The joy of cataloguing
This all goes to show:
You never know when something in the Library collections (or the medical literature, either, for that matter) will become important;
Cataloguing some material in detail is important: presumably the library catalogue (or catalog) recorded the provenance of that patricular copy of the book.
Marc Abraham's "Improbable Research" column last week talked about library materials being lost because they were not catalogued accurately. He was talking about Irish Gaelic materials being catalogued as if "Na" was the first word of the title, when in fact it means "The". I have found this so many times over the years, even with titles in French and German, let alone more unusual languages. Filing "The Lancet" under "The", even...
http://education.guardian.co.uk/egweekly/story/0,,1880490,00.html (Improbable Research)