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Elegantly Printed in one Volume Foolscap Octavo, Price 78. 6d. Boards,


By the Rev. THOMAS CHALMERS, Minister of Kilmany. The contents of this Volume form the substance of the article CARISTJANITY in the EDINBURGH ENCYCLOPÆDIA. Its appearance is due to the liberality of the Proprietors of that Work-nor did the Author conceive the purpose of presenting it to the world in another shape, till he was permitted and advised by them to republish it in a separate form. It is chiefly confined to the exposition of the historical argument for the truth of Christianity; and the aim of the Author is fulfilled, if he has suc. ceeded in proving the external testimony to be so sufficient, as to leave infidelity with. out excuse, even though the remaining branches of the Christian defence had been less strong and satisfactory than they are.

M‘CRIE'S LIFE OF KNOX. The Third Edition, Handsomely Printed in 2 vols. 8vo. with Portraits of Knox and

Regent Murray, Price L.l, ls, boards, of THE LIFE OF JOHN KNOX : containing Illustrations of the History of the Reformation in Scotland; with Biographical Notices of the principal Reformers, and Sketches of the Progress of Literature in Scotland, during a great part of the Sixteenth Centary ; to which is subjoined an Appendix, consisting of Letters and other Papers, never before published.

BY THOMAS M`CRIE, D. D. Minister of the Gospel, Edinburgh. “ How unfair, and how marvellously incorrect, these representations (of Knox's character) are, may be learned from the perusal of the work before us,- a work which has afforded us more amusement and more instruction, than any thing we ever read upon the subjeet; and which, independent of its theological merits, we do not hesitate to pronounce by far the best piece of history which has appeared since the commencement of our critical career. It is extremely accurate, learned, and concise, and at the same time very full of spirit and animation ; exhibiting, as it appears to us, a rare union of the patient research and sober judgment which characterize the more laborious class of historians, with the boldness of thinking, and force of ima. gination, which is sometimes substituted in their place.”—Edin. Rev. No. XXXIX.

“ Dr M‘Crie is really a great biographer, such as it has not been the lot of Knox's equals, or even his superiors, always to attain; for, however ably the characters of Luiber and Calvin have been treated in the general histories of their times, where has either of them found a biographer like the present ?”—“Dr M.Crie's materials are both ample and original. To these materials he has brought a power of combining and enlivening them peculiar to himself."-QUARTERLY Rev. No. XVIII.

“ Every page of this book gives full testimony that the writer of it is, by natural constitution, from habit and on principle, a cordial lover of civil and religious liberty. He is a learned man, and an independent thinker.”_" No Scotsman should ever pronounce the name of Knox without veneration and gratitude. Beyond all question or controversy, he was the greatest benefactor to his native country whom her history records."-CHRISTIAN OBSERVER, Jan. 1813.

." Whether we consider the new light which it has thrown upon a most interesting period of our history; the justice which it has done to the character of our great reformer, whom it was so customary to brand with the names of fanatic and barbarian; the correct view which it has given of other men, with whose deserts we were till now but imperfectly acquainted ; the distinctness of narrative which is to be found in the text, and the fulness of illustration which abounds in the notes; the patient research and sound judgment, the happy combination of sobriety and zeal, the regard to evangelical truth, and the attachment to civil and religious liberty, which are eve. rywbere conspicuous ;-we scarcely think that Dr M•Crie's work can be too highly esteemed, or at least that any person, whose opinion is worthy of respect, can refuse to assign it'an elevated place in the scale of literary merit.” EDINBURGH CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTOR, No. XL.


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ELEMENTS of POLITICAL SCIENCE. By Joun Craig, Esq. Handsomely printed in 3 vols. 8vo. price L.1, 11s. 6d. boards.

The object of this work is to exhibit an elementary view of the science of politics, including that branch of it usually denominated Political Economy.

The Inquiry consists of three principal divisions; the Constitution of Government; the Duties of Government; and the Revenues of Government.

In the First Book, the Rights of Government, and the proper Distribution of Po. litical Power, are examined. The Second Book treats of the Administration of Civil and Criminal Law; the National Defence; the interference of Government with the natural Direction of Capital and Industry; the degree in which the Distribution of Wealth should be influenced by public regulations ; Public Provisions for the Poor ; Institutions for the Education of Youth; and Religious Establishments. In the Third Book, the Taxes of Britain are classed and reviewed ; and the advantages and disadvantages of the Funding System are pointed out.



AN INQUIRY INTO THE HISTORY OF SCOTLAND, preceding the Reign of Malcolm III. or the year 1056 ; including the authentic History of that Period. To which is added, a Dissertation on the Origin and Progress of the Scythians or Goths; being an Introduction to the authentic History of that period. By Joun PINKERTON. A new Edition, with Additions and Corrections. · Handsomely printed in two large Volumes 8vo. Illustrated with a Plate and six Maps, Price L.1, 16s. boards.


HERMES SCYTHICUS; or the Radical Affinities of the Greek and Latin Lan guages to the Gothic; Illustrated from the Mæso-Gothic, Anglo-Saxon, Francic, Alemannic, Suio-Gothic, Icelandic, &c. To which is prefixed, a Dissertation on the Historical Proofs of the Scythian Origin of the Greeks. By John JAMIESON, D. D. F. R. S. E. and F. S. A. S. Author of an Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, &c. &c. Neatly printed in one Volume 8vo. Price 12s. boards.


ESSAY ON THE ORIGIN, PRINCIPLES, AND HISTORY OF GOTHIC ARCAITECTURE. By Sir James Hall, Bart. P. R. S. Edinburgh. Splendidly printed by Bulmer, in one Volume Imperial Quarto, and illustrated by Sixty beauti- . ful Plates, by Blore, Lizars, &c. Price L. 5. 5s. boards.


SERMONS by THOMAS SOMERVILLE, D.D. F. R. S. E. Minister of Jedburgh, and one of his Majesty's Chaplains in Ordinary. In one Volume 8vo. price 10s. 6d. boards.

“ These Sermons are, altogether, impressive and interesting. The author appears to have taken his countryman, Dr Blair, for his model in composition. His style is perspicuous, and his sentences are usually short. He touches only transiently on polemical topics ; but his discourses are full of devout sentiment, and are pervaded by the spirit of practical piety."-Crit. Rev. Dec. 1813.

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II. A SPELLING BOOK, upon a new Plan, for the Use of Schools. The Second Edition, Part I. and Il. 18mo. price Is. 6d. each bound.

III. AN EPITOME OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR; with a Variety of Exercises, for the Use of Schools. The Third Edition Improved, 18mo. price ls. 6d. bound.

IV. EXERCISES ON THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND;, containing a regular Series of Questions on all the important facts of the History, from the Invasion of the Romans to the Peace of Amiens. Chiefly taken from Goldsmith's England, 12mo. 2s. 6d. bound.

V. EXERCISES ON THE HISTORIES OF GREECE AND ROME; containing a regular Series of Questions on all the important Facts of both Histories, chiefly tao ken from Robertson's Greece and Goldsmith's Rome. The Second Edition improved, 12mo. 2s. 6d. bound.

VI. OUTLINES OF MODERN GEOGRAPHY: Intended to facilitate the Labour of Teaching, by exhibiting a simple Arrangement of the Objects of Geography, and by affording appropriate Exercises to the Learner. To which is added, A VA. RIETY OF PROBLEMS. The Third Edition Improved, 12mo. price 2s. 6d. bound.

The above publications are intended as a regular series of School-books. The SPELLING-BUOK, part first, presents a complete view of the general principles of Eng-. lish Pronunciation, arranged in such a manner as seems best fitted for the purposes of teaching, and illustrated with copious exercises in the form of short sentences, and little stories peculiarly accommodated to the capacity of children. The chief merit of the plan consists in carefully excluding, from the exercises which accompany each rule, every word which has not been previously explained, or which does not come under some of the heads formerly illustrated. In this way, simplicity aud consistency are given to English pronunciation, without altering the spelling or disfiguring the page, and the learner is freed from all those embarrassments which arise from the constant recurrence of anomalous words.-PART 2d contains stories of greater length, which are intended as promiscuous exercises upon the preceding rules. The chief anomalies of English pronunciation are now introduced, and placed at the head of each class of lessons, in order to impress them more strongly upon the mind of the pupil. To the whole are added Notes, in which the author attempts to explain what appears to him the best method of teaching the rules. Tue Grammar contains a full and comprehensive view of the different parts of speech, copious exercises for parsing, with explanatory foot-notes to assist the learner, and a complete collection of rules and remarks on syntax, accompanied with exercises on false grammar. These exercises are fuller than in any other grammar of the same size; by which means the expence of a separate book of exercises is saved. This small treatise is chiefly distinguished for the simplicity of its arrangement, for the brevity of the rules and remarks, and for containing a great variety of lessons peculiarly calculated to exercise the judgment and ingenuity of the learner. THE QUESTIONS ON HISTORY are merely books of exercises. They are intended to assist the teacher in examining his pupils, and are peculiarly calculated to excite the attention and exercise the ingenuity of the pupil himself. Each question rises out of the preceding; and care has been taken to introduce every important fact, by which means the exercises may, be regarded as a kind of abridgment of the respective histories. THE GEOGRAPHY presents a general view of the four quarters of the world, and a minute account of the provinces in each subdivision, with the rivers, lakes, islands, capes, and bays, peculiar to each. The whole is presented in a tabular form, and is intended as the materials of each day's lesson. regular intervals, the more important parts of the preceding lessons are presented in the form of questions, or promiscuous extrcises. To each section is subjoined a short account of the face of the country, the climate, the natural productions, the manufactures and commerce of each subdivision.



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LECTURES ON INFLAMMATION ; exhibiting a View of the General Doc.
trines, pathological and practical, of Medical Surgery. By John THOMSON, M. D.
F. R. S. E. Professor of Surgery to the Royal College of Surgeons, and Regius Pro-
sessor of Military Surgery in the University of Edinburgh. In one large Volume 8vo.
price 14s. in boards.

the Relations of Air to Heat and Moisture.

By John LESLIE, F.R.S. E.
Professor of Mathematics in the University of Edinburgh.
Neatly Printed in One Volume Octavo, with a Plate. Price 7s. 6d. boards.

THE SCOTTISH ADVENTURERS; or the Way to Rise. An Historical Tale.

By Hector MACNEILL, Esq.
Second Edition, with Alterations. Two Volumes 12mo. price 12s. boards.

By the same Author,
I. Poems. The Third Edition, corrected and enlarged, beautifully printed in 2
vols. small octavo, with plates, price 12s. boards.

11. Bygane Times and Late-come Changes, or a Bridge-street Dialogue, in Scottish
Verse. Third Edition, price 28. sewed, or fine paper 3s. 6d. boards.

Translated from the German of D. C. WILLDENOW. A New Edition, with the Au-
thor's last Corrections and Improvements. In one large Volume Octavo, illustra-
ted by Eleven Plates. Price 14s. boards.

“ We have not hitherto had any introductory botanical treatise which compre.
hends all the branches of botanical knowledge. Lee's Introduction to Botany, which
has been longest in use in this country, contains merely an explanation of the sys-
tem of Linnæus, and of terms employed by him. Berkenhout's Botanical Lessons
is nothing more than an explanation of the Linnæan terms, arranged in alphabe.
tical order. But the author before us, besides explaining the Linnæan method, and
the terms used by its followers, likewise gives a very full account of the different
natural and artifical systems that have been proposed by different botanists previous
and subsequent to that of the Knight of the Polar Star ; together with vegetable
physiology, explained according to principles established on the latest discoveries in
chemistry; the diseases of plants, and the history of botany. In short, his work,
which we understand has superseded all other elementary treatises on the Continent,
contains almost every thing connected with botany,

“ Upon the whole, however, it is our duty to say, that the same diligence and
judgment is displayed in this volume that we already have had occasion to ascribe
to M. Willdenow, when pronouncing our opinion of his edition of the Species Plan-
tarum of Linnæus ; and we venture, without hesitation, to recommend the Princi-
ples of Botany and Vegetable Physiology to those who wish to become acquainted
with the science, as the most complete introductory treatise on the subject hitherta
published."-Edinburgh Review, No. XXI.

Purposes in the Arts and Sciences. With Experiments on Light and Colours. By
David BREWSTER, LL.D. F.R.S. & F.A.S. Edin. Handsomely printed in one large
Volume Octavo, with Twelve Plates. Price 18s. boards.

This Volume contains the description and method of using a variety of New In-
struments for different purposes in the Arts and Sciences. Some of these instru-
ments are particularly useful to military and naval officers, travellers, and surveyors,
who require an easy method of measuring angles and distances with accuracy and
expedition ; and with the properties of a trigonometrical instrument they combine
all the properties of a common telescope. The other instruments are chiefly astro-
nomical, optical, mineralogical, geological, and trigonometrical.

This Work contains also an extensive set of experiments on light and colours,
copious tables of refractive and dispersive powers, and an account of several new
properties and affections of light. The different instruments described in this vo-
lume are made and sold by Messrs W. Harris & Co. 50, High Holborn, London,

Splendidly Printed by Ballantyne, in 8vo, Price 14s. Boards,

With Additions, arranged so as to render it highly useful to the Arts and Sciences,
particularly Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Morbid Anatomy. An-
nexed to which, are Examples selected from well-known Objects in the Animal, Ve.
getable, and Mineral Kingdoms.

Flower Painter, Edinburgh ; Painter to the Wernerian and Caledonian

Horticultural Societies.
This Work contains 108 COLOURS, painted with the greatest care and accuracy,
and is intended to supply what has been so long wanted, a general standard to re-
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likewise be found extremely useful in the Warehouses of Merchants, Manufacturers,
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The Publisher of this beautiful Work flatters himself, that it will be found one
of the most complete Treatises on this Branch of Drawing ever offered to the Public.
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