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A Complete Guide to the Almanack:
CONTAINING AN EXPLANATION
Saints' Days and Holidays;
WITI ILLUSTRATIONS OF BRITISH HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES,
NOTICES OF OBSOLETE RITES AND CUSTOMS,
AND SKETCHES OF
IN EVERY MONTH;
COMPRISING REMARKS ON THE PHENOMENA OF THE CELESTIAL BODIES :
20, Paternoster Row.
As ever present Time doth boast itself above a better gone,' so the Editor of Time's TELESCOPE, in presenting a new volume to his friends, ventures to hope that it will be found superior, both in novelty and variety, to any of his preceding attempts.
In the Chronological Notices interspersed among the Remarkable Days, the Editor has endeavoured to select such as deserve to be remembered from the vast mass of uninteresting facts with which the page of History is encumbered. The department of Biography offers to the lovers of that best science, illustrating the knowledge of mind and manners, ample stores of curious anecdote; while Natural History presents to its votaries numerous interesting details connected with the phenomena of the material world.
Poetry, that sweetest sister of the tuneful Nine,' claims, as is meet, particular homage ; and while many a beautiful gem has been culled, which was offered by the Muse of the day, the Editor has not disdained to transfer from sundry almost forgotten heaps of crude ore some few stray brilliants to his casket, where, side by side, they sparkle like jewels new set. Thus anxious to conciliate the indulgence and gratify the taste of his guests, he places before them a banquet plentifully besprinkled with that 'spice of life,' VARIETY; where the viands are wholesome, and the dessert composed of fruits and flowers of the choicest quality.
In reference to the Frontispiece, it may be remarked, that Time, while unrolling his Volume for 1820, views, at a glance, 'the circling Seasons' mysterious round,'—the Editor, less highly gifted, satisfied with his retrospective power, thinks he discerns in the past the promise of the future. A seven years' acquaintance with his Readers, perhaps, gives him the privilege of being a little egotistic: he surveys, then, with feelings of honest pride, the success that has crowned his humble exertions; and begs to offer it as the surest pledge of his unremitting endeavours to merit the continuance of such liberal and enlightened patronage,
LONDON, Nov. 23, 1819.