John L. Thornton, now in association with R. J. Tully, has produced a companion piece to the Medical Books, Libraries and Collectors which was reviewed here some time ago. This present book had been planned during World War II, but many contingencies delayed its preparation and publication. It would probably be hopeless to try to make any single book a comprehensive and exhaustive treatise on the bibliographical aspects of science. It was the authors' purpose to make this book an introduction. As such it deals with the history of the way scientific writings and printing have been conducted from their very beginning with emphasis on the production, the distribution, and the storage for retrieval and recall of scientific documents. It also gives many useful insights into the increasingly complex art and science of bibliography. Although it is British in its origin, it is not nationalistic or parochial in its outlook
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