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ARTS, SCIENCES, AND USEFUL LITERATURE.
Published in periodical monthly numbers, for $2 50.-
BY M. T. C. GOULD,
No. 6, NORTH EIGHTH STREET, PHILADELPHIA,
J. Harding, Printer.
The object of this work is, to furnish, in numbers, to the rising generation, a Miniature Encyclopædia, or General Cabinet, embracing in its course a concise view of the most interesting topics of the age.
In carrying out this design, three important principles will be constantly in view:
First. To select from the great mass of human knowledge that only which is useful or ornamental.
Second.-To condense matter and language as far as practical utility will admit.
Third. To systematize and arrange the whole in such manner, that each and every portion shall be at immediate command.
The scanty limits of a prospectus forbid even the enumeration of topics upon which, it is believed, the pages of this work will be usefully occupied. A simple hint at the plan must therefore suffice.
The example of the bee, in drawing from an almost infinite variety of substances, that only which is adapted to its particular wants and mode of life, to the exclusion of all superfluous or extraneous matter, and the ingenious method pursued in arranging its small, but precious, stores, for future use, suggested the idea of a miniature periodical.
Though the primary aim of this work will be, to extract, concentrate, and treasure up within convenient limits, a fund of useful knowledge, for improvement and reference,-still whatever is ornamental in literature, science, and the arts, will not be overlooked. Nor will any pains be spared, while endeavouring to concentrate within our narrow limits the wisdom of the present and the experience of the past, to instil into the minds of the rising generation, a thirst for that which is intrinsically valuable, beyond the scope of this periodical. This will be done by favourable reference to more voluminous publications, to which this will serve as an index.
Another prominent object will be, to furnish to our readers the best practical system of accumulating for themselves, independently of this work, appropriate mental stores, for the purposes of life, in whatever department they may be called