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CONGRESS OF ORIENTALISTS.
Held in London in September, 1874.
ROBERT K. DOUGLAS,
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The delay which has occurred in the appearance of the present volume has been due to several causes, and principally to the difficulty of collecting the Oriental types required for the work. Some it has been necessary to gather from various and friendly sources, and others, being beyond the capabilities of English founts, it has been necessary to cut. Then, again, the Congress has been compelled to pay the penalty of the cosmopolitan character of its Session. To it came Oriental scholars from all parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, many of whom gave us the valuable results of their studies and learning; and to such, in the majority of cases, it was found necessary to forward proofs of their dissertations. Under these circumstances it will be readily understood by those to whose lot it has fallen to see through the press works of a similar kind with the present, how rapidly days, weeks, and even months have slipped away, and that the sixteen months which have elapsed since the materials were first put into my hands for publication is no unprecedented interval.
I am fully aware that much anxiety and some impatience has been expressed at the delay which has thus arisen. Indeed, one French Member, past the prime of life, so far despaired of seeing the following pages with mortal eyes that, when lately asked if he had left his address with the Editor that his copy might be sent him, he answered, “Oui, mais pas pour l'autre monde.” It is at least a satisfaction to me to know that this omission was immaterial, and that before many days are over the publishers will have forwarded to him, as well as to every other Member of the Congress, a copy of these “Transactions.”