NEITHER the Dictionary nor the Classified forms of catalogues embodies the whole of the requirements which go towards the making of the ideal catalogue. It has been said that the ideal can be achieved only by the full provision of both varieties, but while this may be true of the card catalogue, as far as the printed one is concerned, there are serious drawbacks to combining the two forms. It would necessitate so many entries for each book that the alphabetical order would be destroyed, the size would be inconvenient to borrowers who wished to carry it to and from the library, and the cost of production would be such as few public libraries could afford. The Brooklyn Library analytical and classed catalogue of authors, titles, subjects, and classes suffers from all the drawbacks just mentioned simply on account of violating Cutter's rule whereby books are entered under their specific subjects. In this complete and remarkable work of over 1,000 pages, books will be found entered under important general headings like Mathematics, Engineering, and so on, the special subjects being arranged in a classified order, in addition to being entered in their alphabetical progression.
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