Catalogue of the York Gate Library formed by Mr. S. William Silver : an index to the literature of geography, maritime and inland discovery, commerce and colonisation
York Gate Library catalogue

Author: Petherick, Edward Augustus, 1847-1917
Silver, S. William (Stephen William), 1819-1905.
Responsibility: by Edward Augustus Petherick
Corporate Author: York Gate Library
Edition: 2nd ed.
Place: Mansfield Centre, CT
Publisher: Martino Pub
Date Published: 2005
Description: cxxxii, 333 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Call Number: rga 017.2 P486.2 2005 a
Online Resource: Open web link
Subject: York Gate Library--Catalogues
Silver, S. William (Stephen William), 1819-1905--Library--Catalogues
Royal Geographical Society of South Australia--Library--Catalogues
Voyages and travels--Bibliography--Catalogues
Voyages and travels--Early works to 1800--Bibliography
Private libraries--London--England--Catalogues
Great Britain--Colonies--Bibliography--Catalogues
Subject Refs: Catalogs Catalog
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: Originally published: London : J. Murray, 1886. Includes bibliographical references (p. 332-333) and indexes. The 1886 catalogue is also available online at:
Summary: Surprisingly, this reduced-size facsimile of the 1886 edition makes no mention of the fact that the York Gate Library still exists. 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 the first edition of the Catalogue encouraged Silver to enlist Petherick's help in enlarging his collection and to produce the 2nd edition, which met with even greater success. Today the collection, including a large number of volumes Silver acquired later, is owned by the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia.