This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 Excerpt: ...like. The dryest of matters for the unscholarly, such details as these become among the most fascinating for him who gets to feel thoroughly ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 Excerpt: ...like. The dryest of matters for the unscholarly, such details as these become among the most fascinating for him who gets to feel thoroughly at home among books. By such means the reader acquires almost insensibly a store of practical knowledge; he learns where information is to be found, what form it is in, and who are the authorities in any department of learning. Note.--The following incident, from Boswell's Life of Johnson, illustrates the feeling of the scholarly man regarding such knowledge of books. "No sooner had we made our bow to Mr. Cambridge, in his library, than Johnson ran eagerly to one side of the room, intent on poring over the backs of the books. Sir Joshua observed, aside, 'He runs to the books as I do to the pictures; but I have the advantage. I can see much more of the pictures than he can of the books.' Mr. Cambridge, upon this, politely said, 'Dr. Johnson, I am going, with your pardon, to accuse myself, for I have the same custom which I perceive you have. But it seems odd that one should have such a desire to look at the backs of books.' Johnson, ever ready for contest, instantly started from his reverie, wheeled about and answered, ' Sir, the reason is very plain. Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. When we inquire into any subject, the first thing we have to do is to know what books have treated of it. This leads us to look at catalogues, and the backs of books in libraries.'" Along with topical reading, the taking of notes is of course indispensable. The manner of doing this, and the copiousness of the notes taken, must be left to the individual writer. This, however, ought to be said: notes too often fail of permanent value through being too carelessl...Read Less
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