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IN PROGRESS TO WHICH

FAVORITE COMPOSITIONS ARE PUT IN A LIGHT NOW ENTIRELY NEW,
AND SUCH AS RENDERED THEM INFINITELY MORE AMUSING,

AS WELL AS

MORE INSTRUCTIVE, TO READERS OF EARLIER TIMES.

BY ROBERT DEVERELL, ESQ.

ITH ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-SIX WOOD ENGRAVINGS,
AND SUNDRY PLATES CONTAINING VARIOUS
GROUPES OF FIGURES.

Ergò altè vestiga oculis, et ritè repertum
Carpe manu.

Virg.

IN SIX VOLUMES.
VOL. I.

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

LIBRARY

NEW-YORK

London:

PRINTED BY J. GILLET, CROWN-COURT, FLEET-STREET;

ND SOLD BY W. CLARKE, BOND-STREET; PAYNE, PALL-MALL;
WHITE AND COCHRANE, FLEET-STREET; HEARNE, 218,

TOTTENHAM-COURT-ROAD; AND HAMILTON,

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ABOUT seven years ago I printed several dissertations, the object of which was to shew that the classic writings and the arts of the ancients, have a constant relation to the sciences; but, well knowing that in bringing such copious subjects under so new a point of view, mistakes must at first be unavoidable, I refrained from publishing those dissertations, and adopted a middle course, by giving away about a hundred copies of them, to various classes of readers. The conclusions to which they led, (among others not less novel,) were these, "That in "all the classics, and in the different spe"cimens of the arts which have come down "to us from the ancients, no part of any of

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them is to be understood, without sup "posing that they are mere vehicles of "knowledge, not intended to meet the eye or the understanding on the first inspec tion or perusal ;" and "that this myste"rious, or enigmatical method of composi "tion exists in other voluminous writings "of a much later date than those which are 120go "commonly called classics."

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In a future volume of this undertaking I shall resume the consideration of some of the details presented in those dissertations, to which the intermediate volumes will be no unfit introduction. If those intermediate: volumes should appear at first sight to have no very close connection with the general title of the book, such a connection will be more manifest hereafter. It will be unnecessary to say more here, when I shall have brought to the reader's recollection the

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