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IN THREE VOLUMES.
LINDSAY & BLAKISTON.
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1856, by
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
IN offering to the public the first volume of the Theological and Ecclesiastical Encyclopedia, the Publishers desire to acknowledge the universal and cordial expressions of favor which the parts already issued have called forth. It has been especially gratifying to them, and to those on whom the more arduous labors of the enterprise devolve, to observe that each successive part has not only met the expectations at first awakened, but has elicited higher commendations than those previously bestowed upon the work. And, although it was felt that a work of such thorough learning, and of so evangelical and catholic a spirit, could not fail to win the approval of all liberal Christian scholars, they would do injustice to themselves not to confess their appreciation of its very flattering reception.
It shall continue to be the conscientious effort of all engaged in this responsible undertaking, to maintain the high character which the Encyclopedia has thus far acquired.
In consequence of the expansion of the German work beyond the limits originally set, the translation will necessarily exceed the number of parts within which the Publishers designed, at the outset, to keep it. There will, therefore, be three volumes, of about the size of the present issue, instead of two. But they feel persuaded that, as the greatest economy of space is studied, and as the matter is given in the most compact form, consistent with literary and scientific demands, the patrons of the work will find themselves, ultimately, abundantly compensated for the corresponding excess of cost.