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FOREIGN LITERATURE AND SCIENCE;
COMPILED CHIEFLY FROM THE PERIODICAL PUBLICATIONS
ENGLAND, FRANCE, AND GERMANY.
HUC UNDIQUE GAZA
1847. – VOL. I.
PUBLISHED BY J. M. WHITTEMORE,
114 WASHINGTON STREET.
As intercourse with the inhabitants of foreign countries becomes more easy and rapid, and therefore more frequent, we naturally become more interested in whatever represents, or exercises an influence upon their social, moral, and political condition. Hence it arises that reprints and translations are multiplied among us; and even works which, had they proceeded from the pen of an American author, would have been rejected with contempt or indignation, meet with a favorable reception from an American public, simply because they are supposed to convey information respecting the state of society, the manners, and the mind of the countries in which they originally appeared.
It is an undoubted fact that the periodical literature of Europe, and especially that of England, Germany, and France, exercises a very powerful influence, not only in directing the taste, but also in forming the opinions of the educated classes in those countries; and it is a legitimate and a wholesome influence, since, as is well known, the ablest scholars, the greatest statesmen, the most learned divines, the most eminent men in every department of science and art
, are engaged in furnishing the stores of intellectual wealth from which that influence is derived. There is scarcely a distinguished man in either of the countries which have been mentioned, whose name is not enrolled in the list of contributors to one or more of its periodical publications.
A selection from the contents of these works, supplying the great reading community of the United States with a valuable and interesting fund of information, extending over the various departments of literature, and embracing topics of both permanent and temporary importance, is thought to be a desideratum. For although reprints of a few of the leading English reviews and magazines are published, and a selection from the same works has for some years been issued, they but imperfectly supply the want which is believed to exist; since it forms no part of their design to throw open to the American public the treasures contained in the periodical literature of France and Germany, scarcely, if at all, inferior to that of England.
This work has therefore been projected, of which the following are to be the leading features: it will contain 1. A carefully made selection of articles from the best English periodicals; 2. Faithful and well-executed translations from those of Germany and France; 3. Original articles, occasionally, on subjects of national importance;
4. Short notices of new works; lists of the more important books published or announced for publication, and intelligence on subjects connected with the literature of Europe and America.
It is intended to supply, in its successive numbers, a series of striking pictures of the constantly varying aspect of public affairs, of the state of the public taste, and the bent of public opinion, in the most refined and intellectual countries of Europe ; and is, therefore, not inaptly, called THE DAGUERREOTYPE.
It will be issued weekly, in numbers containing generally 48 pages, imperial octavo, neatly printed, on good paper, and in fair type. Thirteen numbers will form a volume, to which a title-page and index will be furnished; subscribers thus receiving annually four large and handsome volumes, each consisting of at least five hundred pages, and containing the most interesting productions of the best foreign authors of the present day.
Terus. — The price to subscribers will be sıx DOLLARS a year, payable on delivery of the first number.
07 Subscriptions and communications relative to the work, to be addressed, post-paid, to the publisher, Mr. John M. Whittemore, 114 Washington street, Boston, “for the editors and proprietors of the Daguerreotype"
N. B.- Subscribers can receive the work as they prefer, either monthly, in PARTS containing 4 or 5 Nos., or weekly, in single Nos. They are requested, in ordering the work, to intimate their wishes in this respect, and to specify accurately their address, and the mode of transmission most convenient to themselves.
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