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Instructions concerning erecting of a Library, presented to my Lord the President De Mesme by Gilbert Naudeus, and now interpreted by Jo. Evelyn, Esquire. London, 1661: This little book was dedicated to Lord Clarendon by the translator. It was printed while Evelyn was abroad, and is full of typographical errors; these are corrected in a copy mentioned in Evelyn’s “Miscellaneous Writings,” 1825, p. xii, where a letter to Dr. Godolphin on the subject is printed.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Michael Robinson  •  Link

Naudé, Gabriel, 1600-1653.
Instructions concerning erecting of a library: presented to my lord the President De Mesme. By Gabriel Naudeus, P. And now interpreted by Jo. Evelyn, Esquire.
London : printed for G. Bedle, and T. Collins, at the Middle-Temple gate, and J. Crook in St. Pauls Church-yard, 1661.
[16], 96 p. ; 8⁰. "An errata leaf of 32 lines, slightly shorter than the leaves of the book, has been inserted at the end of some copies."--Keynes. Presence of this leaf not included in above pagination statement.
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), N247; Keynes, G. John Evelyn, 30

A translation, by John Evelyn, of:
Advis pour dresser une bibliothèque, presenté à Monsieur le President de Mesme. F. Targa: Paris, 1627. (reprinted in, Jacob (L.) de Saint Charles. Traicté des plus belles Bibliothèques, etc. 1644.)

PL 789. Per L&M inscribed 'Be pleased to accept this trifle from yr most humble ser[van]t J.E.' and containing a few corrections in Evelyn's hand.

The dedicatory letter by Evelyn hardly mentions books and is mainly concerned with the Royal Society. Evelyn appears to have thought more highly of dedication than the letter itself. The work explains the principles on which Naudé, the most distinguished French librarian of the time, arranged the library of Cardinal Mazarin. Evelyn meant it for the use of gentlemen in the formation and arrangement of their collections. SP never used Naudé's system, which was intended for larger libraries than his. Naudé recommended separate subject and author catalogues (which SP adopted by the 1690's), but he also suggested arrangement by subject, whereas SP arranged his books by size, and Naudé sneered at neat bindings, which delighted SP.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Instructions concerning erecting of a library presented to my lord, the President De Mesme / by Gabriel Naudeus ... ; and now interpreted by Jo. Evelyn, Esquire.
Naudé, Gabriel, 1600-1653., Evelyn, John, 1620-1706.
London: Printed for G. Bedle, and T. Collins ... and J. Crook ..., 1661.
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