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The encouragement which "The Standard Novels," now including the chef-d'Ĺ“uvre of almost everymodern master of fiction, has received from the public,has induced the Proprietor of that popular Series to undertake the present Collection, the purpose of which is to present, at the same very moderate price, a Library of rare entertainment in the departments of Historical Memoirs, popular Biography, Voyages and Travels, and works of a miscellaneous character, all of which have, been stamped by public approbation.

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