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WITH A SKETCH OF THE LANGUAGES OF EUROPE,
ARRANGED UPON PHILOLOGIO PRINCIPLES;
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ART OF WRITING.
M. SCHELE DE VERE,
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA.
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1863, by
GEORGE P. PUTNAM & CO.,
The author of the following “Outlines,” does not pretend to lay before the Reader novel or original views. His aim has been to state briefly, in a popular manner and with a view to give rather suggestive than complete information, what Comparative Philology is, and what it has done. The growing importance of this Science, and the absence of any work to which the Student might resort with the hope of thus finding every thing that pertains to the Study of Language, collected and arranged, seemed to justify the attempt. In this, the author has not been without encouragement from the very highest authorities on the subject, abroad and at home, and he trusts that this first effort to bring the youthful but promising Science before an American Public, will meet with indulgence for all that may be found imperfect and defective, even in a compilation that claims only to give “Outlines."
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, February, 1863.