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TWELVE THOUSAND OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORKS
IN EVERY DEPARTMENT OF KNOWLEDGE,
ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847,
By D. APPLETON & Co., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New-York.
The object of the Publishers of the following pages has been to present, in a collected form, indications of the most important works in every department of literature, arranged in such manner as admits of the most easy reference.
Part I. consists of SUBJECTS, alphabetically arranged, with the exception of Mathematics, Medicine, and Theology; all the subjects of these divisions are collected under those general heads, in preference to scattering them through the body of the work.
Part II. comprises Select Biography, Classics, Collected Works, and an Index of Authors whose works appear in Part I.
In the necessarily limited space devoted to the development of the plan, it is evident that but little of it could be occupied with the Curiosities of Literature: the various Bibliographical works already extant amply suffice to make known their peculiar claims upon the attention of the Man of Letters. What has chiefly been attempted is, to exhibit under each head the extent of its literature, so far as might serve the purposes of the general reader: to the Student, whose aim is exhaustive, the Bibliography of each subject, when known, being given, will direct him to sources whence he may supply the deficiencies that must necessarily exist in a work of limited extent, like the present. Whenever the question of omission has occurred, the unknown work has been retained in preference to the well known.
Prices.—Books are subject to as many fluctuations of value as other articles of merchandise ; but as it was considered desirable to affix prices to the titles whenever they could be ascertained, they must only be regarded as approximate : those given, are generally the same at which the books were published; and will help to give some idea of the extent, &c., of any work in question : but as no list of prices can be permanently correct, those given are, for many reasons, to be preferred.
Notwithstanding the great care and labour bestowed upon this book, the intelligent reader will notice many omissions, which it will be the Compiler's care to supply in a Supplement: some typographical errors will also be evident, but as they are so palpable, they will in no way impair the general integrity of the work. When it is considered that the work is made up of minutiæ, it is a matter of gratulation that so few errors have crept in.
American Works. It has not been thought necessary to enter very fully into the details of American Literature; there was no object to be gained by occupying the very limited space at command with chronicling books that are