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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 her tales. In addition, she invaria
Character. By Mrs. S. C. Hall. bly developes the genuine characSecond Series. 8vo, pp. 448. ter of the peasant, and, in spite of London: Westley and Davis. herself, almost, is obliged to follow 1831.
him through the obliquities of a timeMrs. Hall is undoubtedly the best serving and cunning dissimulation. judge of her own interests ; she
Mrs. Hall, has, moreover, enough of may be warranted, for ought we
good sense and true practical chaknow, in expatriating her comic
rity, to avoid every illiberal and parmuse, and in abjuring the pleasant
tial view of the national character country which gave her birth; but
of her country. We trust sincerely it must be confessed by her best
that if this excellent writer should friends, that she has taken rather an
ultimately forsake the field, whence Irish way of putting in her justifi- she has brought off so many wellcation. A more conspicuous testi
deserved honours, it is with the mony to the crime of her desertion
intention of reappearing in a new, could not be furnished, than the
and not less delightful character. very work in wbich she has announced it. There are thirteen capital stories in this volume, and, Art. XIX. German Poetical Anas usual with every thing Irish, thology. By A. Bernays. 8vo. they rapidly alternate between the pp. 370. London: Treuttel and sigh and the smile. We have read Co, 1831. a few of the sketches in other pub
We are glad to find that this work lications ; but those which are en
has reached a second edition, as the tirely new, appear to us to be by
exertions which Mr. Bernays has far the best. Mrs. Hall's delinea
been making for some years, in tions of Irish character and manners
order to diffuse ainongst us, a love cannot be exceeded for truth ; they of his native literature, are well are in fact too strictly, too severely worthy of every kind of encouragereal, and we must say that the more
ment. The selections which be durable impression of the Irish
has given in the present volumes character, which we derive from her
may be considered, for the most powerful scenes, is not wholly of a
part, as indeed “ Elegant Extracts." favourable nature, though we are They are free from taint in a moral aware of the amiable purpose which
point of view, and are calculated that lady has ever bad in view when to exhibit the poetical qualities of writing these national stories. And
the German language in a very perbaps a better proof than this
favourable light. The editor has fact, could not be given of the fidel
prefixed to the Anthology, a short lity of Mrs. Hall's sketches. We
account of the authors from whose have read with pleasure many co works his flowers have been culled, pic stories of Ireland from contem
and also a well written historical porary writers; some of them are
essay on German poetry, which, be.. admirable for the bumour of the
sides evincing a thorough acquaintdialogue ; some for the eccentricity
ance with the subject, shews that of the characters; some again for he is as well versed in the English the perfect imitation of the rustic
language, as he is in his own. English dialect of the common people of Ireland. Mrs. Hall unites these three excellences in most of
ART XX - Marina ; or, un His- about the sublimities and beauties of
torical and Descriptive Account the ocean, inasmuch as his praises of Southport, Lythum, and Black- are as applicable to the waters that pool, situate on the Western coast lave the beach of Scarborough or of Lancashire. By P. Whittle. Margate, as to those which visit the Svo. pp. 325. Preston :, P. and shores of Lancashire. Perhaps also H. Whittle, 1831.
we might advise him to be a little We are much obliged to Mr. Whittle
more careful of his grammar and for favouring us with a copy of bis language, in the next edition. The book, before it has been quite ready
accommodations for visitors is equal for distribution amongst his sub- to any watering place in the kingscribers. It is with great pleasure
dom,' p. 31, will not do even in that at any time we sit down to a
Southport. The following systems topographical work, written by an are taught by Mr. Walker and able individual, who is conversant with
assistants.-Greek, Latin, &c.' Is the localities which he describes,
Greek a system? We might quote and pursues bis subject with the many other similar bluuders, which enthusiasm, that naturally springs
a little care will rectify. The adfrom early associations. Such an vantages of Lytham and of Blackauthor passes over nothing in the
pool, as watering places, are not features of the district, which he has
raised up in rivalry with those of undertaken to celebrate ; its cus
Southport, but are, we believe, fairly toms, its superstitions, the arrival stated. The lithographic Illustraof a king or of an admiral entered tions are, we regret to add, but on its records, battles fought within
mediocre specimens of the art. its precincts, sieges and rebellions carried on there, are all displayed before us with a minuteness, and, generally speaking, a vivacity of de
Art. XXI.-1. Leigh's Guide to
Wales and Monmouthshire, contail, which are delightful. Particularly happy are we to light upon
taining Observations on the Mode such a book, when drinking the spa,
of Travelling, &c. Hlustrated or purifying ourselves upon
with a Map of Wales, and Views shore, from the smoke of this gi
of the Menai and Conway Bridges. gantic intellectual steam engine, as
pp. 356. London: Leigb. 153). London may well be called. Then
2. The Welsh Interpreter : condo we rejoice in exploring, with the
sisting of a concise Vocabulury,, industrious compiler, the old castles,
and Collection of Useful and and monasteries, and camps, of
Familiar Phrases, &c. By Thowhich he has preserved memorials;
mas Roberts. pp. 138. London: we enter readily into his Botanical,
Leigh. 1831. Conchological, Icthyological, and all The superiority of this New Guide his other ogical labours, and listen to Wales over any that we have with unwearied perseverance to his seen, consists in its embracing an legendary traditions, and, in short, account of any possible route in the to every thing he bas to say. Hence romantic scenes of the principality, it will be readily believed that we which the traveller may be induced, approve, in the most unreserved hy whim or business, to select. manner, of Mr. Whittle's 'Marina.' Thus, in order to avail bimself of In bis section upon Southport he the assistance of this work, it is has, perhaps, given us too much not necessary that the tourist should
be condemned to any prescribed and it embraces a great variety of subbeaten track. There is, however, jects in law, politics, and literature. a series of tours in Wales proposed There is perceptible in all his refecby the editor, which he considers tions, a strain of shrewd common best calculated to display the various sense, which oftentimes gives them beauties of that charming country, a piquancy that will not easily The illustrations, antiquarian and escape from the memory. The auhistorical, which are introduced, thor, bowever, is of the class of are in the usual style of spirited and timid politicians, who treat a thinkcorrect narrative, which distin- ing society as an inert, lifeless mass, guishes the itinerary publications that is inevitably subject to certain of Mr. Leigh. The Interpreter physical laws, and requires to have will be fouod a very convenient its balance permanently maintained companion for tourists in Wales, by a power superior to itself. We but particularly for pedestrians. No greatly prefer the miscellaneous reone can have travelled in a strange marks of the author, which in gecountry for a single day, without neral are the result of experience feeling the vast difference which and considerable knowledge. The will be made in bis convenience and lovers of philology will find in this pleasures, by his being capable of
something to their advan. communicating with the natives in tage." their own language. The Interpreter is therefore a very happy invention, and calculated greatly to enhance Art. XXIII.-The Sailor's Bride: the luxuries of a Welsh tour. A
a Tale of Home. By the author very desirable quality of this in
of the Months of the Year. 12mo. structor, however, deserves to be
pp. 114. Charles Tilt.
1831. pointed out, namely, the pronunciation, according to English mo
This is a sweet tale, peculiarly dels, of the Welsh familiar lan
adapted to the mind of childhood; guage ; so that with this book in it sírongly tends to cherish the best his hand, a genuine Londoner may
qualities which can characterize the soon be as well able to converse
period of youth, and prepare it for
the nobler duties of the man. with a Welshman, as any inhabitant of Llangollen itself !
Art. XXIV. - The Life of Thomas
Muir, Esq. Advocate, &c. &c. ART. XXII.- Few Words on many By Peter Mackenzie. 8vo. pp.
Subjects, grave and light. By a 160. Glasgow : W. R. M.Phun; Recluse. 12mo. pp. 294. Lon. London : Simpkin and Marshall. don: Longman, Rees & Co. 1831. 1831.
In the Scotch state trials for 1793, We suspect that this modest little the name of the unfortunate subject volume is the transcript of a com- of this memoir occurs, as one of the mon place book, kept by an elderly honest and intrepid supporters of gentleman in easy circumstances, public liberty, whom a corrupt and who bas read and thought just as wicked government had forced to much as one, whose chief business become martyrs. The story of poor in life is pleasure, inay be supposed Muir and his compavions has been to do. Though his volume is small, too often brought before the couutry 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