Excerpt from Appleton's Library Manual: Containing a Catalogue Raisonné of Upwards of Twelve Thousand of the Most Important Works in Every Department of Knowledge, in All Modern Languages
American Bibliography ere long, in which the genius and industry of the New World may be... favourably exhibited in contrast with that of the Old.
We are not without the hope that this compilation may exert a favourable in¿uence in the Republic of Letters. The Student, through its aid, will be enabled to observe the extent of the subject of his inquiry, and the authors most worthy of his notice. The Man of Letters will be enabled to ascertain the comparative richness and poverty of the literature of his native tongue, and to enlarge the sphere of hm labours, either by translation or the production of original works calculated to supply the deficiencies that exist in many branches of literature; while the Publisher will be enabled to recognize many important works with which he can enrich his stock of publications. Those engaged in the formation of libraries, we feel assured, will welcome the aid these pages can afford them. By the publication of an annual Supplement, in which all new works of permanent value shall find a place, as well as the more important omissions in the body of the work, it is intended it shall occupy a permanent place in the Library.
To have added critical opinions or analyses of the contents of the various works enumerated, would, we are aware, have increased the value of this Manual; yet it could not have been done without increasing its bulk to an undue extent.
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