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The Editor of the present edition of Dr. Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, has endeavoured to present the work to the public, in a style which he thinks will meet with entire approbation. The plates irom which it is printed, were originaliy cast for Mr. George F. Hopkins, from a late London copy, and were, in general, found to be very correct; a few errors were, however, on critical examination, detected; but these having been carefully removed, the Editor has now no hesitation in saying, that this is as perfect an edition of the work, as any previously issued from the press, either in this country or in Great Britain.
In addition to its correctness, this edition has to recommend it, a copious collection of questions, which were prepared with the greatest care and attention. The Editor is, however, aware, that this method of teaching has, by some gentlemen of science, been objected to; and considering the manner in which questions have almost uniformly been written, the objection is certainly not without soumdatjóni But that: Are student may be preserved from the disadvantagds: arising from using questions unskilfully prepared, and, at the same tíme, be relieved from the tediousness of studying the work without them, the Editor has been.careful, so to construct these questions, that the answers which they require, necessarily include every senlence of the work itself; 'thuis effecting the double purpose of greatly facilitating the recitations of classes; and, at the same time, of compelling cach scholar to learn every word of the author.
To the lectures that require them, the Editor has also affixed analyses, which are principally designed to facilitate the studies of young gentlemen at college, and of young ladies at school, who may be sufficiently advanced to pursue this course; and it affords the Editor peculiar pleasure here to state, that they have been used by a number of classes of young ladies, educated by himself, in this city, with entire success..
In preparing these analyses, the Editor has generally followed the natural divisions of the lectures, as they are laid down by the author himself; but from the necessity of making each one of neariy the same length, he has, perhaps, in a few instances, extended the number of his subdivisions beyond their natural length: he presumes, however, that no inconvenience will result to the student from the course which he has pursued. as the omission of such subdivisions as may appear unnecessary, will be attended with no material consequences. NEW-YORK, August, 1929.
TO G. & C. & H. CARVILL'S STEREOTYPE EDITION OF BLAIR'S LECTURES ON
RHETORIC AND BELLES LETTRES.
From the New York Evening Post, September | many more, some of which, it is obvious, must have
rendered the sense doublful, have been correctel ir.
Bub, although it is important to have the work
freed from inaccuracies of these kinds, yet the edi.
has a still stronger recommendation. To every lec-
ture, Mr. Mills has attixed a list of questions, which
embrace the whole subject matter, and to be able to
editor's preface, that this method of forwarding the
some well informed gerilemen; but we are inclined
to think, that their objections must have had rese-
rence to the numerous interpolations, notes, and
rature, desirou!), the reputation of authorship,
without possessing the ability to write. For our own
Mr. Mills has added to the lectures, cannot but have
on the mind of the student. In addition to the ques-
lecture has been read, all its topice, and in their pro-
spect, both as regards the additions and corrections
looking over it, have remarked a great number of in; l graphy, this edition of Blair's Lectures, more than
etances where verbal inaccuracies had occurred, and
where, by the substitution of a word that had been any other we have seen, is worthy of public patron.
omitted, or the restoration of the one intended by the
From the Morning Courier and Enquirer, Sep
tember 29th, 1829.
2d, 1829. punctuation, we should suppose rearly two thousand. At the end of each leciure, Mr. Mills gives a
Corrected Stereotyped Edition of Blair's Leo list of questions, so worded as to call upon the recol.
tures.-Messrs. Carvill have just published an edi. jection of the learner, without putting the answer
tion of Blair's Lectures, from the stereotype plates of into his mouth. He also appends to each lecture a Hopkins, after making numerous corrections, and summary analysis, arranged with great care and introducing many additional pages of matter, peculi
arly well calculated to make the work still inore use judgment.
This edition is decidedly superior to any other that ful in the study of rhetori:. we have ever seen, English or American.
I is a well known fact, to all persons familiar with
the highly popular and useful lectures of Dr. Blair, From the New York American, September 30th, work, in which the very faults of style which the au
that numerous cases occur, in different parts of the 1829. Blair's Lectures, by Mills. We have looked
thor' criticises and condemns, repeatedly occur. over this new edition of Blair, published under the surprising, even to learners themselves, that they
These faults are so obvious, that it must have seemed direction of Mr. Mills, of this city, well known as a successful teacher ; and, upon comparing it with editions, even the most recent, as well as our own. In
should have been allowed to disfigure all the English the best previous American exition, are satisfied a
addition to this, there were almost innumerable irreits superior accuracy in typograpny ano punctuatiot. Indeed, but for the evidence this comparison has gularities in punctuation, calculated to confuse and furnished of the fact, we shouid have hardiy thought I mislead the reader or pupil; and Mr. Mills, to whom
the defects o::he work had become intimately known, it possible, that a book so constantly used as a stan. dard work in education, and printed with great ap- of rhetoric in some of the most respecuable academies
through a long course of professional use, as a teacher parent care too, could have been so faulty.
Mr. Mills has appended to each chapter a series or of this city, was very judiciously engaged to make questions, the answers to which embrace, of necessi.
the necessary corrections. We have had an opportu. iy, every sentence in the chapter, so as to require the nity to judge of the extent and importance of the la. student to master the whole. This is followed by an
pour he had to perform. About two thousand correcanalysis of each topic treated in the chapter. The
tions were made in the plates; and, in addition to two together wil' boch aid and test the scholar's profi-closely
connected with the ..ject, and requiring in
these, a series of questions follows every lecture, ciency.
the pupil a thorough knowleuse of the lesson. These From the Mercantile Advertiser, October 1st, 1829. || ifty in all ; and each lecture is also furnished with
questions amount to five thousand seven hundred and Blair's Lectures.-We observed a few days brief analysis, of great convenience and use. eince, a notice of a new edition of this standard work on Rneloric and Belles lettres, in which high praise shall expect to see this improved work.eublished in
England. was awarded w Mr. Abraham Mills, for the detection of numerous errors in a late American edition for an analysis of each iecture, and copious questions arising from them. This praise was awarded on
From the New York Commercial Advertiser, Ocwhat was said to be a careful comparison of the two
lober 3d, 1829. editions; and, as we were struck with the strength
The Messrs. Carvills have just issued a new edi. the remarks, and wondered not a little at the bold- tion of Blair's Lectures, the text for which is perhape ness which had attempted the emendation of Blair, 1 entiiled to be called immaculate. A few years ago we took the trouble to call on the publishers, Messrs.
an edition was printed with extraordinary care, from Carvill, to examine and compare for ourselves. The stereotype plates. Nearly two thousand errors have result has been, that although Mr. Mills may have, in however, been detected by Mr. Abraham Mills, web one or two instances, been too fas:idious in his corres
known as a teacher in this city. Some few of these tions, yet, in the main, they are judicious, and, whe- may, by possibility, have escaped Dr. Blair himsell, ther the errors arose from inadvertence in the learned though they are violations of his own rules. The author, or the carelessness or ignorance of some of
bulk of them, however, had been accumulating his editors, the present corrections are invaluable to through the successive editions of the work, as they those for whom the work was intended. The correc- were published in Great Britain and this country. tions in punctuation are very numerous, and almost | Many were of a serious character, deforming the invariably unexceptionable. The analysis is such as sense ; while all were important in a work expresely could not have been made but by one who, like Mr. treating of accuracy in style. The punctuation in the Mille, has been in the long and daty practice of in- || former editions was very slovenly. It has, as we have structing by means of these lectures; and ine ques || ascertainel ny an examination of the copy sent ic tions which he has arrangeul at the close of ali the ec- uy, and by companng it with enat imprinted iron tures admitung of Ilustration ov question, are aix old plates, been judiciously corrected by Mr. the results of reserve and new prior wriin? Mills. The questions ani analysis annexed to each of the audir vir
my went n (? iecture, are calculated to be of much practical use in of our most wurkar female, and one of our vest male | schools, and even in colleges, according to the
pre seininanies. Wow be usis war's 739 Xaricarska 1:
sent standard of education in this country. The the labour bestowed upon it
, and remunerate the questions comprehend the literal whole of each lete publishers ice inair enteroris., vil!o acenian: exture; the analysis, the whole of each of them in sute. Denise on! sa 3