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edited, and of no earthly good when you call upon them. We can except from this verdict Mr. Ramage's 'Beautiful Thoughts' series; but these are too fine to be popular. What the people want, and what the student and the professional man and the literary man all want, is a working cyclopædia and here it is,
"Opening the pages at random, we strike the gloomy, but important, topic, 'Death,' and discover fourteen columns given to this alone, and the authors' names arranged alphabetically; while each quotation on the doublecolumned octavo pages is distinguished by an italic letter for the sake of easy reference. Some departments, such as Trees,' 'Flowers,' 'Birds,' 'Occupations,' 'Months,' 'Seasons,' etc., have also sub-heads, and quotations are classified, for greater convenience, under them. In things like these there is hardly an improvement to be suggested. It is quite the same, too, when we observe the character and scope of the Latin extracts, of which there are in the neighborhood of two thousand, including law and ecclesiastical terms, proverbs and mottoes. But the highest praise we can bestow we are ready to give to the concordance' by which the Eng. lish quotations are rendered available.
"If we descended to a certain small and hypercritical style of investigation we could probably find a few faults, such as the authors themselves will probably discover and correct in a later edition. No great work is free from occasional blemishes, and we have observed some ourselves, which we might certainly take the liberty to note. But such a vast piece of labor, involving both skill and judgment, and covering more than nine hundred pages, invites and even challenges a broad and fair discussion of its merits and defects. The former are all summed up, to our mind, in two words: convenience and usefulness. It nearly supersedes Mrs. Cowden Clarke's 'Concordance to Shakespeare' for practical utility. And the compilations of Allibone (over which we have often grown wrathy enough) and Bartlett (which it drains to the dregs) are quite out of competition.
"On the whole, we rejoice over this book. We shall no longer beat over half of creation for an elusive quotation. We shall be greatly preserved from a desire to employ what Bishop Coxe happily styled an appropriate form of words by which Christian people might suitably express themselves on occasions of great spiritual provocation.' If we misquote the bishop's language ourselves, we do it unintentionally, and we know he will set us right. He might, perhaps, furnish a certified copy for the second edition of the 'Cyclopædia.'
"It remains that we should add that in this heavy undertaking Messrs. Funk & Co. have shown good typographical taste and judgment, and have put the book on excellent paper, and in a durable and neat binding, and offer it at a moderate price. The defects which a smaller style of criticism may discover will doubtless be promptly remedied, but for the scope and usefulness of the work itself we have most hearty and unqualified approbation. Especially, too, because our American authors are so largely represented."
From the Daily "Times," New York: "If this new competitor with the established books of quotations had no better feature to
recommend it, the elaboration of its index would place it before others of the kind. The main index is, in fact, a concordance, and occupies more than two hundred large octavo pages of close print. It is followed by a concordance to the English translations of the Latin quotations, the list of which is very large. The Latin quotations have their own index. There are also topical indexes for the English and the Latin subjects; an alphabetical register of the authors quoted; a list of ecclesiastical terms and definitions; another of Latin law terms and phrases in common use; a compilation of Latin, French, Spanish, Portuguese and other proverbs and mottoes. Under the title of Unclassified Quotations' are ranged many short sayings of noted authors in the order of their initial letters. Naturally enough, the very purpose for which such books are compiled is defeated if the reader cannot turn readily to the quotation wanted. Half the use of cyclopædias of quotations comes from the need of some work of reference which shall render exactly the floating memory of the phrase. Some little clue is lurking in the mind, the general bearing of the desired sentence is known but the conscientious quoter wants to quote rightly or not at all. Hence the value of indexing after this fashion, where it needs only a slight clue to lead the eye to the desired quotation. Moreover, when found this compilation gives a further clue to the whereabouts of the context, which may, after all, be the object in view. An editor's claim that the grouping of certain prominent objects, like those under 'Birds,' 'Flowers' or 'Trees,' is novel. 'Not a line,' they assert, has been knowingly added merely to expand the book. The elaborate indexes are secondary to the general alphabetical plan on which the subjects are arranged, and under each subject the quotations stand alphabetically, according to the name of the author. An ingenious system of small letters indicates the quarter of the double-columned page in which the quotation stands."
From the Boston "Post," Jan. 10. "THE entire reading public, but more especially the great army of students and literary workers, will hail this volume with undisguised satisfaction, for it is a boon to them that they have time out of mind longed for in vain. * * * Is a monument of industry, research and learning. * * *The book is indexed in the most superior manner, both according to topics and by a concordance to the English quotations. The magnitude of the work which has been done in the compilation of this cyclopædia impresses one at the very outset, and the authors have every reason to be proud of what they have jointly accomplished. Mr. Hoyt is a trained journalist, having been managing editor of the Newark Daily Advertiser for many years, and the arrangement of the book and all its methods show a thorough understanding of the needs of those for whom it is intended. Miss Ward is said to be a lady ot exceptionally fine culture and literary taste, and of this the work gives good evidence. For convenience and usefulness the work cannot, to our mind, be surpassed, and it must long remain the standard among its kind, ranking side by side with, and being equally indispensable in every well-ordered library, as Worcester's or Webster's dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, and Crabb's Synonyms,
Enthusiastic Comments from from
Concordance brings every quotation under the eye at once.-" Valuable to any public speaker-its range of subjects is extensive, and the complete concordance brings every quotation under the eye at once."-GEO. H. BROWN, Cherokee, La.
Treasury of Information.-"Your literary friends owe you a debt of gratitude for such a treasury of information so thoroughly digested, and yet admirably indexed."-R. F. BUNTING, Galveston, Texas.
“All that my fancy painted it.”—W. G. PUDDEFORD, White Clouds, Mich.
Surprised at the size and quality.— "Am surprised at the size, extent of quotations and their quality."-REV. W. K. SMITH, Atlanta, Ga.
An excellent work." An excellent work. Am well satisfied."-S. BIXBY, Holland, Mass.
Never saw its equal.—“The most acceptable book of quotations I ever saw."-Rev. F. J. GRIMES, Park Hill, N. H.
“Exactly fits a niche in my Library.” -HENRY M. GRANT, Middleboro, Mass.
It has the pithy sentences speakers need." My highest expectations have been realized. It is the short, pithy sentences that the speaker needs, and not the long-drawn, though very ornate, "illustration."-REV. I. M. FUET, JR., Staunton, Va.
Beyond comparison the best,-" Far urpasses my expectations, and is, beyond comparison, the best work of its kind I have ever seen."-REV. E. R. ESCHBACH, D. D., Frederic, Md.
Exceeds hignest expectations.—“ Exceeds my high est expectations."-C. PRICE, Harrisburg, Pa.
Far surpasses our promises.-" Far surpasses my expectations and your promises."-I. B. SAXTON, Troy, N. Y.
Surpasses the high reputation our house led him to expect.-"Knowing the reputation of your house, I was prepared to see in the "Quotations' a first-class work. But I must confess that it far exceeds my expectations."-I. M. HAMPTON, St. Louis, Mo.
Superior to what he anticipated.— "Much superior to what I anticipated. Contents
valuable. Compilers' work thoroughly done.”—ARCHIBALD GUNN, Windsor, N. S.
Can find the stolen scraps.-"They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps, is true with regard to the book. And the beauty of it is, that you can find the scraps' by the excellent indexes."-PETER LINDSAY, Seneca Falls, N. Y.
A masterpiece in English literature.-"A work of superior merit, a masterpiece in English literature. The best work of the kind ever issued from the American press."-CHAS. M CAIN, Clarksville, Va.
Scholarship, research and tact."Scholarship, research and tact, have combined to produce a work of rare worth."-I. W. OLEWINE Manor Neill, Pa.
Never saw its equal.-" Have never seen anything to equal it in arrangement and quality of quotations."-F. ALBERT, Teacher of Mathematics in the Millersville, Pa., State Normal School.
Most brilliant gems of literature.— "The quotations cover a wide field with some of the most brilliant gems of the literature of the English and other languages."-I. BURNETT, Pine Plains, N. Y.
Key that will unlock many treasures. -"It is a magnificent work, a key that will unlock many treasures of thought to the wise scribe and to the minister of discerning spirits, realms of noblest power. The lecturer who would succeed in both interesting and edifying his audience, cannot afford to dispense with this most valuable work."-R. W. JENKINS, Boothbay.
Its superior is not to be found in literature. "Reaches my highest expectations in both quantity and quality of matter. I think it next to im. possible to find its equal, and its superior is not in any field of literature. The price is astonishingly low.”REV. A. L. HUTCHINSON, Morrison, Ill.
Every literary family should have it. "I am much pleased with the wide range of quotations; would recommend its presence in every family inclined to literary pursuits."-S. M. L. THICKSTUN, principal of the Central University, Pella, Iowa.
No library is complete without it."No library can be complete without it."-REV. T. A. BRACKEN, D.D., Lebanon, Ky.
Scholars can't afford to be without it. -"A glance will show that no scholar can afford to do without it." Rev. J. P. WILLIAMSON, Yankton Agency, Dak. Ter.
The typography good for sore eyes.— Its typographical appearance is beautitul, and good for sore eyes. I am surprised to find it so agreeable a bookin every respect."-REV. F. E. KITTREDGE, State Missionary of the Michigan Unitarian Conference.
Found authorship at once.-"Has already enabled me to find the authorship of two poetical quotations in common use which no member of our society knew."-J. A. HENDRICKS, Collegeville, Mont. Co., Penn.
It contains every desirable quotation to be found in other books of the kind, and, besides, thousands of quotations not heretofore collected.
THE ACCURACY OF ALL QUOTATIONS HAS BEEN CAREFULLY VERIFIED; the authorship of each has been identified, and the place where to be found indicated. The arrangement embraces many new features, which will
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