An Act for the Better Preservation of Parochial Libraries in That Part of Great-Britain Called England.
. London, printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcom, deceas'd; Printers to the Queens most Excellent Majesty, 1709. (6pp, numbered 241-244). Disbound & small tear in upper margin of one page, not affecting text. A bit dustsoiled. As the clergy cannot afford to buy all books necessary for their studies, Parochial Libraries have been erected all over England. However, these need to be preserved and it must be ensured that no books are stolen etc. This act states the rules for the clergy and/or founders of those libraries to follow. A.o. catalogues have to be made: Where any library is appropiated to the use of the Minister of any Parish or Place, every Rector, Vicar, Minister or Curate of the same, within six months after his institution, induction or admission, shall make or cause to be made a new catalogue of all books remaining in, or belonging to such library and shall sign the said catalogue, thereby acknowledging the custody and possession of the said books, which said catalogue to be signed, shall be delivered to the proper Ordinary within the time aforesaid, to be kept or registered in this Court, without any fee or reward for the same. Also after the death of the owner of a library, the library must be locked to avoid theft etc. etc. An interesting document..
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