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The Collector obtained a large portion of this fine Cabinet of Entomology during his own travels in India, Java, and China. It consists chiefly of Coleopterous insects.

(varrr) 1864. The WIGAN CABINET of Corns.

Collected and Presented by Edward Wigan.
[See BOOK III, Chapter 3.]

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1864. The RHODIAN Marianas.

Ewcavated, at the charge of the Trustees, by MM, Salzmann and Biliotti, in 1863 and subsequent years.

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1864. The Cosmos ORIENTAL Manuscrur'rs.

Collected by the late William Cureton, D.D. (Died 17 June, 1864). Purchased by the Trustees from his

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1864_ The Winner HERBARIUM of CUBA and New MEXICO. [See Boox III, Chapter 4.]

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1864. The TRISTRAM CABINET of the ZOOLOGY of the HOLY LAND. ‘ Collected by the Reverend H. B. Tristram, M.A.

Presented by the Collector.
[See BOOK III, Chapter 4.]

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1865. The HEBREW LIBRARY of ALMANZI.

This valuable series of Hebrew Manuscripts, &c. was

collected by the late Joseph Almanzi, of Padua ; and
was purchased by the Trustees of his Executors.
[See BOOK III, Chapter 4.]

(1.xx1v) 1865. The ERSKINE ORIENTAL MANUscnirTs. Collected by William Erskine, during his residence

in India. Pure/taxed by the Trustees.
[See BOOK III, Chapter 4.]

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1865. The MALcOLM PERSIAN MANUSOizIrTs.

Collected by Sir JOhIl Malcolm (Died 31 May, 1833) during his Embassy to Persia. Pure/raced by the

Trustees.
[See BOOK III, Chapter 4.]

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1865. The KOKSCHAROW MINERALs.

Collected by Colonel de Kokscharow. Pur

c/lased by the Trustees.
[See BOOK III, Chapter 4.]

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1865. The CHRISTY PRE-HISTORIC and E'rrr NOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Collected and Bequeatfiecl by Henry Ghristy (Died 4 May, 1865). [See Boox III, Chapter 4.]

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Collected and Presented by Henry Witt.
[See Boox III, Chapter 4.]

(LXXXI) 1866. The BLACAS MUSEUM.

Collected by the Dukes of Blacas (The elder Collector died in 1839 ; the younger, in 1865). Pure/meal, by the Trustees, of the heirs of the Survivor.

[See Boox III, Chapter 4.]

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mm. 1866, The WOODHOUSE MUSEUM. Collected by James Woodhouse, Her Majesty’s Treasurer at Corfu (Died February, 1866). Bequeathed by the Collector. [See BOOK 111, Chapter 4.]

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1866_ The CUMING CONCHOLOGICAL COLLECTION.

Collected by Hugh Cuming (Died 1866). Acquired by the Trustees in 1866, partly by gift, and partly by purchase, under the directions of the Collector’s Will.

[See BOOK III, Chapter 4.]

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1867. The HAWKINS COLLECTION or ENGLISH POLITICAL AND HISTORICAL PRINTS.

Collected by Edward Hawkins (Died 1867)-
Purchased by the Trustees.
[See BOOK III, Chapter 1.]

(LXIva) 1868. The ABYSSINIAN ANTIQUITIEs and MANUSCRIPTS.

Acquired by the Trustees during and after the Abyssinian \Var; partly by gift from the British Government, and partly by the researches of the Representative of the Trustees in the British Camp. Another and a very valuable portion of the Abyssinian Manuscripts came to the India Office, by the gift of Lord Napier of Magdala ; and by the Secretary of State for India was given to the British Museum.

[See BOOK III, Chapter 4.]

(LXXXVI) 1868. The SLADE ARCHEOLOGICAL COLLECTION. Collected by Felix Slade (Died 1868). Begueathed

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As I have had occasion to observe in a former paragraph, the preceding list is, of necessity, an abridged list. It is by no means a complete or exhaustive one. The prescribed bounds—those of a Single volume for a very wide and multifarious subject—compel the writer to treat his subject by way of selection. The reader is solicited to keep that fact in mind ; as well for its bearing on the chapters which follow, as on the introductory chapter now under his eye. And in regard both to this brief enumeration of the successive component parts of the Museum, and to the biographical noticesof which it is the preliminary, the cautionary remark here repeated applies to every Department of the national repository. It holds good of the Natural History Collections, and of the Collections of Antiquities, no less than of the Collections of Printed Books and of Manuscripts.

Among the many minor, but intrinsically important, Collections thus—compulsorily—passed over, in the present volume, are some of which brief notices have been given (by the same hand) in a preceding work, published in 1869. Those ‘ Notices,’ however, relate exclusively to

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