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John Milton's public self-dedication to the composi-
tion of a great English Epic, ..... 3

Introduction, , . . . . 5



[Note on the early issues of The -S/V.'^H
No. 262. Announcement of the MIItS


OF 'paradise Lost.'

No. 267. The Fable, perfect or imperfect according to the

Action, which must be One, Entire, and Great . 15

273. The Characters os Homer, Virgil, and Milton

compared. Allegorical characters not proper to

an Epic 21

279. The Sentiments must be both natural and sub-
lime. The only piece ofpleahntry'mTamdifeLo/l 26

285. The Language should be both perspicuous and
sublime. How a sublime style may be sunned .

291. Qualities of true and salse Critics . M

297. The Defects. The Fable is unhappy, its 'hem

unsuccessful, and it has too ma

The Allegorical persons in the Chaiacters.M

Sentiments sometimes degenerate in to puns; have

too frequent allusions to heathen sables as^l

and very frequently display unnecessary ostentation~

of Learning. The Language is often too obscure,

jingling, and technical 43

f -.'',, ■»•»

II. Beauties In The Several I

303. Book I'

309. Book II

315. Book III

321. Book IV I .

327. BookV V-—: 82-

333. Book VI 92

339. Book VII IOi

3^5. Book VIII ico

351. Book IX n7

-. Book X. . . . . . . . . 126

Book XI. . . . . . . .136

Book XII 145




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(2) An Order of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament for the regulating of Printing, &c. London, 14 June, 1643.

(3) ABEOPAGITICA; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the liberty of Vnlicenc'd Printing, to the Parlament of England. London [24 November], 1644. Sixpence.

2. HUGH LATIMER, Bp. of Worcester.

SERMON ON THE PLOUGHERS. A notable Sermon of ye reuerende father Master Hughe Latimer, whiche he preached in ye Shrouds at paules churche in London, on the xviii daye of Januarye. ^[ The yere of oure Loorde MDXLviii. Sixpence.

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AN APOLOGIE FOR POETRIE. Written by the right noble, vertuous, and learned Sir Phillip Sidney, Knight. London, 1595. Sixpence.

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English Reprints.

Sir W. Scott's Poetical Romances.

Outlines of Scottish History.


Classic English Writers. .

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The ' English Eepriuts' have proved a greater success than I anticipated. \

More copies of the several works issued have been already sold in the open market, than have been produced, in the same time, by any Printing Club, by subscription.

I am thereby encouraged to go on with the series, and I trust to bring out, during the remainder of the year, the works announced on pages 4 and 5: so that the first year's issue will contain specimens of— 16th Gent. Ascham, Bp. Latimer, Gascoigne, Gosson, Lilly, E. Webbe,

and Sir Philip Sidney 7

17th Cent. Bp. Earle,Milton, villiers, Dukoof Buckingham,andSelden. 4
18th Cent. Addison 1—12

If therefore any go about ignorant of thus much of our literature, they only will be to blame: for it seems impossible to reprint these works cheaper. Strange to say, their cheapness militates at present against their universal sale: but this obstacle will doubtless melt away, as the series become more known.

The question of binding has been a perplexity. The books—choicely produced as they are—are too small in bulk and size to repay binding in single volumes. To publish them, several bound together, in the order of their issue—unconnected and diverse as they are in subject, purpose, and character,—seems unmeaning and purposeless; would often tax the purchaser with works he did not desire ; and would fetter the use in large quantities of any particular work, for class study, debating societies, and the like. As nothing can foster more the fresh and increasing general study in our language and literature, than the free circulation throughout the country, of cheap as well as accurate texts; the 'English Eeprints' will continue to be issued separately, at the general prices originally announced. What therefore remains is to provide cases to contain six of the works, leaving to each one, unfettered choice in their selection. These cases will be obtainable, in the same way as the books themselves, after the 7th of May.

The 'English Eeprints' being thus current, all can now most readily avail themselves of the capabilities of English, as a gymnasium of intellect, an instrument of culture; or passing within the Treasure-house of the language, possess themselves of the stored-up precious wealth of thought and fact, the accumulation therein of century after century.

The Areopagitica is already read in King's College and other schools: other suitable texts will doubtless be similarly utilized.

I desire to call attention to Euphues. It was last published in 1636. The present impression will contain the two parts, originally issued separately in 1579 and 1580; will be printed from copies supposed to be unique; and will form a volume of between 400 and 500 pages. This work represents a fashion of expression in the Elizabethan age, and gave a word Euphuism to the English language. An acquaintance with it, is essential to an accurate knowledge of the literature of the time of Shakespeare.

In conclusion, I tender my sincere thanks to some for their zealous advocacy of the series: and can but hope it may appear to others worthy of like approval and encouragement.

23 April, 1868. Edwabd Akber.

P.S. That there are no further Sixpenny issues this year, is purely accidental.

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