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It will be seen from the preceding divisions, and from the gradual diminution of the number of volumes in each, that I have gone through the principal departments of the Harleian collection of books: and yet there remain fifty departments to be enumerated! These, however, I shall place in one body, in a note below*.
* 16. Critici et Opera collecta. 17. Vultus et Imagines Illust. Virorum. 18. Pompa, Ceremonia, et Exequiæ. 19. De re Militari, de Arte Equestri, et de Re Navali. 20. Heraldica. 21. Epistolæ, Panegyrici, et Orationes. 22. Biliothecarii et Miscellanei.23 Tractatus Pacis et Politici. 24. Traductions des Auteurs Gr. et Latir. 25. Translations from Greek and Latin Authors. 26. Laws, Customs, &c. of the City of London. 27. Military, Naval affairs, and Horsemanship. 28. Heraldry. 29. Husbandry, Gardening, Agriculture. 30. Magic, Sorcery, Wilchcraft. 31. Miraculous, Monstrous and Supernatural. 39. Lives of Eminent Persons. 33. Laws and Customs of divers Places. 34. Tythes, Sacrilege, and Non residence, 8c. 35. Cases of divers Pera sons. 36. Prisons and Prisoners. 37. Lives of Murderers, Highwaymen, Pirates, &c. 38. Speeches of Persons executed for divers Offences. 59. Justices, Juries, and Charges. 40. Poor, and Charitable Uses. 41. Matrimony, Divorce, 8c. 42. Universities. 43. Allegiance, Supremacy, Non Resistance, &c. 44. Bank and Bankers. 45. Funds, Taxes, Public Cree
It will probably be no very unreasonable computation to allow to each remaining division 80 volumes: so that multiplying the whole 50 remaining divisions by 80, there will be the additional number of 1000 volumes to inake the li. brary complete*.
dit, Money, Coin, 8c. 46. War and Standing Armies, 47. Admiralty and Naty. 48. Letters on various Subjects. 49. Treatises of Peace, Royal Prerogative, Bc. 50. Navigation. 51. Education, Grammar and Schools. 52. Ludicrous, Entertaining, Satirical and witty. 53. English Miscellanies. 54. Ecclesiastical and civil History of Scotland. 55. Do. of Ireland, 56. Grammars and Dictionaries. 57. Plays, and relating to the Theatre. 58. Mathematics. 59. Astrology, Astronomy, and Chymistry. 60. Horsemanship. . 61. Cookery. 62. Convocation. 63. Sieges, Battles, War, &c. 64. Pomp and Ceremony. 65. Books relating to Writing and Printing. 66. Essays on various Subjects.
I ought to mention that in my account of this extensive library, I have not included the Pamphlets. Of these alone, according to Mr. Gough, [Brit. Topog. v. i. 669.) there were computed to be 400,000! The most interesting were reduced into eight quarto volumes, entitled, “The HARLEIAN MisCELLANY.' The preface was written by Dr. Johnson, who made the selection, and compiled the catalogue of pamphlets. This very valuable miscellany, which
The foregoing description is, I believe, on a new plan; and therefore liable, like all first attempts, to error: but it has been executed from a strong desire to make more generally known the contents of that incomparable library collected by HARLEY, EARL OF Oxford: a nobleman, whose literary labours our country is bound, by every tie of gratitude, to remember and to reverence,
• I cannot but think it happy for a nation, says the pious Nelsont, (in a letter to this nobleman, when he was Speaker of the House of Commons) when persons in great stations encourage learning and the liberal sciences; and that has been always so much your character, that the rising generation will cheerfully apply themselves to their studies, now they know there are patrons that are disposed to distinguish their talents.'
was first published in weekly numbers, and was afterwards sold 'complete in 8 vols. for £. 5. 5. (See Os, borne's Cat. 1766), cannot now be procured under the sum of £.25.
Mr. Gough remarks that' Lord Oxford's library filled thirteen handsome chambers, and two large galleries.'
+ ROBERT Nelson, the celebrated author of the . Fasts and Festivals. The above letter is in Nichols's Anecdotes of Bowyer p. 5. note. It appears to have been written about 5 months after Harley's life had been attempted by the infamous Marquis de Guis. card—who aimed a penknife at his heart, but the blade broke in his bosom.
I could mention many noblemen of the present day, in whom all enlightened people view, with pleasure, the example of Harley revived! May such examples* never be wanting in such a country as this, where freedom, and comfort, and civilization abound! May virtuous poverty and persevering industry-may the efforts to enlighten the human mind, and to mend the human heart-always receive protection and encouragement from those,
The founders, managers, and patrons of the ROYAL AND LONDON INSTITUTION's should not be considered among the least of the promoters of the cause of literature! In a metropolis so vast and populous as London, such useful and accessible libraries were long wanting. A short description of them will be found at p. 28 and 47 of this work.
on whom God has bestowed wealth for the good of their fellow creatures ! On the monuments of such truly illustrious patrons there should be inscribed, in letters of gold, the beautiful words of father Anchises to the pious Æneas. INVENTAS- -QUI VITAM EXCOLUERE PER ARTES QUIQUE SUI MEMORES ALIOS FECERE MEREN DO!* Let it be remembered that such are described as reposing under Elysian Bowers in a FUTURE STATE!
Royal Institution. In Mr. Wood's fourth lecture, on perspective, after recapitulating the preceding lecture, the method of putting the square into perspective was described, when seen obliquely. The cube was then represented below, above, and upon the horizontal line, and the method of finding the second vanishing point of an oblique rectangular object explained. The lecture concluded with buildings in various positions.
* Eneid. lib. vi. v. 669-4.