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TO AMERICAN LITERATURE.
A CLASSED LIST OF BOOKS
PUBLISHED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DURING
THE LAST FORTY YEARS.
Bibliographical Introduction, Notes, and Alphabetical Index.
COMPILED AND EDITED
BY NICOLAS TRÜBNER.
PREES INTRO BIBLIO
r of the origin and progress of a book is said to be : to its author than to the general reader. However hold good in most cases, mine would seem to be an
call upon me to explain why so large a volume upon ture should have been compiled by a foreigner; to i ances in wbich it originated; to point out the objects
d to define the plan upon which it has been executed. Bibl:
voted some years to the active duties of an Ameri1. I
it, I found myself, in 1854, in possession of a mass 2.( 3.):
ing to American Literary History, sufficient as I CONTRIT
warrant my throwing them into a definite form. Chape
a novel one, and it proved eminently successful. I continued my researches and extended my plan; · years' assiduous application, submit the result,
be welcomed as affording a tolerably full and im
nerican literary enterprise during the first half of VI
mpting an American Bibliographical Guide has VIII.
e one hand, to suggest the necessity of a more IX.
kind by an American, surrounded as he neces
je needful appliances; and, on the other, to supply XII.:
to Anglo-American literature, a branch which XIII, ncreasing importance, begins to force itself more
il hands that such a work is a desideratum; at PUBLIC LIBRA
- can be more alive to the disadvantages under Chapter I.:
t labour in attempting it than I have been. I IL ;
et us hope that the very deficiencies of my work TIL:
petent American bibliographer into the field, IT....
ground may find both time and inclination to
upply my deficiencies.
· bibliography is, as just stated, a desideratum,
daily increasing requirements of the age, for, CLASSED LA
ik, is to the literary student what the lightr, without which he would be constantly in and shipwreck, of disappointment and waste fruitlessly perhaps over ground previous!