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TRÜBNER'S

· BIBLIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE

TO AMERICAN LITERATURE.

A CLASSED LIST OF BOOKS

PUBLISHED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DURING
THE LAST FORTY YEARS.

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LONDON:

TRÜBNER AND CO., 60, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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PREFACE.

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.

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il hands that such a work is a desideratum; at can be more alive to the disadvantages under

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⚫ labour in attempting it than I have been. I
et us hope that the very deficiencies of my work
petent American bibliographer into the field,
round may find both time and inclination to
pply my deficiencies.
bibliography is, as just stated, a desideratum,
daily increasing requirements of the age, for,
k, is to the literary student what the light-
r, without which he would be constantly in
and shipwreck, of disappointment and waste
fruitlessly perhaps over ground previousl

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