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The General Contents of the British Museum: with Remarks. Serving as a Directory in viewing that Noble Cabinet. The second edition, with additions and improvements, and a complete index.
Printed for R. and J. Dodsley. 1762 xxiii, [1], 210, [30]pp, half title. 12mo. Some light browning, but a v.g. clean copy. Full contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt ruled borders, raised & gilt banded spine, red morocco label; expert repairs to joints & corners. Armorial bookplate of Strathallan, contemporary signature on front endpaper of S.M. Savage dated 1762, with a number of manuscript corrections and observations to the text.ESTC T40549. The second printing of the first English guide to the British Museum. Although listed in ESTC under the publisher's name, the work is by Edmund Powlett who writes in his preface that "among the numbers whom curiosity prompted to get a sight of this collection, I was of course one; but the time allowed to view it was so short, and the rooms so numerous, that it was impossible, without some kind of directory, to form a proper idea of the particulars: and though I was far from being unacquainted with most of the contents before they became the property of the public, must confess myself to have been at some loss in this respect. The Officers, indeed, were always extremely attentive; but it was still impossible for them to gratify every particular person's curiosity". Although his guide ran into a second edition, it was sold at bookshops and not at the Museum, and not everyone knew of it. Carl Philip Moritz, who visited the Museum in June 1782, had Wendeborn's guidebook, and to the scornful astonishment of the librarian when the rest of the tour saw that he "had this book they gathered round me and I taught these English ... what they might see in their own museum!" (Ref: D. Cash.
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