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PREFACE

made to compete with the translations of specialists in these languages. Even here, however, thanks to transliterations and the pictorial factor of the Hieroglyphic writing one is able often to control to a certain extent translations where these conflict. Use of and reference to secondary sources are, it is believed, according to correct method for an essay of this sort. References are used only sparingly and chiefly for emphasis or to acknowledge the borrowing of some specially pointed phrase or to indicate that by exception a secondary source is used at this point because the original is not easily accessible. Often they are simply elementary guides for readers to farther reading and study.

Ernest Cushing Richardson.

Princeton, New Jersey

 September 1914

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