READING has been aptly designated “the food of thought;” because, whatever may be the strength or activity of the mental powers of any individual, or however great his vigilance of observation, he must still greatly depend for the substance of his knowledge on the accumulated researches of past generations. If these were to be overlooked, it is evident that the mind of man would be perpetually in a state of infancy. In order, however, to reap the full advantages from reading, we need direction peculiarly as to our choice of books. Upon any subject whatever there are a few volumes, which contain the substance of a multitude of others of subordinate value: to be able to apply to these immediately is truly desirable. Next, however, in importance is the ability to procure them, which is impossible to many, owing to the scarceness of the copies or the high price at which they are frequently sold.

The present age is remarkable for the attempts which have been made to meet these difficulties in almost every species of literature. Individuals of the greatest talents and endowments have employed themselves to render knowledge accessible to those classes of society which have been hitherto considered as excluded from the attainment of it by their circumstances. The necessity of furnishing instruction of a religious nature commensurately with the demand for general information, has occurred to every reflecting person, in order to communicate a proper bias to the public mind, under that vast accession of knowledge which marks the present era of its history. It is scarcely needful to remark, that the cause of religion has been strengthened by the publication of numerous valuable works, having in view to explain its truths and to defend its evidences.

The Proprietors of the CHRISTIAN'S CABINET LIBRARY partake in the gratification arising from this fact, in common with every friend of religion. It has however appeared to them, that there is still both an opportunity and a demand for their design, which they now beg permission to describe. Their object is to publish such standard works as illustrate the practice and influence of religious truth, with the occasional introduction of such books of an elementary nature as relate to the evidences of revelation; and thus in reprinting the best pieces of the most eminent writers, both of the past and present times, to form a complete Library of Religious Works, comprising all which it would be desirable to the young student in divinity, to the newly-ordained clergyman, and to the Christian in general to possess. It is hoped that the design will be found peculiarly useful to the young, as supplying what they so often feel themselves to need—a guide to the selection of the most valuable books, and as at the same time placing them within their reach.

The series will be printed in a style of superior neatness, and at so very low a rate as to be particularly worthy the attention of Book Societies, or of those benevolent individuals who attempt to supply the spiritual wants of the poor by the gift of valuable books.

To Purchasers of this class a Reduction of One-Fourth from the published prices will be made, and Thirteen Copies allowed as Twelve.

The different volumes will be uniformly printed in 18mo. on a fine wove demy paper, hot-pressed. Each Work will be complete in itself, and may be had separately.

Orders from the Country, containing a reference for payment in London, promptly attended to.