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The publishers of the Family Library, anxious to obtain and to deserve the favourable opinion of the public, with pleasure embrace the present opportunity to express their warm and sincere thanks for the liberal patronage which has been bestowed upon their undertaking, and their determination to do all that lies in their power to merit its continuance. For some time previous to the commencement of the Family Library, they had entertained thoughts and wishes of reducing the quantity of merely fictitious writings, which the reading public had made it their interest to issue from their press; and they were conscious that this could only be done by substituting for them works that should be equally entertaining and more instructive. The difficulty was to find an adequate supply of books possessing these requisites. At this time the attention of English philanthropists and authors was strongly turned to the general dissemination of useful knowledge by means of popular abridgments, convenient in form, afforded at low prices, and as much as possible simplified in style, so as to be accessible as well to the means as to the comprehension of “the people,” in contradistinction to the educated and the wealthy. The result has been the production of numerous collections, embracing well written works treating of almost every department of art and science, and, by their simplicity, clearness, and entire freedom from technicality, exactly calculated to attract and compensate the attention of the general reader. From these collections, with additions and improvements, and such alterations as were necessary to adapt the work to the taste and wants of the American public, HARPER's FAMILY LIBRARY has been composed; and it is with pride and pleasure that the publishers acknowledge the distinguished favour with which it has been received. The approbation and support that have already been bestowed upon it are greater than have ever been conferred upon any work of a similar character published in the United States; and the sale of every succeeding volume still demonstrates its continually increasin popularity. In several instances gentlemen of wealth ...; of excellent judgment have been so much pleased with the character of the Library, that they have purchased numbers of complete sets as appropriate and valuable gifts to the families of their less opulent relatives; and others have T
unsolicited, been active in their endeavours to extend its circulation among their friends and acquaintances. With these strong inducements to persevere, the publishers are resolved to prosecute their undertaking with additional zeal, energy, and circumspection. What has been done they desire their patrons to consider rather in the light of an experiment, than a specimen of what they hope and intend to accomplish: they freely and gratefully acknowledge that the circulation and popularity of the Family Library are now such as to justify them in disregarding expense, and to demand from them every care and every exertion. It shall be their study to make such arrangements as shall warrant them in assuring the friends and patrons of the Library that the forthcoming volumes, instead of decreasing in interest and value, will be found :* more deserving of the support and approbation of the public than those which have pre ceded them.
In order to render it thus meritorious, the proprietors intend incorporating in it hereafter, selections of the best productions from the various other Libraries and Miscellanies now publishing in Europe. Several well-known authors have been engaged to prepare for it also works of an American character; and the Family Library, when completed, will include a volume on every useful and interesting subject not embraced in the other “Libraries” now preparing by the same publishers. The entire series will be the F. of authors of eminence, who have acquired ceebrity by their literary labours, and whose names, as they appear in succession, will afford the surest guarantee for the satisfactory manner in which the subjects will be treated.
With these arrangements, the publishers flatter themselves that they will be able to offer to the American public a work of unparalleled merit and cheapness, forming abody of literature which will obtain the praise of having instructed many, and amused all; and, above every other species of eulogy, of being fit to be introduced to the domestic circle without reserve or exception.
The DRAMATIC SERIEs of the Family Library will consist principally of the works of those Dramatists who flourished contemporaneously with Shakspeare, in which all such passages as are inconsistent with modern delicacy will be omitted. The number of volumes will be limited, and they . be . and numbered in such a manner as to render § not essentially necessary to obtain them to complete a set the Family #. ary P
Recommendations of the Family Library.
The following opinions, selected from highly respectable Journals, win enable those who are unacquainted with the Family Library to form an estimate of its merits. Numerous other notices, equally favourable, and from sources equally respectable, might be presented if deemed necessary.
“The Family Library.—Avery excellent, and always entertaining Miscellany.”—Edinburgh Review, No. 103.
“The Family Library.—We think this series of books entitled to the extensive patronage they have received from the public. The subjects selected are, generally, both useful and interesting in themselves, and are treated in a popular and agreeable manner: the style is clear, easy, and flowing, adapted to the taste of general readers, for whom the books are designed. The writers are mostly men of high rank in the literary world, and appear to possess the happy talent of blending instruction with amusement.....We hesitate not to commend it to the public as a valuable series of works, and worthy a place in every gentleman's library.”—Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge.
“We take the opportunity again to recommend this valuable series of wolumes to the public patromage. We know of no mode in which so much entertaining matter may be procured, at so cheap a rate, as in the Family Library.”—N. Y. Daily Advertiser.
“The Family Library should be in the hands of every person. Thus far it has treated of subjects interesting to all, condensed in a perspicuous and agreeable style......We have so repeatedly spoken of the merits of the design of this work, and of the able manner in which it is edited, that on this occasion we will only repeat our conviction, that it is worthy a place in every library in the country, and will prove one of the most useful as it is one of the most interesting publications which has ever issued from the American press.”—N. Y. Courier & Enquirer.
“It is needless at this late period to commend to public attention and encouragement the collection of delightful works now in a course of publication under the appropriate title of the Family Library.”—JN. Y. Eve ning Journal.
“We have repeatedly expressed our unwavering confidence in the merits of this valuable series of popular and instructive books. The Family Library has now reached its sixteenth number, with the increasing favour of the enlightened American public; and we have heard of but one dissenting voice among the periodical and newspaper publishers who have frequently noticed and applauded the plan and the execution of the Family Library. A censure so entirely destitute of reason cannot injure a class of publications pure in sentiment and judicious and tasteful in composition.”—The Cabinet of Religion, &c.
“The names of the writers employed are a sufficient surety that the merit of the Family Library will suffer no decline.”—N. Y. Evening Post.
“The Family Library is a collection which should be sought after by every one desirous of procuring the most valuable new works in the cheapest and most convenient form.”—N. Y. Daily Sentinel.
“Those who condense and arrange such works for publication, and they also who promulgate them, richly deserve the thanks and patronage of all enlightened communities in the country. The Family Library promises to be a most useful and cheap repository of the most important events of profane, ancient, and modern history..... A series of volumes, well conducted, and published with such stirring contents, cannot fail to surpass all dry encyclopedias, or diffuse and elaborate histories or biograhies, miserably translated, and extended to the very stretch of versity"—Philadelphia Gazette
* “A greater desideratum to the English reader cannot well be brought to Polio motice.”—Bell's Weekly Messenger. *The Family Classical Library may be reckoned as one of the most instructive series of works now in the course of publication.”–Cambridge Chronicle. “A series of works under the title of the Family Classical Library is now in the course of publication, which will, no doubt, arrest the attention of all the admirers of elegant and polite literature—of that literature which forms the solid and indispensable basis of a sound and gentlemanly education.”—Bath Herald. “We are inclined to augur the most beneficial results to the rising generation from the plan and nature of this publication; and we doubt not that under the able superintendence of Mr. Valpy, the value of the present work will not exceed its success as a mere literary speculation. It ought to find a place in every school and private family in the kingdom.”—Bristol Journal. “The design of this publication is highly laudable: if it be patronised according to its deserts, we have no hesitation in saying that its success will be very considerable.”—Edinburgh Advertiser. “If we had been called on to state what in our opinion was wanted to complete the several periodicals now in course of publication, we should have recommended a translation of the most approved ancient writers, in a corresponding style. This undertaking, therefore, of Mr. Valpy's, most completely meets the view we had entertained on the subject. We strongly recommend the production to the notice of schools, as its perusal must tend to implant on the minds of the pupils a love for ancient lore. In Ladies' Seminaries the series will, indeed, be invaluable—the stores of ;” being thus thrown open to them.”—Plymouth and Devonport erald. “Economy is the order of the day in books. The Family Classical Library will greatly assist the classical labours of tutors as well as pupils. We suspect that a period is arriving when the Greek and Latin authors will be more generally read through the medium of translations.”—Cheltenham Journal. “We avail ourselves of the earliest opportunity of introducing to the notice of our readers a work which appears to promise the utmost advantage to the rising generation in particular. There is no class of people to whom it is not calculated to be useful—to the scholar, it will be an agreeable guide and companion; while those to whom a classical education has been denied will find in it a pleasant and a valuable avenue towards those ancient models of literary greatness, which, even in this age of boasted refinement, we are proud to imitate.”—Aberdeen Chronicle. “The Family Classical Library will contain the most correct and elegant translations of the immortal works of all the great authors of Greece and Rome; an acquaintance with whose writings is indispensable to every man who is desirous of acquiring even modern classical attainments.”— Iliverpool Albion. “This volume promises to be an invaluable acquisition to those but partially acquainted with the Greek and Latin languages: such of the fair sex more especially as direct their laudable curiosity in the channel of classic literature must find in translation the very key to the knowledge they seek. The mere trifle for which the lover of literature may now furnish his library with an elegant and uniform edition of the best trans lations from the classics, will, it cannot be doubted, ensure the Family Classical Library a welcome reception.”—Woolmer's Exeter Gazette. “This work will supply a desideratum in literature; and we hope it will meet with encouragement. The translations of many of the ancient authors, who may be looked on as the great storehouse of modern litera** are out of the reach of the English reader; and this publication will render them accessible to all.”—Yorkshire Gazette
NEW RELIGIOUS BOOKS, FOR GENERAL READING.
J. &. J. HARPE R NEW - YORK,
HAV E now IN THE COU R S E OF REPUBLICATION,
THIs PUBLICATION will BE compriseD IN A LIMITED MUMBER or
BY CHARLES WEBB LE BAS, M.A. Professor in the East India College, Herts; and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
THE CONSISTENCY OF THE WHOLE schEME of REvela. TION WITH ITSELF, AND WITH HUMAN REASON.
By P. N. Shuttleworth, D.D. warden of New College, Oxford. (In Press.)
HISTORY OF THE IN Q. UIS IT I O N.
By Joseph BLAnco WHITE, M.A.
HISTORY OF THE PRINCIPAL COUNCILs.
~ By J. H. NEwMAN, M.A.