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MONT H L r CÀ TALOGUE,
For March 1752.
garet d'Aubrey, marchioness of Brinvillier, who was beheaded and burnt at Paris, for poisoning her father, her two brothers, and attempting to kill her sister in the fame manner.
Tranflated from the French, with a preface by the translator, in which a parallel is drawn between the marchioness and miss Blandy. 8vo. 15. Newbery.
The story of the marchioness d'Brinvillier hath been so generally known, for near a century past, that 'tis unnecesa fary for us to repeat any particulars of it.
II. A second letter to the right hon. the earl of ****** concerning the qualifications and duty of a surveyor. 8vo. 6d. Owen. See the first letter, Review for January last, page 76. Art. III.
III. The history of the Swedish countess of GBy C. F. Gellert, M. A. profeffor at the university of Lipfić. Translated from the original German.
12mo. 350 Dodfley, &c.
The ingenious author of Pompey the little, characterizes our age, and its present prevailing taste for books of amusement, by the epithet of a Life-writing age ; an epithet the propriety of which sufficiently appears, from the vast number of productions of this kind, published within these ten years past. But, at length, all the variety of which this species of literary entertainment is capable, seems almost exhausted, and even novels themselves cease to charm us with novelty. Tired and surfeited with romantic heroism, and extravagant virtue; examples of a different kind have of late been introduced to us;
no character has been thought too inconsiderable to engage the public notice, or tpo abandoned to be set up as patterns of imitation. The lowest and most contemptible vagrants, chamber-maids, fu-, peranuated strumpets, pick-pockets and highwaymen, have found historians to record their praises, and readers to wonder at their exploits : even prisons and steus have been rana facked to find materials for novels and romances.'--But
* Vide preface to the adventures of a Lap.log, ad Edit.
if the wits of France and Great Britain have thus exhaufted their stores, the case is very different with respect to our fober neighbours the Germans and Dutch. The literary productions of these countries have hitherto been of a more solid kind, and of a graver stamp. The amusements, however, and the manners of the French, (together with their language) begin to gain footing in every nation in Europe; and among other instances of this, Germany hath produced a novel, the first work of the kind from this country, which hath had vivacity enough to recommend it to nations less flegmatic, and less confined to the weightier studies of schooldivinity, phyfic, chemistry, &c.__ The story of the Swedish countess has nothing in it very romantic, extravagant, or unnatural; yet her adventures are fufficiently striking, and well adapted to engage the reader's attention. It abounds with affecting scenes, and interesting situations ; with good sentiments and exemplary lefforis of true morality; and tho' we have not seen the original, we are persuaded it will afford a rational entertainment to those who understand the language. As to the present translation, it seems to come from some foreigner, whose ignorance of the English idiom ought to have prevented his undertaking a talk he was but ill qualified for. Under the dress he has cloathed it in, Mr. Gellert's performance undoubtedly appears to so much disadvantage, that we fear it will find few readers who will have the patience to read it through, as we have done. To the generality, particularly those who do not make due allowance for the peculiar manners and notions of the country from whence we have this work, it will seem a tedious, heavy, low performance; whilft better judges will, we are perfuaded, allow that it contains more real merit than half the productions of our own adventure-makers.
IV. Remarks on the sentence given in favour of E W M and The
Esqrs; by the lieutenant criminal at Paris. 8vo. 6d. Johnson.
See our last, p. 146, ART: VI.
V. A particular description of a certain lady at present concealed. Her person, dress, temper, & c. also a flight sketch of her niece. 8vo. 6d Cooper.
This is a new improvement of that most exquisite species of modern humour, diftinguished by the name of conundrum; of which we want words to express our admiration.
VI. The old lady and her niece detected, &c. 8vo. 6d. Cooper.
This is the key to the foregoing description; and equally wonderful and witty.
VII. A supplement to lord Anson's voyage round the world. Containing a discovery of the island of Frivola. By the Abbe Coyer. To which is prefixed an introductory preface by the translator. 8vo. I s. Millar and Whifton.
By the name Frivola, is meant the French nation, which is most severely ridiculed in this fatirical romance. The modern French are represented, as a race of triflers, witlings, and fops, whose effeminare manners and slavish notions of government, are contrasted with the supposed manlierconduct and principles of the English. As our judgment may be thought biassed on the present occasion, we shall say the less of this entertaining performance of the, Abbe's ; who with all his vivacity and good sense, ought perhaps to be looked upon only as a good painter in caricaturo: for whatever grounds he might see for being fo sarcastical upon his own nation, we fear that too many among us, are but forry examples of the superior character he has given us, in the persons of admiral Anson and his men. The fable under which our author disguises his satire, is this : After having doubled Cape Horn, exposed to the dangers of most tempestous seas, and the severity of the most terrible of all climates, and being in the utmost need of refreshments, Mr. Anson bears away for the island of Juan Fernandez, in the latitude of between 34 and 35 degrees fouth; but an impetuous gale from the north drives him as high as 45 degrees, into that immense ocean, where, says the author, none had ever hoped or looked for land. Here, however, when they where expecting every moment to perish, they were happily surprized with the fight of land. This was the feigned ifland of Frivola; in the description of which, (with that of its inhabitants, their manners, & c. and the treatment they afforded Mr. Anson and his people, during their stay on the island) our Abbe so cruelly lashes his countrymen.The present tranflation, has the uncommon merit of being a good one ; the spirit, energy, and national vivacity of the author, being well preserved in it.
VIII. A catalogue of the most eminently venerable relicks of the Roman catholick Church, collected by the pious care of their holinefles the popes, the most august emperors, kings, princes, and prelates of the christian world ; which are to be disposed of by auction at the church of St. Peter at Rome, the first of June, 1753, by order of the pope, for
the benefit of a young gentleman of great rank; communicated by a person of distinction, now at Rome, in a letter to the right hon, the of - 8vo. IS. Owen.
The title page of this pamphlet sufficiently shews, that its design is only to ridicule the church of Rome, in a ludicrous enumeration of the holy trumpery, by which she has been so unhappy as to bring an eternal disgrace and contempt upon herself, in the opinion of all who have sense enough to see thro' the folly of a fuperftitious veneration for inanimate substances, even if they could be proved to be really what they are pretended to be.
IX. The Dramatic Censor; being remarks upon the conduct, character, and catastrophe of our most celebrated plays. By several hands. No. I. 8vo. Is. Manby,
The design of this undertaking is fufficiently expressed above. The name of the author is Derrick. The subject Venice preserv’d; on which the critic has bestowed not less than 80 pages, being the whole of his pamphlet, including his observations on the performers. In the second number Mr. Gentleman (author of a tragedy lately printed, entitled Sejanus,) will favour the public with remarks upon Richard the third,
X. Some methods propos’d towards putting a stop to the flagrant crimes of murder, robbery, and perjury ; and for the more effectually preventing the pernicious consequences of gaming among the lower class of people. By Mr. Charles Jones. 8vo. 6d. Woodfall
. Among the number of pamphlets lately published upon these important subjects, this is not the meanest, though one of the smallest: it contains some judicious hints, for the particulars of which, as the price is so small, we refer to the
XI. The Necessity of a well-regulated and able-bodied nightly-watch, for the preservation of the city of London ; with a method to effect it, by appointing the train’d-bands of this city to do a nightly duty. By a member of the hon. artillery company. 8vo. 15. Griffiths.
A judicious and not unentertaining pamphlet; worthy the perusal of those who are interested in, or curious to be informed concerning, a subject of so much consequence, not only to the inhabitants of London, but to strangers and others, whose business or amusement may occasionally call them to our great metropolis.
xil. A Letter from a gentleman at Naples concerning the late discovery of Herculaneum, and the antiquities found there. 8vo. 6d. Gibson,
There is little or nothing in this pamphlet, which the public hath not been already more fully acquainted with.
XIII. Critical, historical, and explanatory notes upon Hudibras, by way of supplement to the two editions publish'd in the year 1744, and 1745. By Zachary Grey, L. L. D. To which is prefixed a differtation upon burlesque poetry; by the late Montague Bacon, esq; and an appendix, containing a translation of part of the ist canto, into latin doggrel. 8vo. 15. Norris, &c.
The author informs the publick, in a prcfatory advertisement, that the two impressions of Hudibras, abovementioned, being sold off, and the proprietors of the copy calling upon him for a third, he thought himself bound in honour to publish the additional notes separately, for the use of those gentlemen who did him the favour of subscribing to the first impression.
XIV. The farmers and traders apprehensions of a rise upon carriage, from the act passed last feffions, for limiting the weight and number of horses drawn in wagyons, &c. impartially examined. In a letter from a country gentleman to a member of parliament. 8vo. 6d. Cooper.
This gentleman offers several things worthy the attention of those who are most immediately interested in the subject he treats of.
XV. The fatires of Perfius, translated into English*, with notes critical and explanatory. By Edmund Burton, esq; barrister at law. Quarto. 3$. sew’d. Cooper,
This performance is chiefly valuable on account of the large body of notes, which Mr. Burton has subjoined to his translation. As the right understanding of Persius's satires depends principally upon an acquaintance with the Roman customs, he has been at no small pains in collecting, from the best authorities, such customs as respect any particular passage of his authors and has, with great modesty, offer'd several ingenious conjectures, which seem to be entirely new, for the illustration of obscure passages. Whether he has always been so happy as to hit upon the true sense of his author, we dare not take upon us to determine: and were we to give our own judgment upon his interpretation of some particular passages, many of our readers would probably differ both from him and us.
XVI. The art of making sugar: under the heads of 1. The natural history of the sugar cane. 2. The culture of the sugar cane. 3. The mills for pressing the canes;
and * Prore.