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Chambers, Robert, 1802-1871 / Chambers's book of days, a miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, including anecdote, biography & history, curiosities of literature and oddities of human life and character
Vol. I (1879)


HE BOOK OF DAYS was designed to consist of-1. Matters connected
with the Church Kalendar, including the Popular Festivals,
Saints' Days, and other Holidays, with illustrations of Christian
Antiquities in general; 2. Phoenomena connected with the Seasonal
Changes; 3. Folk-Lore of the United Kingdom-namely, Popular
Notions and   Observances   connected  with  Times   and  Seasons;
4. Notable Events, Biographies, and Anecdotes connected with the Days
of the Year; 5. Articles of Popular Archaeology, of an entertaining
character, tending to illustrate the progress of Civilisation, Manners,
Literature, and Ideas in these kingdoms; 6. Curious, Fugitive, and Inedited
Pieces.
It was stated to be the desire of the Editor-while not discouraging the
progressive spirit of the age, to temper it with affectionate feelings towards
what is poetical and elevated, honest and of good report, in the old national life;
while in no way discountenancing great material interests, to evoke an equal activity
in those feelings beyond self, on which depend remoter but infinitely greater interests;
to kindle and sustain a spirit of patriotism, tending to unity, peace, and prosperity
in our own state, while not exclusive of feelings of benevolence, as well as justice,
towards others. It was desired that these volumes should be a repertory of old fireside
ideas in general, as well as a means of improving the fireside wisdom of the present
day.
The day of profession has now merged into the day of performance, the half of
the work being completed. It is given to few to feel assured that every particular of
a favourite object has been duly accomplished; and the individual who has super-
intended the birth of these pages is certainly not of that happy minority. He would
say, nevertheless, that he has done his best, with the means and opportunities at his
disposal, to produce a work answering to his plan, and calculated to improve, while
it entertains, and mingling the agreeable with the instructive. It will also be his hope
to produce a second volume, if possible to him, excelling the first; and in this he
meanwhile rests, THE GENTLE READER'S HUMBLE SERVANT.


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