Catalogue of the York Gate Geographical and Colonial Library
York Gate Library catalogue

Author: Petherick, Edward Augustus, 1847-1917.
Silver, S. William (Stephen William), 1819-1905.
Corporate Author: York Gate Library
Place: London
Publisher: J. Murray
Date Published: 1882
Description: lii, 134 p. ; 26 cm.
Provenance: York Gate Library
Call Number: rgsp 017.2 P486
Subject: York Gate Library--Catalogues
Silver, S. William (Stephen William), 1819-1905--Library--Catalogues
Royal Geographical Society of South Australia--Library--Catalogues
Geography--Bibliography--Catalogues
Voyages and travels--Bibliography--Catalogues
Voyages and travels--Early works to 1800--Bibliography
Private libraries--London--England--Catalogues
Great Britain--Colonies--Bibliography--Catalogues
Australia--Bibliography--Catalogues
Australiana: Australiana
Biography: Petherick spent much of his early life in Australia. In London he became S.W. Silver's cataloguer and bibliographical adviser; later he was his widow's confidant. In 1905 he was instrumental in negotiations to sell the York Gate Library to the RGSSA. His own significant collection of Australiana was acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia and later it formed the basis of the National Library's Australiana collection, where today one of the main reading rooms is named in his honour. -Terra cognita
Notes: Catalogue compiled by E.A. Petherick. Library formed by S.W. Silver. Includes indexes.
Summary: The York Gate Library was gathered together over more than 60 years by London businessman Stephen William Silver (1819-1905). It is a unique collection of books, journals and manuscripts, many of them relating to the British colonies with which Silver's company traded. Most were housed at No. 3 York Gate in Regent's Park, his London home. The public acclaim of this first edition of the Catalogue led to the enlarged 2nd edition, in 1886. Today the collection, including a large number of volumes Silver acquired post-1886, is owned by the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia.