A Catalogue of the Library of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Methodically arranged, with an alphabetical Index of Authors. By William Harris, Keeper of the Library
by THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF GREAT BRITAIN
2 p.l., xv, , 482 pp. 8vo, orig. blue boards, rebacked with orig. paper spine laid-down, printed paper label on spine, uncut. London: W. Savage "Printer to the Royal Institution," 1809. First edition. "The Royal Institution of Great Britain dates from 1799, when it was founded by Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford. Michael Faraday became the first Fullerian Professor of Chemistry, and many eminent scientists have been associated with the Institution. The library was inaugurated by the purchase of the library of Thomas Astle in 1804 for 1,000 guineas. The first librarian, William Harris, was responsible for the first catalogue published in 1809, containing a description of his interesting scheme of classification, which was divided into six main classes...The library is particularly rich in early scientific works...including books, incunabula, maps, pamphlets and other material."-Thornton, Scientific Books, pp. 370-71. A very good uncut copy. Natural paper flaw just touching text on fourth preliminary leaf. Contemporary inscription on free front-endpaper of "William Peel Talisker(?).". (Inventory #: 5619)
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