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Scientific Serial Publications
Principal Libraries of Calcutta.
Compiled for the
ASIATIC SOCIETY OF BENGAL, Cart
STANLEY KEMP, B.A.,
with the assistance of the librarians of the
PRINTED AT THE BAPTIST MISSION PRESS AND PUBLISHED BY THE
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HIS Catalogue is designed for the use of those who have occasion.
to consult the scientific periodicals represented in Calcutta libraries, whether belonging to Government or private institutions. In many of these libraries the existing catalogues are either in manuscript or completely out of date; moreover the number of the libraries is large and they are situated at considerable distances apart. Data from twenty-four libraries have been incorporated.
In deciding the difficult question as to what is a scientific serial publication it has seemed best to take as broad a view as possible and include too much rather than too little. A serial publication has been taken to be one whose issues are numbered or dated according to a definite sequence and to which no termination might be anticipated at the time of its initiation. The publications of the Ray Society, for instance, are not included as they consist of a series of independent, unnumbered monographs published without any definite sequence; nor are the Reports of the Challenger' Expedition, because at their inception a definite end to publication could be foreseen. Serials dealing with the technical applications of science, such as Engineering and Agriculture, have been inserted, together with those concerning such subjects as Archaeology and Economics. When an institution publishes separate serials on both scientific and other subjects, references to all are given; purely administrative reports are, however, omitted.
All parts of periodicals received up to the end of 1917 have so far as possible been catalogued; but, owing to the present state of international affairs, it has been found impossible to deal precisely with current scientific literature published in Germany and Austria.
On behalf of the Council of the Asiatic Society of Bengal I wish to express my indebtedness to the heads of the institutions that have supplied information regarding their serials. Had it not been for
cordial co-operation on the part of the twenty-four libraries, the preparation of this Catalogue would have been impossible.
Among those who have given assistance in the compilation, my thanks are first due to Dr. W. A. K. Christie of the Geological Survey of India, who has read through all the proofs and assisted me in many other ways. Owing to his valuable help the work has gained greatly in accuracy and completeness.
I have also to thank Mr. J. Chapman, Librarian of the Imperial Library, who has kindly solved several bibliographical questions that presented unusual difficulty. Dr. G. D. Hope has checked the references to Dutch periodicals and Mr. A. Kolusky those in Russian and allied languages. Babu Balai Lal Dutt, the Society's Librarian, has aided me in many ways.
The cost of publication has been defrayed by a grant made by the Trustees of the Indian Museum, through the kind offices of the Director, Zoological Survey of India.
The Society will be obliged if their attention is drawn to any errors that may be detected.