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" 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,... "
Proceedings, American Philosophical Society (vol. 104, no. 4, 1960) - Page 380
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Lives of the Founders of the British Museum: With Notices of Its ..., Volume 2

Edward Edwards - Book collectors - 1870 - 780 pages
...utility increases in proportion with the very rare and costly books, in preference to modern books I think that scholars have a right to look, for these...expensive works, to the Government of the Country ' I want a poor student to have the same means of indulging his learned curiosity, — of following...
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Lives of the Founders of the British Museum: With Notices of Its ..., Volume 1

Edward Edwards - Book collectors - 1870 - 822 pages
...increases in proportion with .the very rare and costly books, in preference to modern books I thinV that scholars have a right to look, for these expensive works, to the Government of the Country 'I want a poor student to have the same means of indulging his fearned curiosity, — of following...
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Memories of the British Museum

Robert Cowtan - British Museum - 1872 - 428 pages
...utility increases in proportion with the very rare and costly books, in preference to modern books. I think that scholars have a right to look for these...expensive works to the Government of the country." . . . " I want a poor student to have the same means of indulging his learned curiosity— of following...
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Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Volume 21 - Oregon State ...

Allen Kent, Harold Lancour, Jay E. Daily - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1977 - 516 pages
...the most frequently quoted statements in library history: I would not say a very secondary object; 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,...
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