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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,