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Book Description
Scarce first edition of the catalogue of the library of the Russell Institution, ‘classed and arranged’ by Edward Wedlake Brayley, secretary and librarian of the Institution from 1825 to 1854. Founded by private subscription in 1808, taking as models the Royal Institution and the London Institution, both at the time popular, the Russell Institution was devoted to scientific, literary and musical education, the books listed in the present catalogue bearing testament to this. ‘The institution proper came into being by June 1808, spending some 4,500 guineas on equipping a library and providing a stock of books; and 2,700 was spent to purchase the premises. Two or three courses of scientific lectures were given per annum. In order to fund the institution's ongoing expenses and provide some guarantee of stability, subscribers paid a guinea per annum. The Institution was relatively long-lived; periodic mentions of it are found in the literature, such as a report of 1851 lectures there by Charles Richard Weld; an observation in Frederick Miller's 1874 ^gSt Pancras – Past and Present^g noting that some of the premises had been given over to a wine merchant, but that the library continued to receive daily papers, and monthly and annual journals. The Institution survived until near the end of the century; the Post Office listed it in an 1881 directory, but it is found missing in the 1891 counterpart’ (Wikipedia).
Dealer Notes
OCLC records two copies only, at the BL and the Bodleian.
Author [LIBRARY CATALOGUE].
Date 1849
Binding in recent brown library cloth binding, spine lettered in gilt.
Publisher London, printed by C. Jaques and son, 30, Kenton Street, Brunswick Square.
Condition 8vo, pp. xviii, [ii], 404; minor foxing and browning in places, otherwise clean;

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