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Ballantyne Press BALLANTYNE, HANSON AND CO.

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LONDON
GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS

BROADWAY, LUDGATE HILL
GLASGOW AND NEW YORK

1888

PUDLIS LIETARY

135221B

ASTOR, LENOX AND

TÉLI EN 104R MORELEYIŞ UNIVERSAL LIBRARY.

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1. Sheridan's Plays.

33. Emerson's Essays, &c. 2. Plays from Molière. By 34. Southey's Life of Nelson. English Dramatists.

35. De Quincey's Confessions 3. Marlowe's Faustus and

of an Opium-Eater, &c. Goethe's Faust.

36. Stories of Ireland. By Miss 4. Chronicle of the Cid.

EDGEWORTH.
5. Rabelais' Gargantua and the 37. Frere's Aristophanes:

Heroic Deeds of Pantagruel. Acharnians, Knights, Birds 6. Machiavelli's Prince. 38. Burke's Speeches and Letters. 7. Bacon's Essays.

39. Thomas a Kempis. 8. Defoe's Journal of the 40. Popular Songs of Ireland. Plague Year.

41. Potter's Æschylus. 9. Locke on Civil Government 42. Goethe's Faust: Part II. and Filmer's "Patriarcha."

ANSTER's Translation. 10. Butler's Analogy of Religion. 43. Famous Pamphlets. 11. Dryden's Virgil.

44. Francklin's Sophocles. 12. Scott's Demonology and 45. M. G. Lewis's Tales of Witchcraft.

Terror and Wonder. 13. Herrick's Hesperides.

46. Vestiges of the Natural 14. Coleridge's Table-Talk.

History of Creation. 15. Boccaccio's Decameron. 47. Drayton's Barons' Wars, 16. Sterne's Tristram Shandy. Nymphidia, &c. 17. Chapman's Homer's Iliad. 48. Cobbett's Advice to Young 18. Medieval Tales.

Men. 19. Voltaire's Candide, and

49. The Banquet of Dante.
Johnson's Rasselas.

50. Walker's Original.
20. Jonson's Plays and Poems. 51. Schiller's Poems and

Ballads.
21. Hobbes's Leviathan.
22. Samuel Butler's Hudibras.

52. Peele's Plays and Poems. 23. Ideal Commonwealths.

53. Harrington's Oceana. 24. Cavendish's Life of Wolsey.

54. Euripides : Alcestis and

other Plays. 25 & 26. Don Quixote.

55. Praed's Essays. 27. Burlesque Plays and Poems.

56. Traditional Tales.
28. Dante's Divine Comedy.

ALLAN CUNNINGHAM.
LONGFELLOW's Translation.

57. Hooker's Ecclesiastical
29. Goldsmith's Vicar of Wake-

Polity. Books I.-IV. field, Plays, and Poems.

58. Euripides : The Bacchanals 30. Fables and Proverbs from and other Plays.

the Sanskrit. (Hitopadesa.) 59. Izaak Walton's Lives.
31. Lamb's Essays of Elia.
32. The History of Thomas

Ellwood.
“Marvels of clear type and general neatness."-Daily Telegraph.

INTRODUCTION.

IZAAK WALTON was born at Stafford in the year 1593—when Shakespeare had newly begun to write plays all his own—and he died in the year 1683, aged ninety-one. He began life soon after he came of age in one of the little seamster or draper's shops on the Exchange, seven and a half feet long by five feet wide, from which, in Dekker's “ Shoemaker's Holiday," "sweet, beauteous Jane” tempted the enamoured Hamon, saying,

Sir, what is't you buy?
What is it you lack, sir? Calico or lawn,
Fine cambric shirts or bands ? What will you buy ?

In 1624, at the age of thirty-one, Izaak Walton moved into Fleet Street, where his shop was on the north side, two doors west of the end of Chancery Lane. He moved afterwards to the seventh house round the corner on the west side of the Lane. He went to church at St. Paul's, where Donne (who died in 1631) had been made Dean in 1623, and

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