And yet the book is an invaluable repertory of facts, and must endure until it is superseded by something better.
As a work of art it can take but a low rank, but as a repertory of fragments and morsels of information it is invaluable.
Though we know that much has perished, the four Indexes of the 16th century give some idea of the rich repertory of the popular theatre, and of the efforts necessary to destroy it; moreover, the Spanish Index of 1559, by forbidding autos of Gil Vicente and other Portuguese authors, is interesting evidence of the extent to which they were appreciated in the neighbouring country.
Dom Bouquet's Historiens de la Gaule et de la France - the national repertory for French historians - is but one of a dozen tasks of similar magnitude.
She continued to act principally in America, but was also seen from time to time in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, her repertory including several Shakespearian roles and a variety of emotional parts in modern drama.
There is a great deal of practical information on lenses in connexion with the camera and other optical instruments, and the book is valuable as a repertory of early practical optics, also for the numerous references to and extracts from previous writers.
The New Englander (1843-1892), the Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review (1825), the Ncitional Quarterly Review (1860) and the New York International Review (1874-1883), may also be mentioned.
The chief repertory for information on the historical side is Helyot's Histoire des ordres religieux (8 vols., 1714; 2nd ed.
In 1825 he established the quarterly Biblical Repertory, the title of which was changed to Biblical Repertory and Theological Review in 1830 and to Biblical Repertory and Princeton Review in 1837.
The importance of the Augustan history as a repertory of information is very considerable, but its literary pretensions are of the humblest order.
Helyot's only other noteworthy work is Le Chretien mourant (1695) The Histoire is a work of first importance, being the great repertory of information for the general history of the religious orders up to the end of the 17th century.
These books are valuable as a repertory of mythological stories.