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PREFACE.

I have before me the interesting and carefully elaborated Catalogues of the Libraries of my friend, MR. LOCKER-LAMPSON, and

my late friend, MR. HENRY HUTH; and they make me have doubts of the wisdom of putting into type a record, itself so incomplete, of a collection so much inferior to theirs. But

every collection has an individuality of its own, and must correspond in some degree to the mind of the collector; and those of my friends who do me the favour to accept this volume may perhaps like it the better for that.

In distinguishing between the books that are contained in it, and the other contents of my Library, I have followed, but not uniformly, the plan adopted by Mr. LOCKER-LAMPSON in the First Part of his Catalogue. I have made the year 1700, generally, the dividing line; but I have included very many books of a later date, which either from being privately printed, or being rare from other causes, or else having some signal merit, may be especially interesting to the Book-lover.

HENRY H. GIBBS.

St. DUNSTAN'S, REGENT'S PARK,

December 31, 1888.

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