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Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851 [1831], The water-witch, volume 1 (Carey & Lea, Philadelphia) [word count] [eaf061v1].
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Just Published, by Carey & Lea,

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Philadelphia, Nov. 1830.

And sold in Philadelphia by E. L. Carey & A. Hart; in New-York
by G. & C. & H. Carvill; in Boston by Carter & Hendee—in Charleston
by W. H. Berrett—in New-Orleans by W. M'Kean; by the principal
booksellers throughout the Union,




(To be continued at intervals of three months,)










On the basis of the Seventh Edition of the German




To be completed in twelve large volumes, octavo, price to subscribers, bound
in cloth, two dollars and a half each


The Conversation Lexicon, of which the seventh edition in
twelve volumes has lately been published in Germany, originated
about fifteen years since. It was intended to supply a want
occasioned by the character of the age, in which the sciences,
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life, had become so much extended and diversified, that no individual
engaged in business could become well acquainted
with all subjects of general interest; while the wide diffusion
of information rendered such knowledge essential to the character
of an accomplished man. This want, no existing works
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such as gazetteers, &c. were too confined in character;
while voluminous Encyclopædias were too learned, scientific,

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ignorance of facts or expressions used in books or conversation.
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been aided by many gentlemen of distinguished ability; and for
the continuation, no efforts shall be spared to secure the aid of
all who can, in any way, contribute to render it worthy of

The American Biography, which is very extensive, will be
furnished by Mr. Walsh, who has long paid particular attention
to that branch of our literature, and from materials in the
collection of which he has been engaged for some years. For
obvious reasons, the notices of distinguished Americans will be
confined to deceased individuals; the European biography contains
notices of all distinguished living characters, as well as
those of past times.

The articles on Zoology have been written expressly for the
present edition by Dr. John D. Godman; those on Chemistry
and Mineralogy, by a gentleman deeply versed in those departments
of science.

In relation to the Fine Arts, the work will be exceedingly
rich. Great attention was given to this in the German work,
and the Editors have been anxious to render it, by the necessary
additions, as perfect as possible.

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as in cases where legal subjects are treated, an account is

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given of the provisions of American, English, French, Prussian,
Austrian, and Civil Law.

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Fuieral Gazette.

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N. Y. Evening Post.

A compendious library, and invaluable book of reference.

N. Y. American

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This cannot but prove a valuable addition to the literature of the age.

Mer Advertiser.

The appearance of the first volume of this valuable work in this country, is
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and necessary in them, and in addition, a large proportion of articles entirely
original, or expressly written for its pages. This is the condition of all the
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reprinted in four or five languages, not to speak of the numerous German editions,
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merit without which such a celebrity could never have been attained.
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attention. These, at least, are our conclusions after a close and candid examination
of the first volume.

Am. Daily Advertiser.

We have seen and carefully examined the first volume of the Encyclopædia
Americana, just published by Carey, Lea and Carey, and think our readers may
be congratulated upon the opportunity of making such a valuable accession to
their libraries.


The department of American Biography, a subject of which it should be
disgraceful to be ignorant, to the degree that many are, is, in this work, a
prominent feature, and has received the attention of one of the most indefatigable
writers in this department of literature, which the present age can furnish.

Boston Courier.

According to the plan of Dr. Lieber, a desideratum will be supplied; the substance
of contemporary knowledge will be brought within a small compass;—
and the character and uses of a manual will be imparted to a kind of publication
heretofore reserved, on strong shelves, for occasional reference. By those
who understand the German language, the Conversation Lexicon is consulted
ten times for one application to any English Encyclopædia.

National Gaz.

The volume now published is not only highly honorable to the taste, ability
and industry of its editors and publishers, but furnishes a proud sample of the
accuracy and elegance, with which the most elaborate and important literary
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the editors have thus far completed their task, it is impossible, in the course of
a brief newspaper article, to speak with adequate justice.

Boston Bulletin.

We have looked at the contents, generally, of the second volume of this
work, and think it merits the encomiums which have been bestowed on it in
the northern papers. It continues to be particularly rich in the departments
of Biography and Natural History. When we look at the large mass of miscellaneous
knowledge spread before the reader, in a form which has never been
equalled for its condensation, and conveyed in a style that cannot be surpassed
for propriety and perspicuity, we cannot but think that the American Encyclop
ædia deserves a place in every collection, in which works of reference form
a portion.”

Southern Patriot.
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