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From A. W. PIKE, ESQ., Kennebunk, Me., December 14, 1849.
I have examined with much care and high satisfaction, the first five volumes of your edition of Drs. Schmitz and Zumpt's classical series. The plan and execution of the series are excellent. The notes appended to the several authors evince fully the sound judgment and accurate criticism of the learned editors. They are sufficiently copious to meet the wants of the student, without, at the same time, by their fulness, encouraging habits of indolence. I have, for more than thirty years, been constantly engaged in teaching the classics, and I have not seen any edition of the Latin authors, usually read in our academies, which I could commend so confidently, as the one you are publishing.
From E. EVERETT, Esq., New Orleans, December 14, 1849.
All these publications are valuable acquisitions to our classical and school libraries. I am particularly pleased with the Virgil; the notes are a store of learning; they furnish the student with such hints on the manners and customs of the Romans as cannot fail to serve as important aids to the study of Roman history, at the same time that they throw new light on the text of the great poet. They seem to me to be model notes: they are neither so copious as to enable the student to dispense with the exercise of judgment and taste, nor so meagre as to leave difficult passages unexplained.
From THOMAS CHASE, ESQ., Cambridge, Mass., September 28, 1849.
I take great pleasure in recommending the various volumes of Schmitz and Zumpt's Classical Series, which have appeared in this country, as admirably adapted for the use of schools. The character of the editors is a guarantee of the accuracy of the text and the correctness of the annotations. The notes are prepared with careful scholarship and nice discrimination, and the amount of information given on historical and grammatical ⚫ points is sufficient to satisfy the wants of the learner, while it is not so great as to ba prejudicial to his habits of study. We have introduced the editions of Cæsar and of Virgil, comprised in this series, into the High School in this city.
From R. B. TSCHUDI, ESQ., Norfolk Academy, May 31, 1849.
I received the fourth volume of your classical series and take great pleasure in informing you they have been the text-books recommended in this school since their first appearance. I have found the text and typographical execution equal, and in many respects superior to any other editions that I have seen. But their cheapness is destined to make them take the place of all other school editions. Of course it will take time to assume the place of works already in use, but I believe fully, at no distant day these will be the sole editions in general use.
From A. MORSE, ESQ., Nantucket High School, July 20, 1849.
After a somewhat minute examination of the same, in which I have compared them, line by line, with other editions, edited by different gentlemen, which my classes are now reading, I have no hesitation in giving to the series, edited by Drs. Schmitz and Zumpt, a decided preference to any with which I am acquainted.
From R. H. BALL, ESQ., Northumberland Academy, November 28, 1849.
This edition of the classics, so far, I greatly prefer to any other I have seen, for the use of schools. It combines the advantages of textual correctness, cheapness, and pre-eminent ability in the annotations, three things especially desirable in school books. I have adopted this series, as far as issued, to the exclusion of all others.
From the Rev. E. A. DALRYMPLE, Episcopal High School of Virginia, Novem ber 27, 1849.
I have examined them with some care, and have pleasure in stating that they are Judiciously and carefully prepared for the use of schools and colleges. The notes are to the point, and what notes to classical authors should be, not so full as to amount to a translation of the text, or so meagre as to give no satisfactory information to the student. As the best evidence of my approval, I would state that it is my purpose to introduce them, as occasion may arise, into the institution under my direction.
From Z. D. T. KINGSLEY, Esq., West Point, N. Y., November 6, 1848.
I am very much pleased with the Cæsar and Virgil, and presume I shall be equally so with the Sallust. I shall adopt these Latin books for my school.
From PROF. A. F. Ross, Bethany College, Virginia, December 7, 1848.
My opinion of the Cæsar you have already had expressed, and I will only add that my interest in the completion of the series has been enhanced by the volumes which you have forwarded me. shall recommend them for adoption as the standard course in this institution.
Schmitz and Zumpt's Classical Series-Continued.
From J. S. BONSALL, ESQ., Frederick College, Md., Feb. 5, 1849.
I have examined them, and find them on all points what the reputation of the eminent editors led me to expect from them, and what they design the books to be.
I know not that i can give you a better proof of the estimation in which I hold them, than by simply saying that I am already using Cæsar and Virgil of the series in my classes, and expect very soon to introduce Sallust.
From PROF. N. L. LINDSLEY, Cumberland University, Tenn., Nov. 22, 1848.
I am very favourably impressed with the merits of Schmitz and Zumpt's classical series, So far as my engagements have permitted me to examine the "Virgil" and "Sallust," I am induced to believe that they are superior to the other editions in common use. I shall take pleasure in recommending them to teachers and students in this vicinity.
From PROF. GESSNER HARRISON, University of Virginia, Nov. 3, 1848.
I very decidedly approve of the plan of publishing cheap editions of the classics, with brief notes, for the use of schools, and shall recommend this edition to my friends, as suitable for this object.
From PROF. W. S. TYLER, Amherst College, Mass., Dec. 25, 1848.
The notes are pertinent and pithy, as well as accurate and learned, and contrast to great advantage with some whose chief recommendation is, that they are designed to atone for the indolence of the student by the supererogatory works of the editor.
From JOHN S. HART, LL. D., Central High School, Philadelphia, Dec. 14, 1848,
I have examined, with much satisfaction, your editions of Virgil and Sallust, being continuations of your reprint of Schmitz and Zumpt's classical series, and take pleasure in renewing the recommendation which I gave to the plan of the series on the appearance of Cæsar, The notes are admirably adapted to the precise wants of the learner, giving in small space all the necessary facilities, without superseding the necessity of diligent and accurate study.
From C. W. EVEREST, ESQ., Rectory School, Hamden, Ct., Dec. 7, 1848. From the brief examination I have been able to give them, I feel very much pleased with them, both as regards the execution of your own part of the plan, and also that of your able editors. Such text-books are much needed. Instead of them, we have been inundated with editions, too often wretchedly printed, and more frequently ruined by a multiplicity of notes. Accept my thanks for your kindness in sending me the works, and be sure I shall be happy to adopt them as text-books in my school.
From WM. B. POTTS, Orwigsburg, Pa., Nov. 28, 1848.
I have devoted sufficient time to the examination of your editions of Cæsar, Virgil, and Sallust, to enable me to form an estimate of their respective merits. I do not hesitate to say that the uniformity and cheapness of the works, with the notes of the learned editors, sufficiently illustrative of the style and sentiments of the authors, and yet not so voluminous as to obviate the necessity of careful study on the part of the student, must recommend them to the favourable consideration of those engaged in teaching this interesting branch of literature. We shall certainly adopt this series in the academy.
From WM. GARNETE, ESQ., Norfolk, Va., Nov. 20, 1848.
I return you my thanks for the copies of Virgil and Sallust sent to me. The professor of languages in the Norfolk academy has introduced them in this school, and we think they will be used in all schools, as soon as known to them. I shall recommend them to all the teachers of my acquaintance.
From WM. DENNIS, Esq., Wilmington, Del., Nov. 11, 1848.
I have received the Cæsar and Virgil of the classical series now in course of publication by you, and have for some time been using the Cæsar with a class. I am satisfied that these are better school editions of those authors than any others that I have ever seen.
From G. W. MEEKER, ESQ., Chicago, Ill., Jan. 17, 1849.
I shall be happy to recommend them as the best and most accurate editions of the works I have ever seen.
Schmitz and Zumpt's Classical Series-Continued.
From PROF. A. S. PACKARD, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me., March 8, 1849.
I cannot refrain longer from communicating to you the highly favourable impression which they have made upon me. I see nothing to desire in the general style of these editions. I know of no others, which for neatness and cheapness, and sufficient helps for the student, surpass them. I am exceedingly pleased with the good taste, clear and precise statements, and sound scholarship, which distinguish the notes. As school ciassics, I regard them as models.
From PROF. J. FORSYTH, Jr. College of N. J., Princeton, Feb. 7, 1849.
I am happy to say that in my judgment the testimonials to the excellence of the series that you have already received are fully deserved. The cheapness and convenient form of these volumes, and especially the character of the notes, make them precisely the kind of text book which I should put into the hand of the young classical student. I shall recommend the students of this college to procure your edition of such of the Latin authors as we are accustomed to read. You have my best wishes for your success in your praiseworthy enterprise.
From PROF. M. L. STOEVER, Penn. College, Gettysburg, Pa., Jan.
The accuracy of the text, and the judiciousness of the notes, as well as the cheapness of the volumes, render this edition of the classics most deserving of public attention.
From N. BISHOP, Esq., Supt. of Public Schools, and Principal of High School, Providence, R. I., Nov. 29, 1848.
I have had the honour of receiving the three first volumes of your "Classical Series." I am much pleased with the size of the books, and their cheapness; the correctness of the text, and the character of the notes. I mean, of course, the comparative correctness of the text, as perfect accuracy is rarely attained among us, even in our own language, much less in that of others. I shall take pleasure in recommending your "Classical Series" to all the schools in the vicinity of this city, and shall introduce them into the Classical Departments of our High School at the earliest opportunity for changes in text-books.
From PROF. JOHN WHEELER, Asbury University, Greencastle, Ia., Dec. 8, 1848.
As far as I have examined, I am well pleased with them. The notes appear to be what they ought, explanations of difficult passages, and not extended translations, so common and so detrimental to classical attainment. The modest remarks of the editors on disputed passages are worthy of notice and imitation. In these remarks, I refer principally to the edition of Virgil, which I have examined more than the others, and which I consi der far superior to any other edition extant in our country. The cheapness of the series is a valuable consideration; and the publishers deserve and doubtless will receive a harvest of thanks from many a student whose intellect and desire of knowledge are superior to his purse.
From A. CAMPBELL, President of Bethany College, Va., Nov. 22, 1848.
I have just glanced, with much pleasure, over your edition of Virgil, being the second volume of Schmitz and Zumpt's Classical Series.
This is just the thing I have long desired to see-a neat, handsome, correct, and cheap edition of the Latin Classics, relieved from the extraneous and unwieldy lore of prosing doctors. The addenda or notes in the margin of this handsome volume are just such as the student needs. The series will doubtless meet with very general favour from all teachers and learners, because of its clear, accurate, and beautiful typography, its general good taste, its cheapness, and its judicious adaptation to the genius and wants of the age.
From CHARLES WHEELER, Pres. of Rector College, Taylor Cy., Va., Dec. 1, 1848.
The neatness and beauty, and, as far as I have examined, the correctness of execution, together with the lucid arrangement of the notes, must, I think, commend your editions to public patronage. I am delighted to see Virgil, my favourite poet, so handsomely executed. I have recommended your series to our students, as I esteem them worthy of a decided preference.
From CHRISTOPHER MORGAN, Esq. Sup.Com. Schools, Albany, N. Y., July 27, 1849.
The high character of the gentlemen who superintend the publication, for deep and varied erudition, is a sufficient guarantee for the correctness of the text. The brief notes are suggestive, rather than translative, and much better than the labored expositions which carry the student along, instead of pointing out the way. The cheapness and convenient size of the books, to say nothing of their literary merit, cannot fail to bring them into general use.
Schmitz and Zumpt's Classical Series-Continued.
From PROF. JOHN WILSON, Prep. Dep. Dickinson College, Carlisle, Dec. 8, 1848.
I have examined the three volumes with considerable care, and can give them my unqualified approbation. The plan is judicious, and the execution worthy of all praise. The notes comprise all that a student needs, and all that he should have; and their position at the foot of the page is just what it should be.
From PROF. E. E. WILEY, Emory and Henry College, Va., Nov. 30, 1848. From the cursory examination given them, I must say that I have been highly gratified. Such a series as you propose giving to the public, is certainly a great desideratum. Our classical text-books have heretofore been rendered entirely too expensive, by the costly dresses in which they have appeared, and by the extensive display of notes appended; many of which, though learned, are of little worth to the student in elucidating the text. It will afford me pleasure to introduce into my department such books of your series as may be in our course.
From S. H. TAYLOR, ESQ., Andover, Mass., Oct. 30, 1848.
The notes seem to me very accurate, and are not so numerous as to do for the student what he ought to do for himself. I can with safety, therefore, recommend it to my pupils. From PROF. M. M. CAMPBELL, Principal of the Grammar School, Indiana University, Nov. 6, 1848.
1 feel sure it will succeed, and thus displace some of the The notes, short, plain, and apposite, are placed where learner just about help enough.
I like the plan of your series. learned lumber of our schools. they ought to be, and furnish the
From PHILIP LINDSLEY, D. D., Pres. of the University of Nashville, Nov. 27, 1848.
The classical series, edited by Drs. Schmitz and Zumpt, has already acquired a high and well-inerited reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. I have carefully examined your editions of Cæsar and Virgil. I think them admirable text-books for schools, and preferable to all others. I shall avail myself of every suitable occasion to recommend them.
From B. SANFORD, Esq., Bridgewater, Mass, Jan. 17, 1849.
I have examined, with considerable care, both the Cæsar and the Virgil, and am much pleased with the plan and execution of the series thus far. I am particularly gratified with the propriety and judgment displayed by the editors in the preparation of the notes; avoiding, as I think, the prolixity and profuseness of some of our classical works, and, at the same time, the barrenness and deficiency of others; giving a body of annotations better suited to aid the teacher in imparting a knowledge of the language, than is to be found in any edition heretofore in use.
From PROF. STURGESS, Hanover College, Indiana, Dec. 30, 1848.
The mere name of the editors is a sufficient and most ampie guarantee of the accuracy of the text, the judicious choice of various readings, and the conformity of those adopted to the latest investigations of MSS., and the results of the most enlightened criticism. The notes I have not examined very carefully, except those of the Virgil. They are admirable, extremely condensed, and conveying a gat deal of most valuable criticism in the briefest possible way. They are particularly valuable for their æsthetical remarks, and the frequent references to parallel passages in the same author. The preliminary life is excellent, and of great value to the student. The Sallust appears to be of the same neral character, and the notes to furnish just such help as the diligent student really needs. I think that in bringing out such a course at a cheap rate you are conferring a great boon on the country, and additional honour on your press, already so distinguished for the value of its issues.
From REV. ROET. ALLYN, Providence Conference Seminary, R. I., Dec. 25, 1848.
I am much pleased with the general character of these works. The text in its general character is highly satisfactory, the notes are really illustrative, and admirably calculated to assist the student in acquiring a knowledge of the matter in the text, the manners and customs of the times, and the history and characters of the actors in the scenes. The typography and external appearance of the works are such as please the eye and improve the taste. You certainly deserve encouragement, and we shall do what lies in our power Lo extend the circulation of the works.
KALTSCHMIDT'S LATIN DICTIONARY FOR SCHOOLS.
A SCHOOL DICTIONARY OF THE LATIN LANGUAGE,
Forming one large royal 18mo. volume of 850 pages, closely printed in double columns and strongly bound.-Price, $1 25.
Also, Part I. Latin-English, in one handsome volume, strongly bound, of nearly 500 pages.-Price, 90 cts.
Part II. English-Latin, nearly 400 pages, bound to match.-Price, 75 cts.
While several valuable and copious Latin Lexicons have within a few years been published in this country, a want has long been felt and acknow. ledged of a good SCHOOL DICTIONARY, which within reasonable compass and at a moderate price should present to the student all the information requisite for his purposes, as elucidated by the most recent investigations, and at the same time unincumbered with erudition useful only to the advanced scholar, and increasing the size and cost of the work beyond the reach of a large portion of the community. It is with this view especially that the present work has been prepared, and the names of its distinguished authors are a sufficient guarantee that this intention has b en skilfully and accurately carried out.
The present volume has been compiled by Dr. Kaltschmidt, the well-known German Lexicographer, from the best Latin Dictionaries now in use throughout Europe, and has been carefully revised by Dr. Leonhard Schmitz. Learned discussions and disquisitions could not be introduced, as incompatible with the objects for which the Dictionary is intended, and because they would have swelled considerably the bulk of the volume. On the other hand, it has been thought advisable to give, as far as possible, the etymology of each word, not only tracing it to its Latin or Greek root, but to roots or kindred forms of words occurring in the cognate languages of the great Indo-Germanic family This feature, which distinguishes the present Dictionary from all others, cannot fail to awaken the learner to the interesting fact of the radical identity of many apparently heterogeneous languages, and prepare him at an early stage for the delightful study of comparative philology.
The aim of the publishers has been to carry out the author's views as far as possible by the form and arrangement of the volume. The type, though clear and well printed, is small, and the size of the page such as to present an immense amount of matter in the compass of a single handsome 18mo. volume, furnished at a price far below what is usual with such works, and thus placing within the reach of the poorest student a neat, convenient, and complete Lexicon, embodying the investigations of the most distinguished scholars of the age.
From D. H. TEMPLE, ESQ., Chicago, October, 1849.
At my recommendation a class in Sallust provided themselves with Schmitz's edition of this author, and are just completing the work. The judiciousness of the annotations both in amount and character, have been so evident, that I shall recommend the book to future classes above every other edition I know of. I am inclined to the same opinion concerning the Commentaries of Cæsar, and shall test it as soon as possible in the schoolroom. The Grammar has pleased me exceedingly, and I shall, as soon as possible, introduce it, to the exclusion of others, except for occasional reference. The extreme neatness of these works, notwithstanding their cheapness, is a consideration of no little importance, and should, as it doubtless will, add to the favor with which they will be received.
From PROF. ROCHE, Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky March 31, 1849.
Whatever influence my position may give me, shall be most cheerfully employed in bringing into general use in the West these very valuable works. 1 trust that you will prosecute to a close the proposed series, and that the execution of those that remain to complete a Latin Curriculum may be as neat and in all respects as unexceptionable that of those already published.