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OF Paul's CROSS SERMONS;
S. Paul's CATHEDRAL.
W. SPARROW SIMPSON, D.D., F.S.A.,
SUB-DEAN AND LIBRARIAN OF S. PAUL'S,
I DESIRE to state at once what will be found and what will not T he found in the present volume. It is not a catalogue of the entire Cathedral library. That will at once be understood when I mention that the library contains about
10,446 volumes of printed books,
10,730 separate pamphlets, making a gross total of about 21,176 volumes.
But it is a catalogue of certain sections of the library, as will be seen from the title-page, from the full table of contents, and from the following brief narrative :
On January 16, 1862, to my great pleasure, Dean Milman offered me the post of librarian of S. Paul's Cathedral. I had been librarian of my college at Cambridge, had always been a lover of books, and had taken interest in their arrangement and safe keeping. I had, of course, views of my own as to the method which should be adopted in dealing with such a collection of books as that which I found upon the shelves of the Cathedral. It was obviously useless to attempt to vie with any of the great libraries, or to struggle vainly to gather together miscellaneous works on general literature. I thought it better to make the collection of books illustrating the history of the cathedral my speciality. I arrived at this decision at a very early period in my tenure of office, for, on searching the catalogue, I found that, with the single exception of a copy of the second edition of Dugdale's History of S. Paul's Cathedral, there was hardly a book in the library which bore directly upon this subject.
Since October, 1872, the Dean and Chapter have been so good as to place in my hands a certain annual sum, to be used at my own discretion for the purposes of the Library. Binding and repairs form, in a City library, a serious item of regular outlay, and subscriptions