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FAMILY CLASSICAL LIBRARY.
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The Publishers have much pleasure in recording the following testimonials in recommendation of the Family Classical Library.
“Mr. Valpy has projected a Family Classical Library. The idea is exceliert, and the work cannot fail to be acceptable to youth of both sexes, as weil as to a large portion of the reading community, who have not had the benefit of a learned education.”—Gentleinan's Magazine, Dec. 1829.
“ We have here the commencement of another undertaking for the more general distribution of knowledge, and one which, it' as well conducted as we may expect, bids fair to occupy an enia:ged station in our immediate literature. The volume before us is a specimen well calculated to recommend what are to foilow. Leland's De.nosthenes is an excellent work."-Lit. Gazette.
"This work will be received with great gratification Ly every man who knows the value of classical knowledge. All that we call purity of taste, vigour of style, and force of thought, has cither been taught to the modern world by the study of the classics, or has been guided and restrained by those alustrious models. To extend the knowledge of such works is to do a public service."--Court Journal.
“The r'umily Classical Library is another of those chean, useful, and elegant works, which we lately spoke oí as forming 2.. era in our publishing hustory."--Speciutor.
“Toe present era seems destined to be honourably distinguished in literary history by the high character of the works to which it is successively giving birth. Prouuly independent of the feeling taste of the day, they boast substantial worth wuch can never be disregarded; they put forth a claim to peonatient estimation. The Family Clussicai Llorury 18 a noole undertaking, which the nune of the editor asjurcs us will be executed in a style worthy of she great criginals." - Morning Post.
“This is a very promising si sculation and as the taste of the dey runs just now very strongly in favour of sucu Miscellanies, we doubt not it wili meat with proportionate success. It needs no adventitious aid, however intlutatiai; it has quite sufficient merit to enable it to stand on its own foundation, and will je 25tless assume a lofty grade in public favour."-Sun.
“This work, published at a low price, is beantifully got up. Though to profess to be content with translations of the Classics has brenda nounced as the thin disguise of indolence,' there are thousands who have no leisure for studying the dead languages, who would yet like to know what was thought and saw by the sages and poets of' antiquity. To them this work will be a treasure."-Sunday Times.
“ This design, which is to communicate a knowledge of the most estcemed authors of Greece and Rome, by the inost approved translations, to those from whom their treasures, withont such assistance, would be Hidden, must surely he aprruved by every friend of literature, by every lover of inarikind. We sha!! only say of the first volume, that as the execution well accords, with the design, it must command general appro bation.”—The Cbserver.
"We see no reason why this work should not find its way into the boudoir of the lady, as well as into the library of the learned. It is cheap, portable, ad altogether a work which may safely pe placed in the han of sogn of bu.li sexes." Weekly Free Press.
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HARPER'S FAMILY LIBRARY.
“ 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 al books of a large sire, 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 amusenient as well as solid instruction.
To render this Library still more worthy of patronago, 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 the “National” and the 'Edinburgh Cabinet” Libraries." All these productions, as they emanate from the press, will be submitted to a committee of literary gentlemen for inspection; and nono 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 on 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 praisa of having instructed many, and amused all; and above every other spe. cies 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 (or its support and prosecution. The immediate encouragement, there. fore, or those who approve its plan and execution is respectfully solicited The work may be obtained in complete sets, or in separate numbers, from the principal booksellers throughout the United States