Proceedings, American Philosophical Society (vol. 104, no. 4, 1960)

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Page 408 - Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks: methinks I see her as an eagle mewing her mighty youth, and kindling her undazzled eyes at the full mid-day beam...
Page 407 - I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
Page 380 - Seven huge apartments are filled with curious books ; five with manuscripts ; two with fossils of all sorts, and the rest with various animals. But what account will a man give to the Judge of quick and dead for a life spent in collecting all these >. Sun.
Page 387 - points' are directly concerned with the planning of university library buildings. These are a library building should be planned for library work; every library building should be planned especially for the kind of work to be done and the Community to be served...
Page 390 - Poole (classifying the books in departments and arranging them for storage and study in separate rooms, under one roof) has so far influenced library construction that modern library plans provide accommodations for readers near the books they want to use, whatever system of shelving is adopted. In a circulating library the books most in use should be shelved in floorcases close to the delivery desk. In the floor-cases of a reference library the upper shelves should be narrower than those below,...
Page 355 - ... all philosophical experiments that let light into the nature of things, tend to increase the power of man over matter, and multiply the conveniences or pleasures of life.
Page 368 - Annual Report of the Library of Congress for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1946. Washington, US Govt. Printing Office, 1947: 13-227. Mearns' account is well informed, but written in a sometimes racy vernacular, which catches Clio in shocked surprise.
Page 380 - I would not say a very secondary object," he responded : but if I am to choose, I would say that it is of less importance for the library of the British Museum to have common modern books than to have rare, ephemeral, voluminous and costly publications, which cannot be found anywhere else by persons not having access to great private collections. I want a poor student to have the same means of indulging...
Page 384 - It grieves me not, that the fantastic taste of some epicure in learning may chance to find, on the book-shelves of Paris, some literary morsel of choice and ancient flavor, such as our own metropolis supplies not. I feel no envy, if we republicans are outdone by luxurious Europe in some high-seasoned delicacy of the pampered soul.
Page 366 - Be it remembered in honor of the Philadelphia youth (then chiefly artificers) that in MDCCXXXI they cheerfully, at the instance of Benjamin Franklin, one of their number, instituted the Philadelphia Library which, though small at first, is become highly valuable and extensively useful, and which the walls of this edifice are now destined to contain and preserve: the first stone of whose foundation was here placed the thirty-first day of August, 1789.

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