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LONDON: GEORGE BELL AND SONS, YORK STREET,

COVENT GARDEN.

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CHISWICK PRESS :-C. WHITTINGHAM AND CO., TOOKS COURT,

CHANCERY LANE.

PREFACE.

The present edition of the Works of Goldsmith is the most comprehensive yet published. Setting aside the works of mere compilation—the Histories, Natural Histories, &c., which are now of no value, and of little interest,—this collection will be found to contain all the works previously given, with a few heretofore uncol. lected.

The texts have been re-read with the original editions, where these were procurable, and collated with them and with the later good editions; the result being a rectification of a considerable number of words and phrases and a restoration of some entire passages.

The pieces now first collected include the essays on ‘Our Own Language’-a part of which the author himself reprinted with the title • The Augustan Age of England”; the interesting ‘Poetical Scale, with its 'Sequel'; the Prefaces respectively to ‘Plutarch' and Goody TwoShoes'; some curious passages in the essay on the ‘Boar's Head, Eastcheap,' found only in the first edition, and several Letters and Criticisms. The translation of Vida's 'Game of Chess,' and account of the Cock Lane Ghost' are also here given ; together with the rarely printed biographies of Beau Nash and Voltaire; the essays con

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