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CHAMBERS'S CYCLOPÆDIA OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.
A SELECTION OF THE CHOICEST PRODUCTIONS OF ENGLISH AUTHORS, FROM
AND BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY.
EDITED BY ROBERT CHAMBERS,
ASSISTED BY ROBERT CARRUTHERS AND OTHER EMINENT GENTLEMEX.
Complete in two imperial octavo volumes, of more than fourteen hundred pages of double column letter-press, and upwards of three hundred elegant illustrations.
Price, cloth, $5,00.
The work embraces about one thousand authors, chronologically arranged and classed as Poets, Historians, Dramatistz, Philosophers, Metaphysicians, Divines, etc., with choice selections from their writings, connected by a Biographical, Historical, and Critical Narrative; thus presenting a completo view of English Literature, from the earliest io the present time. Let the reader open where he will, he cannot fail to find matter for profit and delight. The selections are gems — infinite riches in a little room; in the language of another, " A WHOLE English LIBRARY FUSED DOWN INTO ONE CHEAP BOOK !"
* The AMERICAN edition of this valuable work is'enriched by the addition of fine steel and mezzotint Engrayings of the heads of SHAKSPEARE, Addison, Byron; a full-length portrait of Dr. Johnson, and a beautiful scenic representation of OLIVER Goldsmith and Dr. Johnson. These important and elegant additions, together with superior paper and binding, render the AMERICAN superior to all other editions.
EXTRACTS FROM COMMENDATORY NOTICES. From W. H. Prescott, Author of " Ferdinand and Isabella.” “ The plan of the work is very judicions.... It will put the reader in the proper point of view for surveying the whole ground over which he is travelling. . . . Such readers cannot fail to profit largely by the labors of the critic who has the talent and taste to separate what is really beautiful and worthy of their study from what is superfluous.”
“ I concur in the foregoing opinion of Mr. Prescott.” – Edward Everett. " It will be a useful and popular work, indispensable to the library of a student of English literature.” — Francis Wayland.
“We hail with peculiar pleasure the appearance of this work, and more especially its republication in this country at a price which places it within the reach of a great number of readers." - North American Review.
" This is the most valuable and magnificent contribution to a sound popular literature that this century has brought fonth. It fills a place which was before a blank. Without it, English literature, to almost all of our countrymen, educated or uneducated, is an imperfect, bruken, disjointed mass. Every intelligent man, every inquiring mind, every scholar, felt that the foundation was missing. Chambers's Cyclopædia supplies this radical defect. It begins with the beginning; and, step by step, gives to overy one, who has the intellect or taste to enjoy it, a view of English literature in all its complete, beautiful, and perfect proportions.” — Onondaga Democrul, N. Y.
“ We hope that teachers will avail themselves of an early opportunity to obtain a work so well calculated to impart useful knowledge, with the pleasures and ornaments of the English classics. The work will undoubtedly find à place in our district and other public libraries; yet it should be the 'vade mecum' of every scholar.” — Teuchers' Advocate, Syracuse, N. Y.
“ The design has been well executed by the selection and concentration of some of the best productions of Eng. lish intellect, from the earliest Anglo-Saxon writers down to those of the present day. No one can give a glance at the work without being struck with its beauty and cheapness.” — Boston Courier.
“We should be glad if any thing we can say would favor this design. The elegance of the execution feasts the eye with beauty, and the whole is suited to refine and elevate the taste. And we might ask, Who can fail to go back to its beginning, and trace his mother tongue from its rude infancy to its present maturity, elegance, and richness ? " - Christian Mirror, Portland.
" This Cyclopædia is executed with great fidelity and tact. We know no work which we can recommend uore highly.” – Neal's Saturday Guzette, Philu.
“It is a good selection from the most renowned English writers, and has been fitly described as "a whole Engrish library fused down into one cheap book.". The Boston edition combines neatness with cheapness, engraved portraits being given, over and above the illustrations of the English copy." — N. Y. Commercial Advertiser.
" Welcome! more than welcome! It was our good fortune some months ago to obtain a glance at this work, and we have ever since looked with earnestness for its appearance in an American edition.” -- Vero Yurk Recorder.
“ The industry, learning, and ability of Mr. Chambers are securities for the excellence of the work, and we commend it to every man of taste and letters as worthy of his patronage.” – New York Observer.
“This is an elegant reprint of the Edinburgh edition, and certainly presents a specimen of typography and engraving of which we may be proud.” – Ladies' Repository, Boston.
“This publication winnows the grain from an interminable mass of literary chaff; and, in this regard, is most welcome to such a labor-saving age as that in which we live. No man of laste should fail of possessing a work which is evidently a classic.” – Morniag Signal, Cincinnuti.
“ It embodies a large amount of historical and biographical facts, and illustrates more perfectly than any other single book. A work like this cannot fail to prove convenient and interesting to the man of letters; while, t) tho ordinary reader, it opens a store of information which he will not be likely to obtain from any other source. We hopo
inay be widely circulated in this country, and contribute something to the cultivation among our people of a tasto for the literature of their mother tongue, and an acquaintance with the character of its best masters.” -- Providence Journal,
GOULD AND LINCOLN, PUBLISHERS, Boston.
CHAMBERS'S MISCELLANY OF
EDITED BY WILLIAM CHAMBERS,
The design of the Miscellasy is to supply the increasing demand for useful, instructive, and entertaining read. ng, and to bring all the aids of literature to bear on the cultivation of the frelings and understanding of the prople to impress correct views on importint moral and social questions - to furnish an unobtrusive friend and guide, a lively tireside companion, as lur its that ubject can be attained through the instruinentality of books.
This work is confidently commended to Teachers, School Committees, and all others interested in the formation of “ School Libraries," as the very best work for this purpose. Its wide range of subjects, presented in the most popular style, makes it exceedingly interesting and instructive to all classes. The most tatiering testimonials from distinguished school teachers and others, expressing an earnest desire to have it introduced into all school libraries, have been received by the publishers.
“I have examined with a good deal of care Chambers's Miscellany of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge,' particularly with reference to its suitableness to form parts of a library for young persons. It is, indeed, a library in itsell, and one of great value, containing very choice solections in history, biography, natural history, poetry, art, physiology, elegant fiction, and various departinents of science, made with great taste and judgment, and with the highest meral and philanthropic purpose. It would be difficnli to find any miscellany superior or even equal to it; it richly deserves the epithets' useful and entertaining,' and I would recommend it very strongly, as extremely well adapted to furi parts of a library for the young, or of a social or circulating library, in town or country.” – George B. Emerson, Esq., Chairman of the Book Committee of the Boston Schools.
“ I am gratified to have an opportunity to be instrumental in circulating Chambers's Miscellany' among the schools of the town for which I am Superintendent. I am very well acquainted with the merits of the work, hav. ing a copy in my own library." - J. J. Clute, Turon Superint ndent of Castleton, Richmond Co., N. R.
“I am fully satisfied that it is one of the best series for our common school libraries now in circulation.” -S. T. Hancı, Turon Superintend nt of Macedon, Wayne Co., N. Y.
“The trustees have examined it, and are well pleased with it. I have engaged the books to every district that has library money.” — Miles Chajee, l'uwon Superintendent of Concord, Erie Co., N. Y.
“ After satisfying myself, by a careful perusal, that Chambers's Miscellany are the very best books that have been offered to our libraries, I put ihe volume into the hands of the trustees of the district, who, after examining it, have agreed to take full sets, as I did not doubt they would. Put a volume into the hands of any intelligent trustee, and it will recommend itself most effectually. Father and mother, grandpa and grandma, Hank and John, Kate and Hue, from the oldest to the youngest member of the faniily that can read, all become equally captivated and absorbed with reading; and one volume will not satisfy them, so long as others can be had ; and it gives me pleasure to add, that, in my estimation, they are as useful as they are entertaining. I think the apparatus mania is nearly over, if these books can be intriduced, they will accomplish what I have long tried to effect — namely, create a taste for good reading.” – Daniel Duwd, Turon Superintendent of Huron, Wayne Cu., N. Y.
“I cannot resist the desire which I feel to thank you for the valuable service which you have rendered to the public by placing this admirable work within the reach of all who have a desire to obtain knowledge. I am not acquainted with any similar collection in the English language that can compare with it for purposes of instruction or amusement. I should rejuice to see that set of books in every house in our country. I cannot think of any method by which a father can mere materially benefit his children than by surrouiding them with good bocks; and if these charming and attractive volumes can be placed in the hands of the young, they will have their tastes formed for good reading. I shall labor to see the Miscellany circulated among my friends, and shall lose no opportunity to commend it overy where." - Rev. John 0. Choules, D. D.
“ They contain an excellent selection of historical, scientific, and miscellaneous articles, in popular style, from the best writers of the language. The work is elegantly printed and neatly illustrated, and is sold very cheap.” – Independent Democrut, Concurd, N. H.
“It is just the book to take up at the close of a busy day; and especially will it shed a new charm over autumn and winter in-door scenes.”. Christi.in World, Boston.
“The information contained in this work is surprisingly great ; and for the fire ide, and the young particularly, it cannot fail to prove a most valuable and entertaining companion." – New York Erangelist.
“We are glad to see an American issue of this publication, and especially in so neat and convenient a form. is an adinirahle compilation, distinguished by the good taste which has been shown in all the publications of thie Messrs. Chambers. It unites the useful and the entertaining." —N. Y. Commercial Ailvertiser.
• It is an admirable compilation, containing interesting memoirs and historical sketches, which are useful, instructive, and entertaining. Every head of a family should supply himself with a copy for the benefit of his children." Corning Journal.
“ The enterprising publishers deserve the thanks of every lover of the beautiful and true, for the cheap and tasteful style in which they have spread this truly valuable work before the American people.” — People's Adrocate, Pa.
“ It is filled with subjects of interest, intended for the instruction of the youthful mind, such as biography, history, anecdotes, natural philosophy, &c." - Nero 0:leans Bee.
"Our readers will hear us witness that we are not in the habit of puffing' indiscriminately the periodical and serial publications of the day; but so impressed are we, from such indications as have been afforded, und frm the character of the editor and publishers of this Miscellany, that it will prove a most entertaining and useful work, and especially valuable to those who are forming their reading habits, and to parents who would cultivate a correct taste in their children, that we cannot refrain from thus, in advance, asking attention to it.” — Palmyra Courier, N. Y.
" Its aim is more desultory and practical than the Cyclopædia, but it is compiled with equal judgment, and adapto? to the wants of the people. Its neat and convenient style, as well as its clicapness, warrant the belief that it will be a most successful work.” – Literary World.
“The character of the contents, and the reputation of the editor, will give it a wide circulation. Its design is, to furnish an unubtrusive friend and guide, a lively fireside companion, as far as that object can be obtained through die instrumentality of books.'” - New York Recorder.
GOULD AND LINCOLN, PUBLISHERS, Boston.