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HIEROGLYPHICS,

AND

Other Antiquities.

IN TREATING OF WHICH

MANY FAVOURITE PIECES OF BUTLER, SHAKESPEARE, AND OTHER
GREAT WRITERS, IN PROSE AND VERSE,

ARE PUT IN A LIGHT NOW ENTIRELY NEW, BY NOTES, OCCASIONAL
DISSERTATIONS, AND UPWARDS OF

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PRINTED FOR T. AND J. ALLMAN, PRINCES STREET,

HANOVER-SQUARE:

SOLD ALSO BY W. CLARKE, NEW BOND STREET;

AND H. COLBURN, Conduit street.

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PREFACE.

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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