The Collected Letters, Volume 4


TC TO DAVID IRVING; 17 April 1828; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18280417-TC-DI-01; CL 4:e7.


21. Comely Bank Row, 17th April, 1828—

My Dear Sir,

I shall now make to you in writing the proposal I lately made in words, on the part of Herr von Lichtenthaler, Keeper of the Royal Library at Munich.1

It appears that in the Munich Library there are about 150,000 Duplicate volumes, “some of them very valuable”: these the Directors are desirous of exchanging with similarly superfluous Duplicates in other Libraries.2 Should there be any considerable stock of such in your Collection, perhaps you might not feel disinclined to this negotiation; in which case, a Catalogue of the Munich Duplicates, with the price and external character of each work, would be transmitted to you; and a corresponding Catalogue on your part being sent thither, the business could be transacted without difficulty, and, as might be hoped, to mutual advantage.

If you judge it suitable to entertain this proposal, I shall beg of you to let me know: mentioning in general the number of volumes you may have it in your power so to offer in exchange.3 The affair, once entered upon, may be prosecuted and concluded in concert with the Baron von Zetto, Bavarian Ambassador in London.4

I make a similar application to Mr Ellis of the British Museum,5 to Dr Bandinel of the Bodleian Library;6 and to no other. If the Munich Duplicates cannot be disposed of in this way, they are to be sold.

Believe me always, / My Dear Sir, / Most sincerely Your's, /

Thomas Carlyle—