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of such esteemed and standard works of reference as those of Watt, Lowndes, Darling, or Allibone, and he will speedily find that by concentrating constant and unwearied diligence upon one branch of Bibliography an account of several lines has been expanded into several columns.” Biographical memoranda respecting the whole of the writers spoken of in the Bibliotheca Cornubiensis have been given after the mention of their names, and neither labour nor expense has been spared to render these memoranda complete and trustworthy. Not only have facts and references been gleaned from books of the most varied character, but many parish registers have been examined and letters have been addressed to all presumable sources of information. It may perhaps be observed as a peculiarity that hardly any references are given to county histories and other works of a similar nature; the intention, however, in this undertaking being to refer to comparatively unexplored sources and not to general matter already well known, all notices of these books have, with very few exceptions, been omitted. In describing the works which have come under their notice the authors have recognized the value of giving, as far as possible, a verbatim copy of the original title page, and in those cases where from extreme length it has been found absolutely necessary to abbreviate a title marks have been inserted to indicate the omissions. The pagination and publishing price have also been added. Great attention has been given to the subject of anonymous and pseudonymous literature, and many works and papers have now for the first time been assigned to their respective authors. Whilst the authors of this work would fain believe that its interest is not confined to natives of their own County, they are yet aware that it is by the future historians of Cornwall that its value will be most fully estimated. Within this volume is brought together an immense catalogue of local materials such as could
not elsewhere be found, with exact references to the various sources of informa
• The article on the Attorney General William Noy, on pp. 401-405 in the Bibliotheca Cornubiensis, will serve as a case in point to illustrate what has been attempted to be accomplished in this work. . It consists of 56 biographical references, 24 titles of books, and editions of books of which the Attorney, General was, wholly or in part the author, 5 titles of books in which portions are addressed to him, or in which he is especially spoken of, 42 notices of MSS., a large majority of which are by him, while the remainder concern his life and his writings. The whole gives 107 distinct facts, and occupies 446 lines, whilst in Watt the account occupies but 201ines, in Bohn's Lowndes the same number, in the Encyclopædia Britannica (8th ed) the same number, in the English Cyclopaedia, 32, in Allibone, 94; and in Bliss Wood, 189; in the four latter works the greater portion of the space is occupied with details of biography and criticisms of the author's writings.
tion; personal details have now been preserved which at some future time it would be much more difficult if not actually impossible to obtain; and the whole has been so digested and methodized as to render it easy of reference to those desirous of consulting it. In connection with this latter point it may be mentioned that the second part of this undertaking will contain (in addition to a mass of matter which could not be classified under authors' names) cross references, under such headings as Cornish Language, Geology, Mineralogy, Botany, etc., to all the information published in the preceding part. By this means the study of any particular subject connected with the County will be rendered comparatively an easy process. The authors have now the pleasant duty of recording the names of those gentlemen from whom they have chiefly derived assistance. Thanks are especially due to William Sandys, Esq., The Rev. Edmund Boger, John Brendon Curgenven, Esq., and William Noy, Esq., for furnishing full particulars of the titles and collations of the Cornish books in their Libraries. To Thomas Quiller Couch, Esq., of Bodmin, and Charles Chorley, Esq., of Truro, they are indebted for the use of some MS. collections formed by them with the intention they once entertained of publishing a catalogue of works on Cornwall. W. J. Henwood, Esq., and the Rev. C. W. Boase have most kindly perused the proof sheets during the passage of this work through the press, and have furnished the authors with numerous suggestions respecting alterations and additions. To J. J. A. Boase, Esq., and G. B. Millett, Esq., of Penzance, Richard Edmonds, Esq., of Plymouth, Charles Barham, Esq., of Truro, and N. Hare, jun., Esq., of Liskeard, they have rarely applied in vain for particulars concerning the lives and publications of the inhabitants of those towns with which they are respectively connected. Mr. John Kinsman, Bookseller, of Penzance, has placed them under numerous obligations for collations of all the local works which have passed through his hands during a period of some years. To the Clergy, not only of Cornwall but of many other parts of England, they have to tender their warmest thanks for furnishing extracts from church registers without, in the majority of instances, making any demand for the fees
justly due to them for such services.
In the preparation of this work the authors have pre-eminently to acknowledge the assistance they have derived from the treasures of the British Museum. Next to that vast storehouse of literature they are indebted to the Bodleian Library. On the shelves of Dr. Williams' Library and of Sion College have been found many theological and other works of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries which are wanting elsewhere; and the Guildhall and London Institution Libraries have afforded the authors the use of many valuable books. From the London Library, in St. James' Square, they have been able to take to their own homes many of the most valuable works of reference, and by this means they have pursued their studies during those months of the year in which they are practically excluded by the nature of their daily labours from entering the library of the British Museum. To the officers of the whole of these institutions they tender their warmest thanks for the constant assistance they have received in their laborious undertaking.
Lastly thanks are due to a large number of persons, whose names cannot here be enumerated, for supplying information in furtherance of this work. To many gentlemen who will not find any references to the matter they have furnished, the explanation is necessary that their communications arrived too late to be printed in this volume. Such notices however have been carefully treasured and they will appear with many additional facts in the supplement to the second volume.
The authors now dismiss the toil of years with the earnest request that any persons who are in a position to furnish additional information or corrections will obligingly communicate with them. .
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confer, cf. is used when referring to matter not in the Bibliotheca Cornubiensis.
indicates that some portion of the title is omitted.
no date. The presumed date of publication is inserted in [ ]
no place or date.
in the possession of.
quod vide, which see. q.v. is used when referring to matter in the Bibliotheca Cornubiensis.
the word See is used when referring to portions of the Bibliotheca Cornubiensis.
thus. To indicate an apparent error in the Title of a book.
in the time of.
Indicate that some matter is omitted.
Words in square brackets are inserted as a means of affording additional information.
Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall.
Report of the Miners' Association of Cornwall & Devon.
Report of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society.
Report of the Royal Institution of Cornwall.
Transactions of the Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society.
Transactions of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall.
Register and Magazine of Biography, 1869. No more published.
Biographical Dictionary of the Society for Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. [Only letter A published].
Corregenda and Adalenda.
Page 8. For Atkinson, Mr., read Atkinson, Henry.
Page 21. Benson, Rev. Joseph. b. near Temple, Sowerby, Westmoreland, 25 Jan., 1748. d. London, 16 Feb., 1821, and not as stated.
Page 22, col. 1, line 16 from bottom, dele the words Beta, pseud, i.e., Boase, Henry.
Page 29, col. 2 at the bottom, the two articles from T. Thompson's Ann. Philos., are by Henry Boase, not by Henry S. Boase.
Page 30, col. 1, line 22 from bottom, for Sardian, read Sardinian.
Page 60. For Carne, Miss Elizabeth, read Carne, Miss Elizabeth Catherine Thomas. b. Riviere - House, Phillack, 1817. d. Penzance, 7 Sept., 1873. bur. Phillack.
Page 60. Carne, John. b. 18 June, 1789.
Page 61. Carne, Joseph. b. 17 Apl., 1782.
Page 93, col. 2. Couch, Richard Quiller. 6 articles in the Reports of the R.C.P.Soc., were accidentally omitted by the Printer, they will be given in the Appendix.
Page 97, col. 1, line 12 from bottom, for Good Woods read Good Words.