Guide to the Research Collections

- Section -- I -- GENERAL MATERIALS
- PART TWO
- 15 -- RARE BOOK DIVISION
- RESOURCES
- Bibliography Collection (Billings *KA)

Bibliography Collection (Billings *KA)

This important group of some 4,000 volumes consists of general and special bibliographies; catalogs of libraries and of private collections of

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rare books; bibliographies of authors, special presses, and individual printers; and bibliographies of printing in specific cities or geographical areas. Materials in the collection have been chosen largely for their value in bibliographical and cataloging research in the field of rare books; many are duplicated in the general collections.

A subclass of unusual interest is *KAY, originally intended to provide for the elaborately annotated catalogs and working lists of James Lenox. Many of Lenox's notes are valuable contributions to bibliography, particularly those having to do with Americana and the Bible. The scope of this subclass was later extended to include annotated lists of other bookmen and collectors whose collections have come to this library, or whose work has some connection with its holdings. The more important of these lists and notes are those of Bancroft, Bryant, Dixon, Myers, Westwood; those having to do with the South Sea Bubble; and the Tilden shelf inventory of 1887.