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[255] Mr. Prescott1 remarking on the pains his friend has taken ‘to unfold the peculiarities of the Castilian character, and how, with a spirit of sound philosophy, he raises his work above the ordinary province of literary criticism’; while Mr. Brunet refers to the ‘renseignements bibliographiques qu'il offre en grande quantity, et qui fournissent les materiaux de nombreuses et importantes additions, aux recherches de Brunet, daEbert, et autres savants, verses dans la connaissance des livres.’2 Mr. Richard Ford3 gives him ‘infinite credit’ for the great number of rare and curious books which he has pointed out, for his careful tracing of their editions, and the exact indications of chapter and verse, on his margin, and, at the same time, adds some words about Mr. Ticknor's ‘gentlemanlike and elegant remarks, couched in a calm tone, and expressed in a clear and unaffected style,’ and asserts that he has produced a record which may be read with general satisfaction, and will be lastingly valued for reference. Mr. Buckle also, in a private letter, says: ‘In Mr. Ticknor's singularly valuable “History of Spanish literature” there is more real information than can be found in any of the Spanish histories which I have had occasion to read.’4

The first edition of the work appeared from the press of the Messrs. Harper, New York, in the latter part of the year 1849, while Mr. John Murray, at the same time, published a small edition in London. A Spanish translation was already begun, from advanced sheets, by Don P. de Gayangos and Don Enrique de Vedia, but the last volume of this did not appear until several years later. Meantime, reviews and notices appeared on both sides of the Atlantic, some of which contained inconsiderable

1 In the ‘North American Review.’ This was the last article Mr. Prescott ever wrote for a periodical. See ‘Life of Prescott.’

2 From the ‘Bulletin Belge,’ article signed G. Brunet. ‘The bibliographical information it contains in great quantities, and which furnishes materials for numerous and important additions to the researches of Brunet, Ébert, and other experts, versed in the history of books.’

3 Author of the ‘Handbook of Spain.’ He wrote an article on Mr. Ticknor's work in the ‘London Quarterly,’ and a notice of it also for the ‘London Times.’

4 The letter appears in the ‘Life of Theodore Parker,’ to whom it was addressed.

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