Excerpt from The British Bibliographer, Vol. 2
It gradually unlocks the collections, and draws forth the assistance, of those who have been engaged in similar pur suits. How important, nay how necessary such assistance is, scarce any one will be so confident in his own streng... th as to deny l Conference and comparison are peculiarly requi site in these inquiries: and the result of much casual in formation, which would otherwise have perished with the occasion, is thus preserved and embodied!
Whether from the oblivion into which they had formerly fallen, or the very high prices which they have now at tained, black-letter books have for perhaps a century been little accessible. To the generality of the literati But that a large portion of them are worthy of attention, and that of many the perusal is positively necessary to the investigations which occupy the various labours of the learned, 1 shall scorn to endeavour to prove; but take as an admitted truth.
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