“In an Age of Dissipation and Pleasure…”

“In an Age of Dissipation and Pleasure, when the Instructive Faculties are loosened by Inattention, and the Minds of the People, in a great Measure, too much attached to trifling Novelties, nothing but a Work of extraordinary Merit can reclaim the Attention of the Publick to a Subject of real Utility, wherein Novelty is blended with Instruction, which, at the same Time, amuses the Imagination and gratifies the Judgement.”

No, not a review of this blog, but the preface to an Irish atlas from 1809 by Bernard Scalé, land surveyor. He continues in similar vein…
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