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THE

ENGLISH CATALOGUE OF BOOKS

FROM 1835 to 1863.

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IS PUBLISHED BY SAMPSON LOW, SON, AND CO., AT 14, LUDGATE H.

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ON THE 18t AND 15th OF EACH MONTH.

It gives a transcript of the Title-page of every Work published in Great Britain, and every Work

of interest published abroad. It is Registered for Circulation abroad.

The Subscription is 88. por Annum.

Established by the Publishers of London, in 1837.

THE

ENGLISH CATALOGUE

OF BOOKS

PUBLISHED FROM JANUARY, 1835, TO JANUARY, 1863,

COMPRISING THE CONTENTS OF THE “LONDON” AND THE “BRITISH” CATALOGUES,
AND THE PRINCIPAL WORKS PUBLISHED IN THE UNITED STATES OF

AMERICA AND CONTINENTAL EUROPE,

Work

WITH THE DATES OF PUBLICATION, IN ADDITION TO THE SIZE,

PRICE, EDITION, AND PUBLISHER'S NAME

COMPILED BY SAMPSON LOW.

LONDON:
SAMPSON LOW, SON, AND MARSTOV

14, LUDGATE HILL.

1864.

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PREFACE.

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The present volume gives the title, size, price, number of volumes, publisher's Dame, and date of publication, of 67,500 distinct works—being the English publications, importations of original American works, and Continental English books, for the 28 years from January, 1835, to January, 1863.

The latest edition of the London Catalogue-now incorporated with this work -gave 42,340 works for the 25 years from 1831 to 1855; our additional researches have added to this number about 5300 titles which had escaped former compilers ; from which, however, we must deduct 1500, omitted by reason of the four years' difference of date in commencement.

This calculation leaves 21,360 books published during the last eight years, or an average of 2670 per annum, exclusive of reprints.

The chief feature of the present Catalogue is the addition of dates to every title, indicating either when the work was first published, or, if it was not originally published within the period embraced by this volume, the date of the last edition. In many instances both dates are given, as also the dates of alterations in the prices of the books. These dates were first introduced by the editor in his British Catalogue in 1849, and now uniformly adopted throughout, in the hope of approaching more nearly to his idea of what the English standard catalogue should be.

The old London Catalogue, together with the Brit sh Catalogue, has at very considerable cost been merged in the present publication; and for nearly three years past the time of the editor, and that of his assistants, has been thoroughly occupied in supplying deficiencies and correcting proofs. The great Catalogues of the British Museum have been carefully searched for every publication of importance not included in the two works just mentioned; and it is believed that a larger amount of information on modern English bibliography is thus brought together than has ever been presented in any similar work. The difficulties of the task will be readily appreciated by all who have had any experience of this kind of labour. The preparation of a Catalogue of any library or collection of books, however large, to which the compiler has access, is a comparatively easy task, or is at least one which depends only on the amount of personal attention and time bestowed, or on the extent of the staff of assistants at command. In the compilation of a Catalogue like the present, the labour is by no means so simple. It is often impossible to find a copy of works, which

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