A Brief Outline of the History of Libraries/Translator

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This translation has been made from the second edition, "the last from the author's hand," Antwerp, Plantin Press, John Moretus, 1602.

The French version by Gabriel Peignot, in his Manuel Bibliographique, Paris, 1800, was found very helpful in translating Lipsius's rather crabbed Latin; I was greatly aided also by a first draught of an English translation kindly made for me by Miss I. McD. Howell, of the Newark, New Jersey, Free Public Library. Mr. W. W. Bishop, reference librarian in the library of Princeton University, gave most valuable assistance, both on difficult points in the Latin and on many historical allusions. I am, of course, responsible for all errors.

Newark, January, 1907