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ADVANCED READING-BOOK.

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ADVANCED READING BOOK

LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC.

EDINBUKGH: THOMAS CONSTABLE AND CO.
HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO., LONDON.

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PREFACE.

This volume has been constructed on the presumption that those who may use it can already read fluently and intelligently.

The Editor's purpose has been not to give formal courses of instruction in various departments, but to afford the means of cultivating the opening mind of youth, and, at the same time, to give a certain completeness and firmness to previous acquirements, by introducing, in a new and fresh -form, the subjects partially handled in the earlier lesson-books of the Series. The treatment is designedly free from techni^Edities, in so far as it is scientific; sacrificing to attractive method"and style all attempt at exhaustiveness, and even at instructivehess, in the more pedantic sense. The object is to interest boys and girls in all those subjects which form the staple of the mental life of an educated man, by speaking to them on what may be regarded as representative1 departments of knowledge in a way which is suitable to their years, and likely to promote a taste for intellectual pursuits.

The only subjects which have been treated technically are Human Physiology and Botany, and this for two reasons—(1.) Because it is difficult to advance beyond the vaguest and most elementary statements in these departments of science, without adopting technical language and treatment. (2.) Because at

1 The Sciences of Observation, Experiment, and of Organic as well as of Inorganic Nature are represented in Natural History, Physics, Human Physiology, and Botany, which severally deal with the Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral world. The Useful Arts or Technology, is represented by the lessons of Professor Archer. The Moral Sciences find practical illustration in the Social Economy and the lessons on Law and the Constitution, while they also occupy a large share of that portion of the book devoted to the sesthetic cultivation of the pupil—the Literary Selections.

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