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" Discourse," his clear and able exposition, Among Mancini's most bold and difficult and the polish of his style and language, translations, we must include that of although not free from a degree of affecta- “Homer, in Ottave Rime," in many tion.--(No. XLII. p. 323.)
points of view extremely valuable. Signor The Memoir of Signor Ferroni's is also Carelli's translation of “Anacreon and well and ably written, at once pithy and Saffo,” is remarkable, also, for its poetical comprehensive.-(p. 335.)
elegance and feeling, no less than for its The author of the “Eulogy on Signor typographical beauty. 4 Ibid.) Cocchi,” just lost to us, bas evinced great The Marchese Lucchesini's Fistory richness and command of language, with an “ Della Confederazione Renana,” is a work easy flow of composition.-(No. XLIII. of judgment and research. p. 29.)
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compilers, and the disposition and situa. Too many of the writers of the present tion in which it is expected that their day depend so much upon the resources readers sball discuss their labours, and to of their own minds, as, in a great mea. which, we believe, few objections would sure, to neglect thé labour and applica- be made. “Now you must imagine me tion necessary to qualify them for their to sit by a good fire, amongst a companye appearance before the public. Mr. J. of good fellowes, over a well-spiced wassel D'ISRAELI is quite an exception to this bowle of Christmas ale, telling of these remark. His works owe all ibeir amusing merrie tales, which hereafter follow." character to his laborious researches, and To the luxuries of so enviable a position, not to his own unassisted natural talent. these stories wonld certainly add a ligh Whilst most of his contemporaries are zest. Difficult as it is to draw any thing racking their invention for novelty to original from the ancient stories of le. entertain, he is employed in making ex. gendary fiction, yet several of the pieces entions to revive evanescent literary sub- in this volume aie quite new to us, and in jects
, and in presenting them once more to otbers which are current amongst us, the the attention of the public; and, though it variations are such as to give them a claim is true that there is no great intermixture to novelty. They are almost all distinof his own ideas, yet ihe subjects being guished by that wild avd somewhat gro. Dow new to inquiry, will afford us perhaps tesqne imagination, which the Germans as much pleasure as if entirely original. scem to possess beyond any other nation; We have been much interested by his and which, when well managed and de second series of Curiosities of Literature, Jicately refined, forms the great charm of consisting of Rescarches in Literary, Bio such exquisite works as the Romances!
La Motte Fouqué. In the tales before A judicious and well selected competus, this peculiar exuberance of fancy, in dium of the History of England, for ilk a ruder but yet genuine form, is blended use of young persons, cannot fail to meet with much quaint humour, and a piquant with a due appreciation of its merits from simplicity of style, which renders them parents and preceptors; and we are en. irresistibly entertaining.
abled to recommend a work of this naturr, The author of "Tracts on the English with great confidence, to their notice, Verb,” has fired a gun at the absurd foun. written on an ingenions and useful plan. dations of the Newtonian philosophy, and Mr. SOUTHEY, uniting in himself the he is a very expert marksman. 'But he characters of poet laureate and court may be the latter in the highest perfec- politician, bas just published and dedi. tion, without being grateful to his tutor. cated to his royal patron, the first volume He has read certain papers in this miscel- of his History of the Peninsular War: a lany, and perlaps the Twelve Essays, for task for wliich he is, in some respects, he more than once adopts their exact eminently endowed; and in other and phraseology, yet he clains originality and more important points, as notoriously professes to be self-taught. We do not disqualified. Amongst the advantages think science will be improved by what is which be possesses, may be uumbered bis his own; and we therefore adinii that he intimate acquaintance with the language, has discovered the principles that “all customs, and history, of Spain; his long motion is curvilineal,"—that “bodies un literary experience and habits of stndious der an exhausted receiver liave no weight,” research, and the particular facilities be and that “the tides arise from the trade- bas enjoyed, on the present occasion, of winds." He should read the Twelve drawing lis information on matters of Essays over again, and instruct himself fact, from sources of bigh authority. On before be sets up for a teacher. He onght the other hand, his exasperated party. also to practise the plain principles of prejudices acting on a judgment naturally gratitude and literary honesty, worth all weak, and flattered by a vanity poi untreother philosophy, and without which he quently the concomitant of such talents will do his school no credit.
as have fallen to the lot of Mr. Soutley; Isn't it Odd? by MARMADUKE MERRY- the retirement in which he has lived, WHISTLE, is a question put to us so fre. which has qualified him rather for specuquently in the course of three volumes, lative subjects than for such as bear spoo that we feel compelled to give it an an- the real business of life; and, not least, swer; and yet we feel some difficulty in the capacity in which he has composed making up our minds on the subject. this work, rather as the historiographer of The direct answer is obvious—It is very a court than as an independent pbiloc. odd and whimsical; and, if we proceed to plier; render him, of all men, perbaps the look at the dark side of the subject, we most incompetent to the true and in par. shall be compelled to add, that its wit is tial performance of the task which he has often quaint and affected, its linmour taken in hand. A similar work has been coarse and low, and its incidents impro- also conimenced in Spain, by order of the bable. But against these crawbacks, we government; and from the first part, alare ready to make a large allowance for ready published, Mr. Sonthey has derived the genuine, though somer hat irregular, much information. He would bave spirit which animates all its pages, and a
waited for its conclusion previons to the warmth of feeling which communicates publishing of his own labours, “bot its itself to the reader, and leads him, through progress," says he, " has been interrnpted a series of facetie, which, in spite of his by the revolution in Spain, and the aspects sterner judgment, will often force bim to of that country are so dark, that there a smile, to the end of Mr. Marmaduke can be po hopes of seeing it resumed." Merry whistle's eventful history. Setting We feel sentinents of unmixed pity for aside such objections as might certainly those perceptions, which can only descry be made to these volumes in point of good darkness in the first light which has taste, and, we might say, of good sense, cheered the spirits of the brare and suf. we can promise such of our readers as are fering patriots of Spain; which has al. not over-nicc in feeding their intellectual ready scared the troop of tyrants from appetite, a good deal of amusement in the prey they were ready to devons, and following the bustling vivacity of Mr. which, we trust, is destined not alone to Merrywhistle through all his practical illuminate that noble land, but to afford jokes and surprising adventures. In fact, the flame at which many a torch of free we have been more pleased with his ex. dom shall be lighted. It is well for Mr. travagances, than we can well reconcile Southey that his plan does not include the to our own consciences; and we feel al. history of the Spanish revolution, as well most angry at the provoking mixture of as that of the Peninsular war. In the merits and defects, which makes it diffi. latter, his rancorons batred of the French eult to praise, and painful to condemu. will compel him, at all events, to do am.
ple justice to the Spanish cause. In the Europe superior to this work in manual former, we know not how he could have execution. It contains finished maps of reconciled his duties as an historian, with the twenty-four states of which the great the allegiance which lie owes to despotism, Northern Union consists, together with two as the admirer of the holy alliance and the territories which are soon likely to be inmenial servant of a monarchi's household. corporated. Including the Floridas, which The volume now published gives the have been ceded by Spain, the territory history of the war from its commence
of the United States extends in mean ment in 1807, to the battle of Corunna length abont 2500, and in mean breadth and the death of Sir John Moore, in 1809. 830 miles, the area being 2,076,400 square
A collection of very entertaining an- miles, or 1,328,896,000 acres. The confe. ecdotes has been compiled, in two small deracy originally consisted of 13 states, and elegant volumes, by Mr. W. H. but the number is now increased to IRELAND, under the title of, Napoleon 24, forming the most extended and Arecdotes, illustrating the mental energies compact empire which has bitherto es. of the late emperor of France, and the isted. Appended to each map is a domescharacters and actions of his contempo. tic History of each State, with particulars rary stalesmen and warriors. They are
of its Constitution, Produce, Population, principally selected from the portfolio of &c. and this literary department is exea gentleman who resided in France for cuted with care and ability. We beartily several years previous to the return of wish the old continent were exhibited in Louis XVIII. and were noted down im- the same form as a companion to this mediately as related, or as the occurrences work, and we sliould then possess all the took place. The editor has also availed requisites of geographical information in himself of varions anthentic and popular one or two volumes. The American Atlas works, lo eprich his compilation, and has is not, however, to be regarded as a mere made a judicions use of the valuable compilation, for it contains many tracts, pages of Mr. O'Meara. It will neces- exhibited from original surveys, in which sarily happen in a collection of this na- our previons maps were imperfect, or very ture, that we meet with a number of incorrect; while, taken as a whole in its anecdotes which are hy no means new to graphic delineations, and in its lettere ns, but the quantity of original matter press, it is calculated to interest the phibears a very fair proportion to the whole.losopher as well as the geographer, and The selection has been made without any the philanthropist as well as the politician. exclusive partiality, and affords plentifal A series of Essays have just made their materials for making a just estimate of the appearance, under the title of Outlines of character and policy of Napoleon, whose Character, by a Member of the Philomathic talents, virtues, and fortunes, were of Institution, the perusal of which has such an order as to place him, not only afforded 16 much pleasure. They bear immeasurably beyond the sphere of con
the marks of an ingenious and reflecting temporary potentates, but perhaps to mind, although many of the subjects are entitle bim to rank in history, as the such as not to admit of much original regreatest and must successful monarch on mark and illustration. Such are the chaber records. With all his amazing ca
racters of the poet, the orator, the gentlepacities, and the sincere desire which, we man, and the map of genins ; on which the believe, be had to confer happiness on the author might well stand excused if he did countries under his dominion; his conduct
not advance any thing new. But to the and his fate form an eternal monument of discussion of these topics, however trile, the folly of entrusting to any one man, the essayist brings a clearness of judghowever able or good, the destinies of a ment, and a correctness of taste, which great body of mankind. As a monarch, give interest and value to his labours. Napoleou undoubtedly stands in the very Perlaps the most novel and entertaining first rank; as a benefactor of the human portion of his work is that in which he race, he, with all his sceptered brothers, pourtrays the literary character, and must sink into utter insignificance before makes an estimate of the present state and the patriotic virtue and wise moderation conseqnences of our literature; in which, of such a man as Washington, whose ac- for the most part, we perfectly coincide. tions will continue as long to be the ex- We think, however, that he has dwelt too ample of the new world, as those of exclusively on the inconveniences and Napoleon the warning of the old.
evils attendant npon the general diffusion Geography las received a valuable ac. of knowledge, and the multiplication of quisition in the appearance of a complete literary labonrs; and that, if he had taken American Atlas.' It has been publisbed as much pains to som np the benefits we by Carey at Pluiladelphia, and is repnb. derive from those sources, the balance lished in London by Miller. As a specimen would be found greatly in their favonr. of engraving and typography, it is highly Neither are we under any apprehensions creditable to the state of those arts in that the literary appetite of the age will be America ; and, in truth, we have nothing in pampered into satiety. This is a craving,
in the indulgence of which, “increase of and Helen Eyre. The great fault which appetite still grows on what it feeds or..” pervades this author's works is an exagger. The chapter on the periodical critic con- ation of sentiment, particularly in his de tains many very just and anosing observa- lineation of religious feelings, which bortions on the prevailing taste for criticism, ders too much upon enthusiasm, and some expressed with much moderation, and at times even upon affectation. the same time with a candour and fearless- A Concise System of Mensuration, ness which onght to emitle the anthor, in adapted to the use of Schools, by Mr. his turn, to a liberal and unprejudiced Alexander Ingram, of Leith, is entitled jndgment.
to favourable mention. It embraces the Time's Telescope for 1893, will be found theory and practice in such a manner, that inferior to none of its interesting prede. they may be taught either separately or
We have ro otien had occasion conjointly; and the several rules are ex: to notice the periodical appearance of this pressed in language remarkably clear and
useful work, that our readers need no in- intelligible, and illustrated by very appro· formation as to its object and plan. To priaie examples, so that the volume pre
the present volumes is prefixed an intro- sents, in a very small compass, a complete duction, on the babits, economy, and system of the science. If a well-founded uses, of British Insects, and an Ode to objection can be made to Mr. Iogram's Time, written expressly for the work by compilation, it is, that too much extraneBernard Burton, from wliose highly pleas- Olis matter is introduced in a treatise on a ing poems we likewise observe several ex- study so decidedly practical as mensura, tracts are given by the compiler. In the tion. The knowledge of fuxions and variety and amusing quality of its contents, fuents cannot be considered a necessary we know few works which can bear a com- introduction 10 such a study; but, ** parison with Time's Telescope; while, at the should not be doing the author justice, same time, it contains much useful mat. did we omit to state, that the algebraical
We notice, with particular commen- part of his work is executed with remarkadation, the poetical taste of the editor, ble neatness and accuracy. who has selected from the fugitive verscs The anonymons writer of Letters from a of the day many very beautiful and inter- Lady to her Niece, is more justly entitled to esting specimens. We seldom recollect the praise of the judicious critic, and the having read any lines displaying a more thanks of her own sex, than many others fanciful imaginatiou than those by Mr. who have been eager to avow their claim Shelley at page 204. The scientific de- to their productions. The style is easy partment is got up with the same fidelity and elegant; the maxims inculcated are and cleverness which distinguished the those of sound prudence and sincere former numbers of “ Time’s Telescope." virtue; and, to any females entering info
It is, we understand, to the prolific pen life, Ilie perual of this little volume will of the author of Adam Blair, that we are be aliended with manifold advantages, in indebted for the amusement we have strengthening the intellectual powers, and received in the perisal of Lights and indicating the most eligible path to the Shadow's of Scottish Life, professing to be a attaiument of tranquillity of mind and ifte Selection from the Papers of the late Arthur happiness. Austin. It consists of a few simple tales, We have been seldom more amesed in which the Scotch character is depicted, than liy the perusal of Travels in Es ypt, both in bappiness and in affliction, or, as Syria, and the Holy Land, by WILLIAM our author expresses ii, in light and in RAE Wilson, Esq. a gentleman who ap shadow. Three of the best of these have pears to have travelled abroad in search of already appeared before the public in a knowledge, which he would, in all proba. well-known northern magazine. Most of bility, lrave been better able to obtain by the others are very creditable to the author's staying at home. With a heated imagina: talents, though some of them are too de- tion, and but a small portion of judgment void of incident to create much interest. to counterbalance it, Mr. Wilson does not There is, two, throughout the whole book, visit the sacred scenes of Palestine wila in his description of natural appearances, a
calm veneration, but breaks ont into laborious straining after his original. extatic raptures, which would better be These descriptions are also too long, and come the chronicle of a crusader Iban the have too little convexion with the sub- pages of an enlightened traveller in the ject. Such short stories as these admit of nineteenth century. Had Mr. W. assumed no superfinous parts. Every thing should the “cockle-bat and staff," instcad of bear immediately upon the point. Those the turban and pipe, he would have tales appear to us to be the best, in which made as thorough and true-spirited a pił the author has departed farthest from the grim as ever travelled witla pease in li incidents of
common life, as in the shoes. The simplicity of his narrative i Corenanter's Marriage Day; but several of really charming; he confesses, without the others are yet iighly interesting. We liesitation, the tremors into winch ho 180 were particularly struck with the Rainbow lv tall at the sight of an Arab's swarthy
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