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The more noteworthy accessions have been:

“Laws of Georgia, 1755-1770, printed by James Johnston, 1763-1770," all bound in one volume, of which only four copies are known to exist. This volume, extremely valuable from both a legal and an historical standpoint, completes the Library's collection of all the Georgia laws prior to 1775 that were printed.

“Louisiana Laws, 7th. Leg., ist Sess. 1864, Shreveport, 1864,” a very rare Confederate session.

France, Recueil Général de Jurisprudence . . . 18911908. 18 vols.; Revue Catholique des Institutions et du Droit, 1872-1908. 72 vols.; Italy, Annali di Giurisprudenza. 1839-65. 30 vols.; Archivio Giuridico. 18681908. 8o vols.; Bullettino dell'Istituto di Diritto Romano. 1888–1906. 19 vols.; Encyclopedia Giuridica Italiana. 35 vols.; Il Filangieri. 1876–1907. 44 vols.; Il Foro Italiano. 1876-1907. 59 vols.; Giurisprudenza Italiana. 1848–1907. 61 vols.; La Legge. 1861-1908. 102 vols.; Monitore dei Tribunali. 1860–1905. 46 vols.; Rivista di Diritto Ecclesiastico. 1890–1906. 16 vols.; Roman Law, Donellus, Opera Omnia. 1762-1770.

12 vols.


In the fall of 1908 there was distributed by the Government Printing Office Volume I of the Index to the Statutes at Large, authorized by the act of June 30, 1906. This volume covers the general and permanent law contained in the Revised Statutes of 1873 and in the Statutes at Large thereafter enacted down to 1907 (volumes 18–34), together with a table of express repeals and amendments, and a list giving the popular names of acts and resolutions.

The force is at present engaged in indexing the general and permanent law in the first seventeen volumes of the Statutes at Large, in accordance with the plan approved by the Judiciary Committees of both Houses of Congress

under the act of March 4, 1909. The appropriation for this is in terms as follows:

"Index to the Statutes at Large: For continuing the preparation of an index to the Statutes at Large of the United States, ten thousand dollars, to be expended by the Librarian of Congress for the salaries of the persons whom he employs to prepare the index and for incidental expenses; the scope, classification, and style of the index to be such as the Judiciary Committees of the two Houses of Congress shall direct or approve." (35 Stat. L., 858.)



CHARTS: Accessions

(From the report of the Chief, Mr. Phillips) The following tables, A and B, respectively, show the number of accessions for the year and the total number of pieces in the Map Division:

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TABLE B—Total number of pieces in Map Division, June 30, 1909

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105, 487

6, 225

III, 712



The increase in the number of accessions for the fiscal year 1907-8 was due to purchases made in Europe, in the summer of 1907, by the Chief of this Division. The preceding tables do not include the total number of Sanborn

surance maps sheets in the Sanborn insurance collection. During the past year 912 maps in 9,510 sheets have been added. This entire collection now comprises 19,763 maps in 161,389 sheets. There have been added to the British Ordnance Survey

Ordnance surmaps 1,339 sheets, making a total of 15,376 sheets, which also are not included in the above tables.

The efforts of the staff in this Division have during the past year been largely concentrated upon the work of seeing through the press the “List of Geographical Atlases" in the Library, the compilation of which has been in progress for many years past, and the publication of which has just taken place. The two volumes (aggregating 1,659 pages), though primarily a catalogue of our own collection, form a unique contribution to cartography, whose scientific value to investigators and whose economic value to institutions will, it is hoped, justify the great labor of preparation and the considerable cost of issue.


(From the report of the Chief, Mr. Sonneck)

Accessions of the Music Division for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1909

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Contents of the Music Division at the close of the fiscal year June 30, 1909

17, 882


The Division contained up to June 30, 1908,
volumes and pieces ---

481, 568
Accessions during the fiscal year numbered,

volumes and pieces.
Total on June 30, 1909--

499, 450 Literature of music:

The Division contained up to June 30, 1908,

volumes and pamphlets, etc.-
Accessions during the fiscal year numbered.-- 13, 449
Total on June 30, 1909--

21, 478 Musical instruction:

The Division contained up to June 30, 1908,
volumes and pieces ---

10, 990
Accessions during the fiscal year numbered.


8, 029

Total on June 30, 1909

II, 861

Grand total, volumes, pamphlets, etc.

532, 789



The bulk of the gifts (guitar, etc., music, some of it of historical value) came from Mrs. Jane C. Hitz. Among the individual gifts should also be mentioned that by Mrs. Ethelbert Nevin of the autograph of her husband's “Rosary.” Shortly before the close of the fiscal year the generous offer was made by the firm of J. Fischer & Bro. to present to the Library of Congress more than two hundred original manuscripts of noteworthy compositions owned by them. It is gratifying to see the repeated appeals to possessors of the original manuscripts of American composers gradually becoming effective and it is hoped that other firms will concur in Messrs. Fischer & Bro.'s view that the Library of Congress is the proper depository for such manuscripts.

The purchases during this fiscal year have been so numerous that it would be impossible to describe them properly in a few lines. For instance, we have practically completed our collection of modern orchestral scores; we acquired since publication of the catalogue of dramatic music in January, 1908, about 400 orchestral scores of operas, including more than forty transcripts of old works; our collection of books on music printed since 1800 is nearing completion; the collection of older books has been materially strengthened; and fortune favored us in acquiring a remarkable lot of early American music. Among single purchases may be mentioned, more or less at random: Ornitoparchus' Micrologus (1517), Bonaventura's Breviloquium (15—), Paduani's Institutiones (1578), Aaron's Compendiolo (1550?) and Trattato (1525), Ganassi dal Fontego's Fontegara (1535), Gaffurio's De harmonica (1518) and Apologia (1520), Spataro's Tractato (1531), Wollick's Opus aureum (1504), João IV.'s Difesa (16–), Robert Tailour's Sacred hymns (1615), Forbes's Cantus, songs and fancies (1682), Sternhold & Hopkins's Whole book of psalmes (1612), John Gamble's Ayres and dialogues (1656), Lawes's Treasury of musick (1669), Locke's Psyche (1675), Purcell's Amphitryon (1690), Dioclesian (1691) and King Arthur (James Bartleman's copy), Richardson's Collection of new songs (1701), Eccles's Collection of songs (ca. 1710), Fraser's Delightful Musical companion (ca. 1730), Lampe's Dragon of Wantley (1738), Balet comique de la Royne (1582), Caccini's Nuove musiche (1601), Vivaldi's L'estro Armonico, Veracini's Sonate, op. 1 (1721), Senaillie's Sonates à violon seul (1710-1721), Telemann's Quatuors pour flutes and Essercizii musici (ca. 1730), Marcello's oratorio Il pianto e il riso delle quattro stagioni dell'anno (Mss., 1731), Rinaldo da Capua's La Bohemienne (1753), Rossini's La cambiale di matrimonio (1810), Weigl's L’Imboscata (autograph score), Carvalho de Sousa's Everardo Secondo and Testoride Argonauta (autograph scores), Portogallo's Demofoonte (1808 version in autograph), Bishop's Ninetta (1830, autograph score), Halévy and Bizet's Noé, Kistler's Kunihild (autograph score), Daniel Read's American singing book (1785), Billing's Psalm singer's amusement (1781), Democratic

Noteworthy accessions

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