Catalogue Making

Mr. Nichols, in the fourth vol. of his _Literary
Anecdotes_, mentions that Dr. Taylor, who was librarian at Cambridge, about

the year 1732, used to relate of himself that one day throwing books in

heaps for the purpose of classing and arranging them, he put one among

works on _Mensuration_, because his eye caught the word _height_ in the

title-page; and another which had the word _salt_ conspicuous, he threw

among books on Chemistry or Cookery. But when he began a regular

classification, it appeared that the former was "Longinus on the Sublime,"

and the other a "Theological Discourse on the _Salt_ of the World, that

good Christians ought to be seasoned with." Thus, too, in a catalogue

published about twenty years ago, the "Flowers of Ancient Literature" are

found among books on Gardening and Botany, and "Burton's Anatomy of

Melancholy" is placed among works on Medicine and Surgery.

Dickens' Origin of "Boz."--A fellow passenger with Mr. Dickens, in the

_Britannia_ steam-ship, across the Atlantic, inquired of the author the

origin of his signature "Boz." Mr. Dickens replied that he had a little

brother who resembled so much the Moses in the _Vicar of Wakefield_, that

he used to call him Moses also; but a younger girl, who could not then

articulate plainly, was in the habit of calling him Bozie or Boz. This

simple circumstance made him assume that name in the first article he

risked before the public, and as the first effort was approved of he

continued the name.

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