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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

A. Conan Doyle


Vanity Fair

William Thackery


The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas


Theory of Colours

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Lives of the necromancers

by William Godwin

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THE GOLDEN LIBRARY.

Square i6mo (uniform with the present volume), Cloth extra,

2$. per Volume, Book of Clerical Anecdotes: The Humours and

Eccentricities of "the Cloth," Byron's Don Juan.

God-win's Lives of the Necromancers. Holmes's Autocrat of the Breakfast Table.

With an Introduction by George Augustus Sala. Holmes's Professor at the Breakfast Table. Hood's Whims and Oddities. Both Series complete

in one volume, with all the Original Illustrations. Irving's (Washington) Tales of a Traveller. Irving's (Washington) Tales of the Alhambra. Jesse s (Edward) Scenes and Occupations of

Country Life ; with Recollections of Natural History. Lamb's Essays of Elia. Both Series complete in one vol. Leigh Hunt's Essays: A Tale for a Chimney Corner,

and other Pieces. With Portrait, and Introduction by

Edmund Ollier. Mallory's (Sir Thomas) Mort d'Arthur: The

Stories of King Arthur and of the Knights of the Round

Table. Edited by B. M. Ranking. Pascal's Provincial Letters. A New Translation,

with Historical Introduction and Notes, by T. M'crie,

D.D., LL.D. Pope's Complete Poetical Works. Reprinted

from the Original Editions. Rochefoucauld's Maxims and Moral Reflections. With Notes,and an Introductory Essay bySaiNTE

Beuve. St. Pierre's Paul and Virginia and the Indian

Cottage. Edited, with Life, by the Rev. E. Clarke. Shelley's Early Poems and Queen Mab, with

Essay by Leigh Hunt. Shelley's Later Poems: Laon and Cythna, &c. Shelley^s Posthumous Poems, the Shelley

Papers, &e. Shelley's Prose Works, including A Refutation of

Deism, Zastrozzi, St. Irvyne, &c White's Natural History of Selborne. Edited,

with additions, by Thomas Brown, F.L.S.

CHATTO & WINDUS, PICCADILLY, W.

PREFACE.

The main purpose of this book is to exhibit a fair delineation of the credulity of the human mind. Such an exhibition cannot fail to be productive of the most salutary lessons.

One view of the subject will teach us a useful pride in the abundance of our faculties. Without pride man is in reality of little value. It is pride that stimulates us to all our great undertakings. Without pridtj, and- the secset persuasjon of extraordinary talents, what man.flccjuldtake up tho pert with a view to produce an important work,,w,hethor of imagination and poetry or of profound science, or of az.trsc and subtle reasoning and intellectual anatomy? It is pride in this sense that makes the great general and the consummate legislator,- that animates us to tasks the most laborious, and causes us to shrink from no difficulty, and to be confounded and overwhelmed with no obstacle that can be interposed in our path.

Nothing can be more striking than the contrast between man and the inferior animals. The latter live only for the day, and see for the most part only what is immediately before them. But man lives in the past and the future. He reasons upon and improves by the past; he records the acts of a long series of generations : and he looks into future time, lays down plans whieh he shall be months and years in bringing to maturity, and contrives machines and delineates systems of education and government, which may gradually add to the accommodations of all, and raise the species generally into a nobler and more honourable character than our ancestors were capable of sustaining.


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