Bucke Charles - Ruins of Ancient Cities


Author : Bucke Charles
Title : Ruins of Ancient Cities; with general and particular accounts of their rise, fall, and present condition Volume 1 and 2
Year : 1840

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THE reader is requested to observe, that, though the plan of this work is entirely his own, the compiler of it does not put it forth as in any way original in respect to language or description. It is, in fact, a much better book, than if it had been what is strictly called original, (which, indeed, must have involved an utter impossibility :) for it is a selection of some of the best materials the British Museum could furnish; sometimes worked up in his own language ; and sometimes and, indeed, very frequently in that of others : the compiler having, at an humble distance and with unequal steps, followed the plan which M. Rollin proposed to himself, when he composed his celebrated history of ancient times. "To adorn and enrich my own," says that celebrated writer, "I will be so ingenuous as to confess, that I do not scruple, nor am ashamed, to rifle whereever I come ; and that I often do not cite the authors from whom I transcribe, because of the liberty I take to make some slight alterations. I have made the best use in my power of the solid reflections that occur in the Bishop of Meaux's Universal History, which is one of the most beautiful and most useful books in our language. I have also received great assistance from the learned Dean Prideaux's ' Connexion of the Old and New Testament, in which he has traced and cleared up, in an admirable manner, the particulars relating to ancient history. ...

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