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WOOD L AND VIEW S.
BY THE LATE
WILLIAM GILPIN, A.M.
SIR THOMAS DICK LAUDER, BART.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
W. CURRY, JUN. & CO. DUBLIN.
In illustrating the present edition of the Forest Scenery, it has been our endeavour to interfere as little as possible with the arrangement originally adopted by Mr Gilpin ; we have therefore, considered it best to introduce each respective portion of our observations immediately after the original matter to which it refers ; and, to distinguish our remarks the more perfectly, the reader will observe that they are printed in a smaller type than those of Mr Gilpin. Whilst our efforts to avoid disturbing his plan have naturally deprived us, on the one hand, of the power of concentrating our notices as much as we might have otherwise done, they have, on the other hand, given us the greater freedom of miscellaneous writing. By this means we have been enabled to introduce some useful information about forest trees in general, and to describe many of those foreign trees which are individually worthy of attention, either from their own nature, or as being capable of domestication with us in Britain. We have
added greatly to Mr Gilpin's list of our remarkable native trees, and we have very largely augmented the history of the British forests, which we considered as a very curious and important part of the subject.
Availing ourselves of the licence which the desultory nature of our task has allowed us, we have not scrupled to introduce whatever we thought might add to the value or the interest of these volumes : it will therefore be found, that they contain
many scientific fragments, and also some anecdotes, historical and otherwise, which, it is humbly hoped, will rather tend to lighten than encumber their pages.
Whilst we have retained the most essential of Mr Gilpin's delineations, we have deemed it advisable to change, or to improve, several of them. A number of illustrations have been added from original sketches, by Mr Kidd and Mr Forbes, both of them celebrated artists in their respective departments, whose labours, we trust, will be found to have considerably improved the value of Mr Gilpin's book.
The GRANGE HOUSE.
Nov. 30, 1833.