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Edinburgh : Printed by W. and R. Chambers.

PREFACE.

This work is intended as a Reading-book for Senior Classes in Schools.

It consists of two parts : I. SCIENTIFIC ; II. LITERARY.

The Scientific Part embraces lessons specially written for tho work on PHYSICS, HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY, ZOOLOGY,

GEOLOGY, AND BOTANY. Each of these subjects is illustrated by wood-cuts, and the Geology is accompanied by a Geological Map of the British Islands, All technical terms are explained, and their derivation given.

The Literary Part contains SELECTIONS FROM THE POETS, from Spenser to the present day, arranged in chronological order, and SELECTIONS FROM THE PROSE-WRITERS, from Hooker to the present time, similarly arranged.

The Selections are accompanied by explanatory notes, and an INDEX OF AUTHORS is given at the end of the book, containing brief notices of their lives and works.

** The Publishers beg to thank the proprietors of the copyright extracts that occur in this volume for their kindness in allowing them to appear.

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