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Libraries and Founders of Libraries by Edward Edwards

By Edward Edwards

This entire quantity, first released in 1864, covers the historical past of libraries from classical occasions to the 19th century, largely in England but in addition extra afield. the writer was once an influential determine within the founding of municipal libraries in nineteenth-century Britain and thought of entry to solid libraries as the most important to schooling and civilisation. He emphasises the significance of person creditors within the development of serious libraries, and examines the non-public holdings of many writers and students in addition to individuals of royal households, the aristocracy, and clergy. a few of these are popular, others much less usually encountered in surveys of library background. Edwards additionally discusses the following background of those collections, their dispersal or incorporation into different libraries. different very important themes coated by means of Edwards comprise the advance and service provider of the kingdom Paper place of work and Public documents workplace from the medieval interval onwards.

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Whilst the Zaluski Library was still in its rightful abode, and before its books had undergone any Procrustean mutilations, in order to make them fit the Russian packingcases, it was, as I have said, the largest Library in the world.

12 LIBRARIES OF THE GREEKS. * More recently, M. Jules Oppert (to whom was entrusted, by the French government, the mission of examining and reporting on the acquisitions for which the British public are mainly indebted to the research and energy of Mr. Layard) has copied a considerable series of these inscribed tablets, and has expressed his conviction that there is a large class of them to which, in a special and unique sense, the designation of a " Public Library in Clay " is applicable. These he believes to have been prepared by command of Sardanapalus V.

But no Order was so fortunate in the possession of a long line of men remarkable for mental vigour and force of character. If the early Benedictines are less conspicuous at periods of comparative enlightenment than at periods when all around them was gloomy, they were unquestionably 28 LIBEAEIES AND THEIR FOUNDEES the first pioneers and builders up of European civilization, and they laid its foundations broad and deep enough to resist the attacks of their own unworthy successors. They never sank so low as did most other Orders of Monks ; and at a long subsequent period, in producing the illustrious Congregation of St.

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