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BOISLEUX-AU-MONT, FRANCE

MARCH 30, 1918

PUBLISHED BY

LITTLE, BROWN & CO.

112, WASHINGTON STREET, BOSTON.

THE

BRITISH ESSAYISTS;

WITH PREFACES, HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL,
BY A. CHALMERS, F.S.A.

In 38 vols. 16mo,

COMPRISING THE TATLER, SPECTATOR, GUARDIAN, RAMBLER, ADVEN-
TURER, WORLD, CONNOISSEUR, IDLER, MIRROR, LOUNGER,
OBSERVER, AND LOOKER-ON.

THE volumes are of the exact size and style of LITTLE,
BROWN & Co.'s edition of the "British Poets," and sold
at the same price, - seventy-five cents per volume.

NOTICES OF THE PRESS.

"No greater service, we think, can be done in the cause
of good letters, than the extensive dissemination of these
standard compositions. They embrace the best models of
style in the English language; and the mode in which their
authors treat their subjects might be imitated to advantage
by the facile writers of the present day. The high reputa-
tion of the house of Little, Brown & Co., and the admirable
excellence of their edition of the British Poets, which
their proposed edition of the Essayists' will imitate,
afford more than a sufficient guaranty that it will deserve
the patronage of the public. These British Essayists' are

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truly works that no library, even of the most meagre pretensions, can afford to be without.". ·Boston Daily Advertiser.

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"The smooth and polished essays of the eighteenth century find more admirers, and are probably more read, than any others of the writings that go to make up the sum of English literature. Had they not great merits, this could not be the case. Their claims, indeed, are very great to the respect and attention of the reading world. An eminent critic and essayist of our age has said, 'If ever the best Tatlers and Spectators were equalled in their own kind, we should be inclined to guess that it must have been by the lost comedies of Menander.' This is meant to apply to the contributions of Addison; but the other essayists were, in some instances, by no means the inferiors of Addison, though their talents differed from his, and were perhaps less adapted to essay-writing. But such men as Steele, Johnson, and Hawkesworth, were among the first writers of their time." Boston Chronicle.

"The Tatler,' 'The Rambler,' The Spectator,'' The Guardian,' 'The Adventurer,' written by such men as Steele, Johnson, Addison, Hawkesworth, are standard compositions, — models of good old English. They not only contain good writing, but are life-like pictures of the times in which they were written. An edition of these Essays, issued in the accurate and neat manner in which Little, Brown & Co. get out their works, will be richly worthy of a place in every library. This edition will be, in every respect, a complete one, - supplied with an index, and with valuable historical and biographical prefaces, - and one worthy of the sterling merits and wide renown of these productions. So varied and often amusing are they, so certain to cultivate a pure style, that we hardly know how a more judicious selection could be made, of works to make a family library, than this edition of these Essays. It will undoubtedly receive a large public patronage."- Boston Post.

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