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HISTORIC SOCIETY OF LANGASHIRE AND CHESHIRE,
IN DE X
FIRST AND SECOND SERIES
OF THE SOCIETY'S
COMPRISING V 0 is I-XXIV INCLUSIVE,
PRE PARED BY
THE REv. A. HUMIE, D.C.L., LL.D.,
F.S.A.; FELL. Roy. Soc. No RTHERN ANTIQUARIES, COPENHAGEN ;
The Historic Society was founded, in May 1848, at a public meeting held in the Liverpool College, Shaw Street, the Mayor (T. B. Horsfall, Esq.) presiding. Its general object was to prepare materials, of as many kinds as possible, for future use in illustrating the History of either or both the Counties on the banks of the Mersey; or of particular portions of them.
One of the leading principles of the Society was to issue a volume, including the Proceedings and Transactions, to its members annually. It was understood of course that these would vary in size and interest according to the quantity or quality of the matter. No promise has been more faithfully fulfilled by the Society than this one : the annual volume has been issued not merely without a single omission but promptly, at or near the close of each session : and the one for the session just closed is at this moment nearly all in type.
It was thought at the same time that a moderate amount of illustration would make the papers more acceptable ; and the liberality of individual members in presenting numerous plates has made some of the earlier volumes unusually attractive. Several provincial Societies have followed the example of this one in printing an annual volume of octavo size: but none have shown the same long-sustained success in illustration. Five consecutive volumes contain an average of more than twenty-one plates; and five others an average of more than seventeen.
The first six volumes differ slightly from all the subsequent ones both in matter and form : as in the first place they are mainly archaeological, and in the second the Proceedings are not separated in them from the Papers. But the first twelve volumes form a first series by themselves, and the next twelve a second series.
While Volume XXIV (Vol. XII, Second Series) was in the press, I resolved to prepare an Index which should show to new members the contents of back volumes which remain in stock, and which should afford some guide to inquirers in reference both to the subjects of papers, and the number and kind of illustrations. This information is contained in Parts I and II. A more complete Index, alphabetical, of topics and of proper names, extending to many thousands of references was not lost sight of, nor is the idea of it abandoned even now. But this appeared to be too great an undertaking for the present. Something, however, has been done in this way. Our Assistant-Secretary commenced the arrangement of the titles of papers in alphabetical order, and I brought up his materials to the form in which they now stand. Thus, Part III appears along with the other two.