This is the most readable and rewarding book that has yet been written on library history. The second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth have seen almost the whole development of libraries from what may be called the age of the primitives to the present day, which will doubtless in its turn come to be regarded as near‐primitive. And nowhere, not even perhaps in the British Museum, has the contrast between 1845 and 1945 been more striking than in the Bodleian.
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