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When we see such a result as is shown above, from an experiment made by a gentleman of education, accustomed 42to research and acquainted with books generally, upon only twenty-five works, taken from his own library, and of the most easy description, we may form some idea of what a catalogue would be, drawn up, in the same manner, by ten persons, of about six hundred thousand works, embracing every branch of human learning, and presenting difficulties of every possible description.
...He said in his evidence: 'I think the Catalogue ought to be printed; not merely for the purposes of the library, and of reference out of the library, but also because I think the Catalogue of this library is a work that ought to be in every public institution where men of letters resort, either here, on the Continent, in America, or in any other part of the civilized world; still, it ought not to be printed until the whole of the books are catalogued up to a certain time.
About Henry B. (Henry Benjamin) Wheatley, the Author:
Editor, Books in Chains by William Blades (includes Wheatley's introduction and brief bio of Blades, whom he knew).
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