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Dr. John Brown's

Essays

In 3 Vols., Crown 8vo, Cloth, price 3s. 6d. each , or, uni-

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HORÆ SUBSECIVÆ.Third Series

Sixth Edition. One Vol., Crown 8vo, with Portrait by Sir George REID, 35. 6d. *

CONTENTS . .

John Leech.

Sir E, Landseer's Picture, There's
A Jacobite Family. - ei

im in the Old Dog yet,' etc.
Mystifications.

The Enterkin.
Miss Stirling Graham of Duntrune.

~ The Duke of Athole.

Struan..
Marjorie Fleming.

Dick Mihi, or Cur, why?
Minchmoor.

E. V. K. to his Friend in Town.
'In Clear Dream and Solemn Vision.'

Sir Henry Raeburn.
Jeems, the Doorkeeper.

Something about a Well. se
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BA B Y E. T. M'LAREN.
Dr. John Brown and his sisters Isabella and Jane

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OUTLINES
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MORRISON AND GIBB, PRINTERS, EDINBURGH.

It has been the occasional occupation of the Author of Waverley for several years past to revise and correct the voluminous series of novels which pass under that name, in order that, if they should ever appear as his avowed productions, he might render them in some degree deserving of a comtinuance of the public favour with which they have been honoured ever since their first appearance. For a long period, however, it seemed likely that the improved and illustrated edition which he meditated would be a posthumous publication. But the course of the events which occasioned the disclosure of the author's name having in a great measure restored to him a sort of parental control over these works, he is naturally induced to give them to the press in a corrected, and, he hopes, an improved form, while life and lth permit the task of revising and illustrating them. Such being his purpose, it is necessary to say a few words on the plan of the proposed edition.

In stating it to be revised and corrected, it is not to be inferred that any attempt is made to alter the tenor of the stories, the character of the actors, on the spirit of the dialogue. There is no doubt ample room for emendation in all these points— but where the tree falls it must lie. Any attempt to obviate criticism, however just, by altering a owork already in the ''' the public, is generally aunsuccessful. In the most improbable fiction the Teader still desires some air of vraisemblance, and does not relish that the incidents of a tale familiar to him should be altered to suit the taste of critics, or the caprice of the author himself. This process of feeling is so natural that it may be observed even in children, who cannot endure that a nursery story should be repeated to them differently from the manner in which it was first told.

But without altering in the slightest degree either the story or the mode of telling it, the Author has taken this opportunity to correct errors of the press and slips of the pen. That such should exist cannot be wondered at, when it is considered that the publishers found it their interest to hurry

THE AUTHOR'S
CHAIR AT ABBOTSFORD,

through the press a succession of the early editions
of the various novels, and that the Author had
not the usual opportunity of revision. It is hoped
that the present edition will be found free from
errors of that accidental kind.
The Author has also ventured to make some
emendations of a different character, which, without
being such apparent deviations from the original
stories as to disturb the reader's old associations,
will, he thinks, add something to the spirit of the
dialogue, narrative, or description. These con-
sist in occasional pruning where the language is
redundant, compression, where the style is loose,
infusion of vigour where it is languid, the exchange
of less forcible for more appropriate epithels—
slight alterations, in short, like the last touches
of an artist, which contribute to heighten and finish
the picture, though an inexperienced eye can
hardly detect in what they consist.
The General Preface to the new Edition, and the
Introductory Notices to each separate work, will
contain an account of such circumstances attending
the first publication of the novels and tales as
may appear interesting in themselves or proper to
be communicated to the public. The Author also
proposes to publish on this occasion the various
legends, family traditions, or obscure historical
facts, which have formed the ground-work of these
novels, and to give some account of the places
where the scenes are laid, when these are altogether
or in part real; as well as a statement of particular
incidents founded on fact; together with a more
copious Glossary, and Notes explanatory of the
ancient customs and popular superstitions referred
to in the Romances.
Upon the whole, it is hoped that the Waverley
Novels, in their new dress, will not be found to
have lost any part of their attractions inconsequence
of receiving illustrations by the Author, and under-
going his careful revision.

ABBOTSFORD, January 1829.

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