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EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, to wit : BE IT REMBUBEREC, that on the tenth day of August, in the fisy-fourth year of the Independence of the United Stalce ni America, A. D. 1829, Carey, Lea & Carey, of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit:
. Encyclopædia Americana. A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature, History Politics and Biograpa, brought down to the present Time; including a copious Collection of Original Articlos in American Biography'; on the Basis of the seventh Edition of the German Conversations-Lexicon Edited by Francis Lieber, assisted by E. Wigglesworth.”
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copios during the times thoroin menciuned :” and also to the act, entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an act, entitled, * An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copics of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copios, during tho times therein mentioned ;' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, ongraving and otching historical and other prints."
It is customary, anú very properly so, to reserve the preface of an encyclopedia till the publication of the concluding volume ; but the char
; acter of the present work renders it proper to state, briefly, at this tiine the particulars in which it differs from the numerous works of that description, with which the public are already acquainted, and to explain the plan which has been pursued by the editors in performing their task.
The German work, which has been adopted as the basis of the ENCYCLOPÆDIA AMERICANA, grew out of the wants of the age. The last half century, particularly the latter part of it, has probably been more fertile in memorable events, and important discoveries and inventions, than any equal period in history. How many extraordinary changes have we witnessed in both hemispheres, as well in politics, in the sciences and in opinions, as in the individuals who have borne a conspicuous part in the affairs of the civilized world during that time ! How important have been the results of the numberless voyages of discovery, the revolutions of states, and the wars, which have excited so intense an interest during that period—an interest which has been the more constantly kept up, as the facility of communication between all the branches of the great human family seems, at the same time, to have gone on increasing in proportion to the multitude of events and circumstances which have chus influenced their destiny. Formerly, years would elapse before