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HÆC STUDIA ADOLESCENTIAM ALUNT, SENECTUTEM OBLECTANT, SECUNDAS RES ORNANT, ADVERSIS PERFUGIUM AC SOLATIUM PRÆBENT, DELECTANT DOMI, NON IMPEDIUNT FORIS, PERNOCTANT NOBISCUM, PEREGRINANTUR, RUSTICANTUR.
The Library of which this volume forms the Catalogue, has been collected solely with a view to utility; yet in those works usually considered ornamental and curious it possesses specimens of no common occurrence. In the Natural Sciences, Topography, Antiquities, and History, it is more particularly rich; and the Manuscripts, although not numerous, are both interesting and valuable. The Books individually are in the finest condition, and not a few of them in the richest and most tasteful bindings.
The “ Outlines for the Classification of a Library, submitted to the consideration of the Trustees of the British Museum by the Rev. T. H. Horne,” was chosen as the latest and best model for the present Catalogue, but has been so modified as to suit a private collection. This plan differs in many respects from those preceding it: its most obvious improvements are the introduction of more comprehensive terms for the Classes, with a more philosophic arrangement of them and their various divisions. Of these may be cited the substitution of Religion for Theology, Philosophy for the Sciences, and Literature for the Belles-Lettres,—the merging of General Ecclesiastical History in the title of History of Religions, which comprehends every description, and constitutes the last section of the Class Religion, —and the separation of the Sciences, or Philosophy as already noticed, and the Arts, into distinct classes.
The modifications necessarily introduced into this Catalogue by the compiler relate principally to a reduction of the numerous branches into which the classes of so extensive a Library as that of the British Museum naturally ramify, and, in a few cases, to a deviation from the order laid down in the “ Outlines.”
The Classic Authors have been kept together, as a separate division, at the close of the volume, but throughout are mentioned under their respective heads, with references to that division; and under Greek and Roman History the period each