CATALOGUE OF THE LONDON LIBRARY, ST. JAMES SQUARE, LONDON, WITH PREFACE, LAWS AND REGULATIONS. And appendix, containing list of members, contents of voluminous collections, alphabetical lists of tracts, and a classified list of subjects. Robert Harrison.

CATALOGUE OF THE LONDON LIBRARY, ST. JAMES SQUARE, LONDON, WITH PREFACE, LAWS AND REGULATIONS. And appendix, containing list of members, contents of voluminous collections, alphabetical lists of tracts, and a classified list of subjects.

(London Library).
  • London: The Library, 1888.
  • large 8vo.
  • original polished cloth, top edge tinted.
  • xvi, 1161 pages.

Price: $65.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 54158

Fifth edition. This copy lacks the separately issued appendix. The London Library is today the largest private, nonacademic lending library in the world (cf. Basbanes, N.A.: "The More Things Stay the Same" in: BIBLIO, vol.4, no.1, Jan. '99, p. 10-12), founded on an initiative of Thomas Carlyle in 1840 or 1841, to fill the need for a ciculating library of "serious literature" with liberal borrowing policies. Dickens, Thackeray, Eliot, T.H. Huxley et al. were among its members, and Tennyson is listed in this 1888 publication as "president." This catalogue of books acquired through 1885 lists roughly 50,000 titles. Entries are alphabetical by author/title in the terse form common to many older book catalogues, which were essentially lists or checklists. Recased with new endpapers. Some rubbing and soiling; corners worn.