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JAN 13 1894
DEUTSCH LITHOGRAPHING & PRINTING CO.,
COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION AND PRINTING.
TEMPLE PRIME, Chairman,
REV. R. S. STORRS, D. D., LL. D.,
BRYAN H. SMITH,
JOHN JAY PIERREPONT.
The Long Island Historical Society, in Brooklyn, New York, has now been in existence thirty years, having been incorporated in the spring of A. D. 1863.
One of its principal aims has been from the first to collect a Library of valuable books, relating primarily to local and general civil or military history, but also including works in genealogy and biography, with those illustrating the progress of art, science, literature, the religious and social welfare of mankind, in whatever department this progress is to be traced. It has desired and sought to collect. such a library for reference and consultation; containing volumes not commonly embraced in private or even in popular libraries, which yet students in the various branches of historical research naturally desire to have at hand. Many interesting and often important books of a more miscellaneous character have, however, been added to its collections, by the kindness of friends: and it has a very large number of pamphlets, files of newspapers, maps, etc., only the more important of which are indicated on the following pages. The many manuscripts, autograph letters, title-deeds, written records, and other similar documents in its possession, have not been recorded in this volume, but lists of such documents are to be found in the Library. A large number of important mediæval manuscripts, chiefly Missals and Books of Hours, which have recently come into its possession by a bequest of Mr. Samuel B. Duryea, will be recorded and described in a future appendix to this volume.
As rapidly as its means have permitted, the Society has carried out its original purpose; and the catalogue now printed contains a list of the more than fortyfive thousand volumes already on its shelves, which are constantly being added to, and which are as constantly being gladly consulted by many students. some departments the library will be found, even now, to have become exceptionally rich. Others will be carried toward completion as rapidly as needed funds. are secured.
The present catalogue makes no attempt to classify books by their subjects, or to give an index to the contents of them, but simply to present a list of those now possessed by the Society. It is strictly a catalogue of books, not a dictionary of the subjects treated in books; and it assumes that those using it will know what authors they wish to consult, and on what subjects these have written.
book has therefore commonly but one full title, under the name of its author. Almost the only exception to this rule occurs in biographical and genealogical works, where the full title is given under the name of the person or the family with whom the book is concerned, with a cross-reference to or from the author. Aside from this exception the rule above indicated has been closely followed.
For those using the catalogue it may be well to add, that books are entered under the full name of the author when this is known, under initials when only these appear, and under the pseudonym when the real name has not been ascertained; in the case of collections under the name of the editor, when this has been feasible; and under the first word, not an article or a preposition, when an anonymous work is recorded. In the more extensive biographical or geographical collections, the names of the persons or countries referred to have been used, or the name of the society or organization responsible for the publication.
In the headings of titles, authors' names are given in their vernacular form. Compound surnames, and names of noblemen, are entered under the name by which they are best known, usually with a cross-reference from the other name. French surnames preceded by Le, La, or L', are entered under L; those preceded by Du, or Des, under D; by de or d', under the name following. The De and the Van of English names are treated as a component part of the surname, as De Quincey, Van Buren. In other languages, the surnames are entered under the name following the prefix. German names having the diphthongs ä, ö, ü, are placed as spelled, without regard to the umlaut: Müller with Muller, Stöcklein before Stockmar, etc. Brackets enclose words added to the title page.
The catalogue has been several years in preparation, the work of making the extended lists of volumes having been performed by Miss Jessie Eloise Prentice, (now Mrs. Dodsworth), during the time of her most helpful connection with the Library. It will be found to have been done with the utmost care, and, the Directors believe, with an exact and elegant accuracy. It has been impossible for the compiler of the titles to correct the proof-sheets, except in small part; but, under the arrangements made for this important service, it is confidently hoped that few typographical errors will be found.
It needs only to be added that the necessary funds for printing this catalogue have been specially contributed by members of the Board of Directors, with assistance from generous members of the Society; and that no part of the general Fund of the Society has been applied to the work.
LIBRARY OF THE
LONG ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
By order of the Directors,
RICHARD S. STORRS, President.