By Giles Mandelbrote, K. A. Manley
A background of Libraries in Britain and eire describes the improvement of libraries in nice Britain and eire over a few 1500 years, and their position as part of the social, highbrow and cultural historical past. as well as noticeable hyperlinks with the heritage of books and literature, the volumes contain attention of schooling, know-how, social philosophy, structure and the humanities, as they've got affected libraries. the numerous overseas measurement, which has affected British and Irish libraries from the center a while to the current, gets due realization. different issues thought of in every one quantity contain the housing, garage and upkeep of books and different fabric; the members chargeable for their care and people who used them; advancements in provision, association and cataloguing; and the rules and attitudes - of librarians and clients - which such advancements replicate.
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It envisaged a Warden ‘authorized to have and keep . . 11 The idea, plainly of Baconian inspiration, was to create a clearing-house for all kinds of practical and speculative knowledge for the general advancement of learning: the ‘Office of Communication should be made a Center and Meeting-place of Advices, of Proposalls, of Treaties and of all Manner of Intellectuall Rarities freely to bee given and received’. Among others, the Warden of the Office of Communication was to correspond ‘with the Chiefe Library-keepers of all 10 W.
J. Evelyn (London, 1661), 87. On Naud´e’s appropriation of Bacon, see P. Nelles, ‘The library as an instrument of discovery: Gabriel Naud´e and the uses of history’, in D. R. ), History and the disciplines: the reclassification of knowledge in early modern Europe (Rochester, NY, 1997), 41–57. 26 Naud´e, Instructions, 93–4. 27 M. B. Hall, The library and archives of the Royal Society 1 660–1 990 (London, 1992), 2–9; L. L. Peck, ‘Uncovering the Arundel Library at the Royal Society: changing meanings of science and the fate of the Norfolk donation’, Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 52 (1998), 3–24.
Johns, Nature of the book. 32 The plan vividly reflects the Society’s early preoccupation with practical knowledge and technical improvement. 33 Evelyn’s scheme for the library of the Royal Society also reflects the widespread interest in Bacon’s proposal for a ‘History of Trades’. Evelyn himself had worked sporadically on such a compendium of technical knowledge since the early 1650s. 34 The theme is amply represented in his classification scheme for the library of the Royal Society. 35 In a postscript to Bodley’s Librarian, Thomas Barlow, Evelyn expressed the hope that the text would incite ‘the Gentleman of our Nation .