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The proprietors of the Family Library feel themselves stimulated to increased exertions by the distinguished favour with which it has already been received.
The volumes now before the public may be confidently appealed to as proofs of zeal on the part of the publishers to present to their readers a series of productions, which, as they are connected, not with ephemeral, but with permanent subjects, may, years hence as well as now, be consulted to lively amusement as well as solid instruction.
To render this Library still more worthy of patronage, the proprietors propose incorporating in it such works of interest and value as may appear in the various Libraries and Miscellanies now preparing in Europe, particularly “ Constable's Miscellany," the “Edinburgh Cabinets Library, &c. All these productions, as they emanate from the press, will be submitted to literary gentlemen for inspection; and none will be reprinted but such as shall be found calculated w sustain the exalted character which this Library has already acquired.
Several well-known authors have been engaged to prepare for it original works of an American character, on History, Biography, Travels, &c. &c
Every distinct.subject will in general be comprehended in one volume, or at most in three volumes, which may form either a portion of the series or a complete work by itself; and each volume will be embellished with appropriate engravings.
The entire series will be the production of authors of eminence, who bave acquired celebrity by their literary labours, and whose names, as they appear in succession, will afford the surest guarantee to the public for the satisfactory manner in which the subjects will be treated.
Buch is the plan by wbich it is intended to form an American Family Library, comprising all that is valuable in those branches of knowledgo which most happily unite entertainment with instruction. The utmost care will be taken, not only to exclude whatever can have an injurious influence or the mind, but to embrace every thing calculated to strengthen the best and most salutary impressions.
With these arrangements and facilities, the publisherg flatter them Helves that they shall be able to present to their fellow-citizens a work of unparalleled merit and cheapness, embracing subjects adapted to all classes of readers, and forming a body of literature deserving the praiso of having instructed many, and amused all; and above every other spe. cies of eulogy, of being it to be introduced, without reserve or exception, by the father of a family to the domestic circle. Meanwhile, the very low price at which it is charged renders more extensive patronage necessary for its suport and prosecution. The immediate encouragement, thero fore, of tho who approve its plan and execution is respectfully solicited. Tho work may be obtained in complete sets, or in vopurate numbers, from the prtno-pal booksollers throughout the United States.
hotrods composition is now admitted to form an oxtonstvo and In portant portion of literature. Well-wrought novels take their rank by the Kids of real narratives, and are appealed to a evidence in all questions concerning man. In them the customs of countries, the transitions aad shades of character, and even the very peculiarities of costume and dia lect, are curiously preserved; and the imperishable spirit that surrounde and keeps them for the use of successive generations renders the raritia for ever fresh and green. In them human life is laid down as on a map. The strong and vivid exhibitions of passion and of character which they Nurnish, acquire and maintain the strongest hold upon tho curiosity, and, It may be added, the affections of every class of roadera ; for not only in entertainment in all the various inoods of tragedy and comody provided in their pages, but he who reads them attentively inay often obiain, without the bitterness and danger of exporience, that knowledge of his fellow. creatures which but for such aid could, in the majority of cases, bo only coquired at a period of life too late to turn it to account.
This“ Library of Belect Novels" will embraco none but such as have received the impress of gèneral approbation, or have deon written by anchors of established character; and tho publisbors hope to receive sucha encouragement from the public patronage as will enable thorn in the course of time to produce a series of works of uniform appearance, and including most of the really valuable novels and romances ihat have beca or shall be issued from the moulern English and American preas.
There lo scarcely any question connected with the interesto of literature which has been more thoroughly discussed and investigated than that of the utility or evil of novel reading. In its favour much may be and has been said, and it must bo admitled that the reasonings in hose who dolieve novels to be injurious, or at least useless, are not wille rl force and plausibility. Yet, if the arguments against novels any close, zamined, k will be found that they are more applicablo in general to ca dve indulgence in the pleasures afforded by the perusal of fictitious advunsdrce than to the works themselves ; and that ihe evils which can be justly ascribed to ibem arise almost exclusively, not from any peculiar noxiowe qualities that can be fairly attributed to novels as a species, but from thon individual works which in their class must be pronounced to be indik foront. But even were it othurwise
were novels of every kind, the good to well as the bad, the striking and animated not less than tho puerilo, in doed liable to the charge of enfeebling or perverting the mind; and wero there no qualities in any which might render them instructive as well u omusing--the universal acceptation which they havo ever received, and Hill continuo to receive, from all ages and classes of man, would provo an irresistible incentive to their production. The remonstrances of moral bsis and the reasonings of philosophy have ever been, and will sou be found, unavailing against the desire to partnke of an joyrnent so strne tire. Men will read novels; and therofore the utmon that wisdom and philanthropy can do is to cater prudently for the public appetite, and, as I hopeless to attempt the exclusion or ctitious writings from the shelves of the library, to we that they are oncurnbered with be lwest pewaitia aamber of such as have no other morit than that of novelty.
Sirteen works, by eminent authors, have already been poruke baked in the “ Library of Select Novels," which are sold separately w in combats rell For the titles or the publishers catalogue
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HISTORY OF THE JEWS. By the Rev.
H. H. Milman. In 3 vols. 18mo. Illustrated with original Maps and Woodcuts.
“The narrative of the various and highly interesting events in that period flows on in a chaste style; and a thorough knowledge of his subject is evident in every page. The work is spirited, well arranged, and full of information, and of a wise and well-cultivated spirit.” - Atheneum.
“ Professor H. H. Milman is one of the most chaste and classical writers of the age. The History of the Jews embraced in the volumes before us, has already passed through three editions in England, and is highly and justly commended by many of the most respectable periode icals."-N. Y. Journal of Commerce.
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By J. G. LOCKHART, Esq. With copperplate Engravings. In 2 vols. 18mo.
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