Item 1 - Catalogue of John Anderson's Library

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GB 249 OB/10/1/1

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Catalogue of John Anderson's Library

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  • c 1799 - 1831 (Creation)

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(1796 to date)

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John Anderson bequeathed the whole of his library to the institution he founded under his name and directed that none of the books should be taken out of the buildings of the institution. The library was administered by a president, secretary and treasurer and, in order to extend its usefulness, the trustees combined it with a subscription library and reading room. The books consisted of standard works and periodical publications in science and general literature. They were purchased by subscription or acquired by donation and circulated amongst the subscribers. The subscribers were divided into two classes: science and general literature. Each class appointed a committee of five of their number to select the books. In addition, the professors of natural philosophy, chemistry and natural history and the president, secretary and treasurer were ex officiis members of the committees.

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Endorsed on spine: MSS 46

Contains: catalogue of John Anderson's Library (ff.1-61); catalogue of fossils arranged according to the tables of Mr. Babington, Lecturer in Chemistry, London (ff.67-103); catalogue of apparatus, furniture etc belonging to Anderson's Institution, June 1799 (ff.112-131).

There are several blank folios and pencil annotations. Folios 132-134 contain several endorsements confirming the transfer of these items to the managers of Anderson's Institution, 1799-1806, and notes by James Smith, of Jordanhill, 1831, including additional donations of books.

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  • English

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