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HARVARD

JUL 8 1909

CAMBRIDGE, WASSE
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T THE DESIRE of Mr. Edwards, I am writing a few

lines introductory to this, probably the last Catalogue I shall have the opportunity of compiling for him, for

I am returning to Australia, the “Sunny South,” after a long period of years spent in London.

The issue of a catalogue like the present one is rather a bold undertaking for any bookseller, but there is no doubt that with Mr. Edwards the publication will be a profitable one. There are catalogues and Catalogues, on the whole perhaps too much “ Cataloguing” in these days : a little less ephemeral work upon which much money is now spent would result in the saving of time to Bookbuyers and Collectors. Though attempts at classification in ordinary Book-lists are common and useful, systematic catalogues are more desirable. Mr. Edwards making a feature of special classes of books, instead of announcing such purchases a few at a time, in his “Miscellaneous " monthly lists, has lately issued a series of priced Reference Catalogues, which will be useful for many years to come : ‘American,’ ‘African,” “ Australasian,' Oriental '—the latter comprehending Asiatic countries and islands. These catalogues include books, old and new, of Geography and Travel, History and Biography, Science and Literature, and have been profitable as well as useful.

This one has been compiled under difficulties and interruptions ; for a catalogue containing several thousand items, systematically planned, is not the work of several hands, prepared in a few days or a few weeks. It has absorbed nearly eighteen months' devoted labour, performed not in a luxurious apartment, with peace and quiet all round, but subject to all the interruptions which make up the daily occupation of a bookseller and his assistants.

A number of sacks of books—the “sacking of a Military Academy" and a private military library formed the nucleus of the Collection. To hundreds of volumes “dumped ” on the floor of a room, narrow enough already, hundreds more were brought from attics and garrets, cellars and recesses in adjacent warehouses, into the full light of day, sorted,"classed, and arranged for “ bold advertisement.” Then other works, ( desirable and necessary, had to be hunted for, at home and abroad, to fill up voids. Additions came in daily

“ all the time,” and had to be worked into their places, subject, of course, to the daily or hourly orders for numbers of these particular books. Book Collectors

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and Booksellers occasionally appeared on the scene, and what is not surprising, carried off many prizes, some as yet impossible to replace, with the result that correspondents at a distance have been disappointed at receiving a Catalogue in which some of the items they most desired were already sold. That was inevitable. When books are rare, some one must be disappointed, but Mr. Edwards and his staff, given time, being always on the “ look out ” for “ books wanted,” generally succeed in finding other copies.

The plan of the catalogue is sufficiently indicated on the title-page and in the Table of Contents. The arrangement of the titles is chronological, save in the biographical sections, which are in alphabetical order. An alphabetical index to the whole would certainly have been useful, but would have added very largely to the cost—6,000 or 7,000 lines. It may perhaps be prepared by another hand, when a further ‘Supplement'is issued, for this Catalogue is by no means complete—it contains very few foreign publications on military affairs, except in translations. For convenience, it was issued in sections :

Part I. The Art of War, General Military History; Army Lists and Costumes ; British Regimental Records; Military Biography (A-C). Pp. 1-96

June, 1907 Part II, Military Biography; Imperial and Colonial Defence; Naval History and Biography. Pp. 97-228

October, 1907 The Naval Sections (pp. 161-228) were issued in separate form-a 68 page list. Part III. Expeditions and Campaigns-Alexander to Napoleon. Pp. 229-324 April, 1908 Part IV. The Same-Wellington-Peninsular War to the Greek War in Thessaly, 1897. Pp. 325392

June, 1908 Part V. The Same-India and the East. Pp. 393-480

July, 1908 Part VI. The Same-African Campaigns, and Maori Wars. Pp. 481-520

August, 1908 Part VII, The Same-America and the West Indies. Pp. 521-600

October, 1908 Part VIII. Supplement-chiefly Additions to Parts I., II., III. Pp. 601-648 December, 1908

Now that the compiler's task is finished and he is departing “Tomorrow to fresh fields and pastures, new,” he needs scarcely add that he leaves London, the home of British enterprise and commerce, of British politics and literature—more especially its literary and scientific associations—with some pangs of regret. To a host of friends in and out of the Trade he bids adieu, as well as to old colleagues, printers, compositors, and readers, whose generous elp will always be gratefully remembered.

EDWARD A. PETHERICK. 24 November, 1908.

TABLE OF

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239-243

EUROPEAN WARS,

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THIRTEENTH TO NINETEENTH CENTURY.

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WARS OF THE OTTOMAN TURKS, 13th to 16th Century

243-244

RUSSIAN WARS, 16th Century

244

CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS WARS, I6th Century

245-246
WARS BETWEEN ENGLAND AND SPAIN, 1585-1625

246-248; 637

The Spanish Armada, 1588

246; 637

DUTCH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, 1572-1609

249–250; 637

THE THIRTY YEARS' WAR, 1618-1648

251-252; 638

THE CIVIL WAR IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, 1642-52 253–259; 638

ENGLISH, DUTCH, FRENCH, AND OTHER WARS, including

Naval Fights, 1650-78

260—262; 638

WARS OF THE TURKS in Hungary, Poland, &c., 17th Century

262-263

WARS WITH THE MOORS AND ALGERINES, 17th Century

263-264

THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION, 1685-92

265-267

Monmouth's Rebellion-Battle of Sedgmoor, 1685

265

Ireland and Scotland, 1689-92...

265–267 ; 639

ENGLISH AND DUTCH WAR WITH FRANCE, 1688-97

267-269

Naval Fights

2674-268

Campaigns in Flanders

269

WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION, 1702-13

270_273; 639

Campaigns in Flanders and Germany

270—272 ; 639

Spain, S.E. France and Mediterranean, the Taking of

Gibraltar, Minorca, &c.

272-273

THE JACOBITE Rising, 1715-16

274

WARS OF CHARLES XII. AND PETER THE GREAT, in Scandi-

davia, Russia, Poland, Hungary, &c., 1695-1721

274–275 ; 639

WARS BETWEEN VENICE AND THE Turks in Greece, Candia,

Corfu. &c., 1713-17

275

WAR OF GREAT BRITAIN WITH SPAIN, in the Mediterranean,

Sicily, &c., 1718-21

279

SIEGE OF GIBRALTAR BY THE SPANIARDS, 1727

276; 635

WARS OF FRENCH, RUSSIANS, POLES. AND TURKS, 1734-39...

276

ENGLAND, SPAIN, AND FRANCE, 1739-48

277-278; 639

HE REBELLION IN SCOTLAND, 1745-46

278—279; 610

WAR OF THE AUSTRIAN SUCCESSION: Frederick the Great's

War in Silesia, 1741-48

280—282

THE SEVEN YEARS' WAR, 1756-63

282–287 ; 640-641

Naval Operations

282–284 ; 640-641

Operations in Europe

284-287 ; 641

Operations in North America

530-538; 641

Operations in the East Indies

404

Operations in the West Indies

529

WAR OF THE BAVARIAN SUCCESSION, 1778-79

287

WAR BETWEEN FRANCE AND ENGLAND, 1778

288

WAR BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND SPAIN, 1779-82 ; in-

cluding the Siege of Gibraltar

288-289; 611

WARS BETWEEN Russia, SWEDEN, POLAND, TURKEY, &c.

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