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subjects, we find corrected in this volume; generous feelings of nature, and stains the and several cases occur, in which the pages of history with blood. Of court ingeneral character that had been given to a trigue, and papal dominion, the picture is genus, has been found true only in that truly appalling. The minions of each are particular species, which the discovery ever ready to execute its mandates; and the embraced.
greatness of their triumphs seems to depend It is needless, however, to follow in its on the number of their victims, and the details, a work which has already estab- privations and tortures under which they lished its reputation in the public mind, were deprived of life. and which the interest and the ambition of the publishers conspire not only to keep Review.- Family Classical Library, Nos. alive, but to cherish in healthful vigour. XXXIII. & XXXIV. 12mo. p. 373 The “ Edinburgh Cabinet Library" is a -343. Valpy. London. 1832. work with which we have been highly The first of these two volumes gives the pleased from the beginning, and this ninth
works of Sophocles, to which is prefixed a volume is not calculated to sink it in our brief memoir of the author. Sophocles is estimation.
said to have flourished nearly five hundred years before Christ.
This fact strongly
indicates, that his writings embody much REVIEW.-La ner's Cabinet Cyclopædia: intrinsic merit, otherwise they would have Vol. XXXIV. Chemistry; Vol. XXXV.
been lost on the stream of time, and his Spain and Portugal. Longman and Co.
name have been buried in oblivion. InLondon, 1832.
stead of this, he has continued to occupy VOLUME 34 contains a general survey of an exalted station in the ranks of classic the permanent principles on which chemis- literature, and although two thousand years try is founded. It then follows the pro. have elapsed since his laurels began to gress of experiment in its various details, bloom, they remain unwithered to the preto the exalted state in which the science sent day. His works, which are extant, now appears.
To those who delight in consist of seven tragedies, but upwards exploring the arcanum of nature, this of one hundred are presumed to be lost. volume will prove at once amusing, inter- He has been represented the prince of esting, and instructive. It comprises the ancient dramatic poets :" his fables are inlatest discoveries that have been made, and teresting and well chosen; his plots regular furnishes rules through which nature may and well conducted ; his sentiments elebe imitated by art in many of her surpris- gant, noble, and sublime; his incidents ing operations. In talent, knowledge, and natural ; his diction simple ; his manners utility, it is equal to any volume that has and characters striking, and unexceptionpreceded it in the series, and in several able; his choruses well adapted to the respects it has a claim to superiority which subject; his moral reflections pertinent and few can presume to rival.
and his numbers, in every part, to The history of Spain and Portugal is the last degree sweet and harmonious.” resumed in volume 35, which is the fourth This reprint is from the translation of Dr. that has been devoted to this subject, and Thomas Franklin, in whose elegant and others may be expected to follow in suc- nervous language Mr. Valpy has given it to cession. The events and occurrences of the world. modern times will confer on this depart- The second of these volumes enters on ment a degree of interest, in which, as a the works of Euripides, which are to be nation, England will appear to be deeply continued, until his finished compositions involved. We are now standing on the appear in this new edition. The translation margins of an eventful crisis; from which is by the Rev. R. Potter, M. A. when prethe clouds of obscurity may be expected bendary of Norwich. Euripides was intispeedily to be withdrawn, and in its issue, mately acquainted with Socrates, and their it is not improbable, that the nations of pursuits after wisdom, cemented by a simiEurope will be embroiled. To these, the larity of manners and studies, ripened into attention of the author will be steadily a friendship which nothing but death could directed; and for the concluding volume dissolve. This celebrated poet owed much of this historical series, the reader will wait to his study of nature. His genius appears with the most intense solicitude.
bright and glowing ; his images are vivid, The present volume conducts us through and deeply impressed ; and, in moving scenes of tyranny, oppression, cruelty, and the tender passions, his powers are unriinjustice; it is a region of darkness, in valled, and almost irresistible. But of which ecclesiastical despotism stifles the works so well known, and so highly 20. SERIES, No. 23.--VOL. II.
esteemed, all commendation is superfluous.
Review.- The Byron Gallery ; a Series An author that has stood the test of twenty
of Historical Embellishments to illustrute centuries is placed beyond the influence of
the Poetical Works of Lord Byron. modern opinion, and the reach of both
Smith, Elder and Co. London. 1832. censure and applause. To Mr. Valpy much praise is due for bringing such works This is another Part of these exquisite of genuine taste and classic excellence into engravings, to which the powers of language general circulation.
are hardly adequate to do justice. We have examined the former parts with minute at
tention, and to this we have devoted an Review.- Erample ; or, Family Scenes. equal portion of time. Where all are su12mo. pp 248. Smith & Elder. London. perlatively beautiful, it would be dangerous, 1832.
and even invidious, lo make selections. In This book belongs to that class of religious such a series of graphic excellence, fancy narrative, which brings the powerful prin- rather than judgment must give direction to ciples of Christianity to bear on the wily choice. In some, the figures and their attiseductions of infidelity. This contrast is, tudes may not be so captivating as those of however, rather to be inferred from the others, while the superiority of execution practical effects which each produces, than may more than compensate for the imagifrom precepts, axioms, and arguments, nary deficiencies. Much also will depend with which an author might very easily upon the habit and taste of those who venand speedily fill a volume. The influence ture on a preference. In these respects of example is here placed in a command- youth and age will perhaps be at variance; ing light; and as nothing is stretched into but we think all must concur in this, that the region of extravagance, it exhibits a a more beautiful series of engravings has picture of domestic life, not overcharged never before been presented to the public, with colouring, nor embellished with facts and that in every respect they are worthy that reality hesitates to acknowledge. the pen of the noble bard, and of that
The individuals introduced, are admitted superb editiou of his poetical works which to be fictitious, but the characters are such they are intended to illustrate, now publishas real life constantly supplies. In the ing by Mr. Murray. preface we are told, that—"The form of a domestic story has been adopted, in order to present to youthful readers, in a more
Review.-The Amulet, a Christian and interesting and familiar manner, the im
Literary Remembrancer for 1833. portant lesson it is the author's aim to
Edited by S. C. Hall. 12mo. pp. 312. inculcate ; and to enable him to exhibit in
Westley & Davis. London. a more striking point of view, the wide WERE it not that these annuals bloom in contrast that exists between the fruits of the dreary month of November, when “true holiness," and those of the “natural scarcely any other flower appears to enliven and unrenewed heart," however amiable, the face of nature, Flora would be in danexternally, they may appear."
ger of losing her dominion over the smiling Surveyed as a tale, in the carrying on of tribes of vegetation. The beauty of the which several persons come before us, this Amulet having been displayed before the book has many attractions, and the reader world during the last seven years, its cha. is introduced to scenes which render the racter and decorations are too well known narrative pleasingly interesting. But when to require any extended amplification. The from these minor subjects of recommen, present volume contains the family exceldation we turn to the author's motives, and lencies, and is a suitable companion for its the end which he has in view, we find predecessors. Bound in purple morocco, amusement supplanted by superior excel- and the edges of its leaves covered with lence, which induces practical Christianity, gold, the following twelve engravings emto claim this volume as her own, and to give bellish its interior department. it a place in her library.
1. The gentle student, painted by G. S. Among young readers we expect that Newton, and engraved by Charles Rolls. “Family Scenes" will find its chief ad- 2. Vignette title-page portrait of Lady mirers. The sprightliness of the style will Montjoy, painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence, suit their taste; and no great intensity of and engraved by J. C. Edwards. 3. The thought will be required, to comprehend Golden Age, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, and the author's meaning. Incidents, when engraved by F. C. Lewis. 4. Vignette, judiciously arranged, exert an attractive the Golden Age, by Sir T. Lawrence, and power, which few are disposed to resist. engraved by F. C. Lewis. 5. The Duchess
REVIEW.-FRIENDSHIP'S OFFERING, AND WINTER'S WREATH. 539 of Richmond, by Sir. T. Lawrence, and en likely soon to fade, nor will it be so suscepgraved by Robert Graves. 6. Portrait of tible of tarnish, as some which dazzle the the late John Kemble, by Sir T. Lawrence, eye, but will scarcely suffer a touch from and engraved by W. Greatbach. 7. The the most delicate finger, without bearing Young Navigators, by Mulready, and en evidence of having its complexion hurt. graved by Charles Fox. 8. The Theft of The engravings which ornament this the Cap, by Wilkie, and engraved by Fin- volume, are certainly of a very superior der. 9. The Evening Star, by Sir T. Law- order. In design they are excellent, and rence, and engraved by J. C. Edwards. in execution they have rarely been excelled. 10. The English Mother, by Sir T. Law In number they amount to twelve, which is rence, and engraved by Greatbach. 11. La the usual complement, and bear the followMexicana, by Boaden, and engraved by C. ing names : Marr. 12. Vignette, the Lute, by Liver 1. Unveiling, by Richter ; engraved by seege, and engraved by Sangster.
Goodyear. 2. The Presentation Plate, by All the above plates have an enlivening Corbould; engraved by J. W. Cook. and beautiful aspect, at once displaying 3. Corfu, by Purser ; engraved by G. K. fine specimens of art, and diffusing through Richardson. 4. Affection, by J. P. Davis; the volume an intensity of interest, which engraved by T. A. Dean. 5. Christ entermere literary descriptions, unaided by the ing Jerusalem, by J. Martin ; engraved by burin, never can impart. In these graphic E. J. Roberts. 6. The Morning Walk, decorations, both the painters and the en- by Pastorini ; engraved by W. Ensom. gravers appear to great advantage, and the 7. Female Pirates, by John Wood ; enAmulet has derived additional charms from graved by T. A. Dean. 8. The Highland the union of their efforts. Such meritorious Huntsman, by J. Hayes ; engraved by productions deservedly merit the patronage J. W. Cook. 9. Viola, by H. Corbould; which they enjoy.
engraved by T. Garner. 10. The Minia. The literary articles, both in prose nnd ture, by J. Wood; engraved by H. Shenverse, have been supplied by authors of ton. 11. The Bridge of Alva, by Purser ; celebrity, with whose names the public engraved by R. Brandard. 12. The Vinhave been long familiar. In general they tage, by J. Boaden ; engraved by C. W. are original, and several have been avow Marr. edly written for this work. The style is Of these masterly embellishments no lansprightly and animated; but we are not guage can convey an idea which an inspecaware that in any case it has degenerated tion will not equal, and perhaps surpass. into an unbecoming levity. The type and It is scarcely possible to examine these paper are excellent, and the high moral beautiful specimens of the arts, without character of the Amulet will stand in ex being struck with the rapid advances they alted competition with any of its numerous are making towards a state of perfection, competitors.
which, but a few years since, no person The editor observes in his preface, that thought attainable. “he hopes he may be permitted to state We learn from the preface, that between his main object has ever been to collect “Friendship's Offering" and "The Winter's into his work the higher and more import Wreath," an union has been formed, or ant class of compositions — considering rather that the latter work has merged into attractive tales and beautiful poems, how- the former. It furthermore informs us, that ever essential to the interest and variety the stores, as well as many steady hands of the volume, as secondary to that which that did belong to "The Winter's Wreath,” conveyed information, and led to improve have been transferred to “ Friendship's ment." For his success in this design, we Offering," through which transfer, its give him the fullest credit; and while the resources have been augmented, and the Amulet continues to retain its moral excel means of furnishing variety increased. lence, we hope it will never cease to be Its articles, both in prose and verse, are perennial.
adapted to accommodate the
the gay, the lively, the severe ;" and to REVIEW. Friendship's Offering and of interest is attached. Works of this kind
many among them, a considerable portion Winter's Wreath for 1833. 12mo. pp.
are in general calculated for youthful 394. Smith, Elder, & Co. London. readers, to whom science would be a burFrom the first time that Friendship's Offer- den, and close reasoning without any ing fell into our hands, we have never charms. Amusement and light instruction ceased to admire its binding. Embossed, are the objects at which they aim ; and elegant, and durable, the colour is not unless incident and narrative can scu
times approximate to the marvellous, they serious address to all, founded on an awful will yield little or no gratification.
instance of this terrible disease, which fell Throughout this volume, we, however, under the author's immediate notice. It in. have not discovered even a single expres- culcates, from the alarming visitation, the sion, which can sap the foundation of necessity of preparing to meet our God. principle, or deteriorate the reader's mind. 5. Memoir of Nathan W. Dickerman, It affords rational entertainment. The style (Religious Tract Society, London,) displays is lively and animated, and the greater in a remarkable manner the influence of number of articles are original. The per- divine grace on the mind of a child. Nasons by whom they have been furnished, than died at the age of eight, but his reliare well known as authors of reputation, gious experience would have adorned the whose names are a sufficient guarantee for character of one more than double his the moral tendency of what they have years. written,
6. The Saint Indeed, by the Rev. John From the variety which this volume Flavel, 1667, (Religious Tract Society, affords, we should be glad to select some London,) is a little work well known, and article to lay before our readers, but the duly esteemed in the Christian world, and month having been far advanced before it one that is in no danger of getting wholly reached us, we have neither time nor room out of fashion. for any extract that might supply an ade. 7. Believers' Baptism, the only Scripquate specimen of its contents. In a future tural Mode of Entrance into the Christian number we may take an opportunity to Church, 8c., by Theophilus, (Bagster, Loncompensate for the present deficiency. On don,) is less calculated to drown us, than the whole, we consider Friendship's Offer some other treatises we have seen on the ing as a flourishing plant in the garden of same subject. The author pleads for adult annuals, which few flowers can surpass baptism, which should only follow genuine either in fragrance or beauty. In this tenth conversion. He has gone over ihe old year of its growth it appears as vigorous ground, but does not appear to have made and healthful as ever, having no blasted any new discovery. The necessity of regebuds or decayed limbs, but flourishing with neration he has urged with considerable luxuriance in the soil first selected for it by force. the literary gardener.
8. Questions on St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, (Holdsworth and Ball, London,) may be considered as a moral school, book, and the plan which the author has
adopted, we conceive to be well calculated 1. The Parent's Cabinet of Amusement for its intended use. Practical and explaand Instruction, (Smith and Elder, Lon. nalory observations are occasionally intro. don,) gives some pleasing fragments of duced, but nothing of a controversial asnatural history, incidents, and anecdotes, pect is allowed to appear. It is a plan calthat can hardly fail to be intelligible to the culated to make the pupil acquainted with understanding of a child, and to prove both the Scriptures. entertaining and instructive. Some wood 9. The Best Things Reserved till Last, cuts will give it additional attraction in the by Thomas Brooks, 1657, (Book Society, eyes of children.
London,) may be known by the quaintness 2. The History of our Lord and Saviour of its title, to belong to a generation that Jesus Christ, (Religious Tract Society, has passed away. Time, however, that London,) has in substance been long before alters manners, cannot alter truth, nor imthe world in various shapes. The history is pose an erroneous character on a book, here condensed within a narrow compass. which, like this before us, is frought with It contains much useful information on sub- gems. jects of vast importance, and is deserving 10. A Letter to the Right Hon. Lord the attention of all whose means of purchas- Brougham and Vaur, on the subject of the ing books are limited.
Magistrucy of England, (Cawthorn, Lon3. The Noble Office of a Sunday-school don,) is laden with heavy materials, and Teacher, by Rev. Ĝ. W. Doane, (Sunday- dictated by justice and common sense. school Union Depository, London,) is a The author complains that the magistracy small import from America. It is, however, of England are not held sufficiently responwell written, and is deserving the attention sible for their abuse of power, and that as of teachers.
the law now stands, they are entrenched in 4. The Cholera and its Consequences, almost impregnablé fastnesses. He clearly (Religious Tract Society, London,) is a establishes the fact, that serious evils exist,
BRIEF SURVEY OF BOOKS.
and appeals to his Lordship for an adequate 17. Considerations for Young Men, remedy.
(Religious Tract Society, London,) is an 11. The Power and Pleasure of the importation from America, and is well deDivine Life exemplified in the late Mrs. serving its passage across the Atlantic. It Housman, (Society for Promoting Religious lays open the dangers and temptations to Knowledge, London,) is a reprint which the which young men are exposed ; and fur. care of the Rev. Mr. Charles Gilbert has nishes admonitions and warnings, which the brought from obscurity. It contains the prudent will not disregard. It is a series diary of a pious woman, and promises to of well-written letters, to which we heartily be useful to the present generation.
wish an extensive circulation. 12. Two Catechisms and Keys, for the 18. A Sermon on the Death of the Rev. use of Families and Schools, by William Dr. Adam Clarke, Brunswick Chapel, Darling, (Compiler, Edinburgh,) belong Leeds, Sept. 12, 1832, by John Anderson, to a class of school books now much in (Mason, London,) improves with much use. The questions are fair and rational, ardour the solemn visitation, which called and the answers pertinent and satisfactory, for the discourse. Independently of death until we come to the keys; in which much and its consequences, to which the author tautology appears, and we fear the learner adverts, he pays a tribute of respect to the will be perplexed by the numerous ques- learning, talents, piety, and ministerial usetions to which answers are required. The fulness of the deceased. Dr. Clarke was a intention, however, is highly .commend- burning and shining light, and Mr. Anderable; and under certain moderating re- son has not neglected to introduce him, gulations, they may be used with great to illuminate the pages of his discourse, advantage.
which is at once creditable to the author, 13. Anti-Slavery Reporter, Nos. 99, and the venerable man whose loss it de 100, 101, sustain the uniform character of plores. their predecessors. The negroes are black, 19. A Charge, intended to be delivered but the tyranny of their white oppressors is at the Ordination of his Son, by the Rev. of a much deeper shade.' When will this Wm. Williams, of Norwood, (R. Baynes, curse of human nature cease to insult our London,) comes before the public under eyes and ears with its enormities?
very peculiar circumstances. It was pre14. A Funeral Sermon for the Rev. pared by a father for the ordination of his John Kinghorn, preached in Norwich, son; but before the time for its delivery Sep. 9th, 1832, by John Alexander, (Simp- arrived, the parent was no more. The kin, London,) contains the usual topics in- charge is well written, and suited to its troduced on such solemn occasions. Of intended occasion. A brief memoir of the the deceased, the author gives an interest- deceased is prefixed, which contains all ing character, but one which appears to that the public can be interested in knowhave been drawn by the hand of fidelity, ing. To the numerous friends of the departed 20. Hours of Reverie : or the Musings minister, it wants no recommendation, and of a Solitaire, by Louisa Coutier, (Whitto all who fill the sacred office, it holds a taker, London,) might have added to the bright example worthy of imitation. title, “or, the dreams of a roving imagina
15. Anti-Slavery Record, Nos. 5, 6, tion, the unmeaning excursions of fancy, or details some enormities of the slave system, the visionary excursions of mental aberragiving names, places, dates, and particulars. țion.” We presume that the young lady They all belong to modern days; and if had some meaning in what she wrote; but, slavery is now in a mitigated state, while unfortunately, little besides the words is at such flagrant acts of cruelty and injustice present discoverable. exist, as this record details, what must 21. Synopsis of Stenography, or Short slavery have been in former years ? Let Hand, by W. H. Sigston, of Leeds, slave-holders answer the question.
(Pickard, Leeds,) exhibits the whole system 16. The Child's Book on the Soul, Part on an open sheet, which also contains a II., (Seeley, London,) follows up with com- portrait of his present Majesty, to whom it mendable taste and talent the former part,
is dedicated The alphabet, combinations, which we noticed in our last Number. contractions, specimens, and directions to The questions, though on subjects of great the learner, all find appropriate places in depth and moment, are proposed with per- this sheet, which, spread before the pupil, spicuity in simple language. This little discloses the whole in one view. This is book bears evidence, that, with a little in- certainly an advantage in one respect, but genuity, abstruse subjects may be rendered
an extended sheet is liable to be dirtied comprehensible to children.
and damaged, and these are serious incon