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AN ACCOUNT OP RARE, CURIOUS, AND USEFUL BOOKS, PUBLISHED
In submitting the First Part of the BIBLIOGRAPHER's MANUAL, the Compiler deems it necessary to state briefly the objects and plan of the work.
Although there is no country in Europe where early literature is so highly appreciated as in England, nothing, which can bear a comparison with the bibliographical publications in France, Italy, and Germany, has hitherto been done to render that literature known and available. With the exception of that monument of human industry, Watt’s “Bibliotheca Britannica,” no general work on English literature has appeared; but useful as those important volumes unquestionably are, there can be no doubt that they are incomplete and unsatisfactory, since they do not contain any account of the characters, collations, and prices of books. To afford this information, is the chief object of the Bibliographer's MANUAL, which has been formed on the plan of Mons. Brunet's well known " Manuel du Libraire." The Editor has, in every instance, endeavoured to give the titles of works relating to English History, published either in this country or abroad; and also of every work of importance printed in England from the invention of Printing to the present time, including Theology, Poetry, the Drama,