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DISTRICT OF MARYLAND, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on this fifth day of May, in the forty-first year of the Independence of the United States of America, Edward J. Coale and Nathaniel G. Maxwell, of the said district, have deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors in the words following, to wit:
" Tooke's Pantheon of the Heathen Gods, and Illustrious Heroes. Revised for a classical course of education, and adapted for the use of students of every age, and of either sex. Illustrated with engravings from new and original designs.”
In conformity to an act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ;' and also to the act, entitled, “An act supplementary to the act, entitled · An aet for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.".
PHILIP MOORE, Clerk of the District of Maryland.
The object of the Editor of this work, is to present a complete summary of Mythology, in a chaste diction, for the study of persons of every age, and of either sex. Without a general knowledge of Heathen Mythology, the immortal writings of Homer, Virgil, Ovid, and others, are almost unintelligible, and their principal beauties lost.
* Tooke's PANTHEON is a work which has stood the test of time. It is more than a century since it was published, and the labours and researches of the author are at this day so justly esteemed, that it is used as a class-book in several of our colleges. The sole exception urged by many, is, that the work is occasionally too indelicate in its phraseology, and therefore not well adapted for the youth of either sex. An attempt has been made in this edition to render it free from this objection, by altering or expunging the language or phrases considered improper, while much care has been taken that no fact nor incident, worthy of any note, related by the author, is omitted.
* Andrew Tooke, born in London, 1673, was a learned man, and a very respectable teacher. Though he possessed much property, he was so attached to literature and his habits of life, that he continaed in his profession to the end of his days. He published several learned works, among them The Pantheon, translated from the Latin of Pomey, a Jesuit of Lyons. Pomey Was much distinguished for his Pantheum Mysticum, translated by Tooke without acknowledgment. He wrote besides a French and Latin dictionary, and several works which exhibited his great learning in ancient literature. He died at Lyons, in the year 1673; thus it appears that this work was published previous to that year.
While this book may be resorted to, occasionally by gentlemen who have finished their classical course of education, we trust it will be found very useful to both young ladies and young gentlemen prosecuting their studies in polite literature, especially as classical learning has of late become an object of considerable importance in female education.
Thirty new and beautiful outlined plates, drawn from antique statues, have been engraved for this edition by G. FAIRMAN, Esq. an artist of the first reputation of this country, and the work is printed with good type, on paper of an excellent quality; it is therefore anticipated, that it will meet with a favourable reception, and a liberal support from the classical reader and the heads of colleges, acadamies and schools, equal to the endeavours of the publishers to render it worthy of their patronage.
QUESTIONS FOR EXAMINATION, for the convenience of teachers, and for the use of students, will be found at the end of each chapter. The table of coutents exhibits a brief ANALYSIS of the work.
INTRODUCTION-AN ACCOUNT OF THE PANTHEON.
tial, Terrestrial, Marine, Infernal, &c.