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1. Natural Philosophy. In four Volumes. By Sir W. THOMSON, LL. D., D. C. L., F. R. S., Professor of Natural Philosophy, Glasgow, and P. G. TAIT, M.A., Professor of Natural Philosophy, Edinburgh; formerly Fellows of St. Peter's College, Cambridge. [Vol. I. now ready. 2. By the same Authors, a smaller Work on the same subject, forming a complete Introduction to it, so far as it can be carried out with Elementary Geometry and Algebra. [In the Press.

3. Forms of Animal Life. By G. ROLLESTON, M.D., F.R.S., Linacre Professor of Physiology, Oxford. Illustrated by Descriptions and Drawings of Dissections. [In the Press. 4. On Laboratory Practice. By A. VERNON HARCOURT, M.A., Lee's Reader in Chemistry at Christ Church, and H. G. MADAN, M.A., Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.

5. Geology. By J. PHILLIPS, M.A., D.C.L., LL.D., F.R.S., Professor of Geology, Oxford.

6. Mechanics. By the Rev. B. PRICE, M.A., F.R.S., F.R.A.S., Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, and Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy.

7. Acoustics. By W. F. DONKIN, M. A., F. R. S., Savilian Professor of Astronomy, Oxford.

8. Optics. By R. B. CLIFTON, M.A., F.R.A.S., Professor of Experimental Philosophy, Oxford; formerly Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge.

9. Electricity. By W. ESSON, M. A., Fellow and Mathematical Lecturer of Merton College, Oxford.

10. Crystallography. By M. H. N. STORY-MASKELYNE, M.A., Professor of Mineralogy, Oxford; and Deputy Keeper, British Museum.

11. Mineralogy. By the same Author.

12. Physiological Physics.


Secretary to the British Association, and Natural Science
Master at Harrow School.

13. Magnetism.


1. On the Principles of Grammar.

By the Rev. E.

THRING, M.A., Head Master of Uppingham School.

[In the Press.

2. Also, by the same Author, a Manual of Analysis, designed to serve as an Exercise and Composition Book in the English Language.

[In the Press. 3. The Philology of the English Tongue. By the Rev. J. EARLE, M.A., formerly Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and Professor of Anglo-Saxon.

4. Specimens of the Scottish Language; being a Series

of Annotated Extracts illustrative of the Literature and Philology of the Lowland Tongue from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. With Introduction and Glossary. By A. H. BURGESS, A.M.

5. Typical Selections from the best English Authors from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century, (to serve as a higher Reading-book,) with Introductory Notices and Notes, being a Contribution towards a History of English Literature.


Honorary M.A. of Oxford; Taylorian Teacher of French; Examiner in the Oxford Local Examinations from 1858.

1. A French Grammar.

A complete theory of the French language, with the rules in French and English, and numerous Examples to serve as first Exercises in the language.

2. A French Grammar Test. A book of Exercises on French Grammar; each Exercise being preceded by Grammatical Questions.

3. Exercises in Translation No. 1, from French into English, with general rules on Translation; and containing Notes, Hints, and Cautions, founded on a comparison of the Grammar and Genius of the two languages.

4. Exercises in Translation No. 2, from English into French, on the same plan as the preceding book.


By GUSTAVE MASSON, B.A., Univ. Gallic.,

Assistant Master in Harrow School.

1. Vol. I. Corneille : Cinna. Molière: Les Femmes Savantes. With Fontenelle's Life of Corneille and Notes. [Just published, price 2s. 6d. 2. Vol. II. Racine: Athalie. Corneille: Le Menteur. With Louis Racine's Life of his Father.

3. Vol. III. Molière: Les Fourberies de Scapin.

Racine Andromaque. With Voltaire's Life of Molière. 4. Selections from the Correspondence of Madame de Sévigné, &c. (Intended more especially for girls' schools.)

[Just published, price 3s.

5. Selections from modern French Authors: About, and Töpfer. [In course of preparation.


Professor of the German Language and Literature in King's College, London; and Examiner in German to the University of London. 1. Schiller's Wilhelm Tell. With a Life of Schiller; an historical and critical Introduction, Arguments, and a complete Commentary.

[In the Press. 2. Goethe's Egmont. With a Life of Goethe, &c. 3. Lessing's Minna von Barnhelm. A Comedy. With a Life of Lessing, Critical Commentary, &c.


1. A Treatise on Harmony. By the Rev. Sir F. A. GORE OUSELEY, Bart., M.A., Mus. Doc., Professor of Music, Oxford. [Nearly ready. 2. A Treatise on Counterpoint, Canon, and Fugue, based upon that of Cherubini. By the same Author.

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[In the Press.

A System of Physical Education: Theoretical and Practical. By ARCHIBALD MACLAREN, The Gymnasium, Oxford. [In the Press.




Designed to meet the wants of Students in English Literature: under the superintendence of the Rev. J. S. BREWER, M.A., of Queen's College, Oxford, and Professor of English Literature at King's College, London.

THERE are two dangers to which the student of English literature is exposed at the outset of his task;-his reading is apt to be too narrow or too diffuse.

Out of the vast number of authors set before him in books professing to deal with this subject he knows not which to select he thinks he must read a little of all; he soon abandons so hopeless an attempt; he ends by contenting himself with second-hand information; and professing to study English literature, he fails to master a single English author. On the other hand, by confining his attention to one or two writers, or to one special period of English literature, the student narrows his view of it; he fails to grasp the subject as a whole; and in so doing misses one of the chief objects of his study.

How may these errors be avoided? How may minute reading be combined with comprehensiveness of view?

In the hope of furnishing an answer to these questions the Delegates of the Press, acting upon the advice and experience of Professor Brewer, have determined to issue a series of small volumes, which shall embrace, in a convenient form and at a low price, the general extent of English Literature, as represented in its masterpieces at successive epochs. It is thought that the student, by confining himself, in the first instance, to those authors who are most worthy of his attention, will be saved from the dangers of hasty and indiscriminate reading. By adopting the course thus marked out for him he will become familiar with the productions of the greatest minds in English Literature; and should he never be able to pursue the subject beyond the limits here prescribed, he will have laid the foundation of accurate habits of



thought and judgment, which cannot fail of being serviceable to him hereafter.

The authors and works selected are such as will best serve to illustrate English literature in its historical aspect. As "the eye of history," without which history cannot be understood, the literature of a nation is the clearest and most intelligible record of its life. Its thoughts and its emotions, its graver and its less serious modes, its progress, or its degeneracy, are told by its best authors in their best words. This view of the subject will suggest the safest

rules for the study of it.

With one exception all writers before the Reformation are excluded from the Series. However great may be the value of literature before that epoch, it is not completely national. For it had no common organ of language; it addressed itself to special classes; it dealt mainly with special subjects. Again; of writers who flourished after the Reformation, who were popular in their day, and reflected the manners and sentiments of their age, the larger part by far must be excluded from our list. Common sense tells us that if young persons, who have but a limited time at their disposal, read Marlowe or Greene, Burton, Hakewill or Du Bartas, Shakspeare, Bacon, and Milton will be comparatively neglected.

Keeping, then, to the best authors in each epoch-and here popular estimation is a safe guide-the student will find the following list of writers amply sufficient for his purpose: Chaucer, Spenser, Hooker, Shakspeare, Bacon, Milton, Dryden, Bunyan, Pope, Johnson, Burke, and Cowper. In other words, Chaucer is the exponent of the Middle Ages in England; Spenser of the Reformation and the Tudors; Hooker of the latter years of Elizabeth; Shakspeare and Bacon of the transition from Tudor to Stuart; Milton of Charles I and the Commonwealth; Dryden and Bunyan of the Restoration; Pope of Anne and the House of Hanover; Johnson, Burke, and Cowper of the reign of George III to the close of the last century.

The list could be easily enlarged; the names of Jeremy Taylor, Clarendon, Hobbes, Locke, Swift, Addison, Gold

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