LOST LITERATURE.

LOST LITERATURE.

A fire accidentally breaking out (1752) in the chambers of Hon. Charles Yorke, in Lincoln’s Inn, robbed the world of an invaluable collection of manuscripts and pamphlets which had been gathered together with immense pains by Lord Chancellor Somers; and Davies’ Notes on Cicero’s De Ofiiciis, perished by a similar calamity in the Strand, about the middle of the eighteenth century. The destruction of Lord Mansfield’s library in 1780, involved also the loss of untold manuscript treasures, and Anglo-Saxon literature has been maimed for all time by the fire which ravaged the Cottonian Library in October, 1731. Scholars will curse forever the conflagration of Moscow, for there, among other literary treasures, were consumed the manuscript collections of one of the greatest of Aristotelian com. mentators, Joh. Gotti Buhle.

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