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OF

THE

OLD BOOKSELLERS.

BY CHARLES KNIGHT.

"Now learning itself is a trade. A man goes to a bookseller, and gets what he can. We have done with patronage. In the infancy of learning, we find some great man praised for it. This diffused it among others. When it becomes general, an author leaves the great, and applies to the multitude."---Johnson, in 1773.

LONDON:

BELL AND DALDY, 186, FLEET STREET.

1865.

The right of Translation is reserved.

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LONDON: PRINTED BY W. CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET,

AND CHARING CROSS.

TO

GEORGE LILLIE

CRAIK,

PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, QUEEN'S COLLEGE, BELFAST,

As a Memorial of a Friendship

WHICH COMMENCED NEARLY FORTY YEARS AGO,

IN OUR MUTUAL DESIRE TO MAKE KNOWLEDGE A COMMON

POSSESSION,

INSTEAD OF AN EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY,

I INSCRIBE, WITH THE TRUEST REGARD, THESE SHADOWS

OF A PAST AGE OF LETTERS.

CHARLES KNIGHT.

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