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It would be interesting to know exactly what happened in Andrew Brown's unsuccessful quest for his works. At Bath Central Reference Library, five minutes work consulting a 50-year-old card index and completing a book request form was all that was necessary for an edition edited by J Beresford to be delivered into my hands.

Tracing Cotton's work with a powerful CD-rom is fun, no doubt, and spectacular, but there are other ways of doing it, relatively humdrum, but making use of existing systems and far less costly. Anyway the question of whether or not information, even on the vast scale of CD-rom, is any substitute for knowledge has yet to be determined. Personally I doubt it.

William Willans


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