«At the risk of entering into minute and very uninteresting particulars...»: the dispute between Antonio Panizzi and Nicholas Harris Nicolas


  • Lucia Sardo Università di Bologna




Cataloguing, Antonio Panizzi, British Museum, Cataloguing rules


The paper analyzes the dispute between Panizzi and Nicolas regarding the innovations proposed by the Italian librarian at the British Museum library. The innovations introduced by Panizzi mainly concern the management of the reading room and the rules for the new printed catalog of the printed books of
the British Museum library.


Battles 2003 = Matthew Battles, Library. An unquiet history, New York-London, W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.

Biagetti 2001 = Maria Teresa Biagetti, Teoria e prassi della catalogazione nominale: i contributi di Panizzi, Jewett e Cutter, Roma, Bulzoni, 2001.

Chaplin 1987 = A. H. Chaplin, GK: 150 years of the General Catalogue of printed books in the British Museum, Aldershot, Scolar, 1987.

Nicolas 1846 = Nicholas Harris Nicolas, Animadversions on the library and catalogues of the British Museum. A reply to Mr. Panizzi’s statement and a correspondence with that officer and the Trustees, London, Bentley, 1846.

Panizzi 1846 = Antonio Panizzi, On the supply of printed books from the library to the Reading room of the British Museum, London, Charles Whittingham, 1846.

Report 1850 = Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the constitution and government of the British museum; with minutes of evidence. London, William Clowes and sons, 1850.

Times 1850 = The Times, Friday, march 29, 1850.



How to Cite

Sardo, L. (2020). «At the risk of entering into minute and very uninteresting particulars.»: the dispute between Antonio Panizzi and Nicholas Harris Nicolas. Bibliothecae.It, 9(1), 394–416. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2283-9364/11032