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Şir E, Landseer's Picture, There's Life
in the Old Dog yet,' etc.
The Duke of Athole.
Dick Mihi, or Cur, why?
E. V. K. to his Friend in Town.
Sir Henry Raeburn.
Something about a Well.
By E. T. M'LAREN.
Dr. John Brown and his sisters Isabella and Jane
Crown 8vo, paper boards, price is.
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It has been the occasional occupation of the through the press a succession of the early editions Author of Waverley for several years past to revise of the various novels, and that the Author had and correct the voluminous series of novels which not the usual opportunity of revision. It is hoped pass under that name, in order that, if they should that the present edition will be found free from ever appear as his avowed productions, he might errors of that accidental kind. render them in some degree deserving of a con- The Author has also ventured to make some tinuance of the public favour with which they emendations of a different character, which, without have been honoured ever since their first appearance. being such apparent deviations from the original For a long period, however, it seemed likely that stories as to disturb the reader's old associations, the improved and illustrated edition which he will, he thinks, add something to the spirit of the meditated would be a posthumous publication. dialogue, narrative, or description. These conBut the course of the events which occasioned the sist in occasional pruning where the language is disclosure of the author's name having in a great redundant, compression where the style is loose, measure restored to him a sort of parental control infusion of vigour where it is languid, the exchange over these works, he is naturally induced to give of less forcible for more appropriate epithetsthem to the press in a corrected, and, he hopes, an slight alterations, in short, like the last touches improved form, while life and health permit the of an artist, which contribute to heighten and finish task of revising and illustrating them. Such being the picture, though an inexperienced eye can his purpose, it is necessary to say a few words on hardly detect in what they consist. the plan of the proposed edition.
The General Preface to the new Edition, and the In stating it to be revised and corrected, it is not Introductory Notices to each separate work, will to be in ferred that any attempt is made to alter contain an account of such circumstances attending the tenor of the stories, the character of the actors, the first publication of the novels and tales as 01 the spirit of the dialogue. There is no doubt may appear interesting in themselves or proper to ample room for emendation in all these points— be communicated to the public. The Author also but where the tree falls it must lie. Any attempt proposes to publish on this occasion the various to obviate criticism, however just, by altering a legends, family traditions, or obscure historical work already in the hands of the public, is generally facts, which have formed the ground-work of these unsuccessful. In the most improbable fiction the novels, and to give some account of the places reader still desires some air of vraisemblance, and where the scenes are laid, when these are altogether does not relish that the incidents of a tale familiar or in part real; as well as a statement of particular to him should be altered to suit the taste of critics, incidents founded on fact ; together with a more or the caprice of the author himself. This process copious Glossary, and Notes explanatory of the of feeling is so natural that it may be observed ancient customs and popular superstitions referred even in children, who cannot endure that a nursery to in the Romances. story should be repeated to them differently from Upon the whole, it is hoped that the Waverley the manner in which it was first told.
Novels, in their new dress, will not be found to But without altering in the slightest degree either have lost any part of their attractions in consequence the story or the mode of telling it, the Author has of receiving illustrations by the Author, and undertaken this opportunity to correct errors of the going his careful revision. 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 ABBOTSFORD, January 1829.