The British Museum Library : a short history and survey / by Arundell Esdaile ; with an introduction by Sir Frederic G. Kenyon.

Esdaile, Arundell James Kennedy, 1880-1956 [Browse]
London : George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1948.
388 pages ; 21 cm.


  • Library Association series of library manuals ; 9. [More in this series]
  • The Library Association series of library manuals ; 9
Summary note
My aim is to provide in small compass what can only be found scattered through a large number of books and periodicals, a summary account, historical and descriptive, which shall be full enough to be useful for reference and information, and at the same time to bring out the true significance of the collections and of the tale of their gathering -- in a word, to be readable. I have confined myself to the Library, that is to the three Departments, of Printed Books, of Manuscripts, and of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts. I have left untouched that of Prints and Drawings, once, like that of Coins and Medals, an integral part of the Library, as was usual, and often still so reckoned, regarding it as more closely allied to the Art side of the Departments of Antiquities. -- Preface.
"First published in 1946. Second impression 1948."
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction / Sir Frederic G. Kenyon
  • Part one : Historical. 1. The foundation
  • 2. Montagu House and the first fifty years
  • 3. New wine and an old bottle
  • 4. Two public enquiries : growth and dissension (1835-50)
  • 5. The reading room and Iron Library : Panizzi, Principal Librarian (1851-66)
  • 6. Interlude : Winter Jones, Principal Librarian (1866-78)
  • 7. Bond, Principal Librarian : printing the general catalogue (1878-88)
  • 8. Maunde Thompson, Director and Principal Librarian (1888-1909)
  • 9. The last thirty years
  • Part two : The collections and their catalogues. 1. The printed books
  • 2. The manuscripts
  • 3. The Oriental printed books and manuscripts
  • Appendices. The elected trustees
  • The Keepers and Deputy Keepers
  • The first Reading Room regulations
  • Alienation, lending and removal
  • Binding
  • Classification of printed books
  • Photography
  • The Natural History Museum Library
  • The staff : a note
  • The Report and Quarterly.
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