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The Best Reading: Hints on the Selection of Books; On the Formation of Libraries, Public and Private; On Courses of Reading, Etc;, with a Classified Bibliography for Easy Reference (Classic Reprint) by Frederick Beecher Perkins (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from The Best Reading: Hints on the Selection of Books; On the Formation of Libraries, Public and Private; On Courses of Reading, Etc;, With a Classified Bibliography for Easy Reference The reviser of the present edition of The Best Reading had more or less to do with the plan and details of its first edition in 1872; and he regrets that his accomplished and excellent friend, Mr, George P. Putnam, is t still living, as he would assuredly be competent to improve this edition as much as he did that. The unusual success of the work, however, including the weighty testimony of at least one imitation which was remarkably close in point of arrangement and typography, has proved its practical usefulness. The object of this list is to guide libraries and private purchasers in buying books. For this purpose it names the best books usually w in the market, in the chief departments and on the leading topics of current and general literature, with their editions and retail prices.; This description of course excludes rare books and, as a rule, those that are out of print, as well as most of those of great cost. The following classes of books, with the exception of a few leading works of a general character, are also excluded by this plan: 1. Polemic theology; 2. Law books; 3. Sunday-school books; 4. Technical works in sciences, arts and trades; 5. School and similar text-books; 6. Many insignificant vels. It has also been intended to exclude what Mr. James Russell Lowell classifies as Literature suited to desolate islands. In preparing this list as it stands, various worthy objects have been contemplated with desire and refrained from with self-denial. The bibliographer will appreciate the unsatisfied wish to include rare books, first editions, publications of printing clubs, privately printed works, etc., and to specify and describe in detail. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.