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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Scamell and Gasztowicz on Land Covenants

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Rooms Near Chancery Lane: The Patent Office Under the Commissioners, 1852-1883

ISBN13: 9780712308533
ISBN: 0712308539
Published: June 2000
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardcover
Price: Out of print

A tribute to 25 Southampton Buildings near Chancery Lane, London, the home of the Patent Office and the Patent Office Library for the best part of 150 years, but now housed in the British Library building at St Pancras.

The book is a tale of considerable achivements under the Commissioners but also reveals some strange goings-on: financial irregularities; nepotism; and conflict between senior officials leading to government enquiry and censure. It shows the history of a public office in Victorian Britain.

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