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79th year of Issue

The

English Catalogue
of Books

FOR

1915

GIVING IN ONE ALPHABET, UNDER AUTHOR AND TITLE, THE
SIZE, PRICE, MONTH OF PUBLICATION, AND PUBLISHER OF
BOOKS ISSUED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM,

BEING A CONTINUATION OF THE "LONDON" AND "BRITISH" CATALOGUES; WITH THE
PUBLICATIONS OF LEARNED AND OTHER SOCIETIES, AND DIRECTORY OF PUBLISHERS

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THE PUBLISHERS' CIRCULAR, LIMITED

19, ADAM STREET, STRAND, W.C.

1916

[ALL RIGHTS RESERVED]

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PREFATORY NOTE

THIS Seventy-ninth yearly issue of THE ENGLISH CATALOGUE OF BOOKS comprises the titles (under authors, and subjects or titles) of works published during 1915, and also of some received too late for inclusion in the seventy-eighth issue.

The main entry for each book begins with the author's surname (if known) in heavy type. As an index to these "Author " records, entries are also made under the titles, commencing with their most important words (which usually indicate the subjects with which the books deal), or with the first words; the name or word under which the main entry appears is printed in italics in these index entries, thus giving a reference to the place where the full information about a book may be found. Main entries and index entries are in one alphabet. Writers with compound names are entered under the first part of the name, e.g. :

Baring-Could (Sabine)

and accordingly must be looked for in that order. References are also made, however, from the last part of the name.

The publications of learned Societies are recorded in an Appendix.

The names and addresses of the Publishers of Great Britain and Ireland, followed by those of the principal publishers in the United States and Canada, will be found at the end of the volume. The telegraphic and cable addresses and telephone numbers have been added when known.

Following the Preface is an analysis of the books of the year 1915, showing in detail the number of works in each class of literature, and giving the proportions of new books, translations, pamphlets, and new editions.

Hearty thanks are due to many publishers, secretaries, librarians, authors and bibliographers who have assisted in making this book more correct and comprehensive than it would have been otherwise.

The Editor will be glad to have particulars (author, title, size, price, publisher, and month of publication) of any work which may have been omitted. Information regarding each book should be given on a separate slip of paper or postcard. It should be addressed to The Editor of THE ENGLISH CATALOGUE of Books "Publishers' Circular" Office, 19, Adam Street, Strand, London, W.C.

THE EDITOR.

January, 1916.

ANALYSIS OF BOOKS

PUBLISHED DURING 1915

LIBRARY

THE European War has naturally had an effect on the publishing activity of the United Kingdom, and the number of books recorded as having been published during the year is 872 below the total for 1914.

This decrease is not so formidable as might have been anticipated, and the figures are a tribute to the enterprise and vitality of British publishing, and are a hopeful sign for the future. It may be noted that the decrease is proportionately greater in the totals for New Editions than for New Books.

As we pointed out last year, the average quality of the books published at present is probably somewhat lower than during pre-War days, owing partly to a reluctance to place on a disturbed market works requiring a great outlay and partly to the appearance of numerous ephemeral works dealing with the War.

The decrease has been spread over most classes of literature, but it may be noted that the largest decrease, 419, is in Fiction. Science with a decrease of 142, and Technology with one of 167 are two other classes that have been most greatly affected. On the other hand, the total for History has increased by 309 and Geography by 118, and several other classes also show increases, Philology being one of them as a result of the numerous handbooks on conversation, &c., in foreign languages issued for the use of soldiers and others.

It should be noted that in the above classes, "Education " includes only books about educational theory and practice, and not text-books on special subjects, which are classed elsewhere; and also that under "Music " only works about music are recorded.

Large though the yearly total is, it
would be possible to swell it to a much
greater figure by counting numerous
leaflets
and
(Government
other),
ephemeral pamphlets, the publications
of borough councils and other local
government bodies, and musical texts.
While it is obvious that our total could
be increased greatly by the inclusion of
all this literary protozoa, the figures
would not represent so accurately the
book publishing activity of the United
Kingdom.

The following totals of the last ten
years are of considerable interest :—

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In the following tables each book is counted as one, whether it is in one or more volumes. Serials that appear later as a collected volume are counted as an ordinary book on the appearance of that volume; so that, for example, the series of "Statutory Rules and Orders" issued by the Government, and amounting to several hundred in the year, are counted as one item on the appearance of the annual collected volume. The rule applies to volumes of magazines, &c. Further detailed information regarding the year's publishing is supplied by the appended analytical tables.

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