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AT THE BRADSTREET PRESS.
After nearly four years' labor, in arranging and claslifying the material which had accumulated on my
hands in the course of some fifteen years of research, I am at last able to publish the following specimen of my projected “BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DicTIONARY OF Books RelATING TO AMERICA.”
Had the magnitude and extreme difficulty of the undertaking been presented to my mind in full proportions at the outset, I should never have attempted it, and indeed, I may remark, that I have more than once almost determined upon its abandonment, but a deep sense of its importance, however imperfe&ly executed, and a strong partiality for bibliographical pursuits, have stimulated me to continue my labor, until the work has attained such a degree of completeness as to justify publication, and render its final conclusion a task of comparative ease; and I now present this sheet as a fair specimen of what the work is intended to be, and respectfully invite a candid examination.
The plan I have adopted is briefly this: An alphabetical arrangement under the names of authors, and in the case of anonymous writers, under the most obvious subject or title.
In the arrangement of the Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Dutch proper names, I have followed the best authorities, but, as they differ, I have made free use of Cross References, and remark, with Plutarch,* “On the subject of names, however, the irregularity of custom, would we insist upon it, might furnish us with discourse enough.”
Anonymous works are arranged with more difficulty. The subject most obvious to one mind is obscure to another. Books having reference to a State or City have generally been placed under the name of that State or City. Colleations, Proceedings and Transačtions of Societies, will be found under the name of the Society; “A Letter to the Earl of Abingdon,” will be found under Abingdon, and so on; as for the rest, they will usually be found under the first word of the title-page, particles excepted. The last volume will consist of an Index of Subjects, which will obviate some of these difficulties.
Review Notices of the more important books will be referred to, and in the case of a rare book, a capital letter preceding the number will indicate some Public Library in which it may be found.
The words “Relating to America” are used with a wide meaning, and it is probable that serious and proper objection may be taken to some titles of books introduced; as, for example, the vavarious works by the early New England Divines. It must not be forgotten, however, that in many
* Article « Caius Marius."