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HANDBOOK

TO

THE LIBRARY

OF THE

BRITISH MUSEUM:

CONTAINING

A BRIEF HISTORY OF ITS FORMATION, AND OF THE VARIOUS

COLLECTIONS OF WHICH IT IS COMPOSED;

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE CATALOGUES IN PRESENT USE;

CLASSED LISTS OF THE MANUSCRIPTS, ETC. ; AND A VARIETY OF INFORMATION INDISPENSABLE FOR THE

“READERS" AT THAT INSTITUTION.

WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THE

PRINCIPAL PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN LONDON.

BY RICHARD SIMS,

OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MANUSCRIPTS ;
Compiler of the “Index to the Heralds' Visitations."

LONDON: JOHN RUSSELL SMITH, 36, SOHO SQUARE.

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SYNOPSIS OF CONTENTS.

1.-Origin OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM. Biographical Notice of Sir Hans Sloane-Will respecting his Collections-“ Act” for their purchase--Appointment of Trustees--Collections removed to Montague House--Early Regulations respecting Public Admission-Insufficiency of old Building-Present Building, when commenced-Number of Persons admitted during the preceding Ten Years.

II.—THE LIBRARY. Its Origin—Notice of Sir Hans Sloane's Library-Transferred, with other Collections, to Montague House-Early Benefactors-Collections, where first deposited—When removed to present Building-Dimensions of the LibraryNumber of Books and Manuscripts—Open to the Public under certain restrictions.

III.--THE READING TICKET. Early Regulations respecting “Readers”-Present mode of Admission-How obtained-Form of Application-Number of “Readers” during the preceding Ten Years.

IV.—THE READING Rooms. When first opened to the Public— Where situated— Present locality-Description of-Accommodation for “ Readers”Plan, showing the position of Books of Reference thereForm to be observed at first visit-Catalogues, where placed

—Printed “Forms” described—Rules for filling them upMode of obtaining Manuscripts and Printed Books—Rules and Regulations to be observed by “Readers”—List of the Catalogues published by order of the Trustees.

V.—THE MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS. Their Origin-Present number of Volumes-Collections how distinguished—Where deposited-Number of Volumes in each-Rules in force in Manuscript Department-Number of Manuscripts consulted during the preceding Ten Years---Collections and Catalogues described : viz., i. Sloane; ii. Cottonian ; iii. Harleian ; iv. Royal ; v. Lansdowne; vi. Hargrave; vii. Burney; viii. King's ; ix. Egerton; x. Arundel ; xi. Additional.

VI.—THE PRINTED COLLECTIONS.
Their Origin-Progress of the Collection-Mode of acqui-
sition-Present number of Volumes—Average number ac-
quired during the preceding Ten Years—Space at present
occupied by them-Number daily delivered in the “Reading
Rooms,” and during the last Ten Years—Catalogues de-
scribed—Extracts from Rules observed in their formation.

VII.-CLASSED INDEX OF THE MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS.

Part I.--By Languages.
RARER EUROPEAN :-i. Anglo-Saxon; ii. Welsh ; iii.
Irish ; iv. Icelandic ; v. Greek.

ORIENTAL :-i. Æthiopic; ii. Arabic; iii. Armenian ; iv.
Bugis; v. Burmese; vi. Chinese ; vii. Cingalese; viii.
Coptic; ix. Hebrew ; x. Hindustani; xi. Javanese; xii.
Malay; xiii. Malayálma ; xiv. Pali; xv. Persian ; xvi. San-
scrit ; xvii. Siamese ; xviii. Syriac; xix. Tamul ; xx. Telugu;
xxi. Turkish ;--Manuscripts upon Papyrus.

PART II.-1. Theology.
BIBLES-CONCORDANCES-COUNCILS-CANONS -
ECCLESIASTICAL DISCIPLINE — RELIGIOUS ORDERS —
LITURGIES — FATHERS OF THE CHURCH-CATECHISMS-
HOMILIES-MISCELLANEOUS DIVINITY-HEATHENISM.

2. Philosophy.
PHILOSOPHY, LOGIC—METAPHYSICS — ETHICS-POLI-
TICS — Trade — JURISPRUDENCE — Charters and Rolls :-
viz., i. Sloane ; ii. Cottonian ; iii. Harleian ; iv. Royal; v.
Topham ; vi. Lansdowne; vii. Campbell; viii. Wolley ; ix.
Egerton ; x. Additional ; xi. Pipe Rolls—Ecclesiastical Law
-- Judicial Proceedings — Law Miscellanies — PHYSICS-
SCIENCES : Natural History-Chemistry-Pure Mathematics
-Mixed Mathematics--Mechanics—Music- Medicine and
Pharmacy-Anatomy, Surgery, and Veterinary Art-ARTS
OF PEACE : Agriculture—Rural and Domestic Economy-
Manufactures—Games and Amusements-ARTS OF WAR :
Military Tactics—Naval Tactics.

3. History.
CHRONOLOGY—GEOGRAPHY–Maps, Plans, and Topo-
graphical Drawings—VOYAGES AND TRAVELS—UNIVERSAL
HISTORY-ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY-PARTICULAR HIS-
TORY-EUROPE-ENGLAND-Mint-Public Revenue and

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