Twenty — five years ago I published a volume of Familiar Quotations, which was almost immediately out of print. This I believe was the first book on the subject which gave in a collected form the quotations in daily use, with the places named in the works whence the ex tracts were taken. About seventeen years ago a more comprehensive edition of the work was which met with a large sale, and which was the precursor of numerous books of a simi lar character. I had, however, long ago enter tained the idea that a volume of a smaller and more handy character than the above named was required, and the present small publication is the result. I hope it may be found to be a use ful addendum to the Latin and French Quotation Books which have already appeared.