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knowledge to the rich and deprived it of the poor, publishers have adopted a less mercenary, though it has proved itself a more profitable system, and the tome for which our forefathers paid pounds can now be obtained by their children for pence. The door of the storehouse of Literature having thus been opened has not been wanting in its good effects-the Working Man can refresh his mind at the fount of Wisdom, and learn to revere and profit by that which he before despised, because he neither knew nor cared what it was, or—as was really the case-because a pecuniary barrier, which it was impossible for him to surmount, withheld him from it.
Following an example which fortunately is the order of the day, the DECORATOR'S ASSISTANT was projected and started in order to supply a want long experienced but hitherto inadequately supplied, and, in the words of its Prospectus, "to present to the Working Man a valuable book at a small cost-a book that may be read without any of the irksomeness of technicalities, while at the same time completeness is not lost sight of in the endeavour to popularise. Its principal feature is essentially Design as applied to the Useful and Ornamental Arts; and alone secondary to that must be ranked a Record of Popular Science, rendered as practical as possible, and selected with a view both to interest and instruct."
We have endeavoured to keep our promise, and now flatter ourselves that we have done so. Encouraged by our Readers and the Public Press, we have striven to be still more deserving of their commendations; and, while we have endeavoured to advance the knowledge of the Decorator, we have not forgotten the Man of Science; nor have we been parsimonious with intellectual food suited to the neutral taste of the General Reader.
Several of the following refer to the Answers to Correspondents and Answers to Queries.
Acanthus Leaf of the Corinthian Column, page 1. Buckingham-Palace, 142.
Amalgam for a Metallic Varnish, 78.
American Patent, 61.
Ancient Smoke, 140.
Anglo-Saxon Architecture, 165.
and Interior Ornament, 124.
over the Taff, 136.
British Museum and National Gallery, 99.
Youth's History of England, 160.