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THE COMMITTEE appointed to superintend the publication of an additional Catalogue, beg to lay before the Subscribers to the Hull Subscription Library the present Volume, which is the result of a very careful compilation, and which, it is hoped, will, by its accuracy and completeness, enhance the value of the Institution.
The Library was founded in the year 1775; and in the year 1810, an interesting account of its Rise and Progress was drawn up by the late John Norman Crosse, Esq., the Treasurer, and afterwards printed, and is to be found upon the shelves of the Institution. In the year 1822, the first Volume of the Catalogue now in use, was compiled by the late Mr. Joseph Clarke, to whose Memory it is justly due to mention, that a most gratifying Eulogy was pronounced upon his labours by the Rev. Thos. Hartwell Horne, then engaged in preparing a Catalogue of the Printed Books in the British Museum. The Eulogy was communicated to Charles Frost, Esq., the President of the Library, in a Letter of the 20th September, 1830, from which the following is an extract :—"The Catalogue of the Hull Subscription Library is one of the “most valuable classed Catalogues, for its size, which has been offered to the “public. Mr. Clarke has been eminently successful in tracing out the real names “of the Authors or Editors of anonymous and pseudonymous Works ; and the “ labonr which he must have encountered in this part of his undertaking can “only be appreciated by those who have been obliged to spend many a weary “hour in similar researches. The Catalogue of the Hull Library is one of the “very few modern Catalogues which I constantly have at hand, at the British "Museum, for reference; and rarely, indeed, am I disappointed, when I have " occasion to refer to it.”
In 1836 the Catalogue forming the Supplement to Mr. Clarke's Volume was pripted. It followed the model of its predecessor, but it is not executed with equal ability. The Volume now offered to the notice of the Subscribers, comprises the Books which have been admitted into the Library during the last
twenty years, and forms the third portion of the Catalogue. Its general arrangement follows that of Mr. Clarke's Volume, with the adoption of the plan, first introduced, but only partially carried out, in the Index to the Supplement of 1836, of referring, in every case, to the Class in which any Work is to be found. All the Works by the same author, belonging to the same Class, are placed together in the Index, in whichever Voluine they occur. The Index to the present Volume incorporates the Indexes of the two previous Volumes, according to the arrangement explained at page 1393. The Library contains about 30,000 Volumes, and by far the most valuable portion of its contents has been added within the last twenty years.* This is partly ascribable to the labours of the Standard Works Committee, who, since their appointment, in 1835, have, through their judicious management, introduced into the Library many excellent and rare Standard Works in various departments of Literature and Science. The permanent character of the Library was fully recognised in the year 1824, through the presentation to the Institution, by the Honourable Commissioners of Public Records, of a complete set of the valuable Works published under their authority, with a condition annexed in favour of the public, “That Non“Subscribers shall be allowed access to them on being introduced by a Sub
scriber, who shall enter the name of the person so introduced, and sign his own "name in a Book kept for that purpose.” The subsequent publications of the Commissioners have been regularly supplied to the Library, until on a recent application being made for the 2nd Volume of the Rotuli Literarum Clausarum, a Letter was addressed by the Home Secretary to the President, of which the following is a copy S
Whitehall, 17th March, 1855. Sir,-I am directed by Secretary, Sir George Grey, to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the 13th inst., and to inform you that copies of the Record Publications are no longer supplied gratuitously to Public Institutions,
* It may be satisfactory to the Subscribers to learn that, in addition to many other valuable Works, the Library contains the following, of which some (marked in Italics) have been admitted since the present part of the Catalogue was printed, viz. :
THEOLOGY AND ECCLESIASTICAL History. --- Baronii Annales Ecclesiastici; 19 vol. fol. - Bedæ (Ven.) Historico Ecclesiasticæ Gentis Anglorum ; cum Legibus Anglo-Saxonicis ; 1 vol. fol. : Camb., 1614.- Marckii (Johannis) Opera Omnia; 22 vol. 4to.-Ursini and Durand's Thesaurus Novus Anecdotorum, 5 vol. fol.; et Veterum Scriptorum, 9 vol. fol.D'Achery's Spicilegium ; 13 vol. 4to.—The Talmud (in the original) ; 12 vol. fol. : Berlin and Frankfort, – Surenhusius' Mischna, with the Commentaries of Maimonides and Bartenora ; 6 parts, complete : Amsterdom.-Wolfii (J. C.) Bibliotheca Hebræa ; 4 vol. 4to. : llamborg and Leipsig.--Assemani Bibliotheca Orientalis; 4 vol. fol.
the price of them having been greatly reduced. Sir George Grey regrets, therefore, that your application on behalf of the Subscription Library at Hull, cannot be complied with.
I am, Sir, your obedient Servant,
H. WADDINGTON. The President of the Subscription Library, Hull.
Other presentations have been made to the Library by private individuals, of which it is only necessary to mention the following :
A large Collection, consisting of nearly 2,000 Volumes, and comprising excellent Editions of many valuable Theological Works, and some of the best Latin Classics, which came into the possession of the Library, through the liberality of Lady Coltman and the Trustees of the late Proprietary School, at Hull, called “Kingston College,” to the latter of whom the Collection had been bequeathed by the late Rev. Joseph Coltman, M.A., subject to certain conditions, which gave an interest in the Books bequeathed, in the event of the College being dissolved, to the late Mr. Justice Coltman. Another extensive and useful donation was made to the Institution by the late Lord Wenlock, consisting of a series of the Journals and Proceedings of the Houses of Lords and Commons, in 196 folio volumes; and to the Rev. John King, M.A., the Library is indebted for D'Achery's Spicilegium, a rare and valuable Theological Work, in thirteen quarto volumes.
The publication of the present Volume is contemporaneous with the Removal of the Library from Parliament Street to Albion Street, where elegant Buildings have been erected for the purposes of the Library, and also of the Literary and Philosophical Society, under the joint appellation of “Tue Hull ROYAL INSTITUTION."
It would be improper to close these remarks without stating the obligation this Volume is under to its very able compiler, Mr. John Mozley Stark, by whose indefatigable labour and attention it has been conducted through the Press in a manner which cannot fail to secure the approbation of the Subscribers. It is therefore a matter of duty, as it is of pleasure, to make this public acknowledgement to him.
Hull Royal Institution, 1st August, 1855.
GENERAL HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY.—Gronovii, Thesaurus Antiquitatum Græcarum ; 13 vol. fol.--Grævii, Thesaurus Antiquitatum Romanarum ; 12 vol. fol.--Sallengre, Novus Thesaurus Antiquitatum Romanarum ; 3 vol. fol.---Byzantinæ Historiæ Scriptores ; 26 vol. fol.-- Biographic Universelle ; 83 vol. 8vo.-Muratori, Annali d'Italia ; 12 vol. 800,