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LETTER-WRITERS, AUTHORS, PRINTERS, AND
CORNECIOKS or THE PRESS;
CONTAINING RULES ON THE USE OF CAPITALS, A List 07 ABBREVIATIONS,
AINTS ON THE PREPARATION OF COPY AND 'ON PROOF-READING,
?" SPECIMEN OF PROOF-SQEE, FIC,
BY, JOIN WILSON. IS
POTTER, AINSWORTH, & COMPANY,
NEW YORK AND CHICAGO.
Entered according to Act of Congress, ji the year 18il, by
i n 'wilsox, . in the Office of inc.Cibrarian of Congress at Washingtou.
PREFACE TO THE TWENTIETH EDITION.
In 1826, an edition of this work, designed solely for printers, was first published. In 1850, the second edition appeared, greatly enlarged, and designed for letter-writers, authors, printers, and correctors of the press.
In 1855, the author, in his Preface to the third edition, says: “In presenting anew the following treatise, the author would say, that, agreeably to the admission contained in the closing paragraph of the Preface to the second edition, he has embraced the opportunity of making what is conceived to be further improvements, by changing occasionally the modes of expression, enlarging the remarks and exercises, rewriting and extending the section on compound and derivative words, drawing up a more copious list of abbreviations, offering to young authors some considerations on the preparation of copy,' and appending a full and minute Index. He feels justified in affirming, that not only in its present form, but in its past, this book is the most complete of any on the subject that he has seen."
. And now, three years after the author's death, this edi. tion — the twentieth — is offered to the public, in the hope that it may still continue to merit the approval awarded to former editions.