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RECENTLY ADDED BOOKS,
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS,
WITH INDEX TO SUBJECTS AND TITLES.
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
The publication of the annual supplements or catalogues of books added to the Library ol Congress was discontinued with the issue for the year 1872. The great cost of these volumes, which were prepared on the plan of printing approximately full titles to each publication, old or new, was found to be quite out of proportion to their general utility. It has been determined to substitute for these annual volumes the publication of occasional brief finding-lists, or catalogues of the more important fresh additions to the Library.
The catalogue now issued embraces the principal accessions of the past three years, 1873-1875, and is arranged in three alphabets: 1st. Miscellaneous books, by names of authors; 2d.-Law-books, by names of authors; 3d. Titles and subjects, in a single alphabet, at the end of the volume. In the latter arrangement, nearly every work appears twice, and in many cases several times.
There are omitted from this catalogue, as of minor importance, the titles of school-books, directories, almanacs, pamphlets, periodicals, and serials generally. The vast field covered by these classes of publications w^ould involve much expenditure of type and paper, and the issue of a bulky volume, rendering it proper to reserve them for the general or complete catalogue of the Library.
Library Of Congress,