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HE First Edition of the "Book of Familiar Quotations" was published in
1852, and was out of print in the space of a few months. The second edition was also rapidly exhausted. It is now reprinted in a more extended form, and it is hoped that its utility is increased in proportion to its enlargement. A comprehensive Index is appended, so that full facility for reference is afforded. The exact place in each author from whose works the extracts are made, is indicated (except where the work itself is so brief as to render this needless), so that the reader will be able, without loss of time, to make reference to the context, and thus the faithfulness of the Compiler can be easily tested. That a book of this sort was needed, is evinced by the numerous errors in quoting constantly made by orators on the platform and in the pulpit, as well as by persons in ordinary conversation. and by the press writers of the day.