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Aeschylus. — Prometheus and Agamemnon of Aeschylus. Translated into English Verse by Henry William Herbert. 12mo. (Cambridge, U. S.) pp. 168, cloth. 5 s. 6 d.

Bell (T.) — A History of British Reptiles. By Thomas Bell. 2d edition. 8vo. pp. 184, with 50 wood engravings, cloth. 12 s.

Caesar. — C. Julii Caesaris Commentarii de Bello Gallico, ex recensione Frannisci Oudendurpii; with Explanatory Notes, and Historical, Geographical, and Archaeological Indexes. By Charles Anthon, LL. D. New Edition (Priestley's) 12mo. pp. 318, cloth. 4 s. 6d.

Campbell (A.) — The Sacred Writings of the Apostles and Evangelists of Jesus Christ, commonly called the New Testament. By Alexander Campbell. New edit. 18mn. pp. 760, bound. 4 s.

ChrySOStom (S.) in Divi Pauli Epistolain ad Kouianos. Homiliae 33- 8vo. pp. 563, cluth. 9 s.

Dugdale'S Monasticon Anglicanum. Reissue, Parts land 2. ful. each. 20s.

Francis the first. — The Court and Heign of Francis the First, King of France. By Miss Pardoe. 2 vols 8vo. pp. 1178, cloth 36 s.

Gardiner (W.) — Twenty Lessons on British Mosses. By William Gardiner. 2d series, illustrated with 25 specimens. 12ino. pp. 58 cloth.

3 s. 6 d.

Gray (A.) — The Genera of the Plants of the United States; illustrated by Figures and Analyses from Nature, by Isaac Sprague. Superintended, and with Descriptions, Set., by Asa Gray, M. D. Vol. 2, royal 8vo. (New York), pp. 230, 85 plates cloth. 31 s. 6 d.

Henry's Commentary on the Bible. Edited by Bickersteth. New edit. 6 vols. 4to. reduced to t 3 13 s. 6d.

Herbert (H. W.) — Frank Forester's Fish and Fishing of the United States and British Provinces of North America. By Henry William Herbert. 8vo. pp. 472, cloth. 16 s.

History (A) of the Picts, or Romano-British Wall, and of the Roman Stations and Vallum; with an Account of their Present State, taken during a Pilgrimage along that part of the Island in the month of June 1849: with Engravings. 8vo. pp. 72, cloth. 4 s.

Humboldt (A. v.) — Aspects of Nature in Different Lands and Different Climates, with Scientific Elucidations. By Alexander von Humboldt. Translated by Mrs. Sabine. 2 vols, square, pp. 670, cloth. 7 s.

KittO (J.) — Cyclopaedia of Biblical Literature? abridged from the larger work. By John Kitto. Illustrated with Engravings. 8vo. pp.808, cloth. 25 s.

Mimpriss (R.) — Treasury Harmony of the Four Evangelists. By Robert Miinnriss. Post 8vo. pp. 500, cloth. 10 s. 6d.

Hewman (F. W.) — The So ul: her Sorrows and her Aspirations: an Essay towards the Natural History of the Soul, as the basis of Theology. By Francis William Newman. 2d edition, post 8vo. pp. 278, cloth. 6 s.

Owen (R ) — A History of British Fossil Reptiles. By Richard Owen, F. R. S. Part 1—Chelonia. 4to. pp.56, 20 plates. 20 s.

Pattison (S. R.) — Chapters on Fossil Botany. By S. R. Pattison. 12ino. pp. 236, cloth. 4 s. 6 d.

Virgil. — Pubiii Virgilii Maronis Opera. Cura J. Dymock, LL. D. To which is now added an Historical and Geographical Index in English. New edition. 18mo. pp. 442, cloth. 3 s. 6 d.

Werb (lt. H.) and Coleman's <W. H.) Flora Hertfordiensis; or, a Catalogue of Plants found in the County ol Hertford; with the Stations of the Rarer Species. By the Rev. R. H. Webb, M. A.; and the Rev. W. H. Coleman, M. A. 12mo. (Hertford), pp. 436, clotb. 12 s. Anzeigen.

In meinem Verlage erschien soeben und ist durch die Buchhandlungen zu erhalten:

Allihn, Dr. F. IL Th., Privatdorent in Halle, über die
Bedeutung des Studiums des griechischen Alterthums

für philosophische Bildung in gegenwärtiger Zeit,
gr. 8. 1849. geh. Frei» 12 Sgr.

Schüler, C. Fr. Chr., Die Lebensfragen der

evangelischen Kirche, im Zusammenhange betrachtet. 8. geh. 1849. Preis 22 ■/, Sgr.

Adolph Huchting in Nordnausen.

In der Arnoldischen Buchhandlung in Dresden und Leipzig ist soeben erschienen und in allen Buchhandlungen zu erhalten:

Hr. J. Petzholdt,

Anzeiger der Bibliothekwissenschaft.

Jahrgang 1847.
gr. 8. broch. 1 Tblr. 10 Ngr.


von Incunabeln, seltenen und xylographischen Werken, Manuscriptcn und Curiosa, findet in Halle a. S. am 10. Januar 1850 statt. Cataloge sind von H.W. Schmidt in Halle direct und durch jede Buchhandlung zu beziehen. — Ebenso sind Cataloge über die Auction vom 1. December 1849 (Theologie, Philosophie, Philologie enthaltend) zu beziehen.

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15. December. 23. 1849.

Bibliothekordnungen etc., neueste in ■ und ausländische Litteratnr, Anzeigen etc.

Zur Besorgung aller in nachstehenden Bibliographien verzeichneten Bücher empfehle ich mich unter Zusicherung schnellster und billigster Bedienung; denen welche mich direct mit resp. Bestellungen beehren, sichere ich die gross ten Vortheile zu.

Т. O. Weigel in Leipzig.

Bibliothek-Ordnungen etc.



the Assistant Secretary

the Smithsonian Institution

relative to

the library.


With reference to the first class of books, namely: those needed by the authors and collaborators, it is, of course, impossible to do any tili il more than to meet wants as they arise.

Of the second class of books, viz: those necessary to make the Institution a ceutre of bibliographical knowledge, I have the honor herewith to present a list selected with great care and the best counsel wbicb I could command. This list contains about 3 000 volumes. The work of Nnmur, published in 1837, purporting to be a complete catalogue of bibliographical works, contains 10.236 titles. A complete bibliographical library would contain nearly 20,000 volumes. The 3,000 volumes of the list, now presented are not therefore to be considered as constituting a complete catalogue of books in this department, but merely as a selection of those most immediately important. X. Jahrgang.

Every list of this kind should Include not only works professedly bibliographical, but also histories of literature, of science, and of art, us well as many biographical and critical works.

It is impossible to estimate too highly the value of such a collection. In a large librar» these works are the guides to research, showing what to read, study, or consult. In the absence of such a library, they supply to some extent the deficiency by describing bonks in snch a way as oftentimes to enable us to dispense with the books themselves. ')

And yet the importance of bibliographical studies is in this country but ton little appreciated. In truth, the neglect of thee is the most fruitful source of superficial, conceited, and rash authorship. On the continent of Europe, however, they are held in the highest esteem. This is doubtless one principal cause of the acknowledged superiority of the Germans in all mutters requiring wide research.

Every student worthy of the name, when about to investigate

1) "In literature and science books are the tools, and it is impossible

to iinder-estiinate the use of a critical acquaintance Midi them except to those who underrate knowledge itself. Of every branch of the two great subdivisions of human learning, (viz: Mteratnre and scienre,) irs history is a constituent part, absolutely necessary to all who would be competent to form iiLst opinions on its present state.

"The scientific societies arc not very anxious to have in their libraries the rare books belonging to their several departments. For this, one reason is want of funds; but rbis might be overcome if it were not for another, namely, a general indifference among the members to exact and inimité knowledge of the history of science. The pen nous importe au reste with which Delainbre often dismisses a secondary point, of which a satisfactory .settlement docs not come readily to hand, had beeu readily agreed to by his critics and his readers. The consequence is, that any one who proceeds to examine closely the actual records of the progress of science, finds confusion идиш contusion and mistake upon mistake in all matters whith are not of general interest.

"It is worthy of note how completely several of the best histories of branches of science are on a bibliographical basis, proceeding rather from book to book than from man to man. Such are those of Weidler, Delambre, and Kästner, for though the nominal arrangement of the first is by men in order of time, yet the men are only constituent parts of their own title pages.

"In literary history books are the main facts, and none but those who have tried it can tell how many difficulties are thrown in the way of an investigator who has truth for his object and permanent rules of evidence for his guide, by the misstatements which exist upon works which, however necessary it may be to know them, it may hardly be worth while to name The date, the author's christian name, the very size of a book may be the turning points of the proof of a fact. The inquirer cannot have all the books before him, of many he wants only the proper description, and being certain of this, be could almost dispense with any knowledge of the contents.

"But let the reader think what he pleases, the historian of science knows that he cannot do well without complete and correct bibliography." — Dublin Review, September, 1846, Art. I, on Mathematical Bibliography.

в subject, wielies to know first what Las been done by others in the same field.

Now, on almost every important brandi of learning some diligent scholar has collected from the whole domain of literature the books pertaining thereto, arranged them tor convenience of reference, analyzed their contents, and described their absolute and relative merit, with their external peculiarities and history. He has thus given a bibliography of that branch of knowledge. Such a work should manifestly be the first to be taken up, and among the last to be luid down by auy one who would intelligently study that subject. Л collection of such works, pertaining to ull departments of knowledge, ought to be the first purchase for every general library.

Yet there is no respectable collection of them in any of our public libraries. The best is, I believe, that of Brown University, which contains but a few hundred volumes. Without question, therefore, by procuring the books necessary for carrying out the plan of making the library a centre of bibliographical reference, we shall furnish one class of books most immediately important to American scholars, as well as one most needed in making judicious selections for the future, and in aiding other libraries in the country in their choice of books.

The selection here offered is intentcd to cover nearly the whole ground of bibliography, and is arranged under the following divisions:

1. Bibliothecae Bibliographicae, or catalogues of bibliographical works.

2- Elementary Bibliography, iucluding treatises of the origin and progress of writing; of ancient manuscripts, their materials, form, ornaments, preservation, and the method of deciphering them; of printing, its history, and practice; of the arts of engraving, binding, paper-makiug, fie; of tbe forms of books; oí the rights of authors, publishers, and readers; of the book trade; of the use and abuse of books; of libraries, their history, statistics, selection, arrangement, preservation and use.

3. Practical Bibliography. Works designed to be used iu the selection aud purchuse of books. These muy be—

(1.) Universal, comprising books iu ull luuguages, on all

subjects, and of all periods.
(2.) Limited—

a To particular countries or languages.
b To particular periods of time.
С To particular branches of knowledge.
d To works clussed according to some nccideutul pecu-
liarity, as rare, anonymous, pseudonymous, polyonomous
works, books privately printed, books prohibited, books
condemned to be burned, fic.
e To particular kinds of composition, as poetry, proverbs, fic.

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