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MUSEUM OF PRACTICAL GEOLOGY –
AND GEOLOGICAL SURVEY. -
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Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Price Fifteen Shillings.
This is the first printed Catalogue of the Books in the Library in this Museum. When originally founded in 1843 this institution consisted only of the Geological Survey of Great Britain and the Museum of Economic Geology, which sprung from the Survey, and was then situated in a small building in Craig's Court. As far as the funds of the Survey and Museum would then admit, the Library was steadily increased, and in addition to purchases, all English and foreign maps and books presented to the Survey have ever since been placed in that collection.
When the Royal School of Mines was founded in 1851, the addition of many works essential to such an institution resulted in the formation of a Library unrivalled of its kind, containing as, it does works bearing upon the Sciences of Geology and Paläontology, Mineralogy, Mining, Metallurgy, Natural History, Chemistry, and other allied Sciences, from early times down to the present day.
ANDREW C. RAMSAY,
Director General. Museum of Practical Geology,
19th December 1877.
The Library of which this is a Catalogue contains at the present time about 28,000 volumes, chiefly relating to the subjects which are taught in the Royal School of Mines or are illustrated in the Museum of Practical Geology.
Its formation commenced in 1843, when the first Director of the Museum, Sir Henry T. De la Beche, C.B., F.R.S., contributed the whole of his scientific books to form the nucleus. It has been much increased by the annual grants from Parliament, by liberal donations from many learned societies, both at home and abroad, by numerous gifts from the late Director, Sir Roderick I. Murchison, K.C.B., F.R.S., and by Mr. Kenneth R. Murchison, who on the death of his uncle in 1871 placed the whole of Sir Roderick's scientific library, including 161 volumes of pamphlets, at our disposal.
Although from the want of space the Library could not conveniently be made a public one, every facility is given to persons who wish to consult it for scientific purposes. Under no circumstances, however, is any volume allowed to be taken out of the building.
The Lords of the Treasury having sanctioned the preparation of this Catalogue, it has been compiled by Mr. Henry White, who superintended the compilation and printing of the Royal Society's Catalogue of Scientific Papers, and whose experience in such matters is a guarantee for the accuracy of his work. He has been most ably assisted by my colleague, Mr. Thos. W. Newton, the Assistant Librarian, who has devoted much of his spare time to bring about its completion.
TRENHAM REEKS, December, 1877.