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THE LIBRARY

Contents:

PREFATORY NOTE

AN APOLOGY FOR THE BOOK-HUNTER

THE LIBRARY

THE BOOKS OF THE COLLECTOR

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

Books, books again, and books once more!

These are our theme, which some miscall

Mere madness, setting little store

By copies either short or tall.

But you, O slaves of shelf and stall!

We rather write for you that hold

Patched folios dear, and prize "the small,

Rare volume, black with tarnished gold."

A. D.

PREFATORY NOTE

The pages in this volume on illuminated and other MSS. (with the

exception of some anecdotes about Bussy Rabutin and Julie de

Rambouillet) have been contributed by the Rev. W. J. Loftie, who has

also written on early printed books (pp. 94-95).  The pages on the

Biblioklept (pp. 46-56) are reprinted, with the Editor's kind

permission, from the Saturday Review; and a few remarks on the moral

lessons of bookstalls are taken from an essay in the same journal.

Mr. Ingram Bywater, Fellow of Exeter College, and lately sub-

Librarian of the Bodleian, has very kindly read through the proofs

of chapters I., II., and III., and suggested some alterations.

Thanks are also due to Mr. T. R. Buchanan, Fellow of All Souls

College, for two plates from his "Book-bindings in All Souls

Library" (printed for private circulation), which he has been good

enough to lend me.  The plates are beautifully drawn and coloured by

Dr. J. J. Wild.  Messrs. George Bell & Sons, Messrs. Bradbury,

Agnew, & Co., and Messrs. Chatto & Windus, must be thanked for the

use of some of the woodcuts which illustrate the concluding chapter.

A. L.

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