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P R E F A CES, BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL, BY SAMUEL JOHNSON.
VOLUME THE FIFTY-FIFTH.
L O N D ON:
PRINTED BY J. RIVINGTON;
FIRST EDITION, 1772.
HIS Volume contains a complete Collection of
the Poems of the late Dr. Akenside, either reprinted from the original Editions, or faithfully published from Copies which had been prepared by him, self for publication.
That the principal Poem should appear in so disadvantageous a state, may require fome explanation. The first publication of it was at a very early part of the Author's life. That it wanted Revision and Correction, he was fufficiently sensible; but so quick was the demand for several successive republications, that in any
of the intervals to have completed the whole of his Corrections was utterly impoflible; and yet to have gone on from time to time making farther Improvements in every new Edition would (he thought) have had the appearance at least of abusing the favor of the Public. He chose therefore to continue for fome time ieprinting it without alteration, and to forbear publifhing any Corrections or improvements until he should be able at once to give them to the Public complete.