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LIBRORUM VETUSTIORUM,

ITALICORUM, GALLICORUM, HISPANICORUM ,

ANGLICANORUM , ET LATINORUM.

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PARS I.

GENEVÆ,

TYPIS G. FICK.
AUGUST. MDCCCXXII.

(75 exemplaria sola. )

PREFACE.

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As I always desire a Preface to the Work of another, I seldom omit to do, in this respect, as I would be done by. The plan of the present Volume requires no explanation : its matter will, I trust , be found conformable to its title.

Of that matter it is scarcely necessary to repeat the defence which I have given in my former publications of a similar nature. I hear, from so many quarters, that modern taste runs in a direction entirely opposite , that I have ceased to hope any impression on the public ear.

But ignorance and conceit are, nevertheless , deeply revolting even to the most candid of the intelligent part of mankind. That neither poetry, nor morals, nor politics, nor history, were undersa tood till the present day, seems a most strange assumption. On the part of the mob, this opinion is the belief of blindness : on the part of the disse minators, it is mainly design. Among the eminent moralists and politicians of former days, there are few in whose writings the principles of sub

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