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Throughout the ensuing pages, the author's object has been to compress as much as possible ; many articles of lesser moment, therefore, have been omitted, for which ample materials had been collected. On the third part of the present work, he has bestowed most labour, being anxious that nothing of importance should be omitted: and in giving this list of works on Bibliography, such only have been inserted, as appeared to be principally deserving of attention from the Bibliographical Student.

Each book, as far as was practicable, has been described from personal examination; and, where the author could not obtain access to it, either in his own limited collection, or in public libraries, he has availed himself of the labours of MM. BRUNET, CAILLEAU, DE BURE, PergNOT, RENOUARD, SANTANDER, the Rev. T. F. DIBDIN, Dr. A. CLARKE, and other Bibliographers, both British and Foreign. From their volumes, as well as from the principal literary Journals, he has been enabled

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to glean the various critical notices interspersed through the following pages : where particularly valuable, rare, or expensive works are to be found in our public libraries, especially in the Metropolis, care has been taken to indicate such library, noticing those chiefly which are the most easily accessible.

Such is the work now offered to the acceptance of the Public, as an Introduction to the infant science of Bibliography. Precepts, indeed, the author does not pretend to give :-he merely suggests some practical hints for Students; at the same time, he ventures to indulge a hope, that his labours may be favourably received by every lover of books, as well as by the more experienced Bibliographer.

July 1st, 1814.


section 1. Substances in use before the invention of


§ 1. Stone.-2. Bricks.-8. Lead.-4. Brass.- 5. Wood.

6. Leaves.—7. Bark of Trees.-8. Linen.-9. Skins.-10.

Parchment and Vellum.-11. Leather.



$ 1. Papyrus.—2. Paper of Bark.-3. Chinese Papers.--4. Ja-

panese Paper.-5. Bootan Paper.-6. Madagascar Paper.

7. Asbestos Paper.-8. Cotton Paper.-9. Paper from Li-

nen Rags.-10. Paper from different substances.—11. Co-

loured Paper.


CHAPTER II. On Manuscripts in general, includ-

ing the origin of Writing.


Section I. The Origin of Writing.


SECTION II. Hieroglyphics-Different kinds of Writing-


$ 1. Origin of Hieroglyphics.-2. Egyptian Hieroglyphics

3. Mexican Picture-writing. 4. Picture-writing of the

North-American Indians.-5. Picture-writing of other na-

tions.-6. Hieroglyphics of the Chinese.—7. Writing among

the Antient Britons.-8. Different forms of Writing.-9.

Codex Rescriptus.—10. Abbreviations.-11. Age of MSS.

12. Illuminations. — 13. MSS. of Herculaneum-Antient



CHAPTER III. Origin and Progress of Printing,

Mechanism of the Art, etc.


Section 1. Origin of Printing-Introduction of the Art

into the different Cities of Europe.


SECTION II. Progress of Printing in England.

§ 1. Establishment of Printing in Westminster and London

by W. Caxton and his successors.-2. Establishment of

Printing at Oxford.-3. At Cambridge.-4. At Saint Al-

ban's.-5. York.-6. Southwark.-7. Tavistock.-8. Can-

terbury.-9. Ipswich.-10. Worcester-11. Norwich.--

12. Wales.


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