Bibliotheca Osleriana. A catalogue of books illustrating the history of medicine and science, collected, arranged and annotated by Sir William Osler, Bt. and bequeathed to McGill University. [Edited by . W. W. Francis, R. H. Hill, Leonard Mackall, and Archibald Malloch.] Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1929.
This bibliography of over 7,500 titles, edited by W. W. Francis, R. H. Hill, Leonard Mackall, and Archibald Malloch, is the catalogue of Osler’s magnificent library. For it Osler wrote an unfinished Introduction entitled "The Collecting of a Library." In that he indicated that formal planning for the catalogue with L. L. Mackall, W. W. Francis, and T. A. Malloch was underway before his death. The catalogue, published a full 10 years after Osler's death, follows Osler's distinctive organizational scheme. In many cases the annotations are based on notes that Osler wrote in his books, making this catalogue one of the most interesting to read of all annotated bibliographies in the history of medicine and science, and a reflection of Osler's bibliophilic taste and personality.
Fielding Garrison reviewed "The Osler Catalogue" in the Bulletin of the N. Y. Academy of Medicine, 5, 860-863, September 1929. A digital facsimile of his review is available from PubMedCentral at this link.
On the 25th anniversary of the publication of the catalogue, which coincided roughly with the formal opening of the Osler Library at McGill, W. W. Francis published some brief, but distinctive comments on the catalogue and his role as chief editor in its production as "Osler's Catalogue", J. Hist. Med., 9, 464-465, 1954.
The Bibliotheca Osleriana was reprinted in 1969 with addenda and corrigenda, and a preface by Lloyd G. Stevenson, Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press. A digital facsimile of the 1969 edition is available from the Internet Archive at this link.
See also The Osler Library, Montreal: McGill University, 1979.
Regarding Osler as a Book Collector see:
- Osler as a Bibliophile by Thomas R. Boggs, Bull. Johns Hopk. Hosp., 30 (1919) 216.
- Background on the Bibliotheca Osleriana: Osler as a Book Collector by Leonard M. Payne
Reprinted from Oslerian Anniversary. The record of the 300th meeting of The Osler Club of London held jointly with the Royal College of Physicians of London. London: The Osler Club, 1976, 38-47.
- Books for the Bibliotheca: A Study of Sir William Osler’s Book Bills by Ellen B. Wells
Reprinted from Osler Library Newsletter, No. 26, October 1977. Montreal: Osler Library, McGill University.
- Illustrations of the Book-worm by William Osler
- An Evening among the Books, December 29, 1969
(In commemoration of Sir William Osler, who died December 29, 1919.)
- The Preparation of the "Bibliotheca Osleriana" , by R. H. Hill
A paper read before the Osler Club, London, on June 20, 1929 .
- See also relevant articles in Sir William Osler: An encyclopedia. Edited by Charles S. Bryan (2020).
Regarding Osler's sense of humor see:
- The Gay of Heart by Thomas S. Cullen
Reprinted from Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 84 (1949): 41-45. Chicago: American Medical Association. Concerns Osler's sense of humor and habit of practical joking, both of which are often forgotten.
Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Bibliographical Classics, BIBLIOGRAPHY › Book Collecting, BIBLIOGRAPHY › Catalogues of Physicians' / Scientists' Libraries