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· BIBLIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE
TO AMERICAN LITERATURE.
A CLASSED LIST OF BOOKS
PUBLISHED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DURING
TRÜBNER AND CO., 60, PATERNOSTER ROW.
r of the origin and progress of a book is said to be to its author than to the general reader. However hold good in most cases, mine would seem to be an call upon me to explain why so large a volume upon ture should have been compiled by a foreigner; to ances in which it originated; to point out the objects d to define the plan upon which it has been executed. voted some years to the active duties of an Ameriit, I found myself, in 1854, in possession of a mass ing to American Literary History, sufficient as I warrant my throwing them into a definite form. a novel one, and it proved eminently successful. I continued my researches and extended my plan; years' assiduous application, submit the result, be welcomed as affording a tolerably full and immerican literary enterprise during the first half of iry.
mpting an American Bibliographical Guide has e one hand, to suggest the necessity of a more kind by an American, surrounded as he neceshe needful appliances; and, on the other, to supply
to Anglo-American literature, a branch which ncreasing importance, begins to force itself more tion.
il hands that such a work is a desideratum; at can be more alive to the disadvantages under
⚫ labour in attempting it than I have been. I