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Kenneth B. Gardner (1924-1995)


IT is fitting that this issue of the British Library Journal, devoted to the East Asian collections, should open with an appreciation of the late Kenneth Gardner. Prior to his retirement in 1986, Ken had held distinguished posts for thirty-one years in the British Museum and British Library, including the Keepership of the Department of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts (1957-70), the Principal Keepership of Printed Books (1970-4) and a Deputy Keepership of the renamed Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (1974-86). During those years of service he brought total commitment to his departments and an international reputation for scholarship in his specialism: Japanese historical bibliography.

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