Power, Politics, and Print: The Publication of the British Museum Catalogue, 1881-1900.
McCrimmon, Barbara .

Hamden, Conn. & London: Linnet Books & Clive Bingley, 1981. First American edition 8.5" x 5.5". 186pp. Blue cloth hardback with gilt spine lettering, in dust wrapper. Fine condition; near fine jacket. The story of the first national library catalogue to be published and made available to other libraries. "The path to publication was not a smooth one, despite the new advances in printing brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Personality and practical problems kept pace with the flow of new books into the library. The tale that Barbara McCrimmon unfolds from the archives of the British Museum and Library is one of frustration and contention, of small but steady victories over inertia and tradition, of a final triumph that came too late for celebration by the original proponents of publication. Delineating here for the first time the careers of the librarians most responsible for the project, Edward Augustus Bond and Richard Garnett, McCrimmon also recounts their struggles with government over money, complaints of library employees about poor working conditions, and experiments in publication." Hardcover 0208018743 (Item ID: 9518)

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