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A

JOURNEY ROUND

THE

ILibrary

OF

A BIBLIOMANIAC:

OR,

CENTO OF NOTES AND REMINISCENCES

CONCERNING

RARE, CURIOUS, AND VALUABLE

BOOKS.

By WILLIAM DAVIS,

Author of “ The Olio of Bibliographical and Literary Anecdotes

and Memoranda."

London:

PRINTED FOR W. DAVIS, BOOKSELLER,
At the Bedford Library, Southampton Row, Russell Square.

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PREFACE.

The following Work is neither a Satire like Swift's “Gulliver's Travels,"nor a pure Voyage Imaginaire like that of our Flying Friend, Peter Wilkins; but a Journey, which, although short in its result, has been somewhat longer in the performance than might seem consonant to modern ideas of quick travelling ; and, if it partake in no slight degree of the dust and dullness usually attendant on the Bibliomaniac's road, let us hope that the showers of Spring may have imparted some of their · freshness to a few favoured spots, and rendered the account of this Journey, if not very entertaining, at least endurable from its presumed utility ;-and the Author's aim will be amply chieved, if what Warton says of Archbishop Parker's Psalter, be also said of this Journey, " that it may be deemed a fortunate acquisition to those capricious Students who labour to collect a Library of Rarities.”

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“ There is a kind of Physiognomy in the Titles of Books so less than in the Faces of Men, by which a skilful observer will as well know what to expect from the one as the other.”

Butler's Remains.

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