[ Sydney Smirke's 1857 British Museum Reading Room: early guide, with plan. ] Printed booklet titled 'British Museum. New Reading-Room and Libraries. With a Plan.'

[ The British Museum Reading Room, designed by Sydney Smirke, and opened in 1857 ]
Publication details: 
London: John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1864. [ London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street, and Charing-Cross. ]
SKU: 20646

Murray's published a number of editions or impressions of this title from 1857 onwards, but the British Library does not hold a copy of this 1864 edition, and the only copy of it traced on COPAC is at the Victoria & Albert Museum Library, London. The present anonymous pamphlet is 16pp., 12mo. Without wraps and disbound. In good condition, lightly aged. The half-title reads 'British Museum. | New Reading-Room.', and has at its foot 'Price One Penny.' On the reverse of the half-title is the 'Plan of New Reading-Room, British Museum.', with thirteen features (including 'Ladies' Cloak-Room' and 'Umbrella Room') in an alphabetical key.