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THE

Library Companion;

OR,

THE YOUNG MAN'S GUIDE,

AND

THE OLD MAN'S COMFORT,

IN THE

CHOICE OF A LIBRARY.

BY THE

REV. T. F. DIBDIN, M. A., F. R. S.

Member of the Academies of Rouen and Utrecht.

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LONDON: PRINTED FOR

HARDING, TRIPHOOK, AND LEPARD, FINSBURY-SQUARE;
AND J. MAJOR, FLEET-STREET.

MDCCCXXV.

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W. NICOL, PRINTER, SUCCESSOR TO W. BULMER AND CO.

Shakspeare Press.

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AFRICA.

"A ramble,” indeed! Here is a country, of which its extreme length (from north to south) equals that of Asia-and its extreme breadth is three-fourths of that of the same country-of which, also, one-third of its interior, from the "Country of the Booshooanas" to the "Mountains of the Moon," is almost utterly unknown-filled too, with burning sands, and occupied by an endless and undescribed variety of animals, including the most terrific of all animals, in his savage state, MAN—here, I say, is a country, upon which I invite the susceptible reader to ramble! Yet he may do so, fearlessly; for, in a ramble of the nature to which I allude, he may move, almost at a stride, from Grand Cairo to the Cape; and may pass over withering deserts, and along caverns, recesses, and morasses, where the serpent and the tiger lurk, without even the apprehension of molestation. Such are the charms of BIBLIOGRAPHY!

Varied and vast, and in great part unexplored, as is the wonderful continent, or rather peninsula, of AFRICA, it is not a little surprising and consoling that those, to whom we are indebted for the most copious and correct accounts of it, are either Englishmen by birth, or were prompted to their exertions by British remuneration. Almost all that the Ancients knew of this extensive country, was confined to the Northern and Western coasts. Egypt, Tripoli, Algiers, and Morocco, were the principal places that came within the knowledge, or were subject to the policy, of the Grecian and Roman Empires and if we take

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