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A Catalogue Of Books Added To The Library Of The Royal Academy Of Arts London Between 1877 And 1900

Royal Academy of Arts (London) - Library

RA Collection: Book

Record number




[London ?]:: W. Clowes And Sons, Limited Printers To The Royal Academy, 1901

Physical Description

[2], 197, [1] p.; 249 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., t.p.] - Preface - [Text] - [Colophon].

Responsibility Note

The 'Preface' is printed above the name, 'William Frederick Yeames, R.A., Librarian. Royal Academy Of Arts, Burlington House: February 1901.' The Preface concludes with Yeames's acknowledgment of 'aid that Mr. Henry R. Tedder, the Secretary and Librarian of the Athenæum Club, has given in the task of editing and superintending the publication of this volume.'

The printers' name is repeated in the colophon.


On the compiler, H.R. Tedder see R.J. Busby, Henry Richard Tedder FSA 1850-1924 [dissertation, Library Association] (1974).

Summary Note

This catalogue, like that of 1877, is not arranged by subject but in alphabetic arder of author, with a few titles and subject-headings interspersed for anonymous or institutional publications. There is no subject index. The Preface states, 'To this alphabetical author-catalogue it is hoped that there may be added an analytical subject-index to the whole collection', but no such index was published. The text lists works ('... works of reference and other books chiefly in general literature ... are not included'), but does not list their locations in the library.

In his Preface Yeames remarks, 'The literature connected with the fine arts extends to so vast an accumulation of books, many of them being of small permanent value, that a well-considered system of selection is absolutely necessary in order that the Library may properly serve its main purpose of administering to the requirements of the Members and Students of the Academy. ... Mr Hart ... in his "Observations ..." prefixed to the Catalogue of 1877, laid stress on "the necessity of making the Library a factor in the teaching power worthy of a College of Art", and this intention, which was conscientiously kept in view by the late librarian Mr. Hodgson, has been followed by his successor.'

Printed catalogues of the Royal Academy's Library were published in 1802, 1821, 1841, 1864, 1877 and 1901.


A copy of this book has been digitised by the Getty Research Institute and made available online via the Internet Archive digital library: https://archive.org/details/catalogueofbooks00roya/page/n5

Copy Note

There are several marginal annotations in pencil, chiefly relating to locations.

Binding Note

Contemporary red cloth, upper and lower covers having ruled borders stamped in blind; spine lettered 'Catalogue Of Books Added To The Library Between 1877 & 1900 Royal Academy Of Arts London'.

Name as Subject


Arts - Art - History
Books - Collections - Libraries - Great Britain - London - 19th century
Catalogues - Bibliographies - Great Britain - 19th century