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Classical Literature will succeed. The Authors will be arranged alphabetically, from Æsop to Xenophon; and the notices of rare and valuable editions, in this most extensive and most valuable department of his Lordship’s Library, will be found more copious and interesting, it is presumed, than any with which the reader is yet acquainted.

Miscellaneous Literature, in the Latin Language, including Didactic and Moral Works, Writers upon the Canon and Civil Law, Historians, and Chrohiclers of the Middle Ages, will form the fourth division.

Italian Books, including some remarkably scarce early-printed volumes of Poetry, compose the fifth division.

English Books printed by Caxton, Wynkyn de Worde, and Pynson, as well as the St. Albans Book of Hawking, Hunting, and Coat Armour (of which the only known perfect copy is in this collection) will form the sixth and concluding department.

Neither pains nor expense will be spared in the execution of the work. It will be printed with a new type, in the best manner, at the Shakspeare Press, upon paper manufactured purposely for it; and no difference will be made in the press-work, or quality of the ink, between the Small and Large Paper Copies. In regard to the intrinsic value of these volumes, it is hoped they will be found deserving of the approbation of the Public. Many rare and valuable ancient publications will, for the first time, be made generally known ; and the deficiencies and errors of preceding bibliographers supplied and corrected where found necessary. By means of fac-similes of types, and cuts, a number of books will be more satisfactorily described than heretofore; and, consequently, will make a more lasting impression upon the memory of the reader. Of the extraordinary value of the Library here described, it is hardly necessary to apprise the classical Student and Collector. It is the wish of its Noble Owner, that a collection, which has been obtained at a very great expense, during a series of years, should be faithfully madė known to the Public: and if either his Lordship, or the Public, experience any disappointment at the present attempt to carry such a wish into execution, the Author is exclusively responsible for such failure.

** To be published in Two Volumes, Super-Royal Octavo. Price, to Subscribers, 5l. 58. Fifty Copies only will be printed on Large Paper, at 121. 12s. each Copy; the whole of which latter are subscribed. The impression of the Small Paper will be limited to 500 Copies. It is requested that letters, post paid, addressed to the Rev. Mr. Dibdin, be sent either to Messrs. Longman and Co. Paternoster-row; Messrs. White and Cochrane, Fleet-street, London; or to Mr. Gutch, Bookseller, Bristol.

The Fall of Deisin :

Wherein the Objections of the Ancient and Modern Deists against the Old and

New Testaments, during the last Sixteen Hundred Years, from Porphyry and Celsus, down to Spinoza, Hobbes, Bolingbroke, Morgan, Voltaire, Tindal, and Paine, are answered, by a strict adherence to the literal sense of the Hebrew Language.

Containing Researches into the Customs, Manners, and Usages of the ancient Jews; the peculiar Phraseology of the original Language exemplified from the Rabbinical Writivgs, the Talmuds, Gamara, &c. together with Extracts from the Septuagint and Samaritan Pentateuch, illustrative of those passages which, by the Advocates of Deism, have hitherto been considered unanswerable.

Vol. VI. No, XI.

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The Characters of the Heathens, Jupiter, Bacchus, Mercury, Hercules, &c. are clearly proved to be taken from the Old Testament, and the data of their mythology to be 500 years later than the time of Moses.

BY JOHN BELLAMY, Author of History of all Religions; and Biblical articles in the Classical Journal.

This work is designed to be a faithful Interpreter of all those passages of the sacred Scriptures which the Deists have adduced in order to invalidate Divine Revelation ; an Antidote to repel the malignant poison of Deism, and to remove the veil of sophistry, with which the enemies of the Christian Religion have so craftily concealed the face of truth. It will furnish the lovers of the Scriptures with conclusive arguments, whereby to establish their genuineness and authenticity, and “ to convince the gainsayers, whose mouths must bo stopped.” Tit. i. 9. 11.

The Work to be handsomely printed and hotpressed, in Octavo, price in boards 11. 4s. The manuscript is ready, and will be put to press as soon as a sufficient number of copies are subscribed for, to defray the expense.

Subscriptions received by Mr. A. J. Valpy, Tooke's Court, Chancery Lane, London.


Wood's athenae Dronienses.

Some months since the editor of the proposed new edition of the ATHENÆ printed and circulated among his literary friends a life of Daniel, the poet, as a specimen of the intended work. He has the satisfaction of stating, that this specimen was received with expressions of the warmest approbation by those persons, whose peculiar knowledge of the subject renders them the most competent to decide on the merits or defects of a publication of this nature. It procured him also the voluntary assistance of many gentlemen whose pursuits had led them to collect notes on the original work, as well as the loan of several copies enriched with the manuscript observations of writers now no more.

To the antiquary, the historian, and the lover of biographical research, the accuracy and merit of this work is well known : to the general reader, however, some aecount of the original, and proposed improvements, may not be useless or uninteresting

In 1691, Anthony à Wood published his first volume, the materials of which he collected, not only from all the MSS. and printed works on biography then known, but, with an industry unexampled, spent the whole of a long and studious life, in searching the University archives, as well as the registers and private papers of each college, for memorandums and anecdotes of the respective writers, whose lives lie had undertaken to narrate. In this task he was assisted by most of the eminent authors of his age, and how far he succeeded, the pages of every work treating on English biography afford sufficient testimony. Scarcely, indeed, since the time of Wood, has a single life, which forms the subject of a memoir in his publication, been drawn up, which does not hear evident marks of owing its foundation to his indefatigable research. Hence it is that the biography of our Oxford writers is generally found more copious and authentic, than that of any other early author for whose life Wood's labors afford no information.

In 1692 the second volume appeared, and for the insertion of some reflections on the character of Lord Chancellor Clarendon, the author underwent a rigorous, and, in the opinion of many, an unjust prosecution : with the merits of the case

tiave nothing to do at present; it was decided agaipst the author, and to this

termination of the cause may be attributed the alterations and omissions made in the succeeding edition. This was printed in 1721, under the supposed care of Bishop Tanner, but in reality subject to the caprice of Tonson the bookseller, who, probably intimidated by the punishment already inflicted on the author, and apprehensive of similar consequences, omitted every strong passage that could be tortured into a personal observation. In consequence of these curtailments, the second edition, although containing several additional lives taken from Wood's own MSS. by no means superseded the first, and was indeed so strongly reprobated at the time of its appearance, that the celebrated antiquary Hearne uniformly terms it a spurious book, and could never be prevailed on to quote from it.

In the forthcoming edition the passages omitted in the second edition will be uniformly restored. The additions by Bishops Humphreys, Kennet, and Tanner, will be given, with those of Sir Philip Sydenham, Dr. Rawlinson, Mr. Baker, Cole, Loveday, Morant, Peck, Wanley, and Whalley, besides the communications of several intelligent friends. Of the editor's own notes it does not become him to say any thing : these must speak for themselves, and their contents shall, at all events, possess the merit of truth and impartiality.

As the first volume is actually in the press, and will speedily appear, it becomes necessary to state some particulars concerning the plan which has been adopted.

The text is printed from the edition of 1721, the omissions or alterations in which from the first edition, are inserted at the side, so that both readings may be referred to at the same time. The additions to the second edition are distinguished by " inverted commas;" and those now first given from the MS. authorities before mentioned, or by the editor, are inclosed [between brackets); the former always containing the writer's name on whose authority they are offered.

The folios, as numbered in the edition of 1721, are given on the margin, to render the present copy applicable for reference, in the perusal of former writers, whose works have been published subsequent to that, and previous to the present edition.

Evident errors have been frequently corrected without the parade of a note, since that accuracy must be considered as useless, which retains the mistakes of an author merely for the sake of bibliographical minuteness.

In most instances where a poet's life has been recorded, a short specimen from some one of his productions is added in the notes, an insertion, which, whilst it occupies a very small space in the work, will, it is hoped, be acceptable to the admirers of our early literature, and at the same time afford a tolerably just estimate of the progressive alterations and improvements in our English poesy.

The same remark applies to the list of engraved portraits at the end of each article. In this, it has been the editor's intention to notice a few of the best specimens of the art, rather than to select the scarcest or most expensive.

Having thus pointed out the chief peculiarities of the new edition of ATHENÆ OXONIENSES, it only remains to be stated, that very large collections have been made for a ContINUATION of the work to the year 1800. In the mean time, whilst he returns his most sincere thanks to those gentlemen who have already favored him with assistance, the Editor takes the liberty of requesting additional information on these subjects, which he will be happy to acknowledge, and feel it his duty to appropriate in the course of the work. March 16, 1812.

The work is closely printed in royal quarto, in columns, and the first volume will be published in October next, the second in February, 1813, and the suc. ceeding volumes will follow with as much dispatch as is consistent with the im. portance of the publication. The Continuation will be put to press immediately upon completion of the original work, and a similar mode of publication adopted.

Printed for John Harding, St. James's Street, and White, Cochrane, and Co. Fleet Street, London; J. Cooke, J. Parker, and R. Bliss, Oxford ; and J. Deighton, Cambridge : where Specimens of the Work may be seen, and to whom gentlemen desirous of possessing it, will be pleased to forward their names. The Temple of Ezekiel :" Containing an Elucidation of the 40th, 41st, and 42d Chapters, &c. of Ezekiel ;

comprising the ion a Temple, with all its Courts, Halls,

Chambers, and Porches, as described in those chapters.

A Comment never before brought so concisely and completely to the view of the literary world, on account of the obscureness of the text, and the want of a plan as a key to the text; now elucidated with an impartial and scientific Comment, representing this Visionary Edifice, with all its dimensions and calculations, in a clear and concise manner: with two plates; one representing the Fundamental design of that edifice, agreeable to the text; and the other a Bird's Eye View, with the elevations of that magnificent and spacious fabric,

This elucidation is pot Ideal, but a correct representation of the literal and true sense of the Bible-text, with such assistance as the Author has gathered from the Hebrew writers, and the Doctors co-existent with the Second Temple; also from the most celebrated commentators, besides the particulars of his own observations, so as to reconcile the whole text with a true representation of the Temple proposed by Ezekiel.

The method the Author has pursued is, to place all the text regularly in the margin, with the comment opposite to the places: the dimensions and calculations appertaining to the text, are marked in alphabetical order, referring to the Fundamental design. And, in particular places, where the translations are obscure, or have been misconceived, the Author has introduced the original Hebrew text, and has endeavoured to rectify the errors, and give the true sense of it. The Author trasts, that not only the discerning readers and adherents to the Holy Scripture will be gratified by such an elucidation, but, that the scientific reader will consider it as an interesting and sublime document relating to ancient architecture, and as a valuable supplement to the Bible.

The work will be printed in large quarto, containing about seven sheets of letter-press; to which will be annexed, two large copper-plates, as before mentioned. The whole written, designed, and engraved by S. Bennett, Author of " The Constancy, Dispersion, and Progress of Israel.”- - Subscriptions received by the Author, at No. 475, Strand, corner of Lancaster Court, where may be seen the above-mentioned designs. No money required till the Delivery of the Work.

Since the printing of this Prospectns, the manuscript has been greatly increased, by an introduction, in which the Anthor advances arguments consonant to reason, and supported by authentic testimonies from the Mishnah, and the Bible itself; that, the Temple of Ezekiel was intended for a Material and Temporal one, as well as for the time to come, which is not improbable in the latent economical procedure of the Omnipotent. That the Second Temple erected by Zernbabel and the oby927 noja great Congress, was in its principal parts an imitation of the one described by Ezekiel. - Assigning also a reason, why the great Congress did not complete the Temple in the other parts, as described in the text of Ezekiel. The Work has also been increased, with a comment on the Forty-third Chapter in addition, which will be found essential to the knowledge of Literature in general, the History, and Divine Economy in the Procedure of the earlier period of Judaism ; and is treated Theologically, Historically, and Critically. --The Price to Subscribers, 128.


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