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AN

ESSAY ON LIGHT READING.

Ellerton and Byworth, Printers, Johnson's Court, Fleet Street.

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In the morn and liquid dew of youth
Contagious blastments are most imminent.

HOR.

SHAKSP.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR JAMES CARPENTER,

OLD BOND STREET.

1808.

3962-3

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AN

ESSAY, &c.

IN the following observations upon the subject of LIGHT READING, I shall not extend my view to works which might receive that title from such persons as Aristotle, Locke, or Newton; but, excluding from my definition of light literature, all folios, quartos, and crown-octavos of voyages, travels, tracts

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