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Curiosities of literature by Isaac D'Israeli illustrated

by Bolton Corney

Excerpt:

BY

I. D'ISRAELI, ESQ.,

DOCTOR IN CIVIL LAW OF THE UNIVERSITY OP OXFORD, AND FELLOW «?
THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON.

BOLTON CORNEY, ESQ.,

HONORARY PROFESSOR OF CRITICISM IN THE REPUBLIQUE DLS LETTRES.
AND MEMBER OF THE 80CIETY OF ENGLISH BIBLIOPHILES.

' Popular as D'iskakli is, I do not think he has ever obtained from criticism a fair acknow-
ledgment of the eminent station he is entitled to claim."—E. L. Bulwbk, Ki <i .. M.P.

SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND ACUMINATED.

TO WHICH ABI ADIIEN.

Ultras on CTontrofafrsg :

Deduced from the practice- of a Veteran ; and adapted to
the meanest capacity.

LONDON:

RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET,
T&Mittyv in ffiroinarB to Pjer iHajests.

PREFACE.

These illustrations of the writings of Mr. D'Israeli, and of the school of literature to which he belongs, were privately circulated towards the close of the last year, as an experimental inquiry into the force of truth.1

On the appearance of a ninth edition of the Curiosities of Literature2—a work which had left me rather pleasurable recollections — I was induced to renew my acquaintance with it; and, at every glance, detected some misrepresentation or error.

To correct the errors of a popular work is always desirable; and it may also be expedient to unveil the deception and conceit of its author. In conformity with such principles, these critical illustrations were composed. I do not more expressly advert to motives — because I have dilated on that point, and on various important points of criticism and literature, in an episode which follows the series of articles.

1 Curiosities of Literature, by I. D'Israeli, Esq., Doctor in Civil Law of the University of Oxford, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Illustrated by Bolton Corney, Esq., Honorary Professor of Criticism in the Republique des Lettres, and Member of the Society of English Bibliophiles. Greenwich [London: F. Shoberl, Junior.] : printed by especial command. Sm. 8vo. pp. viii + 160. ' Curiosities of Literature. By

I. D'Israeli, Esq. D.C.L. F.S.A. Ninth edition, revised. London : Edward Moxon, 1834. Sm. 8vo. 0 vols.

An arid list of Errata would have failed to obtain the object in view. I resolved, therefore, to select from the numerous instances which I had noted, a very limited proportion; to admit no one which seemed unadapted to serve as the basis of an essay ; to aim at variety of subject; and, as to form, at the attraction of novelty. Such was the plan of the work; and of its competent execution, I have received very gratifying testimonials.

It was my wish, on various accounts, to reprint the work for public use; but I chose to defer the execution of my project, in consequence of the announcement of an intended reply3 — which did not appear till four months after the transmission of my volume to Bradenham House. This reply, entitled The Illustrator Illustrated,4 would alone have led me to decide. I forbear to characterise the pamphlet. It may be sufficient to state that the author has omitted to illustrate the only instances of oversight which have been pointed out to me; and that his labours have not required me to suppress one line !

3 Athenaum, 27 January 1838. 4 The Illustrator Illustrated. By the author of the " Curiosities of Literature." London : Edward Moxon, 1838. 8vo. pp. iv+81.

In this edition, some further evidence is produced on a contested point in the first article; in the second, the subject of which interests me, there are material improvements; and various additions are made to the twenty-fourth, twenty-eighth, twentyninth, and thirtieth articles. The others have no alterations of importance; and some are reprinted verbatim. I have reviewed the pamphlet in notes, which are marked thus: *#*; and have attempted the portraiture of a controversialist, in the Ideas on Controversy.


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