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The Works of William Cowper. Edited by the Rev. T. S. Grim
SHAWE, A. M., Rector of Burton, and Vicar of Biddenham, Au. thor of the “ Life of the Rev. Legh Richmond.” With an Essay on the Genius and Poetry of Cowper, by the Rev. J. W. CunNINGHAM, A.M., Vicar of Harrow. Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street.
The seventh volume of this ably edited and successful edition has, for its frontispiece, a well-engraved portrait of Cowper's mother, engraved by E. Finden. It is a quiet, pleasing face, without any thing remarkably striking about it. The vignette title-page is also by E. Finden, after a drawing by Harding, of the town of East Dereham, a very fine specimen of art. This volume is principally occupied by “The Task.” It also contains the “ Tyrocinium,” and many of the author's minor and hu. morous poems. His melancholy, at times, could be exquisitely humorous. “ John Gilpin” figures conspicuously among these. As this volume contains merely the text of Cowper, we cannot have possibly any thing to say, by way of commentary, on that which is so well-known and appreciated.
A Practical Treatise on Brewing, and on Storing of Beer, deduced from Forty Years' Experience. By William BLACK. Smith, Elder, and Co. Cornhill.
Really what its title imports it to be. We would trust to the directions so fully and so plainly given in this book, with more confidence than to one written with great scientific pretension. It is worth the while consulting by heads of families who brew their own beer. We believe that all the great London breweries have each their peculiar system and their secret. As their officials are above or beyond instruction, of course this book is nothing to them. But “the proof of the pudding,” &c. We should much like to compare a pot of Barclay's best with some of Mr. Black's better. We think that we have a taste in these matters, though we cannot boast, like our author, of quite forty years' experience.
The Library of Romance. By Leitch RitchIE. Smith, Elder, and
The fifteenth volume of this very amusing publication, contains the tale of “ Ernesto," a philosophical romance, by Mr. William Smith. We advertize the public, that this gentleman has, some time since, published two very excellent poems, entitled, “ Guidone” and “ Solitude," which have not excited, by any means, the attention that they deserved. The literature of the day is so prolific in metrical trash, that without some accompanying circumstances, foreign to the merits of the work, the best poetry is now overlaid by the superincumbent rubbish. We hope that this well-digested tale will bring the writer's poetry into notice. Even the prose before us is written with a well-tempered poetical feeling. It will well repay the reader the time that he may bestow upon it, even if he read it more than once.
Colburn's Modern Novelists. Vol. VIII. The Disowned. By Ed
WARD LYTTON BULWER. Richard Bentley, London ; Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh ; and J. Cumming, Dublin.
There are few bosoms among the educated classes that have not swelled with the various emotions this powerfully written novel so plentifully excites. The innate nobleness of soul of the hero, is at once so grand, and yet so practical, that we feel, while we admire it, that had we been placed in similar situations, we should hold ourselves mean did we not attempt to imitate it. We have only the first volume reprinted in this 8th number. The engravings that preface the work are good speci. mens of a very delicate burin. The selection that Mr. Colburn has hitherto made, is most judicious. We wish him every success.
Two Journeys through Italy and Switzerland. By William Thomp
son, assistant Commissary General to the Forces. John M'Crone, St. James's Square.
This volume can certainly have no higher pretension than that of being a well written guide book. Yet is it one of the best of its kind. The author appears to possess considerable literary powers, yet seems, either from diffidence, or a wish to get over his ground rapidly, loath to display them. For absolute utility no book could be better conceived or more ably executed. Making those allowances for the differences that that stern innovator time must have made in the countries Mr. Thompson visited ten years back, we should think no traveller could have a better companion than this work.
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., including a Journal of his Tour to the Hebrides.
By James Boswell, Esq. To which are added, Anecdotes by Hawkins, Piozzi, Murphy, Tyers, Reynolds, Stevens, &c. And Notes by various Hands. 8 Vols. John Murray, Albemarle Street.
This sixth volume boasts a frontispiece after that excellent artist, Stanfield, and engraved by Finden. It is a romantic view of Dove Dale. The vignette title-page is a portrait of the gravid doctor, from a bust of Nollekens. The volume is full of anecdote and highly-amusing conversational traits. In every other respect, as far as the getting of it up is concerned, it is quite equal to the best of its predecessors.
The Dublin Penny Journal. Conducted by Philip Dixon HARDY,
M. R., &c. &c. Wakeman and Co., Dublin, &c.
We have received this publication for the year 1834-5, very neatly bound up. It may fairly compete with any specimen of the penny literature of the day. Many of the articles we have read, and found them amusing, instructive, and generally well selected. Some of the woodcuts are rather inferior—but, on the whole, they are sufficiently well done. We think an extensive circulation of a work like this is peculiarly fortunate for Ireland. We cannot help expressing our opinion, that the mass of her population are semi-barbarous, and the finest pisintry on the face of God's earth,” are benighted, bigoted, and ignorant, to a degree that can be satisfactory only to priestcraft, and traitorous agitation.
The Tragedies of Harold and Camoens. By H. Śr. G. TUCKER,
Esq. Parbury, Allen, and Co. Leadenhall Street.
There is some very respectable verse in these tragedies. They are composed in the best of feelings, and breathe the most unexceptionable sentiments; it is, therefore, much to be lamented that they are a little dull in the perusal. But there is no good under the sun without some alloy, the finest and purest springs have often a layer of mud at the bottom, and Mr. Tucker may be surely pardoned an occasional tedium, he may also console himself with the idea that his readers cannot sleep and yawn at the same time.
The Poetical Works of Samuel Rogers, Esq. Illustrated by One
Hundred and Twenty-eight Vignettes, from Designs by Slothard and Turner. Edward Moxon, Dover Street. This felicitously embellished edition has reached its sixth number, con. taining the close of the poem of “ Columbiad,” and a portion of that of “Italy.' The vignettes are all after Stothard, and most exquisitely engraved. The engraving of the nun being immured, that is, actually walled up, is enough to make the heart ache to look upon it. The type and paper continue to be of the first order.
Sunday, a Poem. By the Author of the “ Mechanic's Saturday
Night.” Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange.
This is very good. In it certainly the higher attributes of poetry are wanting. We find nowhere the bold metaphor, and the finer abstractions of ideality. Here all is natural, sweet, and appealing directly to the unsophisticated associations we derive from the contemplation of the goodness of the Creator. It is very graphical, and though the pictures presented to us are always taken from this earth, yet the author has selected the fairest spots for his representations. The metre is polished, and the rhythm harmonious. The political tinge that appears here and there upon the work, is as offensive to our eye as mildew upon a beautiful Claude.
Minor_Morals for Young People, illustrated in Tales and Travels.
By John BowRING. Whittaker and Co., London.
That the ability displayed in these tales is sufficient to the ends proposed by the author, is their best praise. He certainly never rises, either in diction or sentiment, beyond a juvenile comprehension. This may read like a doubtful panegyric, but we mean it as a sincere one. The illustrations by George Cruikshank, though not in his best manner, are nevertheless good. We recommend this work to the attention of parents.
A Manual of Pntomology, from the German of Dr. Hermann Bur
miester. By W. E. SHUCKHARD, M.E.S. Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street; Charles Tilt, Fleet Street. This scientific periodical is now taking double steps towards its completion, the numbers seven and eight being published together. We have but little to add to our former encomiums of this work. It is a desideratum to English science.
The Bride of Sienna. A Poem. Saunders and Otley, Contluit
Much praise or much censure would be equally unjust as applied to the author of this poem. The tale is romantic and pathetic in a high degree; it is pleasingly told, with some effect, and with very agreeable
It may well beguile the weariness of a leisure hour, and afford pensive contemplation for a much longer period. We trust that it will excite sufficient public attention to convince the author that he has not employed his talents on this subject wholly in vain.
Florigraphia Britannica ; or Engravings and Descriptions of the
Flowers, Plants, and Ferns of Great Britain. By RICHARD DEAKIN, F. R. C. S. E., and Robert MARNOCK, Curator of the Sheffield Botanical and Horticultural Gardens. George Ridge, Sheffield; Groombridge, London ; Menzies, Edinburgh; Wakeman, Dublin.
We have received the first number of this publication, and pronounce that it commences well. The harvest before the editor is both rich and ample. The engravings, and every plant mentioned has one, are neatly performed, and well coloured. The information conveyed by the letterpress is full without redundancy. May it continue as it has begun! The price is extremely moderate, only one shilling for each number.
Some Considerations of the Political State of the Intermediate Coun
tries between Persia and India, with Reference to the Project of Russia marching an Army through them. By E. STIRLING, Esq., Bengal Civil Service. Whittaker and Co., Ave-Maria Lane.
A brief but most interesting publication. It is written with reference to military strategy, and may, in no long period, become a most impor. tant text-book. We recommend it to the attention of military men, and to all who may have influence with the political associations of our government.
Little Arthur's History of England. 2 Vols. John Murray, Albe
This is a pleasing little epitome, written in the very best spirit, with considerable skill and some elegance. The language, by its simplicity, is well adapted to the capacities of the very young, and far more pleasing to the adult. We recommend this work to mothers and gover
Stammering Considered, with Reference to its Cure, by the Application
of those Laws which regulate Utterance. By RICHARD CECIL. H. Renshaw, Strand.
This is a complete exposé of the arts of quackery on the subject. We recommend it to notice.
The Parterre. Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange. We have received the twelfth number of this periodical, and a very excellent number it is. The wood-cuts are particularly fine. It contains some pieces that entitle the work to take rank in the periodical literature of the day.
Sept. 1835.-VOL. XIV.--NO. LIII.
A History of British Fishes. By WILLIAM YARREL, F.L.S. Mus
trated by Wood-cuts of all the Species, and numerous Vignettes. John Van Vorst, 3, Paternoster Row.
As yet, we have only received the third number of the publication. It is a very interesting one, and contains, among other matter, a description of the well-known mackarel. The plates continue to be excellent. It is a praiseworthy undertaking.
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