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tion was treated by Mr. Wright of Plymouth. September 15, 1888. The Rev. P. Aitken described “Water Marks G VLASGOW should be proud of an auspicious in collation of Fifteeners.' But possibly the
year in her annals. Not only has a noble most interesting incident of the meeting was exhibition flourished, but more than one of the production by Mr. Blades of a singular the learned societies have this year made the tract found in the Wigan Library by Mr. city their place of conference. Among them Folkard, the librarian, entitled ' An Overture have been the Archæological Society and the for founding and maintaining a Bibliothecks Library Association of the United Kingdom. in every Paroch throughout this kingdom,
Bookmen, outside the limited circle of humbly offered to the consideration of this English librarianship, take more interest in present Assembly.' This work was printed in the latter body than the members themselves 1699. It shows that arguments in favour of may imagine ; and the Glasgow meeting has public libraries were quite as forcibly expressed attracted special attention for one
two hundred years ago as they are now. especially, to which we shall presently refer. The special reason for noting the recent Before doing so, however, the opportunity meeting of the Librarians is the absolute should be taken to point out the prominent paucity of subjects at their command for consubjects considered by the Association. sideration and discussion. They cannot go on
A good many members were probably sur- for ever, year after year, speaking of the prised at the local book-lore brought under modes of preserving and distributing books. their notice by Professor Ferguson in his The art is as restricted and immutable as the paper on the ‘Brothers Foulis and other science of arithmetic, and its laws are simpliGlasgow Printers.' Those who were inclined, city itself, unless a pronounced literary element and naturally so, to look upon the second city be introduced, and that is an innovation of the Empire as being purely a manufacturing which many of the most enthusiastic librarians and mercantile centre could not fail to be would hardly care to see. We would, therestruck by the details of the beautiful typo- fore take the part of that section of the graphy whichi emanated from the Foulis press association who think that the meetings might between 1743 and 1746. The first book in future be triennial instead of annual. The printed in Glasgow appeared in 1638 from the interval would permit subjects to be treated press of one George Anderson, a printer who fully, with shness of spirit, and, we think, hailed from the more erudite city of Edin- to the advantage of the cause ; that is to say, burgh. We may remark that a characteristic if the pleasures of 'outing,' so much required feature of Glasgow librarianship seems to be by the hermit librarian, do not enter into the the collecting of books actually printed in the attractions and value of the programme. city ; if we mistake not, Mr. Barrett, of the Should the annual meetings be upheld, we Mitchell Library, inaugurated this plan, which would counsel the introduction of a wider might reasonably be adopted in all places range of topics. As it is, the association, where book production has been a compara- active and earnest as its chief members untively limited business.
questionably are, is but a dead-and-alive affair Other papers read at the various meetings after all. The recent meeting in Glasgow was raised discussions on subjects which already only its eleventh annual assemblage, and yet have occupied the attention of the association. it seemed as much fossilised as any of those The working of public Free Libraries and most learned societies which have existed-how, Board Schools in furthering national educa- ) it is difficult to say-for many a year longer.
THE CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION AT MEL- | the dirtiest leaves in the books were rubbed BOURNE.-It appears that not a little dissatis- first with the dry finger and then with the wet faction has been expressed regarding the finger. In the first case scarcely any microbes treatment of British exhibitors at this great were found on the finger ; in the second case display. Exhibitors of books had special cause plenty were found, but all appeared to be of to grumble on account, as a correspondent a non-infectious character. Especially is it informs us, of the exhibits being scattered all noted that there were no tubercle bacilli. over the building and not in one department. Lastly, books were soaked for two days in We understand that Mr. M, L. Hutchinson, spirit containing 10 per cent. of carbolic acid, the agent for several publishers, managed to This treatment destroyed all the bacilli, and remedy this, and now the books are fairly well proved harmless to the volumes. The contogether. The colonial press speaks highly of clusion arrived at was that the danger of Mr. Hutchinson's efforts in connection with circulating libraries spreading infection is very the Exhibition.
slight, but a recommendation is given to dust RARE BIBLES AND Books.--Among the most books well before reading them, and never to important acquisitions made by the Trustees of wet the finger in the mouth for the purpose the British Museum during the year are the of turning over the leaves. following works : A Bible in the Georgian language, in folio, printed at Moscow in 1743
CHAMBERS'S ENCYCLOPÆDIA.* at the expense of Prince Bakar, the son of
The new volume (II.) of the new edition of King Vachtang, who made use of materials this work continues from Beaugency' to collected by his uncle King Artchyl.
The latter refers to the disease of book is excessively rare, as nearly the whole the eye only. As we observed with regard to impression was destroyed in the burning of the first volume, there is every evidence of Moscow in 1812. Only ten copies are known careful editorial supervision, which is almost to exist, and no other edition of the entire surprising when the scope of the work and the Bible has ever been printed in the Georgian rapidity of publication are borne in mind. language. Another rare Bible is the one in Mr. Patrick has in the present volume brought Armenian, printed at Amsterdam, in 1666, together a host of contributors who conspicu4to. illustrated with numerous woodcuts, as ously excel in their special observations and also a Psalter in Armenian, printed at Venice modes of thought. in 1565, 8vo. This book was the first pro- For the book world the volume is more duction of the Armenian press established by interesting than any of the ten which we preAbgar at Venice, and is believed to be the
sume will form the complete set. ‘Bibliofirst portion of the Bible printed in Armenian. graphy' comes from the pen of Mr. H. A. To these should be added Archbishop Parker's Webster, the librarian of the University of rare work entitled 'De Antiquitate Ecclesiæ Edinburgh; the same gentleman also writes Britannicæ,' printed in Lambeth Palace by the article · Book.' As we might expect from John Day in 1572, folio, and intended for the writer, both of these articles are characterprivate distribution among the friends of the
ised by that scholarly universality of informaArchbishop. It is believed that no more than tion which ought to be found in all works of twenty-five copies of this work exist, and no this description, our insular views of the great two copies agree entirely in their contents. Four world being sadly pronounced. Mr. Webster, copies are now in the British Museum. Finally however, might have inserted a word or two the Missal of the use of the Diocese of Seville, under the heading catalogue,' a subject printed at Seville by Jacob Cromberger in sufficiently interesting for special notice, or at 1507, folio ; a Service-book of the greatest least a cross-reference. The contribution on rarity, and printed on vellum. It is a mag-Bookbinding' comes from the experienced nificent example of early Spanish typography,
pen of Mr. Joseph Cundall, than whom no and issued from the press of the first of a writer in this country is better fitted to speak family of German printers who worked at
The article Seville until the middle of the sixteenth on the Book Trade' has been thoroughly
this most interesting subject. century. Only one other copy is known to overhauled by Mr. Robert Cochrane.British exist, and that is in the Casanati Library at Museum,' by Mr. A. W. Pollard, likewise Rome.
possesses attractions for the bibliopole. One of Do LIBRARY Books SPREAD INFECTION ?— the most important literary articles in the A good deal of discussion having taken volume is ‘Biography,' by Ňr. Thomas Davidplace on the subject of the spread of in- son ; it is noteworthy particularly on account fectious diseases by means of the books in of its showing how the greater subjects recirculating libraries
, the Dresden municipal ceive more attention in the new edition than authorities, according to the Lancet, have they received formerly. had a thorough experimental investigation
To those who are outside of the book world of this question conducted. A number of these may appear subjects that do not call for much-used volumes from the town library were special mention. But on examination the new taken for the purpose. The dust from the volume will be found rich in modern details leaves and covers was sown in nutrient media respecting all branches of knowledge described and cultures reared, the result being that no by the most apt pens in this and other counmicrobes belonging to infectious diseases were found--the dust being, in fact, nothing but
• Chambers's Encyclopædia, a Dictionary of Universal kinouledge.
Loudon and Edinburgh: ordinary dust of a harmless character. Again, W. & R. Chambers.
tries. Looking hastily at the headings, without Buildings,' illustrated ; and other papers in regard to classification, we note • Bechuana- the somewhat extensive range of subjects land,' by Sir Charles Warren ; 'Beethoven,' covered by this pictorial threepenny.' by Sir George Grove; “Blood,' by Dr. W.
Messrs. Griffith, Farran & Co. are about to Hunter; Boccaccio,' by Mr. W. Whyte; publish the second number of Popular Poets
Breviary,' by the Marquis of Bute; 'Brochs,' of the Period.' This will include sketches of by Mr. Joseph Anderson, LL.D.; Robert the careers, and selections from the poetical Burns,' by
W Lang; Calculating works, of Lewis Morris, the Rev. Newman Machines, by Major-General Babbage; Hall, LL.B., Mrs. Isabella Fyvie Mayo, * Thomas Carlyle,' by Mr. W. Wallace ; Clifton Bingham, and Coventry Patmore. Caspian Sea,' by Prince Peter Kropotkine, The work is being edited by Mr. F. A. H. &c. The reputation of this great reference Eyles, who promises its continuation in serial work should be vastly enhanced by the new form, it being his aim to make each number of volume.
equal interest and merit.
Messrs. Swan Sonnenschein & Co. will Notes and Nevos publish early in October an English edition of
Dr. Baerneither's English Associations of The sixteenth volume of the Dictionary Working Men’specially prepared under the of National Biography,' to be published on author's supervision. The author here the 26th inst., extends from Drant to Edridge, presents us with a valuable contribution Mr. H. Manners Chichester writes on General | towards the solution of the problem-to what Sir William Draper; Mr. A. H. Bullen on extent association has, by means of trades Michael Drayton and Alexander Dyce; Mr. unions, co-operative societies, building socieLionel Custon Martin Droeshout ; Mr. R. ties, &c., affected the Capital and Labour Barry O'Brien on Thomas Drummond, the Question, and secured for the working man a Under-Secretary for Ireland ; Mr. Sidney L. larger share of the national income. Lee on William Drummond of Hawthornden and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester ; Mr. Mr. R. Free has just completed a 'Memoir Leslie Stephen on Dryden, John Dunton, and of Orange Street Chapel.' This is one of the Maria Edgeworth ; Canon Dixon on John oldest Nonconformist chapels in London, and Dudley, Duke of Northumberland ; Mr. has had a brilliant history as an Episcopal, a Francis Espinasse on Sir William Dugdale ; Congregational, and a Huguenot chapel. Its Mr. Thomas Bayne on William Dunbar, the history is closely identified with the RevoluScottish poet ; Prof. T. K. Laughton on Ad- tion in 1988 and the religious revival at the miral Duncan ; Mr. G. F. Russell Barker on end of the last century and the beginning of Henry Dundas, Lord Melville, and John this. An important part of the work will Dunning, Lord Ashburton ; Mr. J. M. Rigg consist of the biographies of Chamier, Saurin, on Duns Scotus ; the Rev. William Hunt on Toplady, Cecil, Townsend, Dobson, Luke, and Dunstan and King Edgar ; Col. Vetch, R.E., others, together with eight engravings and on General Sir H. M. Durand and Col. A. W portraits of the most eminent among these Durnford ; the Rev. J. W. Ebsworth on Tom divines. D'Urfey ; Canon Perry on Eadmer and Bishop
Readers of Alphonse Daudet’s ‘L'Immor. John Earle ; Mr. H. Morse Stephens on tel,' as it has appeared in the Universal Review, General Earle and George and William Eden, will be interested to hear that the translation, both Lords Auckland ; Mr. Cosmo Monkhouse which Messrs. Swan Sonnenschein & Co. will on Sir Charles Eastlake ; Mr. J. G. Alger on issue in one volume next month, is by Prof. the Abbé Edgeworth ; Mr. G. J. Holyoake on A. W. Verrall of Trinity, Cambridge, and Mrs. Thomas Edmondson, inventor of railway Verrall. tickets and the dating press ; and Mr. T. A. Archer on St. Edmund (Rich), Archbishop of
Messrs. William Blackwood & Sons will Canterbury.
publish on October 1 the second and conclud.
ing volume of “Maitland of Lethington and In view of the Bunyan Bi-centenary, the Scotland of Mary Stewart,' by John SkelMessrs. Cassell and Company will issue a new ton, C.B., LL.D. Commencing with Mary's and cheaper edition of their illustrated edition return to Scotland in 1561, it will present, of Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim's Progress' and 'Holy amongst characteristic features, an appreWar. A new life of Bunyan has been prepared ciative yet critical estimate of the astute for this popular edition by the Rev. John statesmanship of Maitland, associated with a Brown, D.D., Minister of Bunyan Meeting, survey of the antagonistic attitude of John Bedford.
Knox towards the Queen, and an examination Mr. Francis George Heath's Illustrations, of the allegations as to the genuineness of the in beginning its fourth volume in October, will famous Casket Letters, which are declared to include a contribution from Mr. Blackmore be worthless as evidence. In treating of the and a new story by Mrs. Molesworth called conspiracies of the nobles and the Douglas * Bronzie. Amongst its new series of illus- wars Mr. Skelton will, it is understood, give trated papers will be portrait biographies of some new readings, the outcome of his study Royal Academicians ; photogravure repro- of the available material calculated to throw ductions of National Gallery pictures ; pen light upon these exciting incidents of Scottish and pencil portraits of distinguished authors history. With the completion of Mr. Skelton's and artists ; a new series of Pretty Places'; work there will be presented to students of * Railway Men,' with Portraits ; Church I biography and history for the first time a full