Minneapolis: H.W. Wilson Company, 1905. Edition not stated. Quarto (25.5cm); brown cloth, stamped in gilt (spine); patterned endpapers, speckled textblock edges; +393pp. Boards smudged and rubbed, particularly about the extremities; minor scratches. Textblock has small crease along upper corner; soiling and light foxing intermittent throughout; title page has library reception stamp (dated 1906). Overall Very Good or Better.
Before the age of the computer—and way before the age of the Internet and its Famous Brand Name Search Engines—library patrons relied on the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature to help them find magazine articles by date and subject. This 1905 edition, which belonged to the Maryland State Library, is prefaced with 38 pages of period advertisements (thankfully we also had yet to invent the pop-up ad). Nowadays, the Reader's Guide has gone digital, accessible through a regularly updated and searchable online database.