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A PRICED AND ANNOTATED RECORD
OF LONDON BOOK AUCTIONS
(including books from the date of the invention of printing
FOR THE AUCTION-SEASON
COMPRISED WITHIN OCTOBER 1, 1909-JULY 31, 1910
(containing 15,066 records)
KARSLAKE & CO.
35, POND STREET, HAMPSTEAD, N.W.
LREADY more than once it has been stated that matter for Prefatory Notes was becoming increasingly difficult to find. At first the Notes were written for serviceable purposes only, and at length developed into merely an annual chat. But as four times each year the section known as "Colloquialisms" adequately provides for the latter there is no further need of it here. Let me therefore repeat that those new subscribers who wish to clearly understand the method of arrangement of B.A.R. should read the Prefatory Notes in volume 2, while for strictures upon faulty cataloguing the same section of volume 3 should be consulted. It was The Athenaeum, by the bye, that commended those strictures. This year there only has to be said that B.A.R. continues to make steady progress in increase of circulation, the rate for the past three years having been upwards of one hundred per annum. and with the increase continues to come continual access of new friendships from various parts of the world. The correspondence is as stimulating as ever, but, being of the same character as that already printed in earlier volumes, later examples may be omitted.
The articles respecting the libraries of certain towns have met with much appreciation, and one trade-journal connected with bookselling recently said that they were "adding an admirable chapter to the History of Literature," and that "they are all written by experts, and are well illustrated." For next year articles have been arranged for upon Oxford Libraries, by Mr. Strickland Gibson, of the Bodleian, and upon Leeds Libraries, by Mr. Thomas W. Hand, Chief Librarian of the Leeds Central Free Public Library; while an article entitled Bibliotheca Fragmenta will be contributed by Mr. A. R. Corns, of the Lincoln Public Library. The latter will deal with unfinished books, and will give a lengthy list, both alphabetical and annotated, and likely to be of service in many ways.
Attention is particularly requested to the list of Errata which follows these Notes. The necessary alterations should be made with the pen. Such errors are bound to occur in a publication of the nature of B.A.R., but they are invariably discovered and, as shewn,
are indicated. It is when the errors are left unnoticed that a book of values becomes a blind guide. Also, variations of the initials given with the names of authors will occasionally occur. These lapses do not happen in the editing of B.A.R. but are taken from the salecatalogues. Thus, in the present volume one author twice has the initial "G" and once the initials "G. E." It is impossible to check the initials of each of the 15,000 entries while the parts are in course of publication, and it is only when the Index is being made that such. variations are discovered. The record wanted can of course be found, initials or no initials, but if cataloguers would but be more painstaking since the authors' initials are on the title-pages of the editions catalogued such irregularities would not exist.
The following Errata have been discovered in various volumes of B.A.R., and should be corrected with the pen.
Pages 30, 334. Byron's Werner.
Page 244. Lamb. Tales from Shakespeare, 1801. The date should be 1807, The error is in the Index also.
Page 176. Braybrooke (Lord) Londiniana, should be under "Brayley”. The entry in the Index should be corrected also.
Guillemard (F. H. H.) Cruise of the Marchesa, 1886. The price should be altered to £1 3s. Page 273. Sainte-Beuve (C. A.) Œuvres, 57 vols., 1843-73.
The price should
be altered to £15
Page 381. Freer (M. W.) History of the Reign of Henry IV., described in the sale catalogue as being the first edition. first edition is 1860.
1861. This was The date of the
Page 597. Brown (E.) Forest Flora of S. Australia, should refer to page 311 instead of to page 339
The edition of 1823 is described as being the
Byron's Sardanapalus. This is a similar error. The right date is
First line. For Blair read Boccaccio.
Encyclopædia Biblica. For Glack read Black.
First line. For Hartshorne read Harvey.
Rossetti, Ballads and Sonners. Insert the Initials " (D. G.)”
The date should be 1844.
For the date 1458 read 1488