Billeder på siden
PDF
ePub
[ocr errors]

We are glad to see that, in this new impression, the price of this work is moderated ; and that, notwithstanding that reduction, there are very valuable additions. The treatment of diabetes is confirmed by a most satisfactory induction of facts. Much new evidence also occurs in favour of the treatment of venereal affections by acids and oxigenated muriat of potash.—We still remain unconvinced by what Dr. Rollo has added in regard to theory :—but it would be hard if an author, who has done so much to improve medicine, were pot at liberty to speculate. - Mr. Cruickshank has signalized his ingenuity in the present edicion. [This article has been accidentally overlooked.]

Bed...S. Art. 40. Elements of Chemistry ; by Joseph Francis Jacquin, Pro.

fessor of Chemistry and Botany at Vienna ; &c. Translated from the German. 8vo. pp. 415. 75. 6d. Boards. West, &c. 1799.

Mr. Henry Stutzer is the avowed translator of this work; of the original of which we have some years ago given an account. (Appendix to Rev. vol. xii. N. S. p. 525.) As the translator has not subjoined any additional matter in the way of nates, nor made any alterations, we have only to attend to the essential points of his duty, accuracy and justness in the English version.

In the titles of the contents, we perceive no inaccuracies of translation, nor any erroneous orthography. We have also carefully perused several of the chapters, and have the pleasure of finding the translation not only accurately performed, but, on the whole, given in a proper style.

· Though Mr. Stutzer might not deem it absolutely his duty, we can. not help remarking that this publication would have been rendered more useful by introducing the additions, and making the alterations, which are obvious to every person who is acquainted with the advancements in chemistry since this work was written. We think that the order of the system of Lavoisier would have been much more luminous than, the arrangement into three classes according to the three kingdoms, mineral, vegetable, and animal. Among the acids, the editor has : omitted several which have been newly discovered; viz, the Zoonic, the Laccio, the Suberic, the Chromic, &c. Among the metals, are overlooked the Telluris, the Chromile, and Titanite ;-among the earths, the Strontian and Glucina. The oxids of azote, or of Nitrogen, are also omitted. Many neutral salts of importance are likewise unnoticed, as is the Tanning Matter. We mean only to shew that the editor might have improved the work by these and other additions.

Pear..n.
MISCELLANEOUS,
The Age of Chivalry; a Moral and Historical Tale.
Abridged and selected from the Knights of the Swan of Madame
Genlis. By C. Butler.

28. 6d. bound. Law. 1799.
To abridge a work of fancy and genius is an arduous under.
taking, particularly when the object in view is the entertainment of
youthful minds. The present attempt to new model the original
work of Madame de Genlis appears to us unsuccessful. Abrupt
and dry, this alteration must lose its native attractions; and we may
justly say,
" the Age of Chivalry is past."

Smyth. 4

Art.

[ocr errors]

Art. 41.

I 2mo.

15.

not aware

IS.

Art. 42. Lavater's Letter to the French Directory. Translated from the German. Svo.

Hatchard. 1799. Another translation of M. Lavater's famous remonstance, see M. R. vol. xxvii. p. 351. Probably this translator was that he had been anticipated by Mr. Newman.--At the end of the present publication, the following anecdote is inserted.

• Almost immediately after writing the above letter, Lavater inclosed a copy of it to his friend Monsieur M-; adding, that he regarded his own destruction as inevitable, and supposed that to be, the last time he should hold any intercourse with him-but that he was far from repenting what he had done, was perfectly prepared for his destiny, and indifferent to every thing it was in the power of his persecutors to inflict-he had performed what appeared to him an indispensable duty, and was insensible to every other consideration.' Art. 43. 1 Journal of a Tour to Scarborough, in the Summer of

1798. 8vo. Printed at Wisbech. In this summerising tour from Wisbech to Scarborough, we have not found our nameless describer an unpleasant comparion. He is a man of observation. He is also a man of reading ; and (like Reviewers, too,) he is a man of quotation ; and so, with a disposition to be pleased, and not, like Dr. Smelfungus, ready to growl at every thing with which we met, we have jogg'd on socially to.. gether.—The tour being ended, we come now to speak of the pama. phlet ;--which opening at p. 25, we note, with interest, the following short paragraph :

· Hark ye, Messrs. the Monthly Reviewers, (whose literary labours I have known and admired even from my boyish days to the very moment I now tell it,) which the most piquant bonne bouche, the foregoing pages or Dolly's beef-steaks ? To answer a plain question honestly, as beseemeth conscientious cri

' from our boyish days' to the present moment, never met with anything comparable to “ Dolly's BEEF-STEAKS !!” Art. 44. The Copper Plate Perspective Itinerary; or Pocket Port

Folio. Numbers I. and II. To be continued Quarterly: By T. Bonner, Engraver. Price 7s. 6d. each Number. Sold by Carey, Strand.

The design of this elegant undertaking cannot be better explained by us than it has been by Mr. Bonner himself, in his addresses to' the public :

• These Numbers,' says he,' are submitted to the patronage of those who respect antiquity, and are amateurs and encouragers of the fine arts, to constitute a work that may be relied upon for strict fidelity in all its representations.' _. The Perspective liinerary, or Pocket Port Fulio, is on an entire new plan, and will consist of views of tles, abbeys, cathedrals, places, mansions, ruins, and such other. interesting subjects, drawn from the originals, as are best calculated to perpetuate approved instances of modern excellence, to gratify the scientific taste of the antiquary, and to bring forward to gencral admie ration the most striking objects of natural beauty.

5

• Each

tics, we,

cas.

• Each Number with the prints and letter-press illustration, stitched together, in a green case, ornamental for the cabinet, and convenient for the pocket, will consist of ten perspective views, and a folding print, containing miscellaneous articles of antiquity, near to the main subject; the whole to be near to a pleasurable ride of each other ; with occasional descriptions of the adjacent country: being intended as a portable and explanatory Director, by pointing, at once, to the subjects most worthy the notice of the curious, and illustrated by historical extracts.

• In the execution of this work, comprehending the united efforts. of the Pencil, the Graver, and the Pen, no pains will be spared to sender it an agreeable companion for a tour, as well as a production not unworthy the patronage of the lovers and encouragers of the fine Arts, or undeserving a place in their cabinets. Long practice, and a familiar acquaintance with the originals, lead the artist to flatter, himself with the hopes of success in his anxious attempt to delineate and describe these favourite subjects, with an accuracy and fidelity, which will be acceptable and satisfactory to the strict examiner, and distant connoisseur.'

To prevent any apprehension of the numbers of this work being continued to an undesirable extent, the Artist requests that subscribers will please to observe that every Number will, in general, so entirely terminate the subject which it clucidatos, as to be complete in itself, and to render it unnecessary for them to proceed as purchasers of the subsequent parts of the publication, unless the merit of the work should induce them to continue their countenance of the undertaking. Mr. B. farther informs the curious, that a few proof impressions of the engravings will be taken, which, as is usual, will be double price : those on India paper, a guinea and a half.

The subject of the first Number is the fine old Cathedral of Glocester, in ten distinct views, each on a separate paper, the sizes of which are different*, but all within the pocket size. These perspective views have for their objects, respectively, 1. Inside View from the West. No. 2. the Choir, High Altar. 3. The Northe Aisle, with the Monuments of King Edward II. and King Osrick. 4. Cells for Punishment in the Transept, and an Altar in St. Andrew's Chapel. 5. Whispering Gallery. 6. South Aisle of the Saxon Crypt. 7. The La lies’ Chapel. 8. College School. 9. Library. 10. The Great Cloisters. These we have seen with delight in their existing state; and we now review them with pleasure in these wellengraved resemblances. To the best of our recollection, after the lapse of some years, the views are not only elegantly executed, but accurately designed. In illustration of the engravings, Mr. B. has giveu proper historical extracts, in distinct pages of letter-press; and he seems to have been diligently and judiciously attentive to matters of fact.

The subject of No. II. of this Perspective Itinerary is Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire, with its environs, and Flancsford Privry, on

* This dissimilarity occurs not in Number II; nor will again, aş an advcrtisement informs us.,

the

[ocr errors]

12 mo.

3 Vols.

the banks of the Wye. To these are added a folding nriscellaneous plate, exhibiting various subjects, all bearing relation to the castle, in respect to antiquity and curiosity. Proper historical illustrations are here gres of the several views, as in the number relating to Glocester Cathedral.

The objects of the distinct Picturesque Views of Goodrich Castle are, 1. The Castie, and its situation in the approach to it by land. 2. Elevation and aspect on the S. E. Bank of the Wye, as viewed froin the water. 3. The Great West Tower. 4. The South Tower. 5. Inside View from the West, &c. 6. Inside Vicw from the East. ?. Inside View of the Ladies' Tower, the Kitchen, &c. 8. General View of the Castle. 9. The Breach, &c. 10. Remains of Flanesford. To these are added the folding print already mentioned.

We cannot conclude without expressing our wishes for the success of this undertaking; of which, indeed, little doubt can be enter. tainca, in an age distinguished for its improved taste and liberality. Art. 45. Essays and Criticisms, by Dr. Goldsmith; with an Ac

count of the ruthor. Now first collected. gs. sewed. Johnson.

The first rolume of this work contains those Essays which were published in the year 1765, and which were noticed in our 33d volume. These miscellaneous performances were only a selection from a great number, which Dr. Goldsmith had inserted in the periodical publications of the tires.

• Many pieces (as the present editor observes in his preface) of undoubted excellence were known to be omitted, and some which were suspected to be of his composition could not be certainly ascer. tained. These circumstances occasioned enquiry, and enquiry was the means of bringing to light what otherwise would not have been known. The late Mr. Thomas Wright, Printer, a man of literary observation and experience, had, during his connection with those periodical publications, in which the early works of Dr. Goldsmith were originally contained, carefully marked the several compositions of the differeit writers, as they were delivered to him to print. Being there. fore, it was supposed, the only person able to separate the genuine performances of Dr. Goldsmith from those of other writers in these miscellaneous productions, it became the wish of several admirers of the Author of the Traveller and Deserted Village, that his authentic writings should no longer be blended with either doubtful or spurious pieces. Mr. Wright was therefore recommended and prevailed upon to print the present selection, which he had just completed at the time of his death.'

We have examined the new matter introduced into these volumes, and we think that it possesses various and unequal merit. — The Essays on the Subjects of Taste and Poetry appear to us to contain many. judicious observations, conveyed in simple and elegant language; tho!'gh we are of opinion that the criticism cn Hamlet's celebrated Soliloqay will be considered by many as severe and unfounded.The paper on the character of the first Lord Chatham scarcely de.

[ocr errors]

served insertion,-at least its title should have been altered ; for, with
the exception of the first paragraph, the whole Essay is dedicated to
the consideration of the characters of the two Gracchi; characters
indeed amiable in themselves, and beautifully delineated by this au-
thor: but having, as we think, very little resemblance in their ta-
lents, their conduct, or their fortunes, to the subject of his Disserta-
tion; which appears to be little more than an unfinished sketch.

In the Life, we observe little that has not been before communia
cated to the public.--The Specimens of Criticisms (with the excep-
tion of that on Butler's Remains, published by Mr. Thyer, which is
indeed excellent) miglıt have been omitted without injuring the re-
putation of the author ; for the subjects are for the most part trifling,
and are forgotten ; and the manner in which they are reviewed is
< not above the common.

S.R.
Art. 46. The Reader, or Reciter : by the Assistance of which any

Person may teach himself to read or write English Prose with the
utmost Elegance and Effect. To which are added Instructions
for reading Plays. On a Plan never before attempted. 8vo.
pp. 186.

38.

6á. Boards. Cadell jun. and Davies. 1799.
As a selection of amusing pieces, this publication may be accept-
able in this extract-making age ; and the remarks on the manner in
which they should be read are judicious: but we see nothing
which bears the least resemblance to system, 'nor any thing explana-
tory of the general principles of elocution. To the novelty of the
plan we are as little able to subscribe. Many years ago, a work was
published, (see M, Rev. vol. xxvi. p. 199,) by Mr. Burgh, author of
Political Disquisitions, Dignity of Human Nature, &c. intitled The

Artof Speaking, much on this plan; which not only contained a number
of lessons, accompanied with notes and directions for reading, but
also (which this work wants) an Essay for teaching to express pro-
perly the principal passions and humours which occur in reading. We
think that the present work is deficient, from the omission of such an
introduction; since it is impossible, without it, for a person to teach himself
to read with elegance and effect, merely by the directions interspersed
in the lessons : especially such a direction as this, if a direction it may
be called, given in p. 166, ' Your own judgment will, no doubt, find out
many places when this (viz. speaking with a significant look) may be
practised with effect.' When we undertake to instruct, we do not leave
the judgment to find out any thing; for what the judgment can dis-
cover needs not to be taught. The author of this work may under-
stand. well the science and the practice of elocution, but surely he can-
not think that a good reader or reciter could be formed merely by
a person's reading to himself the few lessons which are here given,
with the scanty directions. Some explanation and exemplification
are necessary to impart to the pupil an idea of wljat is here meant by
light and shade in reading.-By these remarks, we do not mean tó
condemn the work, but to shew that it is susceptible of improvement. Moo-y.
Art. 47. Thoughts on Marriage, and Criminal Conversation, with

some Hirits of appropriate Means to check the Progress of the
latter; comprising Remarks on the Life, Opinions, and Example,
of the late Mrs. Wollstonecraft Godwin. By a Friend to Social
Order. Small 8vo. 28. Rivingtons.

Bb

The

Rey. Nov. 1799.

« ForrigeFortsæt »