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THE FAMILY LIBRARY.
IN presenting to the American public a list of the Works composing the Family Library, the publishers avail themselves of the opportunity afforded them to offer their thanks for the very liberal encouragement they have enjoyed, and still continue to receive, and for the numerous expressions of approbation that have been be stowed upon their undertaking.
The general estimation in which the work is held is proved by the great number of copies that have been sold, and by the constantly increasing demand, which in the case of many of the volumes ha been so great as to call for several successive editions.
No pains and no expense have been spared in procuring and selectmg works of the highest character, both of foreign and native writers, and the list of contributors includes, among other distin guished names, those of
With the assistance and co-operation of persons of such eminen talents and high reputation, a series of works has been commence and is still in progress, embracing almost every department of scienc and literature, and combining with great excellence of execution th advantages of exceedingly low price, convenience of form, al beauty of illustration. While the trifling cost has placed the severa works within the reach of all classes of readers, the interesting nature of the subjects, and the pleasing manner in which they are reated, render them well suited for the perusal of young persons, and valuable auxiliaries to parents and teachers in the important offices of guiding and cultivating the youthful mind; and the care that has been taken to exclude every thing that could in the slightest degree have a prejudicial influence in a moral or religious point of view, entitles the series to the entire confidence of the most scrupulous. With these recommendations, the publication will be found deserving of a place in every well-selected Library, and as each work is
complete in itself, and may be purchased separately from the others, it will furnish a valuable variety of literary presents, of school-books, and of volumes for family reading, adapted to the means and tastes of all classes of readers.
The publication of the Family Library is still in progress, and will be continued by the addition of every appropriate work that is pro duced either in England or America, so long as the publishers con tinue to receive the same encouragement which has hitherto attended their enterprise. At present the series embraces the following:
Nos. 1, 2, 3. Milman's History of 29.
The Court and Camp of Bo-
Lives of Early Navigators.
A Description of Pitcairn's
33, 34. Mrs. Jameson's Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns.
6. Southey's Life of Nelson. 7. Williams's Life of Alexander the Great. With Plates. 8. Natural History of Insects. 9. Galt's Life of Lord Byron. 10. Bush's Life of Mohammed. 11. Scott's Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft. Plate. 12, 13. Gleig's History of the Bible. With Maps. 14. Discovery and Adventure in the Polar Seas, &c. By Professor Leslie, Professor Jameson, and Hugh Murray, Esq. 15. Croly's Life of George the Fourth. With a Portrait. 16. Discovery and Adventure in 43, Africa. By Prof. Jameson,
36. Landers' Africa. With Engravings and Maps. Abercrombie on the Intellectual Powers, &c.
38, 39, 40. St. John's Lives of Celebrated Travellers.
42. Lord Dover's Life of Frederic II. King of Prussia. With a Portrait.
44. Sketches from Venetian History. With Plates,
James Wilson, Esq., and 45, 46. Thatcher's Indian Biog
Hugh Murray, Esq. With a Map and Engravings. 17, 18, 19. Cunningham's Lives 50. of Eminent Painters and Sculptors. With Portraits. 20. James's History of Chivalry and the Crusades. Plate. 21, 22. Bell's Life of Mary Queen
of Scots. Portrait.
23. Russell's Ancient and Modern Egypt. With Plates.
24. Fletcher's History of Poland. With a Plate.
25. Smith's Festivals, Games, and Amusements. With Plates. 26. Brewster's Life of Sir Isaac Newton. With Plates.
27. Russell's History of Palestine, or the Holy Land. Plates. 28. Memes' Memoirs of the Empress Josephine. Plates.
raphy. With Plates. 47, 48, 49. History of India. Brewster's Letters on Natural Magic. Engravings. 52. Taylor's History of Ireland. With Engravings. Discoveries on the Northern Coasts of America.
54. Humboldt's Travels. Plates. 55, 56. Euler's Letters on Natural Philosophy. Engravings. Mudie's Guide to the Observation of Nature. Engravings. Abercrombie, on the Philoso
phy of the Moral Feelings.
James's History of Charle
magne. With a Portrait. Russell's History of Nubia and Abyssinia.
61, 62. Russell's Life of Oliver Cromwell. With a Portrai
FAMILY LIBRARY RECOMMENDATIONS.
THE following opinions, selected from highly respectable Journals, will enable those who are unacquainted with the Family Library to form an estimate of its merits. Numerous other notices, equally favourable, and from sources equally respectable, might be presented if deemed necessary. "The Family Library.-A very excellent, and always entertaining Mis cellany."-Edinburgh Review, No. 103.
"The Family Library.-We think this series of books entitled to the extensive patronage they have received from the public. The subjects selected are, generally, both useful and interesting in themselves, and are treated in a popular and agreeable manner: the style is clear, easy, and flowing, adapted to the taste of general readers, for whom the books are designed. The writers are mostly men of high rank in the literary world, and appear to possess the happy talent of blending instruction with amusement..... We hesitate not to commend it to the public as a valuable series of works, and worthy a place in every gentleman's library."-Magazine of Useful and Entertaining Knowledge.
"We take the opportunity again to recommend this valuable series of volumes to the public patronage. We know of no mode in which so much entertaining matter may he procured, at so cheap a rate, as in the Family Library."--N. Y. Daily Advertiser.
"The Family Library should be in the hands of every person. Thus far it has treated of subjects interesting to all, condensed in a perspicuous and agreeable style...... We have so repeatedly spoken of the merits of the design of this work, and of the able manner in which it is edited, that on this occasion we will only repeat our conviction, that it is worthy a place in every library in the country, and will prove one of the most useful as it is one of the most interesting publications which has ever issued from the American press."-N. Y. Courier & Enquirer.
"It is needless at this late period to commend to public attention and encouragement the collection of delightful works now in a course of publication under the appropriate title of the Family Library."-N. Y. Evening Journal.
"We have repeatedly expressed our unwavering confidence in the merits of this valuable series of popular and instructive books. The Family Library has now reached its sixteenth number, with the increasing favour of the enlightened American public; and we have heard of but one dissenting voice among the periodical and newspaper publishers who have frequently noticed and applauded the plan and the execution of the Family Library. A censure so entirely destitute of reason cannot injure a class of publications pure in sentiment and judicious and tasteful in composition."-The Cabinet of Religion, &c.
"The names of the writers employed are a sufficient surety that the merit of the Family Library will suffer no decline."-N. Y. Evening Post. "The Family Library is a collection which should be sought after by every one desirous of procuring the most valuable new works in the cheapest and most convenient form."-N. Y. Daily Sentinel.
"Those who condense and arrange such works for publication, and they also who promulgate them, richly deserve the thanks and patronage of all enlightened communities in the country. The Family Library promises to be a most useful and cheap repository of the most important events of profane, ancient, and modern history. A series of volumes, well conducted, and published with such stirring contents, cannot fail to surpass all dry encyclopedias, or diffuse and elaborate histories or biographies, miserably translated, and extended to the very stretch of verbosity."-Philadelphia Gazette.
OPINIONS OF THE FAMILY
"The publishers have hitherto fully deserved their daily increasing reputation by the good taste and judgment which have influenced the selections of works for the Family Library."-- Albany Daily Advertiser.
"The Family Library-A title which, from the valuable and entertaining matter the collection contains, as well as from the careful style of its execution, it well deserves. No family, indeed, in which there are children to be brought up, ought to be without this Library, as it furnishes the readiest resources for that education which ought to accompany or succeed that of the boarding-school or the academy, and is infinitely more conducive than either to the cultivation of the intellect."--Monthly Review. "It is the duty of every person having a family to put this excellent Library into the hands of his children."-N. Y. Mercantile Advertiser.
"It is one of the recommendations of the Family Library, that it embraces a large circle of interesting matter, of important information and agreeable entertainment, in a concise manner and a cheap form. It is eminently calculated for a popular series-published at a price so low, that persons of the most moderate income may purchase it--combining a matter and a style that the most ordinary mind may comprehend it, at the same time that it is calculated to raise the moral and intellectual character of the people."-Constellation.
"We have repeatedly borne testimony to the utility of this work. It is one of the best that has ever been issued from the American press, and should be in the library of every family desirous of treasuring up useful knowledge."-Boston Statesman.
"We venture the assertion that there is no publication in the country more suitably adapted to the taste and requirements of the great mass of community, or better calculated to raise the intellectual character of the middling classes of society, than the Family Library."-Boston Masonic Mirror.
"We have so often recommended this enterprising and useful publica tion (the Family Library), that we can here only add, that each succes sive number appears to confirm its merited popularity."- N. Y. American "The little volumes of this series truly comport with their title, and are in themselves a Family Library."-N. Y. Commercial Advertiser.
"We recommend the whole set of the Family Library as one of the cheapest means of affording pleasing instruction, and imparting a proper pride in books, with which we are acquainted."-U. S. Guzette.
"It will prove instructing and amusing to all classes. We are pleased to learn that the works comprising this Library have become, as they ought to be, quite popular among the heads of families."-N. Y. Gazette.
"The Family Library is, what its name implies, a collection of various original works of the best kind, containing reading useful and interesting to the family circle. It is neatly printed, and should be in every family that can afford it--the price being moderate."-New-England Palladium.
"We are pleased to see that the publishers have obtained sufficient encouragement to continue their valuable Family Library."-Baltimore Republican.
"The Family Library presents, in a compendious and convenient form, well-written histories of popular men, kingdoms, sciences, &c. arranged and edited by able writers, and drawn entirely from the most correct and accredited authorities. It is, as it professes to be, a Family Library, from which, at little expense, a household may prepare themselves for a consideration of those elementary subjects of education and society, without a due acquaintance with which neither man nor woman has claim to be well bred, or to take their proper place among those with whom they hide."-Charleston Gazette.