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The Panizzi touch: Panizzi's successors as Principal Librarian

Andrew Prescott

Abstract

BY 1878, Sir Anthony Panizzi was dying. His biographer Edward Miller paints an affecting picture of his condition at that time: "Almost a complete cripple, half blind, he was but the wreck of the magnificent man he had once been. All he could manage was a short drive in the afternoon, accompanied usually by the faithful Fagan and then back to Bloomsbury Square, where a lift had been installed to ease somewhat the sick man's burden."

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