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STANDARD READING-BOOKS,

By James Colvtlle. M.A., Senior English Master George Watson's

College-Schools, Lauriston, Edinburgh, one of the Educational

Institutions of the Merchant Company.

The following are already published:— PRIMER: Being Spelling and Reading Lessons Introductory to Standard I. (Illustrated.) 36 pages, ljd. FIRST STANDARD READING-BOOK; with Easy Lessons in Script (Illustrated.) 95 pages. 4d. in stiff wrapper, or 6d. cloth.

SECOND STANDARD READING-BOOK; with Dictation Exercises, partly in Script. (Illustrated.) 108 pages. 4d. in stiff wrapper, or 6d. cloth.

THIRD STANDARD READING-BOOK; with Dictation Exercises, partly in Script. 144 pages, strongly bound. 8d.

*,* A Specimen Copy of any one or more of the above will be sent to Principals of Schools, post-free, by Oliver and Boyd, on receiving half the retail price in stamps.

EDINBUIIOII: OLIVER AND BOYD.
LONDON: SIMl'KIN, MARSHALL, AND CO.

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OF

ENGLISH COMPOSITION;

DESIGNED A3

A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION

CORRECTNESS AND PERSPICUITY IN WRITING,
AND TO THE STUDY OF CRITICISM:

WITH COPIOUS EXERCISES.

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By ALEXANDER REID, LL.D.,

Late Head Master of the Edinburgh Institution; Author of Rudiments of
English Grammar, A Dictionary of the English Language, etc.

EIGHTEENTH EDITION, THOROUGHLY RE
ENLARGED.

EDINBURGH: \;

OLIVER AND BOYD, TWEEDDALE CO
LONDON : SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND CO.

1872.

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DR KEID'S EDUCATIONAL WORKS.

RUDIMENTS of ENGLISH GRAMMAR, 18mo, 6d.
RUDIMENTS of ENGLISH COMPOSITION, 2s. [key 2s. 6d/|
DICTIONARY of the ENGLISH LANGUAGE, 12mo, 5s.
RUDIMENTS of MODERN GEOGRAPHY, 18mo, Is.; or with five

Maps, Is. 3d.
An Abridgment of Dr Reid's Rudiments; being a FIRST BOOK of

GEOGRAPHY; 18mo, 72 pages, 6d. OUTLINE of SACRED GEOGRAPHY, 18mo, 6d. INTRODUCTORY ATLAS of Modern Geography, 4to, 2s. 6d. full

coloured. SCHOOL ATLAS of MoDiim GEOORArrrr,4tn, 5s. full coloured.

PRINTED BV OLIVER AND BOYD, EDINBURGH.

PKEFACE.

In the following Work, the Author has attempted to supply a want, which he has himself long felt in the course of his professional labours, namely, a Practical Introduction to Composition in the English Language. It is designed as a Sequel to the ordinary text-books on Grammar; while it is, at the same time, so arranged that it may be studied with advantage, even by those who have been but imperfectly instructed in that department of education. Part I. is meant to guide to correctness in Spelling and Punctuation; Part II., to correctness in the Structure and Arrangement of Sentences, and in the Use of Words; Part III., to clearness in the Structure of Paragraphs; Part IV., to correctness and perspicuity in Style, and to a tasteful use of ornament in writing; and Part V., to the practice of the preceding Eules and Exercises in various kinds of Original Composition. If the Author has at all succeeded in realizing his own intentions, the book will be found useful in teaching such as are their own instructors, or have time only for a school education, to express their ideas with sufficient perspicuity and taste for their purposes in life; while to those who are to have the advantage of making higher attainments in learning, it will serve as a practical initiation into the critical study of the English Language and Literature.

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