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OF THE MOST EMINENT
W O R K S.'
BY SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
A NEW EDITION, CORRECTED.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON; W. NICOL AND SON; J. NUNN; C. DAVIS ;
T. EGERTON; J. CUTHELL; SCATCHERD AND LETTERMAN; LONGMAN, HURST,
THE FIRST EDITION,
THE Booksellers having determined to publish a body of English Poetry, I was persuaded to promise them a Preface to the Works of each Author ; an undertaking, as it was then presented to my mind, not very extensive or difficult.
My purpose was only to have allotted to every Poet an Advertisement, like those which we find in the French Miscellanies, containing a few dates and a general character; but I have been led beyond my intention, I hope, by the honest desire of giving useful pleasure.