. Furniture and fixtures were made to harmonize with each other in so precise a fashion that when my former student was shown what was to be her new reading room in its nearly final stages of completion. She pointed out to the architect that some of her readers would be consulting large books. overhead. and brought out an English plate book which measured three feet in height and four-and-a-half feet across the front cover. "Some of our illustrated books are enormous." asked the architect.
Guests have their choice of the opera room. "What am I supposed to tell my readers. "about five feet." said the architect. "how far off the tables would you like the light fixtures?" My former student thought this over carefully. and to work it out with wood."That's not a typical book. An acquaintance of mine has friends in the country with a large house. the architecture room. One of my prized possessions is a large. "You don't understand the concept of the building. "is important. It instructs you with missionary zeal to divide rooms a new way. for it is here 9 . Decoration in your home. as George Orwell pointed out. then." 7 Books do furnish a room. The New York Times Shows You 65 Ways to Decorate With Books in Your Home. the spare bedrooms of which are distinguished from one another by the subject of the books and prints on the walls. 8 Various guides have been published. especially since the Second World War. to be intelligent in foyers. "that they can only read typical books?" "All right. to capitalize on corners. 48-page pamphlet published in 1956. and then said." "Five feet!" said the architect. or the cookbook room. the preface of this book informs you severely." said the architect. explaining how books and people can most efficiently. or indeed an entire home. and artistically co-exist. glossy. with the title." she said. conveniently.
and immediately above the main door. surmounted by a craw's nest containing a seat and small lectern. alleys. The late A." The English poet Lionel Johnson had a great many books and not enough room to put them in.L. where a special piece of furniture was designed for the great Earl Spencer-a sturdy pair of steps on wheels. avenues. which on being unexpectedly opened carries away the ladder. so much so that he once wondered if it might not be possible to find some way of hanging new shelves from the ceiling. "volume one of Hansard is at least fifteen feet from the floor. like chandeliers." Munby added that "a most ingenious device for consulting books on a ladder is to be seen at Althorp. jungles to wander in."'o The great bibliomaniac Richard Heber had at least five separate libraries: "books everywhere. 11 In this connection. solid-though such an arrangement is not without its hazards.that friends will be received and by [its] contents the family's interests and tastes will be judged. the general effect resembling a mediaeval siege-machine. Cambridge.N. forests of them. one is reminded of the visitor to Mark Twain's house in West Hartford. 9 One solution to the space problem is high-ceilinged rooms. Connecticut. the librarian of King's College. shelved bottom to top. groves.Munby. who when shown through the 10 ." as Holbrook Jackson says. once noted that in his college library. feel about them. lanes of books.
On a trip to visit Sir Thomas in 1844. "Well you see. and there is only one sitting room.."12 The collector with the greatest number of books compared with the amount of space in which to put them was undoubtedly Sir Thomas Phillipps. is removed. Clemens found it necessary to have so many books untidily covering the floor. and all other flat surfaces in his library. "so that now he will not allow even the dining room to be used. &c. "Sir [Thomas's] stock of books and MSS. and again after the dessert &c. asked why Mr." Clemens replied to his visitor. individual book collectors have developed their own schemes for the arranging of their 11 ." Two years later there was a further development. The hall and passage are scarcely wide enough to admit two persons in consequence of the boxes.author's extremely cluttered library. "it's so very difficult to borrow book-cases. and is kept locked by Sir Thos. perhaps most. Many." Madden noted. presses. Frederic Madden noted in his diary that "the dining parlour is crowded with books and packages. but there was a relentless contraction of living space as the collections accumulated. since Sir Thomas did all his own cataloguing and classification. in which the family assemble. until the hour of dinner arrives." 13 Finding a particular book or manuscript at Middle Hall was a challenge. still keeps increasing. tables. in them filled with MSS. His house at Middle Hill was not large.
but which works for Mr.books." and Illinois towards the center. and proceeding to a lunatic system of variables around the room to the most ephemeral and least physically attractive books in his library. Thus the books on. California down at the lower left. in touring Dr. 14 One of my college classmates arranged his books in order of excellence. Paul Banks reports that on a recent trip to New Orleans. while in the section on Skilled Arts and Crafts could be found a book entitled Sex After Sixty. Patricia Flavin was once in a bookshop which shelved a copy of The Voyages of Magellan under Yachting. Cooke: and more power to him. "with books on New England in the upper right corner. Martin Bod- 12 . And Robert Nikirk reminds me that. the Rocky Mountains can be arranged in the physical vicinity of books on Colorado and Wyoming. a flexible arrangement which may defy standard classification schemes. His assemblages of books on America covers an entire wall of the study of his New York apartment. No person with an avocational or professional interest in books seems immune to the joys of developing his or her own classification scheme. One of the most interesting of these idiosyncratic schemes is that of Alistair Cooke. beginning with the best books in the best editions in the finest bindings. he visited a bookshop which shelved Arnold Toynbee's Study of History in the Mythology section. say.
" The celebrated seventeenth-century English book collector Sir Robert Cotton also designed his own scheme for arranging his most valuable books and manuscripts. Bodmer explained. where it now rests) as Cotton MS. in the bookcase with the bust of Nero on top. 15 Most collectors recognize that some sort of ordering scheme. hecallSe it was once the fourth book in. the Lindisfarne Gospels. "because they are both fantasies. was originally catalogued (and may still be called for at the British Library. but we begin to find many inventories and catalogues of books and manuscripts in the Renaissance.mer's great library in Geneva in the early 1970's. however lunatic. members of the Grolier Club discovered copies of Alice in 'Wonderland and Das Kapital shelved in close juxtaposition. Nero D. which included such interesting rarities as the only known manuscript of Beowulf. Dr. IV. Thomas Carlyle once said. These books were grouped together. it is a Polyphemus without any eye in his head. He had twelve bookcases specially constructed. reflected this arrangement. The shelfmark of each book in this collection. "A library is not worth anything without a catalogue. is necessary. each of which was adorned on top by the bust of one of the first 12 Caesars. 13 . Thus Sir Robert's celebrated manuscript."' 6 We know relatively little about the ways in which the ancients shelved their books. on the fourth shelf down.
books are put into some sort of arrangement so that they can be serviceable as need arises: This. Professor Jayne notes. translated by John Evelyn and first published in London in 1661. abandoned the alphabet. abandoned place and date. the librarian of Cardinal Mazarin. abandoned legibility.the English aspects of which have been studied by Sears Jayne in his Library Catalogues of the English Renaissance. Time and human nature are always at work on a Renaissance cataloguer. According to Naude. to set forth his own cataloguing principles in his celebrated Advice on Establishing a Library. however. that The amount of information given [in an English Renaissance catalogue] varies widely from catalogue to catalogue and from entry to entry in the same catalogue. abandoned all but a naked author and title. abandoned size. abandoned the donor's name. is impossible unless they be classified and arranged according to 14 . however. until at the end he has abandoned press marks. 17 Perhaps it was the use of such catalogues which prompted Gabriel Nau de. He may begin with the noblest ambitions of providing complete information about every book. but he usually gives up one dream after another as the length and tedium of the work begin to tell on him.
Humphrey noted in 1897. red volumes entitled Li15 . Without this order and arrangement a collection of books of whatever size. 10 The ne plus ultra of American classification may be seen in two large.. fat. were it fifty thousand volumes. or in such other fashion as will facilitate their being found at specified places .. and I doubt very much the possibility of comprehending them in such a way as to apply them in an intelligible manner even to public libraries. in his book. The Private Library: What We Do Know/What We Don't Know/What We Ought to Know About Our Books: Numerous elaborate plans of book classification have been put forward. as Arthur L. but in no way are they adaptable to the requirements of private libraries. principally by Americans. 18 Thus speaks French logic. but it is not the French who are primarily associated with the art and science of cataloguing and classification. would no more merit the name of a library than an assembly of thirty thousand men the name of an army if they he not billeted in their several quarters under the orders of their officers.subject matter. or a great heap of stones and building materials the name of a house large or small till they be properly put together to make a finished structure.
They were roughly in order of weight and size: heavy overcoats on the left. Everyman got up and went first to the wardrobe to decide on his outer clothing for the day. recent editions of which boast such splendidly lunatic headings (among many others) as: banana research bat binding boots and shoes in art chickens in religion and folklore sewage: collected works sex: cause and determination and tic: see also toe An English contribution to the game is made by Derek Langridge in his recent book. This was facilitated by the order of items on the rail. . formal suits. as follows: Each morning. followed by lighter coats.brary of Congress Subject Headings. They were classified by no less than three different principles: formal or i11formal: thick or thin: and colour . waistcoats. sports jackets and jerkins. Shirts were laid out on shelves at right and left of the wardrobe. An Approach to Classification for Students of Librarianship. . raincoat. His formal shirts were all 16 . Langridge begins his analysis of the subject by charting a day in the life of Everyman.
Meanwhile [Everyman's wife] prepared breakfast. . Cole suggests: The wise traveller on reaching a stopping-place will . In his introduction. On each side.. Take. aided by equally efficient organisation in the kitchen. and white . . the instance of George Watson Cole. informal ones on the left . blue and grey. Within each of these three groups there were four colour divisions: red and yellow. The cataloguer of the E. do well to make his 17 . Dwight Church collection of Americana.. packaged items in various cabinets . Items of food were classified first according to their need for protection from air. 20 And so on.. for example. the heavy occupied the lower. green and brown. heat and dust: milk. Man is a classifying and arranging animal. and no subject is beneath his organizing instincts. later the first librarian of the Huntington Library in California.. bread and biscuits in air-tight containers.on the right hand shelves. the light shirts occupied the higher shelves... you might think that he would have other ways of spending his time. meat and eggs in the refrigerator. but in 1935 he published privately a little book called Postcards: The World in Miniature: A Plan for Their Systematic Arrangement. and a founder of the Bibliographical Society of America.
He has a whole section on bridges and viaducts. No single· classification scheme for the arranging of books is ever likely to satisfy everybody-nor may former arrangements either of libraries or of individual volumes prove satisfactory. he reported: "Put two 18 . isit a postcard shop. which extends over nearly 11 pages. irrigating-dams. framing some pages and giving others away to his friends and students. On 30 December 1853. and wells. and he devotes considerable space to the classification of farms and rural scenes. Cole's postcard classification scheme. and there look over its views of the place he is in. from which he can select such objects as he may desire to see. is detailed. which he annotated copiously and on occasion broke up. where. canals. Georgia Bumgardner informs me. including arable. he noted in his diary: "Cut some leaves from large missal". Cole bequeathed his collection of 35. and barns and farm implements. on 1 January. for instance. orchard. and pasture-lands.first . John Ruskin was an assiduous collector of medieval illuminated manuscripts. Then and only then can he intelligently start out to behold its showplaces and feei assured that in the end he will have seen all that are really worth his inspection.000 postcards to the American Antiquarian Society. they are still to be found-but no longer arranged in Cole order.
he held them together with metal clips. and. not for curiosities. two days later: "Cut missal up in evening-hard work." The forcible rearrangement of books is probably more common than we like to think. who considered books as tools to be worked with. when they fell to pieces because of rough use. principally of classical writers. On purchasing 19 . He would cut a heavy book in half to make it more convenient to hold." "Missals. and combining it with a 1774 edition of John Dryden's English translation of Plutarch. the founder of the science of neurology. 22 Then there is Charles Darwin.pages of missal in frame". printed in Greek and Latin. who had no compunction about tearing out any portion [of a book] which interested him. Thomas Jefferson used to prepare his own polyglot editions. by tearing apart (for example) the 1572 Geneva edition of Plutarch's Lives. the great naturalist. Hughlings Jackson. and would frequently send to a friend a few leaves tom out of a book dealing with any subject in which he knew the friend to be interested." Ruskin once wrote. are "for use. His library was thus a collection of mutilated books. whose autograph may be found on one of its title-pages. This volume still survives: the copy of the Geneva edition Jefferson used in constructing it was formerly owned by William Byrd of Westover. a habit shared by Dr.
but it's the people who don't do this who are really mad. the Philadelphia printer. aFJ. which Clements had purchased from him en bloc: 20 . my boy. and then makes new paper. remarked: ·You think I am mad. Bibliographical fashions change: whereas presentday book collectors like their books exactly as they were issued. Clements. papermaker. and proprietor of the Bird & Bull Press. observing him. which he often did. then to tear the book in two. and view made-up copies of books with fastidious distaste. Morris takes old copies of Reader's Digest Condensed Books." 23 Perhaps the most elegant reorganization of books is that of Henry Morris. putting one half in one pocket and the other in the other.a novel at a railway bookstall. which he uses for his own projects.d expected their booksellers to provide them. an earlier generation of book collectors more frequently wanted presentable-looking copies. writing in 1918 to William L. Here is Henry Stevens of Vermont. reduces the contents to pulp. removes the covers. On one such occasion the clerk at the stall stared at the performance of this sacrilegious act with such obvious amazement that Jackson. who had been pressuring him to hurry up with the binding of various editions of De Bry's Voyages. his first act was to rip off the covers.
or torn or defective maps. It is only by combining two or more copies. including his own. 24 Any discussion of lunacy and the arrangement of books may logically include the rearrangement of other people's books on one's own shelves. Don Vincente wanted to own what he thought was the only existing copy of the 21 . such as a bad impression. so that cleaning and sizing are almost always absolutely necessary. The paper is very soft and is generally more or less foxed or brown stained. or bibliokleptomania. changing various leaves. &c. A memorable story about a book thief is that told by Flaubert and others about the Spanish monk. he disappeared for a while and then reemerged as a bookdealer in Barcelona. Don Vincente. who took advantage of the political upheavals in Spain in the 1830's to sack the libraries of several monasteries. and cleaning and sizing the whole that a good perfect copy can be obtained. It is usually ill a very inferior and unattractive condition.I don't know whether you have ever seen any De Bry in the original state in which it generally comes down to us [writes Stevens to Clements]. or a crooked imposition in the text. Very few parts come without some defect in the plates. Shedding his robes.
It was part of a collection mostly of leather-bound odd volumes which had been assembled for use as decoration in the lobby and bar of a new Atlanta hotel. Georgia. Shortly afterward Paxtot's house was razed by fire and he perished in the flames.Furs e Ordinacions. His lawyer. In preparation for which. and over the centuries there have been a superb variety of lunatic solutions to this problem. I once bought a copy of the one-volume edition of Isaac D'Israeli's Curiosities of Literature for $5 in Atlanta. in trying to establish his innocence. The defendant became raving mad and cried. he was overbid by Augustino Paxtot. my book is not unique: He was hanged shortly thereafter. 25 The theft of books is a problem which has plagued their owners for a very long time. found another copy of the book in Paris and used this evidence to show that Don Vincente's book was not necessarily Paxtot's. Although Don Vincente bid everything he owned for the book in an auction. Don Vincente was indicted when the book was found in his possession. 'Alas. down into the text. and proceeding through the title page. and past the index at the 22 . each book was about to have a one-inch hole drilled in its side. beginning at the top cover. the first Spanish printer. printed in 1482 by Lamberto Palmont.
and finally through the back cover. As a deterrent to theft this method is hard to beat. New York.end of the book. and fasten them permanently into the bookcases of the hotel lobby. celebrated as a benefactor of The Newberry Library in Chicago. a realestate paper which prospered in the frenzied days after the Chicago fire. Wing began work as a printer's devil. and reading books thus arranged must be a real challenge. Wells has told us. Looking into the partially obstructed pages of octavos with the bolts still unopened would be child's play by comparison. or Grangerization. Iron rods would then be used to string the books together like beads. He was able to retire at 43 and devote the 23 . Closely allied to book rearrangement by theft surely is book-rearrangement by extra-illustration. My favorite extra-illustrator is John M. and eventually [he] rose to proofreading and editorial writing. whose readers made up in substance what they lacked in number. where he rapidly made his fortune from two trade journals shrewdly calculated to meet local needs: The Landowner. and The Western Brewer. Each one-inch hole was to be exactly four inches from the foot of the book. Wing. as Mr. In 1866 he decided to go West and travelled as far as Chicago. later became a compositor in newspaper shops in Rome and Utica. and.
rest of his life to collecting and extra-illustrating books. Their proximity. 26 We are told that he attempted to leave his fortune to the University of Chicago. in order to endow a chair of extra-illustration. "together with a sufficient endowment to build and maintain a great collection on the history of the craft to which he owed his wealth. 24 . The prospect of daisy chains thus formed is enchanting. perhaps the most compelling is that of an etiquette book of 1863. and I leave my readers to speculate about this and all other aspects of lunacy and the arrangement of books. Dix. should not be tolerated. 27 Such an arrangement would put the works of Elizabeth Barrett next to those of Robert Browning -but whom should we put on the other side of Miss Barrett? asks William S. the discoverer of this passage. unless they happen to be married." Of all the lunatic schemes for the arrangement of books. which decreed that the perfect hostess will see to it that the works of male and female authors be properly segregated on her book shelves. his greatest passion. only when this plan failed did he consent to leave his collections to The Newberry Library.
5. Darling.L.. 27. In the Track of the Bookworm (East Aurora. 139. says Sanderson. 15. My worthless source for this story is a book in the "1001 Jokes for All Occasions" genre. I am indebted to Robert Nikirk for this story. Sanderson. Associate Editor. I. 7. Ian MacLaren. Lives of the Founders of the British Museum (London. 6. Books and Bookmen (London. C10. I am indebted to Robert Nikirk for this story. A. p. I am indebted to Paul Needham for this story. 7. 2." 13. N.Y. 90. I am indebted to Ian Willison for checking the pressmark. 105.N. Edward Edwards. 1897). Jackson. 17. 3. Munby. 132n. 1931). The Bankrupt Bookseller (Collected Volume: Edinburgh. The New York Times. Will Y. London. p. Kenneth M. 1912). Mark Twain Papers. 8.FOOTNOTES 1. 1947). 9. 25. Phillipps Studies No. p. Irving Browne. reports that he and his fellow staffmembers have been unable to verify the story-but. 39. 1954). p. 164. p.N. p. 1870). Some Caricatures of Book-Collectors: An Essay (privately printed. 12. 14. II. University of California at Berkeley. Munby. pp. 1948). I am indebted to my former student for this story. 11.L. A. 3: The Formation of The Phillipps Library Up to the Year 1840 (Cambridge. p. pp. II. 4. . 27 December 1976. "It sounds like Twain. 10. Holbrook Jackson. 39. The Anatomy of Bibliomania (New York. Jackson.
25 (March. II. 22. 63. D. 125. 1976 (Washington. p." in Psychoanalytic Quarterly 35 (1966). introd. Sears Jayne. James S. Jackson. Clements as Collector (Amsterdam. Dix in "Of the Arrangement of Books. Humphreys. 90. 1897). Dearden.. p. The Private Library: What We Do Know/What We Don't Know/What We Ought to Know About Our Books (New York. I. p.C. Derek Langridge.16. 13. p. 36-7. 27. "John Ruskin. in The Library. 117-8. tr. Frederick R. Wing Foundation in The Newberry Library (Boston. 1964). Weiner. 9-10. 1966)." in Thomas Jefferson and the World of Books: A Symposium Held at the Library of Congress September 21. . Cited by William S. 1973). Dictionary Catalogue of the History of Printing From the John M. p. 20. Arthur L. 18. Shaping a Library: William L. 21. Archer Taylor (Berkeley. 218." in College & Research Libraries. 19. Margaret Maxwell. Gabriel Naude. Library Catalogues of the English Renaissance (Berkeley. Norman D. An Approach to Classification for Students of Librarianship (London. 5th series 21 (June. 86. 26. 24. 1950). 101. p. 23. Introduction. the Collector. 81. Humphreys. p. Advice on Establishing a Library. 1961). p. 1956). pp. 1977). "On Bibliomania. 17. pp. John Eyelyn. "Freedom of Challenge. p. 1973). Goff. 25.
and he has published extensively on this subject. His doctoral work was on the 18th-century London book trade. In 1983. In 1992. Belanger moved Rare Book School from Columbia to the University of Virginia. where he received his PhD in 18th-century English literature in 1970. -----------------· '~. a collection of five-day non-credit courses of interest to students of the history of the book and related subjects. where he is currently University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections.org> ).-----------------·~·--------~--------- Ahout the Authol' Terry Belanger was educated at Haverford College and at Columbia University. he instituted an annual Rare Book School ( <www. he established the Book Arts Press at Columbia as a bibliographical laboratory supporting a master's program in rare book librarianship and antiquarian bookselling. In 1972.rarebookschool. ------------------ ISBN: 1·58456·099·1 .
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