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Census of Fifteenth Century Books free pdf Excerpt from Census of Fifteenth Century Books: Owned in America John Thomson, Librarian of the Free Library of Philadelphia from 1894 to 1916, suggested the compilation of a catalogue of the Fifteenth Century Books in America, and he directed the preparation of the larger part of the material upon which this Census is based. He did not see the completion of the task which he initiated, but it is his name which ought to be associated with this volume more than that of any other individual. The idea came as a result of the gift of the incunabula collected by W. A. Copinger to the H. Josephine Widener Branch of the Philadelphia Library, in 1898. The cataloguing of the Copinger books was entrusted to Miss Edith Brinckmann, and in connection with that work she began to correspond with other libraries, requesting their co-operation in the proposed undertaking. At about the same time and perhaps as a result of Mr. Thomson's enquiries, C. Alexander Nelson, Reference Librarian of Columbia University, collected data for a union list of incunabula in the libraries of New York City. Students of early printing at that time needed more than anything else detailed descriptions of the widely scattered copies of books which it was suspected might vary from those of similar editions for which the data were available. Miss Brinckmann began to prepare a catalogue which would furnish all the desired information about each copy of every title that was registered, but the magnitude of the task soon led to modifications in the plan. The number of these books was found to be much larger than had been anticipated, and it became evident that it would be impossible to secure anything approaching uniform descriptions of them without personal examination by the compilers of the catalogue. The cost of this was obviously not justified by the relative importance of the results. It was almost equally difficult to induce collaborators to agree upon the form or the amount of the information to be given. The time which would be required to complete the catalogue in a satisfactory manner, as well as the inevitable cost of producing the publication, began to impress those whose support had been counted upon. These considerations nevertheless made the importance of the work more apparent. It was certain to prove useful to scholarship in America, and was of too much prospective value to be allowed to lapse, although it was too large a scheme to be handled by any one public library. The earliest report of the progress of the work was made by Lorin Blodget, jr., on October 31, 1899. This states that 30 libraries and private owners had sent in 879 titles, and that 14 other collections had promised to furnish lists. On June 10, 1902, the numbers had grown to 33 libraries and 20 private owners, reporting 2,417 titles. There were 6 new names on the lists and 71 additional titles on December 22, 1905. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Data Published : 27 September 2015
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