Israelis Curiosities OF Literature; and the late Mr. Huth printed privately an interesting and valuable volume edited by Mr W, C, Hazlitt)y in which a large number of dedications and prefaces are reproduced; but I believe that the present is the first instance of a book being entirely Vdevoted to the history of this topic, In the following pages I have att tempted to trace the subject through its three phases. In its first stage dedit cations are seen as the spontaneous expression of an authors love and respect for his friend or his patron.
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