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BIOGRAPIIY. Sabæan Researches, in a Series of Es. Memoirs of the Public and Private Life says addressed to distinguished Antiquaries, of John Howard, the Pbilanthropist; comand including the substance of a Series of piled from his own Diary in the possesLectures delivered at the Royal Institution sion of his family, his confidential Letters, of Great Britain, on the Engraved Hiero- the Communications of his surviving relaglyphics of Chaldea, Egypt, and Canaan. tives and friends, and other authentic By Joho Landseer, Fellow of the Society sources of information. By James Baldof Antiquaries, Member of the Londoa win Brown, Esq. LL.D. of the Inner Royal Academy of Arts, and Engraver to Temple, Barrister-at-law. Second edithe King. Illustrated with engravings. tion. 8vo.

Many years ago, Mr. Landseer irforins as in The public have already had an opportunity of his preface to these Researches, accident threw in forming their judgment upon this work, which, huis way some of the cylinders which were then whatever may be thought of the peculiar views denominated and generally believed to be Perse- and representations of the author upon religious politan ; this word seeming to restrict them to topics, is certainly a very full and accurate me. Persepolis, the place of their original production : moir. As far as its information extends, we pre"but Capt. Lockett, Mr. Rich, and other travel. fer Dr. Aikin's Life of Howard; but the present lers, having since brought engraved gems of this biographer has enjoyed many advantages over his description from the site of the metropolis of predecessor. Many of the philanthropist's jour. Ninus and Sardanapalus, and from the very nals and other papers fell into his hands, and mounds of ruin where the Queen of Nations for- inportant communications were made to him by merly sat enthroned--and astronomical science various individuals who bad enjoyed the friend. leaving beamed on them from above-something ship of that extraordinary man. In the present of a character superior to mere antiquarian curio- edition some of the details relative to the state of sity, as those words are generally understood, the prisons visited by Howard have been abridged, was thus engendered and quickened into life- and a few additions and corrections have been became attached to the study of these hitherto made, founded upon recent communications. If neglected monuments." “ Notwithstanding (our the author had likewise abridged some of his own author continues) that the subjecis of these speculations upon the religious views of Howard, cylindrical gems are here severally treated, and the work would perhaps bave sustained no injury. that each of my epistolary essays may be consi. dered as an independent archæological dissertation, ford Dudley her husband. By E. Bald

Life of Lady Jane Grey, and Lord Guildthey are not altogether unconnected; and some. thing like orderly sequence will be found to have

win, Esq. 8vo. 4s. 6d. been observed, in as far as I have felt or fancied

FINE ARTS. that such order coutributed to facilitate my re- Illustrations of the Public Buildings of searches, and was likely to conduce to the ready London, with historical and descriptive arrangement, in the mind of the reader, of the in.

accounts of cach edifice. By J. Britton formation which it was my purpose to convey. and A. Pugin. No. IV. 53. Hence the first essay will be found to contain

We are glaid to find that this amusing and in. evidence that the engraved cylinders of Western

teresting liile work continues to be publislied. and of Southern Asia are the signets mentioned

The present nunher is behind none of its prede. and alluded to in our early Scriptures, and by the

cessors in neatness It contains a plan of the more ancient of the profane historians. The se

Disraina in Marylebone Park; Mr. Burtor's cord shows that signets were not merely matrices of seals, but were ucular mystic signs. Having

villa ; the Haymarket Theatre; Vestminster

Church, the Noril side; Church of St. Mary cleared these two points to the best of my infor.

Woolnoth; interior of ditto ; and view of the mation and ability, I have next proceeded to

Kiny's staircase to the House of Lords. The show that some of these mystic signs had reference

letter press relates to the British Museum, the to the periodical religious festivals of the star.

Diorama, Opera-house, Uxbridge-house, an essay worshiping nations of remote antiquity, and

on villas, and notice of that of Mr. Burtoni. others to their judicial astrology, producing, in the engraved contents of such cylinders as I ex

Beauties of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. hibit, examples of each." These exhibited ex

12mo, amples were the ostensible, and in truth the real Every one who has visited a large collection of subjects, of a course of lectures delivered at the pictures, articularly a public gallery, has felt thie Royal Institution; the essays being substantially want of a guide to the beauties of the most cele. the lectures amplified and more copiously illus. brated masters ; and as few persons have time or trated.

patience to examine every picture, it is very im. Mr. Landseer has evinced great research and in- portant that their attention should be directed to genuity in the composition of this work, and we the best. In the Dulwich Gallery there are more trust its merit will not be overlooked by the than 350 pictures, to discover the merits of a public.

tenth part of which would demand more time VOL. XII. NO. XXXVII.


8vo. 1. Is.

and study than a great majority of its visitors

JURISPRUDENCE. can afford to bestow, even supposing that their The Marriage Act, arranged under habits have qualified them for the task. To this separate heads, &c. By G. Lawton, class of persons, then, as well as to the amateur, Notary Public. 8vo. 1s. we cordially recommend the little, unassuming work before us, as a pleasant, instructive, and in

MEDICINE, SURGERY. dispensable companion to every visitor of the On the Nature and Treatment of the gallery whose beauties it so ably and so elegantly various Distortions to which the Spine pourtrays.

and the Bones of the Chest are subject, &c. A Treatise on the Principles of Land- By John Shaw, Lecturer on Anatomy, &c. scape, in 8 Parts; A concise Treatise on

8vo. 10s, 6d. Perspective, in 2 Parts; and Studies of

MISCELLANEOUS. Trees, and Precepts for Landscape-Paint- London and Paris; or Comparative ing. By J. Varley. Royal folio.

Sketches. By the Marquis de Vermont An Engraved Representation of the and Sir Charles Darnley, Bart. 8vo. Anatomy of the Human Ear, &c. By T. Although many attempts have been made to Buchanan. 128. 6d.

represent the ideas of a foreigner upon English

society and manners, yet we do not remember HISTORY.

any instance in which England and France have Memoirs of the Reign of George III. been compared and viewed respectively, through and Great Britain, from the Treaty of

the medium of foreign notions and prepossessions, Amiens, 1802, to the Termination of the

This has been achieved in the present volume,

upon the whole, with considerable success. The Regency, 1820. By W. Belsham. 2 vols.

national peculiarities and prejudices of each

country are fairly balanced against those of the HORTICULTURE.

other with much liveliness and good feeling. A Treatise on the Culture and Manage

The pictures of society are, of course, rather ment of Fruit-trees. By Charles Harrison, highly coloured, though they may be esteemed F. H. S. and gardener to J. A. Stuart

not unfaithful delineations. The style of the

letters is pleasing, and the volume will, in short, Wortley, Esq. M. P.

be found an agreeable lounging-book. This is a work of great utility, in which the Illustrations, Historical, Biographical, planting, pruning, training, spurring, nailing, &c.

and Miscellaneous, of the Novels of the of fruit-trees in general, are treated of in a plain and sensible manner by a practical gardener, who

Author of Waverley, with criticisms, &c. bas elucidated his method of pruning and train.

By the Rev. R. Warner. 12mo. Es. ing by wood-cuts. This renders the book a most

This little work, which endeavours to separate desirable assistant to young gardeners and those

some part of the truth from the fiction contained gentlemen whe take delight in being their own

in the novels of the author of Waverley, is written pruners. The nature of the soil most congenial by a divine who is already known to the public. to each species of fruit-trees, and the best inode

Its object is praiseworthy and useful, and if car. of renovating old or decayed trees, are noticed ;

ried to the utmost practicable extent, would prealso the means of protecting them from the

vent the evil which some have not without reason ravages of insects,

apprehended, arising from blending truth and fic. If there be any thing to regret in the publica

tion so closely together as the author of the Scotch tion before us, it is that Mr. Harrison has not

novels has done, thereby tending to give a wrong dwelt at greater length on the treatment of the

colouring to the characters of history. But a trees in the orchard. What renders observations very small part of this object is achieved in the on this point more requisite is, that orchard

present volume, which, however, is well worthy trees are so generally neglected. Even where

perusal. When we consider the importance of wall trees and espaliers are regularly attended to,

correct views of points relative to history, and the orchard is frequently overlooked, or at most

how much the present is involved in the past in has only the decayed branches removed, as though

respect to many important objects, we must apit were beneath the attention of the gardener. In

portion a due share of praise to those who labour our own country many plantations of apple and

to place things in the right point of view. pear trees are suffered to run wild, without receiv.

far as Mr. Warner has gone, he has executed his ing the benefit of a well.directed pruning-knife,

task with success; and we hope we are to consider whilst in Germany and most other parts of the

the present undertaking merely as the herald of Continent, the orchard has as regular a pruving

a more extended work, having this highly praisc. as the wall trees of the English garden, and pro

worthy end in view, fits by it in an equal degree. In a second edi. Time's Telescope for 1824. tion we hope Mr. Harrison will add equally judi. This useful and agreeable little work, which is cious directions for pruning and thinning the at once an annual and a perennial in the garden of trees of thie orchard, as he has already given for periodical literature, has now reached the ele. those of the wall.

venth year of its revival, and yet still appears We recommend this useful book to the notice under a new aspect. It is “another, yet the of the horticulturist, feeling satisfied that he same"-"an old friend with a new face" and cannot peruse it without receiving very advan. yet the better instead of the worse on that actageous information,

count. The chief novelties of this volume are a Elizabeth to naturalize the Italian novelle. We 2s.6d.


pleasing introductory poem on Flowers, by Ber. scarcely a single personage in the work is without nard Barton; and a very useful Essay, in two an alias. We have Percy Rycott, alias Percy parts, on Historical and Physical Geography. Be. Mallory, alias Lord Brandon : Mr. Leveson Ry. sides these, there is the usual illustrative guide cott, alias Lord Harwedon ; Judith Mallory, alias and companion to the almanack-which is inter. Mrs. Wigram; Loo Bellenden, alias Lady Louisa spersed with numerous chronological and biogra. Clarendon. In short, it requires a vast exertion phical sketches; and also the naturalist's diary, of ingenuity and attention to follow and comprewhich records the various appearances and events hend the intricacies of the plot-a task which of the animal and vegetable kingdoms : and both we can compare to nothing but the examination these departments are pleasantly varied and light. of an involved genealogical table. Should the eaed by a new selection of poetical illustrations. reader, however, be fortunate enough to make

If the author of this work cannot claim the himself acquainted with the plot (for which purmerit of having chosen a path which shoots up pose we would recommend him to commence his Rowers spontaneously, he is at least entitled to labours with the perusal of the last voluine) he the credit of having strewed them upon an other. will find much to repay him. There is consider. wise dry and unproductive one, and thus made able liveliness and spirit exhibited throughout the the passage over it no less agreeable than it is whole novel, and the characters are in general useful and instructive.

sketched with an able hand. Some of the The Edinburgh Review, No. LXXVII. scenes are, indeed, carelessly put together, and 6s.

not a little outrage probability. Such are the Bibliotheca Britannica, Part X. 4to.

scenes at the sinuggler's rendezvous, and the 11. Is.

trial at Carlisle. Were it not that the reader is A Letter to Sir E. Knatchbull, Bart. on

puzzled and irritated with the complete mystifica. his accepting the office of President of a

tion of the plot, he would pronounce Percy MalChurch Missionary Meeting, &c. By the

lory to be an amusing and clever novel. Rev. G. R. Gleig. 8vo. 3s. 6d.

Italian Tales. Tales of Humour, GalAn Essay on the Inventions and Cus- lantry, and Romance, selected and transtoms of ancient and modern Nations in lated from the Italian, with sixteen illusthe use of Wine and other Liquors, &c.

trative drawings, by George Cruikshank. By S. Marewood. I vol. 8vo. 12s.

8vo. India paper, 14s. L. Annæi Senecæ Tragediæ, recensuit

Although the literature of lialy is exceedingly

rich in its collections of novelle, yet little has et accuravit Johannes Carey, LL.D. 24mo. 6s.

hitherto beeu done to make the English reader

acquainted with a class of writers, who, from the The Captivity, Sufferings, and Escape

amusement they afford, and the insight which of James Scurry, under Hyder Ali and

they give into the manners of their times, must Tippoo Saib. 12mo.

always be esteemed highly valuable. This may A new series of The Investigator, or be attributed to several causes, and very princi. Quarterly Magazine. 3s.

pally to the free nature of the Italian novels, A Guide to Practical Farriery, &c. By which prohibits them from becoming popular J. Pursglove, sen. 8vo. 10s. 68.

amongst the mixed classes of our English readers. A Treatise upon Breeding, Rearing, and

Another reason is the ascendancy which, for upFeeding Cheviot and Black-faced Sheep in

wards of a century, the French novel has ob. High Districts, &c. By J. Fairbairn. 8vo.

tained in this country. In the reign of Henry 58.

VIII. and Elizabeth, the Italians were our models

in works of fiction ; but from the commencement A Treatise on the Game of Ecarté, &c.

of the seventeenth century, till the establishment By an Amateur. 18mo. 2s.6d.

of what may be called the English style of novelThe Elements of a new Arithmetical writing, the spirit of the French novels evidently Notation, and of a new Series of Infini- preponderated. With the exception of Boccacio, ties, &c. By T. Taylor. 8vo. 88. of whom there are three or four translations, very

A complete Exposure of the late Irish few attempts have been made since the time of Miracles. By a rational Christian. 8vo.

apprehend, however, that it would be very possi.

ble to make such a selection as might present a NOVELS, TALES, &c.

good idea of this school of writers, without in Percy Mallory: By the author of “ Pen any degree offending the delicacy of modern eyes Owen." In 3 vols. 8vo.

and ears. In the present publication, something It has been objected as a fault to various has been effected towards the accomplishment of novelists, that their readers too easily penetrate this object; though from the omission of the the mystery of their plots, and discern the con- names of the authors, and from the confined clusion of the story almost before they have well nature of the work, it does not, in a literary commenced it. No such error, however, can be point of view, sully satisfy our wishes,

As a voimputed to the author of Percy Mallory, who has lume of light entertainment it possesses conwoven so intricate and inexplicable a plot, that, siderable merit, and its embellishments are of the when the reader lays down the last volume, he best kind. The ability of Mr. George Cruik. still seems to be lost in its mazes. Children are shank is so well known, that to say he does not changed and rechanged till all chance of ascer. in the present volume fall short of his former taining their paternity appears to vapish, and excellence, is sufficient praise. Many of his de.


signs are exceedingly graceful, and are executed And the purple hills of Sicily, with singular delicacy. Two of the tales are With their vineyards, laugh in light; translations of those upon which Shakspeare is From the inarble cities of her plains supposed to trave founded his Merchant of Venice

Glad voices mingling swell ;and Romeo and Juliet. Of the rest there are one But with yet more loud and lofty strains or two, whiclı, from their insignificance, iniglit

They shall hail the vesper-bell! perhaps have been opritted without injuring the

* Oh! sweet its tones when the summer collection : suclı, for instance, as The Fatal Mis.

breeze lahe.

Their cadence wafts afar, Popular Tales and Romances of the

To float o'er the blue Sicilian seas Northern Nations in 3 vols, 12mo.

As they gleam to the first pale star ! We were led, from the title of these volumes,

The shepherd greets them on his heiglit, to expect a selection from the curious legends of

The hermit in his cell;the North; which, in a literary point of view, would

But a det per power shall breathe to-night, have been a valuable acquisition to an English

In the sound of the vesper-bell!" library. A series of those marvellous tales, arranged with some attention to chronological Sonnets, original and translated, by order, and illustrated by a few nutes on their the late Chas. Johnston, Esq. of Danson, origin and on the various works of fiction to Kent, and formerly of Trinity College, which they have given rise, would have been at Cambridge. Svo. once entertaining to the general reader, and use- This elegant collection will, we feel convinced, ful to the antiquary and the scholar. The pre- rank amongst the best specimens of the sonnet sent volumes, however, are inerely a compilation in our language. The original sonnets are found. from the modern German novelists and romance. ed on the Italian model, and display an intimate writers, and have a very slight claim to the title acquaintance with and a just appreciation of the bestowed upon them of “ Popular Tales and Ro. beautiful origiaats which they have so success. mances of the Northern Nations." Nor can we

fully iinitated. For the expression of sentiment, commend the style in which the translations have which woull often be only weakened if diffused been executed, aud in which, we apprehend, con. through a longer poem, the sonuet is admirably siderable liberties have been taken with the ori. adapted ; and, in skilful hands, manifests a comginals ; which may probably be the reason of pleteness and an unity which few other poems omilling to give the naines of the authors. possess. Many of the sonnels in the present Spectre Barber and the Bottle Imp are among voluine are tine instances of this truth, and the best tales in the collection.

prove that the writer well understood the princi. Hurstwood; a Tale of the year 1715. ples of that peculiar style of puetry to which he In 3 vols. 12mo. 16s. bd.

had devoted his pen. The translations from the Mammon in London ; or the Spy of Italian poets, though very literal, present much the Day: a characteristic and satirical of the beauty and freedom of originals, and are Roinance. 2 vols, 12mno. 12s.

calculated to give the English reader a just and Mountalyth ; a Tale. 3 vols. 12mo. 16s. agreeable idea of a style of composition which has Mary Stuart, a Tragedy; and the Maid

always been highly favoured in Italy. We lrave

selected a specimen from the original poems, of Orleans : from the German of Schiller,

which reminds us strongly of Milton's splendid By the Rev. H. Salvin. 8vo. 10s. 6d.

sonnets-more especially towards the conclusion, Corfe Castle; or Keneswitha : a Tale.

Sonnet xxiv. 8vo. 12s.

Lady, on whom boon Nature has bestow'd St. Ronan's Well. By the Author of Her gifts profuse of person and of mind, Waverley." 3 vols. 8vo.

'Tis well that, not like orbers of thy kind, POETRY AND THE DRAMA.

Who shun perverse their best and nublest good, Thé Vespers of Palermo. A Tragedy. (Wearing their lives in lonely maidenbodd,) In five acts. 8vo.

"Tis well that thou hast not refused to find Some account of the reception of this Tragedy

A fitting mate, and wisely hast coinbined at Covent Garden will be found in our Theatrical

With his those virtues which alone had stood Report, and it is, therefore, only in a literary

Helpless and useless, but henceforth shall be point of view that we shall notice it in this place.

Fruitful as lovely. Like a blushing vine As a drama for the closet, lhe Vespers of Palermo

Clasping the arms of some wide-spreading tree, cannot fail to add to the reputation of the writer,

Thus shall thy suftness round his strength enwho, as we have already mentioned, is understood

twine, to be Mrs. Hemaps. In point of diction, the

And Heaven shall bless the union, which to see whole of the tragedy is elevated, and sustained

It loves, and has contirm'd by law divine.” perhaps too invariably so for dramatic effect. It should be mentioned, that several sonnets The characters in general, with the exception of by the late Mr. Johnston appeared in Joanna Raimond di Prucida and Constance, are not very Baillie's collection, which we have already had pleasing conceptions; but that of Raimond is at the satisfaction of noticing. once tender, spirited, and noble. We shall not

The Fall of Constantinople, a poemn; mutilate the tragedy by alleinpting tu give any

with a Preface, animadverting in detail extracts from it, but we may be allowed to in.

on the unprecedented Conduct of the Royal the masqued culis pirators : “ The festal eve o'er earth and sky

dates for the three preiniums that it deliIn hier suliset robe looks bright,

berately proposed and subsequently with

sert the following song, supposed to be sung by Society of Literature towards the Candi

drew: to which are added, Parga, the

VOYAGBS AND TRAVELS. Iphigenia of Timanthes, Palmyra, Emineh's Death, and other Poems. By Jacob dians of North America, from Childhood

Memoirs of a Captivity amongst the InJones, jan. of the Inner Temple, and late of Brazennose College, Oxford. 8vo.

to the age of Nineteen ; with Anecdotes We notice the present volume principally on

descriptive of their Manners and Customs : account of the preface it contains ; in which Mr.

to which is added, some Account of the Jacob Jones hus made what Capt. Dugald

Dalgettie Soil, Climate, and Vegetable Productions would call “ an onslaught” upon the Royal Society

of the Territory Westward of the Missisof Literature. It appears that Mr. J. J., allured by sipp.. By John D. Hunter. 8vo. the costly prizes promised by the R.S.L.“ studied Laboriously, and to the exclusion of his ordinary The benevolent and ingenious author of the pursuits, for more than a quarter of a year;" and present meinoirs has attracted considerable attenin this period, “ by severe exertion," labouring tion during his residence in this country, by the * between thirteen and fourteen hours daily," manly simplicity of his character, and the phi. produced "two hundred and forty-four pages of lanthropic views which he entertains. 'The manuscript" on the subject of Humer's age, &c. avowed object of his visit to England is to collect to say nothing of his “ penning verses on the such information as may enable him, with the Fall of Constantinople.” The dissertation and greatest chance of success, to attempt the the poem were tendered in due form to the civilization of the Indian tribes, with wlwse chaSociety, and Mr. J. J. waited for four additional racter and manners be is so well acquainted. The months in “ daily increasing anxiety, and all the mode in which he proposes to accomplish this fever of expectation," for the decision of the beneficent design is by leading the natives to very learned body. At length, to the consterna. adopt a more tranquil life, and to seek their sub. tion of Mr. J. J. and the other expectants, the sistence by agriculture instead of the chase. His K.S.L. determined that the promised gold was views upon this subject are detailed in a little better bestowed in their own treasury than in pamphlet priuted for the use of the New England the pockets of the applicants; and a cool notif. Company. cation was given of “the non-adjudgement of

The volume before us presents a mass of highly the prizes." Now, it certainly appears to us

curious and authentic information relative to the that if the R.S.L. will offer prizes, they ouglit present condition of the North American Indians, to be content with the best aspirants who will con- and we regret that cur limits will not allow us to descend to claim them—and so thought Mr.J.J. extract any part of its interesting contents. Mr. That gentleman, disappointed in his literary Hunter's personal history is, however, of so singuvixws, and belunging, as appears from the title- lar a nature, that we cannot forbear giving some page, to one of our Inns of Court, resolved to try slight account of it. He was captured by a party what the law could do in the way of redress, of Indians at so early a period of his life, that his * and applied to a very eminent chamber counsel memory only retains very imperfect traces of for his opinion, whether or not the Society had events which liad previously occurred. Of the involved itself in an actionable frand ! !" The place of his nativity, and of his parentage, he is lawyer, however, discuvered that the agreement altogether ignorant. He can still call to anind the was a nudum pactum, and Mr. J. J.'s hopes vanish- rush of the Indians, their warwhoop and yello, ed for ever. Sull, however, the pleasures of vi. tive massacre of his friends, and the burning of tuperation were left him ; and many are the hard their dwellings. Two other white children, a boy names which he has unsparingly heaped upon

and a girl, were also made prisoners at the same the unfortunate R.S.L. “ Awkward, unfeeling,

time with bimself. The little girl beginniag to and cool inipudence"-" impudent cheal" cry, was despatched with a tornahawk, and he * aninannerly and impertinent"_" swindling was himself threatened with a similar panislatransaction" flagrant and downright false- ment. By degrees the young captive became ac. bood, * &c. &c. Such are some of the first-fruits customed to an Indian life, and acquired a high of the labours of the R.S. L. towards " purifying reputation for the possession of those qualities and fixing their native language."

most valued amongst his companions, more espe. With regard to the merits of Mr. Jones's cially for bis skill in the chase ; whence he de poems we shall only observe, that they might

rived his name of the Hunter, an appellation have been worse. A few of the pieces at the con.

which he still retains. At length a circumstance clusion of the volume are pleasingly written. occurred, which in its results led trim back to

civilized life. The Indians with whom he was Clara Chester ; a Poem. By the au- associated, being greatly exasperated against the thor of “ Rome, "and “ The Vale of Cha- white traders, resolved to murder a Colonel Watmouni." 8vo. 7s. 6d.

kids and his party. Hunter appeared to acTHEOLOGY.

quiesce in the project, but in the niglit removed A new Edition of the Sermons of the the fints from the guns of the Indians, and Rev. James Saurin, Pastor of the French mounting a swift horse, reached the Colonel's Churcb at the Hague. 6 vols. 8vo. camp and informed him of luis danger. Culonel 31. 3s.

Watkins escaped ; and Hunter, finding it impossible

to return to his former friends, soon afterwards A Monitor to Families ; or Discourses

entered the United States, where, by the kiudness some of the Duties and Scenes of of several gentlemen, he enjoyed the first advanDomestic Life. By H. Belfrage, Minister tages of education. From this period he has of the Gospel. 12mo. 78. 6d.

never ceased to thirst after useful knowledge,

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