Monday, October 10, 2016


An Extraordinary Custom

John Evelyn (1620-1706), Diary and Correspondence, ed. William Bray, Vol. I (London: George Bell & Sons, 1906), p. 73 (April 21, 1644; on the university at Orléans):
There are in it two reasonable fair public libraries, whence one may borrow a book to one's chamber, giving but a note under hand, which is an extraordinary custom, and a confidence that has cost many libraries dear.

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