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978-0-8108-2497-3 • Hardback • March 1992 • $222.00 • (£173.00)
Francesco Cordasco (B.A., Columbia; M.A., Ph.D., NYU), a sociologist and cultural historian, is Professor, School of Professional Studies, Montclair State College, NJ and has had a long and continuing interest in systematic bibliography. Among his many books are A Junius Bibliography (1974; 1986); A Register of 18th Century Bibliographies (1968); The Bohn Libraries (1951); A Bibliography of Robert Watt (1968); Medical Education in the United States: A Guide to Information Sources (1980); and American Medical Imprints, 1820-1910... (2 vols., 1985), which has been judged to be "the 20th century's most important contribution to the historical bibliography of American medical literature." He directed the compilation of the decennial Supplement (2 vols., 1977) to Theodore Besterman's World Bibliography of Bibliographies (4th ed., 5 vols., 1965-66).
...a fitting tribute to a life of great achievement.
— Journal Of Documentation
One longs...to know more about this man...for large academic and library science libraries.
— Library Journal
...Especially interesting are the early papers on bibliography in general...and an extensive extract from The Beginnings of Systematic Bibliography. The contents also reveal Besterman's 'rather ornery and somewhat unattractive personality'; even the tributes to him concede that he was difficult."
— Journal of Academic Librarianship
Having these pieces assembled in one volume is useful ...
— Library Review
...a lively and valuable volume...the most extensive and complete single-volume record yet assembled of Theodore Besterman's life and work.
— AB Bookman's Weekly
This new book by Dr. Cordasco enhances the contribution [to that universality of scholarship]; two important bibliographers are, so to speak, brought together between two covers.—from the Foreword by W.A. Munford, Librarian Emeritus, National Library for the Blind, UK
...an exhaustive statement of the writings and thinking of Besterman...recommended for all collections on library science and on Voltaire.
— Australian Library Journal