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THE CHRISTIAN LIBRARY, is published semimonthly. The first number was issued on the first day of May.
The design of the work is to publish,
1. The most valuable Religious and Literary works which appear from the English press. In selecting from the former class, sectarianism will be studiously avoided; from the latter, such only will be chosen as Christians may with propriety circulate.
2. Translations of valuable works from the Continental press: and occasionally original productions of American writers.
3. Standard works which may be out of print; and selections from such as are accessible to but few.
4. Brief reviews of such books as do not fall within the plan of this work; so that the reader may be enabled to become speedily acquainted with most of the publications of the day, and to form, in some measure, an estimate of their value.
The editors are pledged to favor no religious, much less any political party; but to act on those great principles in which all Evangelical Christians agree. The degree of confidence which may be reposed in their faithfulness and ability will be learned from the attestations of the distinguished individuals given below.
The publishers have made arrangements to receive from Europe copies of all popular works suitable for this publication, as soon as they are issued from the press, and will b» enabled on the above plan, to furnish, by course of mail, the most distant subscribers with their copies before the same book could be procured even in our cities, through the usual method of publication.
The Christian Library is published semi-monthly, on fine paper, with a fair type, for five dollars a year. Each number will contain forty-eight extra-imperial or double medium octavo pages, in double column. The work will thus form two volumes of 576 pages each; an amount of matter equal to thirty volumes 12mo, of 264 pages each. The usual price of such volumes is from 50 to 75 cents; on the plan of this publication, subscribers will receive them at 16 1-2 cents each.
The Postage on the Christian Library is 1 1-2 cts. per sheet under 100 miles, over that distance 2 1-2 cents.
Terms.—Five dollars per annum, in advance, or six dollars at the end of the year.
THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER.—K. & B. also publish the London Christian Observer; same size and style as Christian Library; subscription, $ 1 25 per annum, in advance. or $ 1 50 if paid at the end of the year. The Observer and Library will be securely wrapped and mailed, so as to go to any part of the country. (The Observer has cost heretofore $6 per annum.)
The Librarv & Observer are recommended in the highest terms by the following distinguished gentlemen:—
G. T. Bedell, D. D.. Thomas M'Auley, D. D. L. L. D., Thomas Skinner, D. D., A. Nettleton, Author of Village Hymns, William T. Brantley, D. D., W. D. Snodgrass, D. D., G. R. Livingston, D. D., Stephen H. Tyug, D. D., A. Alexander, D. D., Rev. Charles Hodge, A. M., Rev. J. L. Dagg, Rev. Wm. E. Ashton, Samuel Miller, D. D., James Carnahan, D. D., Rev. J. Maclean, A. M., Rev. Albert B. Dod, A. M., Chas. P. M'llvaine, D. D. John Breckenridge, A. M., W. C. Brownlee, D. D., Rev. G. W. Ridgeley, A. M., Rev. Charles H. Alder, A. M., Cornelius D. Westbrooke, D. D., James Milnor, D. D., M. Eastburn, A. M., G. Spring, D. D., W. W. Phillips, D. D., Samuel H. Cox, D. D., R. M'Cartee, D. D., J. M. Matthews, D. D.
If the first number, which we have received, is a fair specimen of the work, we are prepared to speak of it in terms of the highest commendation. It contains the whole of the life of Robert Hall, by Dr. Gregory, and his character by Mr. Foster. We confess that we have shared in the alarm of many good people at the multiplication of books. We have been anxious to see " to what this would grow." We have felt alarm for the healthiness and vigour of the public mind. Such constant stuffing, such gorging with books,— surely, thought we, we shall have a generation of mental dyspeptics, or at the best, of bloated, pot-bellied epicures, instead of the hale, racy, well-proportioned minds of a former age. We have had a feeling of absolute despair, as we have perambulated the choked aisles of a modern book-store, and have felt that we needed Virgil's
"Centum linguae, centumque ora," with the hundred hands of Briareus, if we ever expected to read and handle the myriads of new books. But we are cured of such feelings. We are glad to see a new book, if it be a good one. And we rejoice at every new expedient to make them as cheap as possible. Every good book will have a circle of patrons and readers, even if we can not read it, and there will be more good done on the whole, than by a smaller number of books. Besides, the only way to meet the armies of infidel and licentious books, is to array against them an equal number of good books. The book mania _ which has seized the public, must be satisfied in some way; and if there are not good books enough, and that too in the newest and most popular style, to fill the social and circulating libraries, and give occupation to the millions of active minds in the country, their place will be filled by such books as the novels of Bulwer, and the poems of Byron and Shelly and Moore. Messrs. Key and Biddle, if they execute their plan as they have promised and begun, will deserve the thanks, and receive the patronage of the community.—Journal of Humanity.
The first part of Vol. 1, of this periodical is before us. It is made up of a most interesting Memoir of the eloquent divine, Robert Hall, and the commencement of a History of the Reformed Religion in France. It would really seem that knowledge is about to be brought to every man's door, however distant, and served up to him in the most agreeable forms for a mere trifle.—Commercial Herald.
We have received the first number of the Christian Library, which contains an intensely interesting Memoir of Robert Hall, by Olynthus Gregory. The incidents of the life of such a man, in the hands of such a writer, could not be otherwise than captivating.—Fredericksburg Arena.
Judging from the plan of the work, and also from the number before us, we believe it well calculated to disseminate the light of the gospel, and we think that every Christian's library would be enriched by it. We would particularly recommend it to the ministers of our church, who, from their
situation, being located in the " far west," have not an opportunity of procuring the many valuable books which are issuing from the press in Europe and middle and eastern stutes. By subscribing for this work, in a few years, for a comparative trifle, they may possess an extensive and valuable religious library, calculated to impart to them useful and important information, which is above all price; and to give them a perfect knowledge of what is now doing for the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom throughout the world, and consequently, to keep them up with the spirit and improvements of the age.—Nashville Revivalist.
The Christian Library, of which Messrs. Key & Biddle, of Minor street, have just published the first part, is a work which will command the respect and patronage of all professors of religion, irrespective of sects. The Library is conducted with a free, judicious spirit of selection; and if the first number may be deemed a fair specimen, will abound with instructive tales and useful matter. In so good a cause, the publishers deserve the hearty good will of those for whom they will furnish, at a price singularly reasonable, a large amount of most valuable information, on the most important of all subjects.—Philadelphia Gazette.
We beg leave to inform our country friends that the Christian Library continues to deserve the approbation, and to demand the patronage of the religious and moral public.— American Sentinel.
The plan of the Christian Library has met the decided approbation of the Clergy of various denominations, and as the selections made for it will be exempt from all tincture of sectarianism, we think it can not fail to be acceptable to Christians of the different persuasions.—Berks ty Schuylkill Journal.
The first number of the Christian Library contains the Memoir of that interesting divine, Robert Hall, and is well executed. It will unquestionably prove a valuable work.— Baptist Mission fy Home Repository Record.
The 3d part of vol. 1. is before us, in which we are glad to find a beginning of the life of Cowper, by Taylor. This life, alone, is worth more than a year s subscription.—Commercial Herald.
The Christian Library.—We have just received the first number of this truly valuable publication. From the prospectus, and recommendations which we had seen, we were prepared to think highly of the work, but the appearance of the first number far exceeds our expectations. It contains the Memoir of Rev. Robert Hall, by Dr. Gregory, and commences a valuable work on the "Reformation in France," by the Rev. Edward Smedley, of Cambridge, England. In the cheapness, and solid value of its materials, this work promises to surpass every thing of the kind hitherto published. It is truly gratifying to see the periodical Press so efficiently employed in disseminating substantial rehgious knowledge, instead of the light trash and worse than useless fictions with which it has been hitherto burdened.
We are in earnest in commending this publication, and sincerely hope that among all Christian people, it will utterly supplant the whole tribe of periodical novels, romances and the like.
Among the many recommendations to this work, the Episcopalians of Ohio will notice that of our diocesan expressed in no very measured terms.—Gambler Observer,
Christian Library.—The style and appearance, and, we may add, the contents of the first number, which we have before us, can not fail to meet the approbation of Evangelical Christians of every denomination.— Southern Religious Telegraph.
Those who have leisure for extensive reading, and are determined to procure valuable works as they appear, will not grudge nine or ten cents per month to have such a volume brought to their door. The mail is much more usefully employed in conveying the means of solid reading, than in the transportation of such trash as abounds in political papers and electioneering pamphlets. Papers and periodicals of this description are doing much to reform the public taste. The first number will furnish the reader with Dr. Gregory's Memoir of Hall.—Zion's Advocate, (Portland.)
From the specimen before us we consider the Christian Library a very cheap and valuable work.—Christian Sentinel.
We anticipate a useful auxiliary to Christianity in this publication, and wish it much suceess.—Christian Guardian.