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THIS second part of the Bibliotheca Grenvilliana was commenced in the year 1843, but was discontinued after fifty six pages were printed. The Trustees of the British Museum having resolved to finish the Catalogue, in order that the literary value of the whole of this noble bequest should be made public and also in accordance with the known wish of Mr. Grenville, we, at their request, completed the task.
Since the Publication of the first part in 1842, Mr. Grenville added to his collection many articles of great value and rarity, which, had he previously possessed them, would have been inserted in those volumes, the object of which was to give notices of his rarer books- they will now add to the interest of this volume. The list of Addenda is longer than it would otherwise have been, in consequence of acquisitions made since 1843. Those who are conversant with making alphabetical catalogues of large libraries will readily pardon the occasional erroneous entry of a book, an error which the progress of the printing discloses, and will only allow to be corrected by an insertion in the Addenda.