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Literary and Historical Curiosities. .
BY F. SAUNDERS,
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854,
BY KIGGINS AND KELLOGG,
trict of New York,
Printed and Stereotyped by Billin and Brothers, 20 North William St., N. Y.
TO THE READER.
THE Intention of this volume is to furnish a compact Manual for persons visiting the British Metropolis, or who contemplate making the transatlantic tour. It is the first book of the kind published in this country, and it differs from ordinary Guide-books, in its indicating in a brief, suggestive way, the numerous shrines of genius, historical localities, and various memorabilia of London. More than any other city of Europe, the British capital abounds with “ nooks and corners” and the memorials of the great and good of past times; and it is this precise kind of information—which the lover of literature and the intelligent tourist most desires, but which is usually inaccessible—that the present Manual is intended to supply. In a word, it will exhibit London, past and present, at one view.
In the preparation of this little volume, the compiler has collated the best authorities for the verification of facts
and dates ; and he hereby gratefully acknowledges his obligations to the valuable works of Cunningham, Knight, Jesse, Leigh Hunt, Mackay, etc.,—whose important antiquarian researches have so materially tended to render this “ City of the World” conspicuous in the annals of Time, above any of the capitals of the classic ages.