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Just published, in 2 vols., 21s. bound.


BY JAMES BRUCE. This work comprises Biographies of the following Classic and Historic Personages :-Sappho, Æsop, Pythagoras, Aspasia, Milo, Agesilaus, Socrates, Plato, Alcibiades, Helen of Troy, Alexander the Great, Demetrius Poliorcetes, Scipio Africanus, Sylla, Cleopatra, Julius Cæsar, Augustus, Tiberius, Germanicus, Caligula, Lollia Paulina, Cæsonia, Boadicea, Agrippina, Poppæa, Otho, Commodus, Caracalla, Heliogabalus, Zenobia, Julian the Apostate, Eudocia, Theodora Charlemagne, Abelard and Heloise, Elizabeth of Hungary, Dante, Robert Bruce, Ignez de Castro, Agnes Sorel, Jane Shore, Lucrezia Borgia, Anne Bullen, Diana of Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis, Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots, Cervantes, Sir Kenelm Digby, John Sobieski, Anne of Austria, Ninon de l'Enclos, Mlle. de Montpensier, the Duchess of Orleans, Madame de Maintenon, Catharine of Russia, and Madame de Stael.

This work supplies a want which every reader must have felt at one time or another—the want of a personal acquaintance with the owners of those great names that meet us in the course of reading. Mr. Bruce has set before us as perfect portraits, in features, life, and limb, as words can convey, of about 60 of the most prominent characters in history. His volume will please everywhere. They will amuse and instruct all, and convey new information even to the ripest scholar."-Standard.

“Biography is the most delightful and engrossing .of all studies, and, at the same time, the most profitable. We owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Bruce for these exceedingly interesting additions to our knowledge of the great, the good, and the infamous, who have figured in the past history of the world. He seeks to reproduce the men and women whose good or bad acts have given them universal celebrity-not in their moral and intellectual grandeur, or baseness, of which their works and deeds afford sufficient testimony-but in their outward and visible form, as they stood before the eyes of their contemporaries, that we may see what pressure of humanity the beings whom we admire or detest received from the hands of nature. The result of his labours is a very agreeable work. His personal sketches are enlivened with many characteristic anecdotes and events in the lives of the originals, which are but little known to the public. No reader of history or biography will regret either the money bestowed in the purchase, or the time devoted to the perusal of these volumes.”—Tait's Magazine.

Just published, in 2 vols., 21s., bound. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A MISSIONARY.


Curate of South Hampstead. Author of “A Two Years' Residence in Nineveh." “A graphic sketch of missionary life.”—Examiner.

“We conscientiously recommend this book, as well for its amusing character as for the spirit it displays of earnest piety."-Standard.

"This book will interest a large multitude of readers. There are abundant passages which will amuse, and studies of individual character which will be recognised as drawn from life.”Globe. HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS, SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,




NEW EDITION OF THE LIVES OF THE QUEENS. Now complete, in Eight Octavo Volumes (comprising from 600 to 700 pages), price 11. 48.,

elegantly bound, LIVES




A New, Revised, and Cheaper Edition, EMBELLISHED WITH PORTRAITS OF EVERY QUEEN. as the general history of her times, and its effects on her character, and we have done so with singleness of heart, unbiassed by selfish interests or narrow views. Such as they were in life we have endeavoured to portray them, both in good and ill, without regard to any other considerations than the development of the facts. Their sayings, their doings, their manners, their costume, will be found faithfully chronicled in this work, which also includes the most interesting of their letters. The hope that the · Lives of the Queens of England' might be regarded as a national work, honourable to the female character, and generally useful to society, has encouraged us to the completion of the task.”


*** This Edition is also now in course of Monthly Issue, and any volume

may be had separately, price 10s. 6d. each, to complete sets.

In announcing the publication of the new, revised, and greatly augmented Edition of this important and interesting work, which has been considered unique in biographical literature, the publishers beg to direct attention to the following extract from the author's preface :—“A revised edition of the Lives of the Queens of England,' embodying the important collections which have been brought to light since the appearance of earlier impressions, is now offered to the world, embellished with Portraits of every Queen, from authentic and properly verified sources. The series, commencing with the consort of William the Conqueror, occupies that most interesting and important period of our national chronology, from the death of the last monarch of the Anglo-Saxon line, Edward the Confessor, to the demise of the last sovereign of the royal house of Stuart, Queen Anne, and comprises therein thirty queens who have worn the crownmatrimonial, and four the regal diadem of this realm. We have related the parentage of every queen, described her education, traced the influence of family connexions and national habits on her conduct, both public and private, and given a concise outline of the domestic, as well

OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. “ These volumes have the fascination of romance united to the integrity of history. The work is written by a lady of considerable learning, indefatigable industry, and careful judgment. All these qualifications for a biographer and an historian she has brought to bear upon the subject of her volumes, and from them has resulted a narrative interesting to all, and more particularly interesting to that portion of the community to whom the more refined researches of literature afford pleasure and instruction. The whole work should be read, and no doubt will be read, by all who are anxious for information: It is a lucid arrangement of facts, derived from authentic sources, exhibiting a combination of industry, learning, judgment, and impartiality, not often met with in biographers of crowned heads.”—Times.

"A remarkable and truly great historical work. In this series of biographies, in which the severe truth of history takes almost the wildness of romance, it is the singular merit of Miss Strickland that her research has enabled her to throw new light on many doubtful passages, to bring forth fresh facts, and to render every portion of our annals which she has described an interesting and valuable study. She has given a most valuable contribution to the history of England, and we have no hesitation in affirming that no one can be said to possess an accurate knowledge of the history of the country who has not studied this truly national work, which, in this new edition, has received all the aids that further research on the part of the author, and of embellishment on the part of the publishers, could tend to make it still more valuable, and still more attractive, than it had been in its original form.”-Morning Herald.

"A most valuable and entertaining work. There is certainly no lady of our day who has devoted her pen to so beneficial a purpose as Miss Strickland. Nor is there any other whose works possess a deeper or more enduring interest. Miss Strickland is to our mind the first literary lady of the age.”-Morning Chronicle.

“We must pronounce Miss Strickland beyond all comparison the most entertaining historian in the English language. She is certainly a woman of powerful and active mind, as well as of scrupulons justice and honesty of purpose.”—Morning Post.

" Miss Strickland has made a very judicious use of many authentic MS. authorities not previously collected, and the result is a most interesting addition to our biographical library."- Quarterly Review.

"A valuable contribution to historical knowledge. It contains a mass of every kind of historical matter of interest, which industry and research could collecte We have derived much entertainment and instruction from the work."-Athenæum.




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Ireland. İII. An Authentic table of Precedence. XIII. Daughters of Peers married to

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