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ASTOR, LENOX AND
CLARKE, PRINTERS, SILVER STREET, FALCON SQUARE.
THE extensive sale of the first "Year-Book of Facts" has naturally led to the production of a successor in the present volume; which, we hope, will be received as alike worthy of public approval. It is gratifying to state that the number of the Year-Book already sold is more than double that of the yearly sale of either of the recent volumes of the Arcana of Science; which circumstance must be regarded as the best proof of our extended design having been readily recognised by the public in general, as well as by the annual purchasers of the above work.
To popularize Science, by rendering its newest and most valu le facts accessible to all who read, has ever been our aim in providing healthful literature for the people. This design was, twelve years since, (upon the first appearance of the Arcana of Science,) generously commended by contemporaries, and as warmly encouraged by the reading public; and, it is not too much to add that few books published within the above period are better entitled, by the sterling character of their contents, to the respect of the reader. The whole series of volumes, including the Year-Book, 1839, is, indeed, a treasury of valuable facts; whereat the theorist and the practical man may meet, and into which they may, at all times, dip with pleasure and profit. This universal recommendation will, we trust, be found to pervade the Fear-Book, 1840; in the compilation of which, neither labour, taste, nor judgment, have been spared, on our part, to secure so desirable an extension of popular favour.
A glance at the annexed "Contents" will remind the
Trusting, therefore, that "our labour of love" in the prepa-
Gray's Inn, March, 1840.
ASTRONOMICAL AND METEOROLOGICAL PHE-
New Comet; Asteroids, and Meteors; Phenomena of
New Land in the Southern Ocean.