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SHERWOOD, GILBERT, AND PIPER,
PRE FAC E.
Lap there existed any popular work, exhibiting all Religions Ad Religious Ceremonies in a manner similar to the following olume, it would not have been added to the number. Dr. Evans's liberal work on the Sects and Denominations of le Christian World, is, professedly, “a Sketch," and does not ome within the scope and plan of this Volume. It is, hower
, an excellent summary and guide to the inost popular Kristian Sects; and in treating of that portion of the religious orld, the author of the present publication has repeatedly fawn information from it, and has, as often, acknowledged the bligation. Mr. Bellamy's Volume on all Religions, is a useful comindium; yet, not treating originally on the subjects spoken of, has not been consulted in this compilation. Mrs. HANNAH ADAMS's View of all Religions, is a good book the kind, but appears somewhat objectionable on account of He plan. It is, moreover, too multifarious in its subjects, and, course, too meagre in its details. Mr. Adams's large work is a very excellent book, but too xpensive and bulky for general use. Abundance of information is to be gleaned from Dr. Robinfon?s invaluable Theological Dictionary, which constitutes a pomplete Library of Divinity; nor are Mr. Buck's two volumes, n a similar plan, destitute of great merit ; but both works are, pa great measure,
irrelevant to the present design. HURD's Religious Ceremonies, and Broughton's Dictionary, put, above all, Picart's great work on Religious Ceremonies, have furnished ample materials for the purposes of the present Wolume. This latter work, however, is now extremely scarce. It extends to six folio volumes, and is not to be purchased for less than thirty or forty pounds: yet there is nothing of real nterest contained in it, nor in the others above-mentioned, which has not been incorporated into the performance.
SOLVYN’s splendid work, in four volumes, atlas folio, intituled "The Hindoos; a Picturesque Delineation of the Manners, Customs, and Religious Ceremonies of that People,” has been