Essays and papers - A. N. L. (Alan Noel Latimer) MunbyLondon: Scolar Press, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly sunned at the spine. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
2nd impression, first edition 1977. Contains: Black & white plates;
From the cover: “A. N. L. Munby’s many interests and concerns are reflected in his sparkling Essays and Papers. Tim Munby was for many years until his death Librarian of King’s College, Cambridge, and a Trustee of the British Museum; his formidable expertise and characteristic dry wit are apparent in every piece collected here.
The subjects range from the idiosyncrasies of bibliophiles to a sober consideration of the international traffic in rare books and manuscripts, from the libraries of medieval Cambridge to the principles which should guide librarians building new collections on restricted budgets today. Through these pieces run common themes: changes in taste which dictate patterns of collecting, the history of the book-trade, and above all the subtle and revealing relationship between men’s minds and the books they read.
Anyone encountering Dr. Munby’s work for the first time will find this a useful and diverting introduction to a range of subjects important to bookmen, librarians and scholars alike. To his many friends, pupils and admirers on both sides of the Atlantic, Essays and Papers will, as Nicolas Barker notes in his introduction, recall the most humane, as well as one of the most learned bibliographical scholars of this century.”