Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cataloguer's Progress

This 'Catalogue of English Official Military Works' compiled by Basil Soulsby was, he believed, "the first of its kind." Soulsby, an assistant in the Department of Printed Books at the British Museum, inscribed a dedication on the cover of this particular copy. It reads:

"The Right Hon. H. Campbell-Bannerman M.P. with the compiler's compliments 16, Jan. 1894."

Soulsby and Campbell-Bannerman both achieved great success in their careers - Soulsby eventually became Director of the General Library at the Natural History Museum in London, and Campbell-Bannerman (who was Secretary of State for War at the time of this dedication) would go on to lead the Liberal government as Prime Minister from 1905 to 1908.

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