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18/03/2009

By | In the Library

We are currently reviewing our disaster recovery plans, and what we would do in the event of a major incident affecting the collections in London.

This gem of a book from 1888 (The Enemies of Books, by William Blades) reminds us that our forbears had similar concerns – and a shrewd grasp of where disaster might lie!

William Blades’ list:
-Fire
-Water
-Gas and heat
-Dust and neglect
-Ingorance and bigotry
-Bookbinders
-Servants and children
-The bookworm
-Other vermin

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