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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT :
District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twentieth day of November, A. D. 1819, and in the forty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, J. E. Worcester, of the said district has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he clains as author in the words following, to wit :
“ Elements of Geography, Ancient and Modern. With an Atlas. By J. E, Worcester."
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;" and also to an act, entitled, “ An act supplementary to an act, entitled, An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraring, aid etching, historical and other prints."
JNO, W. DAVIS,
This certifies that Worcester's Elements of Geography is the idokimaan use of: in the examination of candidates for admission into the University in Cambridge.
J. T. KIRKLAN1), President,
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
In the second edition of the Elements of Geography, various alterations have been made, with a view better to adapt the information to the present state of the world, and also to make improvements in the general plan of the work. The principal alterations are the following: 1st. The census of the United States for 1820, instead of that for 1810, has been made use of. 2. The statistics of many foreign countries have been given for a more recent date. 3. Round numbers have been generally adopted, being more easily remembered, and sufficiently minute in a work of this kind. 4. Statistical and other information exhibited in the form of tables, has been separated from the body of the work, and formed into a distinct division, under the head of Comparative Geography, with questions in order to facilitate the use of the tables.
5. Facts common to the general divisions of the United States, have been given under those general divisions, in order to prevent the repetition of them under the individual stales. 6. Short historical notices have been added. 7. In some instances - matter contained in the first edition has been omitted or abridged, in order to make room for other matter deemed more important. 8. A vocabulary has been added, giving the pronunciation of most of the cominon geographical names, respecting the pronunci.
ation of which students are likely to find difficulty. 9. A new map has been added to the Atlas, containing a view of France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the north of Italy, countries which were not exhibited with sufficient fullness on the map of Europe. Although the size of the book has been but little increased, yet it will be found to contain a considerable addition of interesting matter.
The reception which this work has experienced calls for the expression of the author's gratitude. Numerous testimonies in its favour have been received from instructers and literary gentlemen, and it has been adopted by many respectable seminaries. The work, in its present form, it is hoped, will be found less unworthy of the public favou.
Cambridge, August, 1822.