nothing shows the way in which fame concentrates itself on certain leading figures more effectually than an inspection of book catalogues.
For instance, the British Museum catalogue gives fifty-eight folio pages —with double columns and small type—to its Dante
entries, the forthcoming catalogue of the Dante collection in the Harvard College Library will include about eleven hundred titles; this being just about the size of the great collection of ‘Petrarch Books’ lately catalogued by its owner, Prof. Willard Fiske
, formerly of Cornell University.
The whole body of Dantean literature, it is estimated by experts, must extend to between two and three thousand titles; and the Napoleonic literature has been estimated, or rather guessed, at five thousand.
The Barton Shakespearean
collection in the Boston Public Library
includes about a thousand titles under