The following pages contain nothing new and nothing original, but they do contain a good deal of information
gathered from various sources, and brought together under one cover. The book itself may be useful, not,
perhaps, to the Professor or to the Orientalist, but to the general reader, and to the student commencing the
study of Arabic. To the latter it will give some idea of the vast field of Arabian literature that lies before him,
and prepare him, perhaps, for working out a really interesting work upon the subject.