Furthermore, I understand that Westminster City Libraries is sending for auction its volumes of Le Vedute di Roma and Capricciosa by Piranesi. There seems to be a conspiracy among avaricious local authorities to sell works of art and books (many of them bequests to libraries) for the sake of replenishing their coffers. Several dedicated librarians and curators have spent years building up these magnificent collections for the use of the community and posterity. Must they be allowed to be hewn down by uncaring councillors at the drop of an auctioneer's hammer?
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