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The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author   By: (1809-1881)

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THE BOOK HUNTER

[Illustration: Yours truly, J.H. Burton]

THE BOOK HUNTER

etc.

by

JOHN HILL BURTON D.C.L., LL.D.

Author of 'A History of Scotland,' 'The Scot Abroad,' 'The Reign of Queen Anne,' &c.

A New Edition With a Memoir of the Author

William Blackwood and Sons Edinburgh and London MDCCCLXXXII All Rights reserved

PUBLISHER'S NOTE.

The learned Author of 'THE BOOK HUNTER,' very shortly before his death, gave his consent that the Work should be reprinted.

This has now been done from his own copy, with any slight additions or emendations which it, or the notes of literary friends, supplied, and in a form which, it is hoped, will be acceptable to all lovers of choice books.

A Memoir of Dr Burton, by his Widow, has been prefixed, and a copious Index added.

The portrait of the Author has been reproduced from a characteristic photograph, and etched by Mr W.B. Hole, A.R.S.A. The View in the Library, and the Vignettes of Craighouse and Dalmeny, have been drawn by Miss Rose Burton, and engraved by Miss E.P. Burton.

45 GEORGE STREET, EDINBURGH, May 1882 .

THE AUTHOR'S ADVERTISEMENT TO THE SECOND EDITION.

The Author, in again laying his little book before the public, has taken advantage of some suggestions kindly contributed by the critics who reviewed the previous edition, and he has thus been enabled to correct a few inaccuracies which they have courteously characterised as mere errors of the press. Productions of this indefinite kind are apt to grow in the hands of an author; and in the course of his revision he was unable to resist the temptation to throw in a few additional touches here and there, as to which he can only hope that they will not deteriorate the volume in the eyes of those who thought well of it in its old shape.

1863.

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CONTENTS.

PAGE MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR, i

THE BOOK HUNTER.

Part I. His Nature.

INTRODUCTORY, 1 A VISION OF MIGHTY BOOK HUNTERS, 14 REMINISCENCES, 59 CLASSIFICATION, 62 THE PROWLER AND THE AUCTION HAUNTER, 88

Part II. His Functions.

THE HOBBY, 101 THE DESULTORY READER OR BOHEMIAN OF LITERATURE, 108 THE COLLECTOR AND THE SCHOLAR, 115 THE GLEANER AND HIS HARVEST, 124 PRETENDERS, 161 HIS ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE CREATION OF LIBRARIES, 168 THE PRESERVATION OF LITERATURE, 205 LIBRARIANS, 227 BIBLIOGRAPHIES, 233

Part III. His Club.

CLUBS IN GENERAL, 243 THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK CLUBS, 251 THE ROXBURGHE CLUB, 265 SOME BOOK CLUB MEN, 283

Part IV. Book Club Literature.

GENERALITIES, 311 JOHN SPALDING, 330 ROBERT WODROW, 338 THE EARLY NORTHERN SAINTS, 352 SERMONS IN STONES, 404

INDEX, 419

List of Illustrations.

PORTRAIT OF THE AUTHOR, Frontispiece. THE AVENUE, CRAIGHOUSE, i CRAIGHOUSE, lix DALMENY CHURCHYARD, civ A NOOK IN THE AUTHOR'S LIBRARY, 1

[Illustration: The Avenue, Craighouse. ]

MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR.

CHAPTER I.

ABERDEEN.

Parentage Patons Grandholm Jersey "Peninsular War" School and schoolmasters Flogging College Competition for bursaries Home life Aunt and grand aunt Holiday rambles Letter... Continue reading book >>




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