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First of April 1831, will commence, in Monthly Nos. Price 5s. 6d.

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or, A conce NTRATION of THE MATTER of STAND A R D ENGLISH A UTHORS, ON A PLAN 1NTIRELY NEW :

WITH PORTRAITS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, &c.

Edit eD AND pri Nted UN Der The SUPER INT ENDEN ce of
A. J. VALPY, M. A.

FORMERLY FELLOW OF PEM.B. COLL., 0xFOR D.

• Were all books reduced to their quintessence, many a bulky author would make his appearance in a pamphlet; there would be scarce such a thing as a folio; and the works of an age would be contained on a few shelves.”— Addison. Much as we owe to the invention of printing, its good is not intirely without alloy. From the facilities it presents to the rapid march of mind, books are multiplied as if by magic ; but at the same time the sterling works of each successive age are thus, from the want of leisure to read them, rapidly displaced by literature of a lighter cast, whose aim it is “to play round the heart, but never reach the head.” To divert in part the interest felt for such productions, it is intended to publish, in a concentrated form, a Series of STANDARD ENGL1sh AUthors ; of whose works the present generation know little, and the rising youth must know less; although the names, at least, of such writers are ‘familiar in our mouths as household words,” and the information they convey, suited to all times, places, and conditions of men, is clothed in language, which has of necessity remained stationary, whilst modes of thinking and writing have insensibly changed. BAR. VOL. V. d

But though powerful in mind and rich in matter are the writers of England's proudest period, still they are all deficient in the one thing needful—brevity; and thus the very points, on which they plumed themselves in their own days, have led to their present partial neglect. Ever more afraid of saying too little than too much, they have imposed on posterity the task of pruning luxuriances and removing blemishes, by the rejection of what is superfluous in matter and quaint in style; but not without the double advantage on our part of retaining all that is useful, and of imparting a new interest to it by the system of CONCENTRATION. Of the value of such a principle the best proof is given by the unimitated and inimitable authors of Greece and Rome. Varied as their works are in subject and style, they all unite in the leading point, to give the marimum of information in the mininum of space, and have thus been able, independent of their intrinsic value, to outlive not only the darker ages, but to throw a lustre even on moré enlightened times. From the limits of a Prospectus, it is impossible to state the precise nature of the plan intended to be adopted: suffice it to observe, that in History no facts, and in Philosophy no reasoning, will be omitted or distorted, so as to render a reference to the original author requisite; and thus the youth especially of both sexes may become perfectly acquainted with authors repulsive from their bulk alone, at a comparatively little cost of time as well as price. The Series will be confined to the popular productions of writers in Prose, and the following Authors will be first

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histo Rica L. t Philosophil C.A.L. M. isco. i. i. A N to us.
BURNET. BACON. ADDISON.
CLARENDON. LOCKE. GOLIDSM ITH.
GIB BON. PALEY. JOHNSON.
HUME. MILTON.

ROLLIN. SWIFT.
ROBERTSON.

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The Work will be printed in small Octavo, after the manner of Sir W. Scott's Novels, in monthly volumes, averaging 350 pages of handsome letter-press, price 5s. 6d.; and any Author may be purchased separately at a small advance of price. No. I. will contain PALEY’s Moral Philosophy, with a Portrait. No. II. will contain PALEY's Evidences of Christianity; and Locke on the Human Understanding ; with a Portrait. The Historical and Miscellaneous Series will be ready for publication in the Spring, commencing with Gibbon, Clarendon, Rollin, Addison, Johnson, &c.

Third Edition, with Improvements, 3 vols. 8vo. 21. 5s. bds.
GREEK TESTAMENT,

witH ENGLISH NOTEs ;

Containing Critical, Philological, and Explanatory Notes in English, from the most eminent Critics and Interpreters: with Parallel Passages from the Classics, and with references to Vigerus for Idioms, and Bos for Ellipses. To which is prefixed a short Treatise on the Doctrines of the Greek Article, according to Bishop Middleton, Mr. Granville Sharp, &c. briefly and compendiously explained, as applicable to the Criticism of the New Testament. The Various Readings are recorded under the text. Greek and English Indexes are added at the end. By the Rev. E. Valpy, B. D.

Two Plates are added, one illustrative of the Trarels of the Apostles, and the other a Map of Judea, and a Plan of the City and Temple of Jerusalem. *...* To this third Edition have been added Purallel References, on the plan of Bishop Lloyd's little volume. This Work is intended for Students in Divinity, as well as the Library. “After a minute examination, the author of the present Manual considers this edition of the Greek Testament as the most valuable of any that has yet been published with critical and philological apparatus, especially for students who wish to purchase only ONE Edition of the Greek Testament.—Horne's Introduction to the Bible. ‘We have examined several of the Notes, and can speak with confidence of the editor's taste and judgment, knowlege and research. Pertinent matter has been collected with great care; and throughout the work the object of the editor has been to set before his readers useful information from every avail. able source, not to display his own ingenuity by fanciful and recondite interpretations, or to make a parade of his learning by frequent and elaborate and

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