Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1881,
First "Authorized" American Edition. octavo, grey cloth over bevelled boards with printed spine label. T.e.g. (x), 389; (iv), 336, xxpp. Houghton Mifflin and Company, Item #26378
A political exile, Panizzi settled in England in 1823 and was naturalized in 1832. He was associated with the British Museum library as assistant librarian (1831–37), keeper of printed books (1837–56), and chief librarian (1856–67). His 91 rules (1839) became the basis of the museum's catalog. Panizzi designed the circular reading room and the galleries of the library and enforced the act requiring deposition at the museum of copies of books copyrighted in Great Britain. He was influential in obtaining for the museum considerable Parliamentary support as well as the bequest of the Grenville library in 1846. Illustrated. The title page indicates the addition of a third volume authored by Henry Stevens. "The American Bookseller" of January 15, 1881 mentions that the Henry Stevens volume would follow this two volume set but there is no indication that it was ever published. Name and date on both pastedown endpapers, foxing to endpapers and edges of text block but contents clean and unmarked.