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BOOK THE THIRD.

LATER AUGMENTORS AND BENEFACTORS.

1829—1870.

CONTENTS OF BOOK III:—

Chapter I. Introduction :—Summary View Of The History Of The British Museum During The PrincipalLlbrarianship Of Joseph Pl.anta. II. Introduction (continued) :—summary View Of The History Of The British Musf.um During The Principal-librarianship Of Sir Henry Ellis.

III. Introduction ^continued) :—Summary View Of The

History Of The British Museum During The Principal-iilbrarianship Of Slr Antonio Panizzi.

IV. Another Group Of Archaeologists And Classical

Explorers.
V. The Founder Of The Urenville Library.
ATI. Benefactors Of Recent Days.
VII. Reconstructors And Projectors.

'TnE comprehensive character of the British Museum— the origin of which may be traced to the heterogeneous nature of Sir Hans Sloane's bequest—doubtless makes it difficult to provide for the expansion of its various branches, according to their relative demands upon the space and light which can be applied to their accommodation. Any attempt, however, now to diminish that difficulty by segregating any portion, or by scattering in various localities the components of the vast aggregate, would involve a sacrifice of great scientific advantages which are not the less inherent in their union because that union was, in its origin, fortuitous

'Some passages of our evidence ... illustrate the difficulty of drawing a line of separation, for purposes of management

and superintendence, between certain Collections

Its occurrence [i. e. the occurrence of such a difficulty] indicates strongly the value to Science, of the accidents which have placed in near juxtaposition the Collections of mineralogy [and] of forms of existing and extinct animal and vegetable life. The immediate connexion of all alike with the Library of the Museum is too important to allow us to contemplate its dissolution.'—Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Constitution and Management of the British Museum (1850), p. 36.

CHAPTER I.

GENERAL VIEW OF THE HISTORY OF THE
BRITISH MUSEUM, UNDER THE ADMINIS-
TRATION, AS PRINCIPAL-LIBRARIAN, OF
JOSEPH PLANTA.

. . . Perseverance keeps honour bright.
To hare done, is to hang
Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail
In monumental mockery.

Troilus and Crcuida.

* Signor, mirate, come 'I tempo Tola,
E Biccome la vita

Fugge. e la Morte ne sorra le spallc,
Voi sicte or qui: pensate alia partita
Che V alma ignuda c sola
Conven ch' arrive a quel dubbioso calle.* ....

Petbarch {Italia mia. Sec).

Notices of the Life of Joseph Planta, third Principal-
Librarian.Improvements in the Internal Economy of
the Museum introduced or recommended by Mr.
Planta.His labours for the enlargement of the
Collections and on the Museum Publications and
Catalogues.The Museum Gardens and the Duke of
Bedford.

Hitherto these pages have chiefly had to do with the Boorin, history of the integral parts of the British Museum, and Huron with that of the men by whom these integral parts, taken Motmu« severally, were first founded or first gathered. We have ^flabta

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