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MAY 26 1938 W +236
This List of books on industrial arts, the fifth of the Library's bibliographical publications, has been issued at the request of the Industrial Art League of this city, which proposes to distribute copies among those who would be most benefited by a knowledge of what the Library has in this line. The list includes all titles on these subjects in the catalogue at the time of going to press; but it is understood that the League may, in a separate publication, call attention to the most important and valuable among them. Although it contains 1,625 entries, including repetitions, the collection is as yet neither large nor well rounded out, and lacks many standard works; it would not have been made the subject of a special publication at this time had it not been for the request already mentioned. It should be remembered that the collection is being steadily increased by the purchase of older as well as new works, and that only the presence of a given work in the Library, not its absence, can be determined from the list.
The length of time required to complete the printing is due in large measure to the frequency with which titles have been repeated under headings near to each other. It may seem advisable to limit such repetition in future, and to rely more upon the index for the additional references which seem desirable.
The arrangement of the list is that of sections 607, 686, 701 to 709, 730 to 779, of the classed subject catalogue, but it contains only those titles in 607, 701 to 709, and 750 to 759, which fall within its scope. The order within the smallest subdivisions is chronological, the latest work being given first; but as the headings in most cases cover several subdivisions, the reasons for the arrangement under each heading are generally not apparent. Peculiarities of typographical arrangement have been determined chiefly by the previous use of the same matter on printed catalogue cards, the type for which has been electrotyped. Inconsistencies in the form of entry are due to the fact that the older titles are not reprinted when a change of form has been made. The most conspicuous change in form has been caused by the adoption of the cataloguing rules formulated by a committee of the American Library Association and followed by the Library of Congress. All titles prepared since April, 1903, are in accordance with these rules.
The index gives in one alphabetical arrangement subjects, titles, and names of persons, institutions, and places.