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Format: Book Prospectuses Before 1801 in the John Johnson Collection, Book Prospectuses Before 1801 in the Gough Collection, edited by J.P. Feather. Free with collection
Media: 38 105 x 148mm microfiche
Coverage Dates: 19th and early 20th centuries

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CLASSIC LITERATURE ON INVERTEBRATE PALAEONTOLOGY Scientists, in classifying invertebrate palaeontology, are obliged by the nature of the research to compare findings with illustrations and previous studies found in works dating back many decades. These classic works, when obscure or out of print, are difficult to obtain. To accommodate the needs of palaeontologists, Classic Literature on Invertebrate Palaeontology offers, on microfiche, material selected by specialists in seven major macro-invertebrate groups. Chosen are key materials, primarily from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and articles published in now-defunct journals or as monographs. These works include many of the first descriptions given of important species and contain numerous detailed illustrations.


  • Palaeozoic Corals--early literature dealing with rugose and tabulate corals, including some references to stromatoporoids and bryozoa. Included are Goldfuss's Petrefacta Germanaie and works by Edwards and Haime, M'Coy and Quenstedt, and others. Geographic coverage includes North America, Europe, and Russia. 17 titles edited by Colin T. Scrutton.
  • Crinoid Literature--spans over 100 years of key works on fossil crinoids, the earliest being J.S. Miller's monograph of 1821. Emphasis is placed on palaeozoic crinoidea through systematic treatments necessary for crinoid taxonomy. Geological surveys include locations in Europe and North America. 14 titles edited by N.G. Lane.
  • Trilobite Works--a selection of 29 classic works containing numerous taxa described for the first time, predominantly in the early 19th century. Several illustrative plates are included. Editors: C.P. Hughs, A.T. Thomas, and H.B. Whittington.
  • Mesozoic Bivalves--81 titles that are an indispensable basis for research on bivalve classification. Covers areas of Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, and Africa. Edited by N.J. Morris.
  • Graptolite Literature--pre-1926 literature covers major early developments in graptolite studies and begins with Barrande's 1850 work offering the first accurate description of generic morphology. Included are contributions by James Hall, Lapworth, Tullberg, and others. 24 titles edited by R.B. Rickards and D.C. Palmer.
  • Mesozoic Brachiopods--six important but obscure monographs including difficult-to-locate French and German works such as those by E. Eudes-Deslongchamps, Schloenbach, and Quenstedt. Contains rare illustrations. Edited by Ellis Owen.
  • Mesozoic Ammonites--includes d'Orbigny's volume on the Jurassic cephalopods of France, a report by Forbes on fossil invertebrate in Southern India, and works by Grossouvre, Koenen, Kossmat, and Schlüter. Nine titles edited by M.K. Howarth.


FORMAT: 313 105 x 148mm microfiche

ACCESS: Classical Literature on Invertebrate Palaeontology: An Introduction and Detailed Catalogue, edited by Professor A. Hallum, University of Birmingham. Free with collection.

ORIGINALLY FILMED BY: Microforms International Marketing Corporation DICKENS PLAYBILLS Seven months after the death of Charles Dickens in 1870, a stage critic for the Saturday Review asked, "What will become of the English stage when the public has grown weary. . . of dramatic versions of the stories of the late Mr. Dickens?" For over 30 years, English theater groups had untiringly performed hundreds of adaptations of the colorful novels and short stories of Dickens. Dickens' works lent well to the stage due to their episodical, theatrical, and sometimes melodramatic nature.

Dickens Playbills includes rare posters and programs for a variety of productions--plays, performances, burlesques, and travesties--adapted from Dickensian literature. These synopses and the illustrations accompanying them provide a significant view of Victorian theater to researchers and historians alike. Performances represented in the playbills include interpretations of The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, Master Humphrey's Clock, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, The Haunted Man, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Our Mutual Friend, Edwin Drood, and various performances and lectures by Dickens himself. The playbills date from 1837 to 1920 and include advertisements for performances at the Royal Lyceum, Royal Victoria, Adelphi, the New Strand, and the Olympic as well as theaters in Edinburgh, Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester, and Dublin. The notices include descriptions of plot, performers, music and dance sequels, set design and designers, writers, and directors.


FORMAT: 9 105 x 148mm microfiche

ACCESS: Dickens Playbills in the Bodleian Library, edited by Clive Hurst. Free with collection.

ORIGINALLY FILMED BY: Microforms International Marketing Corporation 17TH AND 18TH-CENTURY BOOK PROSPECTUSES The advertising of books is almost as old as the trade of printing them. Originally, books were advertised through prospectuses--proposals for works not yet completed. Publishers used such prospectuses to sell their books on a subscription basis before publication. In this way, money was raised to finance the printing. Today, book prospectuses provide primary source materials to social historians and researchers studying the histories of literature and publishing.

Included in this microfiche edition selected from the Bodleian Library are leaflets, booklets, and flyers outlining 700 books pre-dating 1801. They are derived from two collections: The Johnson Collection of approximately 500 items illustrating the social and cultural history of England and the Gough Collection comprising 200 prospectuses of bibliographical and topical interest.

The Gough Collection: reflecting an antiquarian tradition Richard Gough was the leading topographer of the 1700s--a man who devoted his life to travel and study. He was also Director of the Society of Antiquaries from 1771 to 1797 and a major contributor to The Gentleman's Magazine.

Gough avidly collected books, papers, and prints. He died in 1809, having bequeathed his collection of book prospectuses to the Bodleian. Some are for subscription publications of county histories; others were gathered for the third edition of British Topography, a bibliography of publications and unpublished records on local histories which Gough originally edited in 1780. In addition are pamphlets, newspaper ads for books, and 150 book prospectuses for topographical and antiquarian works of the late 18th century.

The Johnson Collection: documenting the history of the English book trade John Johnson, Printer to the University of Oxford from 1925 to 1946, developed this collection while at Oxford to provide researchers with materials on the history of the book trade and the cultural history of England during the last two centuries.

The prospectuses include subscription pamphlets on dictionaries, encyclopedias, histories, and books such as John Dunton's The compleat library (1692); John Hughes' A complete history of England (1706); Bibliographia Britannica (1747); and John Trusler's Detached philosophic thoughts (1810). Also included are schemata for books that were never actually published.

  • Content Type: Book Prospectuses Before 1801 in the John Johnson Collection, Book Prospectuses Before 1801 in the Gough Collection, edited by J.P. Feather. Free with collection.

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