A library of books or records brings no more into the home than a library of wines, set out on its shelves, labelled, dated, recorded. They must be arranged with a certain intelligence for different wines react differently to the conditions of storage.
Rupert Croft-Cooke, “Arranging Wines”, Wine and Other Drinks, 1962: 9. 
There are in fact several reasons, apart from purely autobiographical ones, why I am writing about comics. I have been bothered for a long time that it is nigh on impossible to see the original materials being analysed in most critical studies. Too many critics expect to take their descriptions on faith. Often they tell us their conclusion with only fragmentary quotations. When studying pieces of popular culture, very often they do not bother to note their sources. No dates, no edition numbers. It doesn’t seem to matter, since their description must be accepted. This is not a matter to be taken lightly. The way critics look at their materials is already conditioned by their theories of ideology and influence. If we want to question those theories, it is vitally important to be able to re-view those original materials.
Martin Barker (1989), “Thinking About Ideology and Comics”, in Comics: Power, Ideology and the Critics. Manchester and New York, page 5. 
From Les manuscrits et les miniatures, par Auguste Molinier,…
Author : Molinier, Auguste (1851-1904)

Publisher : Hachette et Cie (Paris)

Date of publication : 1892

Subject : Manuscrits à peintures — Ouvrages de vulgarisation

Type : monographie imprimée

Language :  French

Format : 1 vol. (335 p.) : 80 grav. ; in-16

Format : application/pdf

Copyright : domaine public

Identifier : ark:/12148/bpt6k201347m

Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France

Relation : http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb30959507x

Description : Collection : Bibliothèque des merveilles

Provenance : bnf.fr

From Les manuscrits et les miniatures, par Auguste Molinier,…

Author : Molinier, Auguste (1851-1904)

Publisher : Hachette et Cie (Paris)

Date of publication : 1892

Subject : Manuscrits à peintures — Ouvrages de vulgarisation

Type : monographie imprimée

Language : French

Format : 1 vol. (335 p.) : 80 grav. ; in-16

Format : application/pdf

Copyright : domaine public

Identifier : ark:/12148/bpt6k201347m

Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France

Relation : http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb30959507x

Description : Collection : Bibliothèque des merveilles

Provenance : bnf.fr

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