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' 4i lIE ART-JOURNAL ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF THE UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION is now brought to a close: we trust and believe to the satisfaction of our Subscribers and Q \SM2the Public, and that we shall be considered as having fully redeemed our pledge, "to produce a Work of great interest and value, that may be accepted as a volume of ( suggestions, a teacher from the lessons of many master-minds, and an enduring reward < ./ .to those who labour for renown as well as for the ordinary recompense that is expected to accompany desert." Our purpose was to represent, as far as possible, every leading Manufacturer of the several Nations of the World. We have, to a great extent, succeeded. The Volume - 'I contains examples of- works by the principal Art-fabricants of France, Russia, Austria, Prussia, Spain, Italy and the Roman States, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Belgium, Egypt, Switzerland, Saxony, the States of Germany, the United States of America, and the British Islands; a large preponderance being necessarily and rightly given to those of France. It may be desirable to repeat that no Producer incurred any cost incident to the publicity thus ,t, accorded him. The Public was alone looked to for recompense to the Publishers; and a large amount of encouraging support-not alone in Great Britain, but on the Continent and in America-has attended their efforts to achieve excellence in every department of the Work. In no country except England could such a publication have been justified by a prospect of commercial success; and-although this Catalogue has been issued in other countries, and in other languages-no work at all commensurate with the magnitude, importance, and rare Art-value of the Exhibition has been elsewhere produced. A task has been accomplished that demanded a large amount of persevering industry: the Editor trusts he may, in its completed form, submit this Volume to the world-assured of its being accepted as creditable to the parties concerned in its proluction.