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and a regular supply of American newspapers from Mr. James Le
Boutillier, of Cincinnatti, United States.

The donation of a bronze medallion portrait (by Mittenhoff) of
Victor Hugo, together with a full set of the Poet's Works, and other
souvenirs by la Famille Victor Hugo ; through Monsieur Edouard
Lockroy.

A large collection of the English Record Office Publications, issued
under the authority of the Master of the Rolls, and presented by the
Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury.

Some valuable volumes from the Guildhall Library, presented by the
Corporation of the City of London.

A collection of useful and costly works on Natural History, Anti-
quities, c., published by the Trustees of the British Museum, and
presented by them to the Institution.

Two large cases of wall-maps for the Reading-Room, given by Mr,
B. A. Lyon, of Hampstead.



ITS AIMS AND CHARACTERISTICS.
BY ALFRED COTGREAVF, F.R.H.S.,

Member of the Library Association.



T N preparing the Encyclopedic Catalogue the compiler has en-
deavoured to justify the title adopted by such an arrangement as
will give the work many of the characteristics of an ordinary encyclo-
paedia, as fully as could be gathered from the 40,000 volumes dealt
with, and from such a selection of their contents -as could be noted
in the space at his disposal, and thus render the catalogue of service,
more or less, to all libraries and readers. An examination of the
catalogue itself will best explain how this has been attempted.

In the course of a long practical experience in the Birmingham
Free Libraries, and since then, in the formation of several other
public libraries, and in the compilation of their catalogues, it became
the opinion of the writer that the systems of cataloguing generally
adopted do not adequately meet one most important requirement
of the general reader, viz., the convenience of being able to find,
without reference to the Librarian, works on any required subject. It
is not intended to imply any deficiency in the systems referred to
so far as their general excellence is concerned, for it is in many
cases rather their superiority of style and scholarly treatment
most valuable to a limited number of cultured readers that place
them beyond the comprehension of that larger body of general
readers, whose only chance of supplying their requirements is by
finding them entered under the headings or terms most commonly
used. For instance, a person requiring a work on Butterflies might
not think of looking under Entomology, and even if he did, he might
not find anything specially noted or suitable, while all the time the
library might possess several works in other classes of literature and



xxxvi. The Encyclopedic Catalogue i

also magazines or reviews containing valuable information on the"
subject, and only requiring such direction to them as has been
attempted in this catalogue, to save the 1 reader's time and that of the
Librarian also. In this connection, too, even if the" reader has the
opportunity and courage (which is rarely the case) to seek aid, how fre^
quently does the Librarian or his staff search in vain, or at b^st find
some very inadequate work upon the subject in question, whereas pos*
sessed of a catalogue on this present plan the reader is independent
and is certain of finding what he requires if it be' in the library at all,
The Librarian also has a useful guide at hand should he be consulted)
and is not dependent upon his knowledge of books (frequently special),
or upon the caprices of his memory ; while more important still, the
same guide is available for any member of the staff should the
Librarian be absent.

Another point worthy of note is the impossibility of any librarian,
however willing, being able to give this help impartially when the
attendance is large, for it is obvious that under these conditions the
most pushing and unscrupulous person will generally get more atten-
tion than the modest and more deserving one, and thus a sense of
injustice be engendered. It is therefore far preferable in the cata-
loguing of books as in the issuing of them to have some practical
method, which not only does its work without respect of persons, but
also more perfectly and expeditiously than could be done by any
amount of individual effort.

The general plan of this catalogue is alphabetical, except when
a slight deviation has been rendered imperative in order to preserve
the sense. Thus, like any ordinary dictionary, it will be understood
by all, and though not bringing every work connected with any class of
literature together under such special class heading, it brings the prin-
cipal ones there, with references to the separate or subordinate divi-
sions, which are placed under their own names, with contra-references
to the main class-headings for general works. The great aim of the
compiler has been to enable the reader to find what he requires at once,
and without the trouble of referring from one part of the catalogue
to another. For instance, if he requires a book upon " the Rose," he
will find it entered under " Rose," and will not be annoyed by simply
finding a reference to " Botany," " Flowers," or " Horticulture ; " or
should he seek the works of an author who' writes under a pseudonym
say, of '' Rita," he will find them under that name and not be forced
to turn to another place for Mrs. Von Booth, the real name, but which
few readers know or will ever think of looking for ; at the same time
the real name will be found by those who seek it. An exception ha^



Its Aims and Characteristics. xxxvii.

been made in cases where the author's real name is best known, vide
Charles Dickens, better known than " Boz," his early pseudonym.

In proof of the superior advantages of this alphabetical plan, it
may be stated that it has been approved by the Library Associa-
tion of the United Kingdom, as well as by the great body of
Librarians in England, America and the Colonies, and by many other
literary authorities to whom it has been submitted.

The explanatory notes to many of the works of Fiction and the
analytical and chronological Index at the end of that section will, it
is hoped, greatly help to extend its usefulness and attract readers to
many worthy and most interesting works which, owing to ignorance
of their merits, have previously been little read. The growing taste
for recreative literature is one of the consequences of the high pressure
of modern business and work-a-day life, which, leaving one tired and
worn out at the end of the day, creates a desire for something of a
light character to give the mind relief and divert it for a brief space
from the matter-of-fact realities of everyday experience. Nor is this
in any way to be deplored. It is merely necessary that the supply
should be healthy, and should be treated with more consideration
than has been the case hitherto. Indeed, seeing that this is the class
of literature to which three-fourths of the general readers restrict
themselves, it is useless blinding ourselves to the fact or fighting the
air. It is better to accept the situation and make the best of it by
cataloguing these works in a way calculated to bring the best and
most instructive of them into prominent notice.

In the Encyclopedic Catalogue the majority of the books have been
entered under headings indicative of every valuable feature or subject
treated of by them, and will consequently attract the attention of
a much larger number of readers and give much greater strength to
every class of literature than where the books are only catalogued
under their main subjects, and frequently under titles altogether
foreign to the subject dealt with. Some idea of the extent of this
catalogue may be gathered from the following round figures :



Author Entries ... ... 8,000

Subject Entries... ... 7,000

Title Entries ... ... 12,000

Biographical Notes ... 3,000
References to other

Works ... ... 50,000



Number of Works whose

Contents have been given 3,000
Explanatory Notes ... 2,000

Pseudonyms explained, or

Authors of Anonymous

Works given ... ... 150



That such an amount of matter as this could be brought together
without some mistakes even the most exacting of critics would hardly
expect, The compiler, in referring to many of the leading catalogues.



xxxviii. The Encyclopedic Catalogue :

and dictionaries of the day, has frequently come across mistakes that
he hardly expected to find in such celebrated works, each of which
has had the advantage of revision by well-known scholars ; but errors
will creep in in spite of the greatest care, and in connection with this
work it will be considered an act of kindness on the part of anyone
who will point out any errata he may notice, with a view of their
correction in future editions.

Before concluding this part of the subject I have great pleasure in
acknowledging my indebtedness to the many very excellent catalogues
compiled in recent years by well-known librarians. To the Liverpool
Reference Catalogue compiled under the superintendence of Mr. Peter
Cowell I am under special obligation, and I have freely consulted
others too numerous to mention. Indeed, in some features I readily
acknowledge their superiority to my own work, my chief claim being
the novel attempt of giving signs or finger posts, as it were, to guide
the uninitiated ; the introduction of biographical notes, useful in
themselves and also valuable, in distinguishing from each other
authors of the same name ; and the addition of an index and of
explanatory notes to the Fiction Department.

Many other catalogues give useful references under the more im-
portant subjects, but the vast number of minor subjects that are more
frequently in request by readers have not hitherto been noticed. It is
hoped, however, that the Encyclopedic Catalogue may now to some
extent repair this omission, especially as the large number of books
dealt with justifies the conclusion that every library will contain many
of them, while others that may be in such libraries will frequently be
suggested by these references.

The value of references such as these will be more readily under-
stood and appreciated when it is considered that on many subjects few,
if any, special works have been published, but that frequently a good
article appears in some unlikely work and would consequently be lost
to the general public unless pointed out in some way, also that many
works added too late for the usual entries, are brought into the cata-
logue by means of these references, and it is therefore as a humble
contribution towards this end that the Encyclopedic Catalogue is
submitted, in the hope that it will be received as a well-meant, if
imperfect, attempt at the inauguration of a system which may in the
future, and in the hands of more competent men, be carried out to a
completeness that shall be found a blessing to everyone and every-
thing connected with literature.

The compiler wishes to gratefully acknowledge the assistance
he has received from Mr. J. Lin wood Pitts, the Curator of the



7/5 Aims and Characteristics. xxxix.

Guillc-Alles Library, as well as from M. Henri Boland, whose
knowledge of French literature has made his assistance in the com-
pilation of the French section of the catalogue extremely valuable ;
while the present Librarian, Mr. Basil T. Rowswell, also rendered very
efficient and intelligent: service all through the work.

In conclusion, it may be said that if one thing more than another
called for a comprehensive catalogue of the Gitille-AHes Library it is
the fact that such a valuable institution owes its existence to the sole
efforts and liberality of two philanthropic Guernsey gentlemen, Mr.
Thomas Guille and Mr. Frederick Mansell Alles, who have spared
nothing that would in any way tend to enhance the utility of the
institution as a present means of instruction and enjoyment, and also
in view of its future destiny as a great factor of intellectual develop-
ment and progress. It is, therefore, obvious that such a collection
deserves the fullest publicity and description that can be accorded to
it. To accomplish this has been the aim of the compiler of the
Encyclopedic Catalogue, and he will feel that in this case it has not
been "Love's Labour Lost" should the work fulfil its mission by pro-
moting the popular appreciation and use that so noble an institution
deserves.



PLAN OF THE CATALOGUE.



/ T*HE arrangement of the Encyclopedic Catalogue is alphabetical,
contingent on a certain order of precedency, viz., that where
similar words having" different significations come together, subject,
if sufficiently important, has been placed first, author, or name of any
person, second see Ireland and the Irish, followed by Ireland (J. ),&<:.,
and title last, and except where a slight deviation, in order to keep
books on the same subject together, has been made, such as in
Colonies, followed by Colonization instead of " Colonist," which in
this case is a pseudonym, and would, if arranged without regard
to anything but alphabetical order, come between Colonies and
Colonization. Apart from such cases, which are rare, whatever
is sought will be found in its strict alphabetical sequence. The
principal advantages of this system are that all works by the same
author or on the same subject are brought together, and that the
borrowers cannot fail to readily find any work in the Library, if
they but know either subject, or author, or even title in many cases.
Many ambiguous titles and pseudonyms have been explained and the
principal contents of many useful and interesting works, whose titles
convey no adequate idea of their character, have been set. out, generally
under the authors' or editors' names.

NUMBERS AND LETTERS at the right hand of each page
signify the position of the books upon the shelves, and should be used
in applying for a book as it is thereby much more readily found by
the staff. If one number only is given, as 10456, it signifies that the
work is in one volume, but if the number were entered thus, 1045-613, it
would signify that there were two volumes to the work. This does
not apply to Fiction, in which class only one number is given to each
\YQrk, however many volumes it may consist of. When more than one



Plan of the Catalogue. xli,

complete number follows a work, as in Bradley's Practical Geometry,
740 and 9140, each number signifies a separate copy of the same
work.

PSEUDONYMS OR PEN NAMES are used by many authors in
preference to their own, and when they are the ones best known to the
general readers they have been used in preference to giving the works
under the real name, and thus causing nine out of every ten readers
the trouble of two references. The actual names, however, have been
entered for the benefit of the few who are likely to look for them, with
references to the pseudonyms under which the works appear.

ANONYMOUS WORKS. The authors have been given when
known.

TITLE ENTRIES are not given in the General Catalogue except
when they embody the subject as in " Athletics and Football," by
Shearman, or where they are popularly known as " At Last," by
Kingsley ; but in the Fiction Class List they are always given as on
title page of book, leaving out the first word if the article #, ;z, or the.
The words of a title have sometimes been slightly altered or trans-
posed under subject headings, in order to bring it into a convenient
and conspicuous position.

TYPOGRAPHY, ABBREVIATIONS, &c. Leading words are
printed in the darker type known as Clarendon, with the following dis-
tinctions : CLARENDON CAPITALS denote class headings and
important subjects ; Clarendon small letters are used for general
entries of books under author, subject or title ; while a still smaller
sizo of the same dark type is used for the leading words of references
to other works, to catch the eye among the large mass of run-
ning references and contents in nonpareil under many of the sub-
jects. Italics are used for biographical notes ; also under the main
class or subject headings, to direct the reader to other headings in
affinity with them. Brackets [ ] have generally been used to denote
explanatory matter, authors' dates, &c., not given upon the title pages
of the books, but which have been ascertained from other sources.
SERIAL or SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS are generally noted in brackets, in
full if possible, but sometimes abbreviated to save space as in the
case of [Society for Promotion of Christian Knowledge] sometimes
[S.P.C.K.], but in most cases the entry is sufficient to be understood
by any intelligent reader to whom such notes might be of conse-
quence. Fuller entries have been made when space would permit,
without causing a turn in the lines, as it was not thought necessary or
even sensible to be restricted by rules of abbreviation to save space,
when the application of such rules were unnecessary.



xlii. Plan of the Catalogue.



AUTHOR ENTRIES in the General Catalogue will usually be
found the best to refer to for the fullest entry and sometimes for
contents of any work ; but in fiction the title entry is generally the
fullest , the reason being to save space under the author in fiction,
double columns have been used, whereas the title entries are right
across the page and consequently give scope for fuller particulars.

DATES OF PUBLICATION, &c., are given (except in fiction),
when ascertainable, under author entry and also under other entries if
not causing a loss of space. In historical works the dates frequently
given in brackets are to denote the period with which the work deals.

REFERENCES under subjects to special works or magazines
should be made through the index or contents of the volumes them-
selves, i.e. when the work is obtained the contents or index (general
index if a set in many volumes) should be examined, when under
the subject required the chapter or page in which it is noticed will
be found.

LATE ADDITIONS. Books added to the Library too late for
complete insertion have been entered in the best way possible rather
than they should be left out. See Clark's Foreign Theological
Library, set out under Theology ; and Josh Billings' works, which
would have been entered under Billings (Josh) if in time for printer.
This will also explain why a work may sometimes be found under
its author, or subject only. In such cases, however, further entries
will generally be found in the supplement.



FORM OF BEQUEST.



\In England, owing to Ike provisions of the Statute of Mortmain,
real estate cannot be bequeathed for the purposes of such institutions
as this,~\

I give and bequeath out of such parts of my personal estate as
may be lawfully applied to charitable purposes to the Trustees or
Council of the Guille-Allcs Public Library and Museum, in the
Island of Guernsey, the sum of free from

Legacy Duty, to be expended for the benefit of the said Institution
in such manner as the said Trustees or Council may think proper, and
I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being of the
said Trustees or Council, or of such other person as they may appoint,
shall be an effectual discharge for the same.



RULES AND REGULATIONS.



I. The Curator shall have the general charge of the Building and
Library, and shall be responsible for the safe keeping of the books
and of all other property belonging thereto.

2. The News-Room shall be open every day except Sunday, Good
Friday and Christmas Day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., unless closed by
order of the Directors. The Lending Library and Reference Depart-
ment shall be open every day, from 10 #.m. to 9 p.m., except Sun-
day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and the usual Holidays ; or when
closed by order of the Directors, in which case due notice will be
given.

3. No audible conversation can be permitted in the Reading or
Reference Rooms. No person shall be allowed to smoke, or to bring
any clog into the building ; and any person offending against these
regulations shall not be allowed to remain. Children shall not be
admitted to the Reading-Room or Reference Library except by
permission of the Curator or the Librarian.

4. No person shall be allowed to pass within the private enclosures
of the Library, or to take any book from the shelves without permission.

5. All books borrowed must be returned to the Library within the
time stated on the respective labels, unless renewed. No renewal can
be allowed if the book has in the meantime been asked for by another
borrower. When books are kept beyond the prescribed time without
renewal, printed notices shall be sent to the borrowers, who will be
required to defray the postage of such notice.

6. The Librarian shall examine every book returned, and, if the
same be found in any way injured, the borrower shall pay the amount
of injury done, or procure a new copy of the work of equal value ;
in the latter case such person will be entitled to the damaged copy
upon depositing the new one. // is also particularly requested that
borroiuers will draw the Librarians attention to any scribbling or
other damage that may be noticed in tiny of the books,



xliv. Rules and Regulations.

7. Borrowers leaving the Island or ceasing to use the Library
are required to return at once any books they may have out on
loan, as they will be held responsible in case of loss or damage.
Visitors to the Island will be required to give a guarantee.

8. Every borrower, on a change of residence, is required to notify
the same to the Librarian, in order that a corresponding alteration
may be made in the address on the Tickets and in the Register.

9. One work only, together with one monthly part of a Magazine,
can be issued at the same time on a single Ticket. If more books are
required a corresponding number of Tickets must be obtained. Any
work may be bespoken by depositing one penny, so that notice may be
posted to the applicant as soon as such work is available. Books
must in no case be transferred by one borrower to another.

10. To facilitate the rapid issue of books in English Fiction and
Periodical Literature, and save trouble and loss of time, the borrower
should consult the Indicator, which shows at a glance whether the
required book is in or out. Blue is in, Red is out.

ii. No person shall have the use of books in the Reference
Library without signing and entering on a Reader's Form the books
required. Such signature shall be deemed to be an assent to the
rules of the Library.

12. Any books in the Lending Library may be obtained for use
in the Reference Library, but they must be given up if required for
lending out.

13. It is expressly forbidden to take away any book, map, news-
paper or other article from the News-Room or Reference Library ;
or to scribble or pencil remarks upon the same.

14. Copying is permitted, but not tracing, as this causes damage
to the illustrations. Readers are particularly desired not to soil or
injure the illustrations by marking them or laying their hands upon
them.

15. The use of ink for copying extracts, c., is not permitted, as
serious injury to books, maps, plates, &c., results therefrom.

1 6. Costly or rare works are issued only upon written application
to the Directors.

17. A book is kept, in which any proposal or complaint may be
entered for the consideration of the Directors.

1 8. The Curator or the Librarian is empowered to refuse the ttse of
the Library to any person who shall fail to comply with these Rules
and Regulations. Any person so refused may, however, appeal to the
Directors.

N.B. These Rules and Regulations a.re liable to alteration from
time to time,



Newspapers, Magazines and Periodicals in the
Reading-rooms.



Those marked thus ('*) are presented.
French papers and periodicals are denoted by italics.



Daily News.

Daily Telegraph.

Echo.

Evening Standard.

Financial News.



DAILY.

L' Independence Beige*
Le Temps.
Times,
Jersey Times.



GUERNSEY AND JERSEY,



Guernsey Advertiser (2 copies). Sat.
Bailliagc de Giterntsey. Sat.
Guernsey Comet (2 copies). Wed. and

Sat.

Gazette Officielle de Gnernesey. Sat.
Guernsey Independent. Sat.
Guernsey Mail and Telegraph (2

copies). Tues., Thu., Sat.



Guernsey Magazine (Monthly).



^Guernsey News (2 copies). Fri.
Guernsey Star. Tues., Thu., Sat.
Guernsey Sun. Sat.

Nonvclle Chronlquc de fersey. Wed.

and Sat.

Jersey Observer. Sat.
Jersey Times. Daily.



WEEKLY.



Academy.

* Admiralty and Horse Guards Ga-
zette.
*Agricultural Ga/.ette.

Army and Navy Gazette.

Athenaeum.

Bibliographic de la France.



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