A Lab Manual of Seismic Reflection Processing by Roger A. Young

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As early as 1413, Andreas von Slommow established a library at Dantzic, in connection with the church of St. || Nor was France far behind in a similar foundation, although in that country the first step was not followed up with equal vigour. There is an account of the purchase of books for a public library by the Common * Dennistoun, Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, vol. iii, pp. 228—232. t Petzholdt, Handbuch deutsclier Bibliothehen (Halle, 1853, 121ml), pp. 78, 79. , p. 314. § Serapeum (Leipsic, 1844, 8vo), vol.

4, cd. Scliweighiiuser. f Computed to be equal to more than £3,000 sterling. THE ALEXANDRIAN LIBRARY. 7 total of 700j000 volumes,—but " volumes " in a very different sense to that in which we now use the word, vague as that modern use too commonly is. The difficulties arising from the translation into another language of such words as j3i(5Xog, J3IJ3XJOV, TOfwq; codex, liber, libellus, volumen, tomus, scapus; book, pamphlet, tract, volume, and the multitude of like words in other tongues— like, but probably no two of the whole number precisely and absolutely equipollent—are quite enough to account for very wide discrepancies in library statistics, whether ancient or modern; but, as respects ancient libraries, more particularly, another large opening was made for error by that oscitancy of transcribers, as Addison calls it, which led them to use figures instead of words.

Whilst some writers contend that but for monks ancient learning would have wholly perished, others—as we have had occasion to see already—have gone the length of asserting that in monks literature has always had its worst enemies. To arrive at any useful or adequate conclusion on such a question, it must be remembered that at no time and in no country was literature in any of its forms the main object of monastic life. In the earlier ages, when the embers of Paganism were still smouldering, the preservation of Pagan poetry would have seemed a strange employment for the Confessors and Missionaries of Christianity.

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