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The cost of the whole is no more some of the Greek and Latin authan eighteen shillings, whereas, thors, that have been hitherto deemthree or four years ago, an octavo ed unintelligible. We should point edition, with similar engravings, and out the account of the progress of containing the same quantity of mat- the investigation which conducted ter, could not be bought under four to a knowledge of phonetic Hieroor five times that sum ! Here it glyphics, as being one of the most must be admitted that the “ falling valuable portions of this clever off" is a great public advantage. work.
ART. XVI.-A View of Ancient
and Modern Egypt, with an outline of its Natural History. Vol. III. of the Edinburgh Cabinet Library. By the Reverend Michl. Russel, L.L.D. 12mo. pp. 480. Edinburgh : Oliver and Boyd. London : Simpkin and Marshall.
1831. The same diligence and care, united with the same scrupulous judgment in the selection of authorities, which marked the two former volumes of this valuable series, will be found in the present compilation of the ancient and modern history of Egypt. The reader will peruse in this little volume, small as are its dimensions, the results of the labours and researches of many able and indefatigable travellers. The peculiarities which distinguish the moral as well as geographical history of Egypt, are well known. The monuments of genius and power which scattered through that country, will long remain as living incitements to stimulate our curiosity, respecting the people from whom such works have proceeded. The author of the volume before us, fully appreciating the sources of interest which his subject afforded, has given us a narrative of unfailing spirit and attraction to the very last page. The classical scholar will be delighted to meet in this volume with many curious explanations, derived from modern inquiries, which throw light on a great number of passages in
Art. XVII.— The Works of Lord
Byron. In six volumes, 12mo.
London: Murray. 1831. The fifth and sixth volumes of this new and beautiful edition of Lord Byron's works are now before us. They contain “ Hours of Idleness," “ English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, “ The Vision of Judg
Age of Bronze," “ Werner,” and a great variety of other poems, which had been previously scattered in periodical journals and other fugitive publications, and are now for the first time collected under the sanction of Mr. Murray's
By what process of reasoning that highly respected bookseller could have prevailed upon himself to take under his patronage, since the noble poet's death, so many compositions to wbich he refused to lend his Imprimatur during his lordship’s life, is a question which we have not the means of discussing. We cannot even con• jecture any plausible justification of so strange an inconsistency. And we will take leave to add, that Mr. Murray would, perhaps, have better consulted his own fame, if he had persevered in his original intention, of including nothing in his edition of Lord Byron's works at which innocence might have cause to blush. We shall now, of course, expect from Albemarle-street, the whole of “ Don Juan” without emendation or omission.
ART. XVIII.-Sketches of Irish Character. By Mrs. S. C. Hall. Second Series. Svo, pp. 448. London: Westley and Davis. 1831.
Mrs. HALL is undoubtedly the best judge of her own interests; she may be warranted, for ought we know, in expatriating her comic muse, and in abjuring the pleasant country which gave her birth; but it must be confessed by her best friends, that she has taken rather an Irish way of putting in her justification. A more conspicuous testimony to the crime of her desertion could not be furnished, than the very work in which she has announced it. There are thirteen capital stories in this volume, and, as usual with every thing Irish, they rapidly alternate between the sigh and the smile. We have read a few of the sketches in other publications; but those which are entirely new, appear to us to be by far the best. Mrs. Hall's delineations of Irish character and manners cannot be exceeded for truth; they are in fact too strictly, too severely real, and we must say that the more durable impression of the Irish character, which we derive from her powerful scenes, is not wholly of a favourable nature, though we are aware of the amiable purpose which that lady has ever had in view when writing these national stories. And perhaps a better proof than this fact, could not be given of the fidellity of Mrs. Hall's sketches. We have read with pleasure many comic stories of Ireland from contemporary writers; some of them are admirable for the humour of the dialogue; some for the eccentricity of the characters; some again for the perfect imitation of the rustic English dialect of the common people of Ireland. Mrs. Hall unites these three excellences in most of
her tales. In addition, she invariably developes the genuine character of the peasant, and, in spite of herself, almost, is obliged to follow him through the obliquities of a timeserving and cunning dissimulation. Mrs. Hall, has, moreover, enough of good sense and true practical charity, to avoid every illiberal and partial view of the national character of her country. We trust sincerely that if this excellent writer should ultimately forsake the field, whence she has brought off so many well
deserved honours, it is with the intention of reappearing in a new, and not less delightful character.
ART. XIX.-German Poetical Anthology. By A. Bernays. 8vo. pp. 370. London: Treuttel and Co. 1831.
WE are glad to find that this work has reached a second edition, as the exertions which Mr. Bernays has been making for some years, in order to diffuse amongst us a love of his native literature, are well worthy of every kind of encouragement. The selections which be has given in the present volumes may be considered, for the most part, as indeed " Elegant Extracts." They are free from taint in a moral point of view, and are calculated to exhibit the poetical qualities of the German language in a very favourable light. The editor has prefixed to the Anthology, a short. account of the authors from whose works his flowers have been culled, and also a well written historical essay on German poetry, which, be-sides evincing a thorough acquaintance with the subject, shews that he is as well versed in the English language, as he is in his own.
ART XX-Marina; or, an Historical and Descriptive Account of Southport, Lytham, and Blackpool, situate on the Western coast of Lancashire. By P. Whittle. Svo. pp. 325. Preston: P. and H. Whittle, 1831.
WE are much obliged to Mr. Whittle for favouring us with a copy of his book, before it has been quite ready for distribution amongst his subscribers. It is with great pleasure that at any time we sit down to a topographical work, written by an individual, who is conversant with the localities which he describes, and pursues his subject with the enthusiasm, that naturally springs from early associations. Such an author passes over nothing in the features of the district, which he has undertaken to celebrate; its customs, its superstitions, the arrival of a king or of an admiral entered on its records, battles fought within its precincts, sieges and rebellions carried on there, are all displayed before us with a minuteness, and, generally speaking, a vivacity of detail, which are delightful. Particularly happy are we to light upon such a book, when drinking the spa, or purifying ourselves upon the seashore, from the smoke of this gigantic intellectual steam engine, as London may well be called. Then do we rejoice in exploring, with the industrious compiler, the old castles, and monasteries, and camps, of which he has preserved memorials we enter readily into his Botanical, Conchological, Icthyological, and all his other ogical labours, and listen with unwearied perseverance to his legendary traditions, and, in short, to every thing he has to say. Hence it will be readily believed that we approve, in the most unreserved manner, of Mr. Whittle's Marina.' In his section upon Southport he has, perhaps, given us too much
about the sublimities and beauties of the ocean, inasmuch as his praises are as applicable to the waters that lave the beach of Scarborough or Margate, as to those which visit the shores of Lancashire. Perhaps also we might advise him to be a little more careful of his grammar and language, in the next edition. The accommodations for visitors is equal to any watering place in the kingdom, p. 31, will not do even in Southport. The following systems are taught by Mr. Walker and able assistants. Greek, Latin, &c.' Is Greek a system? We might quote many other similar blunders, which a little care will rectify. The advantages of Lytham and of Blackpool, as watering places, are not raised up in rivalry with those of Southport, but are, we believe, fairly stated. The lithographic Illustrations are, we regret to add, but mediocre specimens of the art.
ART. XXI.-). Leigh's Guide to Wales and Monmouthshire, containing Observations on the Mode Illustrated of Travelling, &c. with a Map of Wales, and Views of the Menai and Conway Bridges. pp. 356. London: Leigh. 1831. 2. The Welsh Interpreter: consisting of a concise Vocabulary,, and Collection of Useful and Familiar Phrases, &c. By Thomas Roberts. pp. 138. London: Leigh. 1831.
THE superiority of this New Guide to Wales over any that we have seen, consists in its embracing an account of any possible route in the romantic scenes of the principality, which the traveller may be induced, by whim or business, to select. Thus, in order to avail himself of the assistance of this work, it is not necessary that the tourist should
it embraces a great variety of subjects in law, politics, and literature. There is perceptible in all his reflections, a strain of shrewd common sense, which oftentimes gives them a piquancy that will not easily escape from the memory. The author, however, is of the class of timid politicians, who treat a thinking society as an inert, lifeless mass, that is inevitably subject to certain physical laws, and requires to have its balance permanently maintained by a power superior to itself. We greatly prefer the miscellaneous remarks of the author, which in general are the result of experience and considerable knowledge. The lovers of philology will find in this book " something to their advan tage."
be condemned to any prescribed and beaten track. There is, however, a series of tours in Wales proposed by the editor, which he considers best calculated to display the various beauties of that charming country. The illustrations, antiquarian and historical, which are introduced, are in the usual style of spirited and correct narrative, which distinguishes the itinerary publications of Mr. Leigh. The Interpreter will be found a very convenient companion for tourists in Wales, but particularly for pedestrians. No one can have travelled in a strange country for a single day, without feeling the vast difference which will be made in his convenience and pleasures, by his being capable of communicating with the natives in their own language. The Interpreter is therefore a very happy invention, and calculated greatly to enhance the luxuries of a Welsh tour. A very desirable quality of this instructor, however, deserves to be pointed out, namely, the pronunciation, according to English models, of the Welsh familiar language; so that with this book in his hand, a genuine Londoner may soon be as well able to converse with a Welshman, as any inhabitant of Llangollen itself!
ART. XXII.-Few Words on many Subjects, grave and light. By a Recluse. 12mo. pp. 294. London: Longman, Rees & Co.
We suspect that this modest little volume is the transcript of a common place book, kept by an elderly gentleman in easy circumstances, who has read and thought just as much as one, whose chief business in life is pleasure, may be supposed to do. Though his volume is small,
ART. XXIII.-The Sailor's Bride: a Tale of Home. By the author of the Months of the Year. 12mo. pp. 114. Charles Tilt. 1831. THIS is a sweet tale, peculiarly adapted to the mind of childhood; it strongly tends to cherish the best qualities which can characterize the period of youth, and prepare it for the nobler duties of the man.
ART. XXIV.-The Life of Thomas Muir, Esq. Advocate, &c. &c. By Peter Mackenzie. 8vo. pp. 160. Glasgow: W. R. M'Phun; London Simpkin and Marshall.
In the Scotch state trials for 1793, the name of the unfortunate subject of this memoir occurs, as one of the honest and intrepid supporters of public liberty, whom a corrupt and wicked government had forced to become martyrs. The story of poor Muir and his companions has been too often brought before the coun
try in the page of the historian, or an affectation of levity, but without the lament of the poet and orator, any genuine drollery or wit, the to require that we should now revive hero has the honour of being raised any of its details. But we applaud to one of the most responsible the spirit which has dictated the offices of the state ! and of being publication of such a biography, at married to the daughter of Lord a time when the triumph of those Carisbrook ! We are at a loss to principles, for which Muir suffered, conjecture, why such a composition is about to be achieved, and when as this should have been called an the glory of success ought to be “ Annual.” We suspect that infairly divided amongst those, whose stead of being renewable for any heroic constancy laid the sure foun- number of years, it will not be able dation of that success. Mr. Mac. to live out the term of even one kenzie has performed the duty of year--nay, nor of half that time; biographer, with a spirit and enthu- for though published only a few siasm that very considerably in- weeks ago, it is already forgotten. crease the attractions of this work. The wood cuts are miserable pro
ART. XXV.- A Playwright's Adventures. A Dramatic Annuul.
Art. XXVI.--Agasa: or The SaBy Frederick Reynolds, 12mo. cred Love Pledye. By Mrs.
London : Longman Lachlan, Author of Leonora, &c. and Co. 1831.
12mo. pp. 567. London : SimpHere is as bad an attempt at a
kin and Marshal. 1831. humorous novel as we have seen When we state that under a nufor some time, dressed up in Mo- merous variety of general heads, rocco and gold, illustrated by a appropriate verses from the Holy variety of wood-cuts, and withal Scriptures are respectively arranged dignified by the title of ' A Drama- in this volume, we need scarcely tic Annual !' The hero of the piece add, that, as a work of daily referis a youth named Vivid, who, giv- ence, it deserves a place in every ing up his Coke upon Littleton for domestic library. Mrs. Lachlan bas Shakspeare, and 'abandoning his exercised admirable taste and judgchambers for the theatre, devoted 'ment, in the selections which she himself, with little success, to the has made, and no work that we are task of writing for the stage. Some acquainted with, exhibits in so strikof the incoveniences attending this ing and practical a manner, the mode of procuring a livelihood are, perfect applicability of the Sacred it must be confessed, touched upon Writings, to every state and condiby the author in a inanner that tion of life. The printing and emoccasionally provokes our laughter bellishments are beautiful. and our pity. But neither the experience which Mr. Reynolds has exhibited upon this part of the sub
Art. XXVII.--A Freemason's Pockject, nor the acquaintance which he et Companion ; containing a brief has shown with the resources and
Sketch of the History of Masonpractices of managers in general, ry, a Chronology of interesting can redeem his work from the dull
events, &c. &c. 16mo. pp. 116. ness which, in the main, pervades
London : Washbourne. it. After going through a series of Without revealing any of the woniinprobable adventures, related with drous mysteries which appertain to