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Life of Governor John Jay, 2 v. 8vo.
| Owen's Voyages... .12mo.
The Family, Theological, Classical, Juvenile, and Novelist Libraries, embracing upwards of one hundred volumes-For the titles of which see the Publishers' Cata
Bulwer's Novels......11 v. 12mo. Miss Edgeworth's do...9 v. 12mo. James's do...... .12 v. 12mo. The Whigs of Scotland, 2 v. 12mo. The English at Home..2 v. 12mo. Traits of Travel........2 v. 12mo. Heiress of Bruges'.....2 v. 12mo. Dreams and Reveries.. 2 v. 12mo. Roxobel, Mrs. Sherwood 3 v. 18mo. Diary of a Physician...2 v. 18mo. Sketch Book of Fashion..... 12mo. Last of the Plantagenets, 2 v. 12mo. Southennan, by Galt... 2 v. 12mo. Heiress of Bruges 2 v. 12mo. Stories of a Bride......2 v. 12mo. Tales by a Chaperon.. 2 v. 12mo. Tales of the West.... 2 v. 12mo. Refugee in America... 2 v. 12mo. Seaward's Narrative....3 v. 12mo. Jacqueline of Holland..2 v. 12mo: Denounced-Lost Heir. 2 v. 12mo. The Abbess, Trollope..2 v. 12mo. Tales of my Landlord.. 2 v. 12mo. Chronicles of Canongate 2 v. 12mo. Posthumous Papers....2 v. 12mo. Tales of Early Ages...2 v. 12mo.
The Younger Son......2 v. 12mo.
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"Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all. A man will often look at them, and be tempted to go on, when he would have been frightened at books of a larger size, and of a more erudite appearance,”-DR. JOHNSON.
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 for 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 Cabinet" 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 to 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 have 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.
Such is the plan by which it is intended to form an American Family Library, comprising all that is valuable in those branches of knowledge 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 publishers flatter themselves 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 praise of having instructed many, and amused all; and above every other species of eulogy, of being fit 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, therefore, of tho who approve its plan and execution is respectfully solicited. The work may be obtained in complete sets, or in separate number, from the principal booksellers throughout the United States.
FICTITIOUS Composition is now admitted to form an extensive and im portant portion of literature. Well-wrought novels take their rank by the Bids of real narratives, and are appealed to as evidence in all questions concerning man. In them the customs of countries, the transitions and shades of character, and even the very peculiarities of costume and dialect, are curiously preserved; and the imperishable spirit that surrounds and keeps them for the use of successive generations renders the rarities 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 furnish, acquire and maintain the strongest hold upon the curiosity, and, it may be added, the affections of every class of readers; for not only in entertainment in all the various moods of tragedy and comedy provided in their pages, but he who reads them attentively may often obtain, without the bitterness and danger of experience, that knowledge of his fellowereatures which but for such aid could, in the majority of cases, be only acquired at a period of life too late to turn it to account.
This "Library of Belect Novels" will embrace none but such as have received the impress of general approbation, or have been written by authors of established character; and the publishers hope to receive such encouragement from the public patronage as will enable them in the course of time to produce a series of works of uniform appearance, and including most of the really valuable novels and romances that have been or shall be issued from the modern English and American press.
There is scarcely any question connected with the interests 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 be admitted that the reasonings hose who believe novels to be injurious, or at least useless, are not with force and plausibility. Yet, if the arguments against novels are closes xamined, It will be found that they are more applicable in general to ex sive indulgence in the pleasures afforded by the perusal of fictitious adventures than to the works themselves; and that the evils which can be justly ascribed to them arise almost exclusively, not from any peculiar noxious qualities that can be fairly attributed to novels as a species, but from those Individual works which in their class must be pronounced to be indif
But even were it otherwise were novels of every kind, the good as well as the bad, the striking and animated not less than the puerile, in deed liable to the charge of enfeebling or perverting the mind; and were there no qualities in any which might render them instructive as well as musing-the universal acceptation which they have ever received, and still continue to receive, from all ages and classes of men, would prove an irresistible incentive to their production. The remonstrances of moralists and the reasonings of philosophy have ever been, and will still be found, unavailing against the desire to partake of an joyment so attraetive. Men will read novels; and therefore the utmos that wisdom and philanthropy can do is to cater prudently for the public appetite, and, as Is hopeless to attempt the exclusion of fictitious writings from the shelves of the library, to see that they are encumbered with the least possible aamber of such as have no other merit than that of novelty.
Sixteen works, by eminent authors, have already been pub bished in the "Library of Select Novels," which are sold separately er in comvelets sets. —For the titles ser 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."-Athenæum.
"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 periodicals."-N. Y Journal of Commerce.
"It is written in a very interesting manner-in a more philosophical spirit, and with more depth of reflection, than is generally found in histories of this nature. It is not wanting in historical condensation, and the colouring of the style is lively and picturesque."-N. Y. Evening Post.
LIFE OF NAPOLEON
By J. G. LOCKHART, Esq. With copperplate Engravings. In 2 vols. 18mo.
"We anticipate a prodigious circulation for this attractive work. It is drawn up with consummate ability. Indeed, we have seldom perused a work more uniformly interesting in its details."-Sun.
"It is, unquestionably, in a brief and tangible form, the most popular History of Napoleon that has been yet produced."-Atlas.
"This is a much better book than any other in English on the same subject."-Athenæum.
LIFE OF NELSON. By ROBT. SOUTHEY,
Esq. With a Portrait. 18mo.
"This is the best work that ever came from the pen of the laureate, and it is an excellent specimen of biography."-New-Eng. Palladium.
"The merits of this work are so well known that it is altogether unnecessary to recommend it to our readers."-N, Y. Evening Post.
"Southey's fine and popular biography of Nelson was very much wanted, and is now to be had very cheap, in a very neat and convenient form."--N. Y. Commercial Advertiser