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or conceal, expatiate on this subject? Because, with all our patriotic Countrymen at home, and our gallant Armies abroad, we anticipate the hopes of Peace; of Peace, not again to be interrupted and disturbed by the wild caprices, or fierce rage of domination, of an ambitious and bloodthirsty individual. May the cheering image soon be realized! May our next salutations be like the letters sent to the Roman Emperors by their victorious Generals, encircled with laurels!-Beneath the shade of these laurels may our repose enable us to pursue, with renewed vigour, our accustomed exertions in the cause of Learning and of all the Muses. In their turn we have worshiped all the Nine; nor is our ardour or enthusiasm at all diminished by the length of our services, or impaired by the continuity of our pursuits. One characteristic we have invariably preserved, and shall preserve; but which the curious and the studious will look for in vain amidst the multitudinous Publications which issue from the Continent, and more particularly from French presses-Freedom of discussion and Impartiality of selection ;-that Freedom which ceases to deserve the name, when it infringes on decorum, and that Impartiality, which, without regard to any personal prepossession, is only careful to introduce superiority of talent; to distinguish those communications which are best calculated to produce instruction, improvement, and amusement-Litora lata patent. It is from the constant increase of our Correspondents both in number and in value, that our honest confidence is augmented. It is, nevertheless, incumbent upon us to represent, that ours is an Arena, where every Literary Competitor is invited to make trial of his strength, in whatever branch of Science he may be desirous of excellence. He may contend with less reserved ardour, from knowing that whatever triumph may attend his success, no mortifying sneers, no envious exultation, no exposure of any kind, will follow his disappointment.

All that now remains is to return our customary thanks of gratitude, and to express our assurances of strenuous, careful, and unremitted diligence ;-our duty at the same time constitutes our delight:

"Hæc requies ludusque―ea sacra voluptas."




D. Barrington's Hints for a Tour in Scotland 6) REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS; viz.

Beauties of England.-Address of Nonjurors 7 Memoirs of the Life of Dr. Thomas Beddoes 41

Topographic. Descript.of Stevington, co. Bedf. 9 The General Biographical Dictionary....

Northern Mother's Blessing to her Daughter 10 Pott's Charge to the Clergy of St. Alban's.. 44

The Apparition of Mr. Barlow's Huntsman 11 Bridge's Algebra-Lambe on Cancer....... 46

Extracts from Mr. Flechere's Correspondence 12 Earle's Microcosmography.-The Loyalists 48

Mrs. Cavendish. Ladies Echlin & Bradshaigh. 14 Bellamy's History of all Religions.........

Mr. Galt on the present Population of Sicily 15 W. H. Reid's Beauties selected from Paley 54

Arguments in Defence of the Bible Society. ib. The Calamities of Authors, continued....... ib.

Family of Mrs. Jeffreys.-Classical Remarks ib. Cumberland's Retrospection, a Poem....... 59

A cheap and nutritious Diet recommended 17 Present to the Jews, &c. &c........

Particular Description of Southend, Essex 18 SELECT POETRY for July 1812......... 61-64

The Origin of hanging Arms in Churches... 19 Proceedings in present Session of Parliament 65

Daniel's Expedition to Surat in ludia. ib. Interesting Intell. from the London Gazettes 69

Modern Inscriptions and dubious Readings 23 Abstract of principal Foreign Occurrences 74

Mr. Charles Marsh.-Epitaph ou Tusser... 26 Country News.-Domestic Occurrences..... 78

Family of Dawson.-Hints on Church-yards 27 Theat. Regist.-Promotions. Preferments. 81

Architectural Innovation, No. CLXIV...... 28 Births and Marriages of eminent Persons.... ib.

Humane Appeal in favour of Vaccination... 31 Memoirs of Dr. Reynolds, 82; Mr. Portal, 85

"Frolics of the Sphynx."-Card-playing... 32 Obituary, with Anec. of remarkable Persons 88

1 Sam. xii. 31-Toledo Missal described.. 33 Bill of Mortality.-Prices of the Markets..... 95

Remarks in favour of the Bible Society...... 34 Prices of Stocks on each Day in July........ 96

Embellished with a View of STEVINGTON CHURCH, BEDFORDSHIRE; and with

Specimens of Antiquities within it,

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The average degrees of Temperature, from observations made at eight o'clock in the morning, are 58-13 100ths; those of the corresponding month in the year 1811, were 60-86 100ths; in 1810, 60-53 100ths; in 1809, 58-85 100ths; in 1808, 59-90 100ths; in 1807, 59-45 100ths; in 1806, 61-80 100ths; in 1805, 57-50 100ths; and in 1804, 62. The quantity of Rain fallen this month is equal to 3 inches 2 100ths of an inch; that of the corresponding month in the year 1811, was 1 inch 18 100ths; in 1810,

1 inch 35 100ths; iu 1809, 1 inch 75 100ths; in 1808, 1 inch 75 100ths; in 1807, 15 100ths of an inch; in 1806, 1 inch 32 100ths; in 1805, 2 inches 58 100ths; and in 1804, 25 100ths.

METEOROLOGICAL TABLE for July, 1812. By W. CARY, Strand. Height of Fahrenheit's Thermometer.

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For JULY, 1812.


A NEW CAXTON. THE ROXBURGHE SALE. Mr. URBAN, Kensington, July 18. Ta moment when the attention of a great portion of your curious readers may be turned to a consideration of the rapidly-increasing value of rare books printed in the fifteenth century, you will not, probably, object to the insertion of an account of a NEWLY-DISCOVERED CAXTON.

A few days ago I received a long letter from Mons. Van-Pract, one of the principal librarians of the Imperial Library at Paris, in which that distinguished Bibliographer makes known, with an enthusiasm which would do credit to our most zealous book-collectors, the discovery of the ROMANCE OF JASON, priuted in the French language, with types precisely similar to those with which the French and English RECUEIL DES HISTOIRES DE TROYE are executed; having the same number of lines (31) in a full page. Mr. Van-Pract speaks of the copy as being a very beautiful one, in small folio, and containing 131 leaves. It commences thus :

"A gallee de mon engin flotant na pas long temps en la profondeur des mers de plusseurs anciennes histoires ainsi comme Je vouloie me, &c. &c." and terminates on the reverse of the last leaf, which has only 21 lines, with the following:

"de engin na seeu touchier ne peu comprendre, &c.


Mr. Van Praet informs me that he found it in an antient volume, with an edition of Colard Mansion, printer at Burges in 1474; and who was probably visited by Caxton, in passing through that town in 1471.


Spencer, whose extraordinary collection of Caxtons (among other of the rarest books in the 15th century) made me anxious to give him the foregoing information as quickly as possible, supposes, and, as it strikes

me, with justice, that the French volumes of the RECUEIL and JASON, printed with types similar to those of the English Recueil and Game of Chess, were, in all probability, the workmanship of CAXTON'S MASTER. Indeed, it is evident from an inspec tion of his prologue to the Golden Legend of 1483 (sce my first vol. page 187), that Caxton makes no mention whatever of having printed either of the French works here noticed; but commences the account of his typogra phical labours with the execution of the English Recueil and Game of Chess; the only volumes hitherto known which are printed in types similar to those of the French Recueil and this NEWLY-DISCOVERED JASON.

And here, Mr. Urban, you will naturally remark, what would this Jason have brought at the sale of the ROXBURGHE LIBRARY? It might certainly have trod harder upon the heels of the BOCCACCIO, than the English Recucil, of which latter the duke of Devonshire was the spirited purchaser, at the enormous sum of 10607.!! Thus brought upon the threshold of the Roxburghe Sale, I may be expected to observe something thereupon. My friends have urged, and the publick, through such friendly medium, may have been led to expect, SOME ACCOUNT OF THIS SALE. But where is the necessity of a formal and elaborate notice of what is in the mouth and memory of the whole Book-World on this side of the Channel? Why excite fresh exacerbation among disappointed competi tors? Why, tear open wounds which promise to be in due time closed? Or rather, why give an additional impulse to fulse feelings and romantis calculations concerning the worth of every worth'ess black-letter scrap? More mischief has ensued bibliomaniacal wretchedness has resulted from this unparalleled SALE, than the healing influence of an an disturbed century may be able to



ounter-balance. It has been a sort O BOOK EARTHQUAKE; exhibiting, Upon different principles, and with dissimilar effects, the tremendous conSequences of the irruption of Mount Souffrier, at St. Vincent's! As the lava at this place, incrusted whole meadows and vallies and corn-fields, so have the volcanic effects of this sale dried up the resources ( pro tempore dicamus') of many a Book-competilor. Let us, therefore, Mr. Urban, draw the curtain upon so melancholy a scene. The spirit of John Duke of Roxburghe has had more honour paid to it, than that of Romulus ever received after he had been translated to Olympus.

That many reflections, growing out of this surprising occurrence, and many curious, rare, and interesting facts connected with it, may be recorded by me in another place, and in a NEW WORK, I am by no means disposed to deny. But, for the next two years, my time is wholly occupied, and my hands are sufficiently full. I may, afterwards, presume to present myself before the publick in the shape of an entirely new work, of which the title and the embellishments will not, I trust, be the most inviting attractions. In regard to a SUPPLEMENT TO THE BIBLIOMANIA, it is a plan of which I have no comprehension still less do I meditate the execution of it. As far as I can learn, no serious consequences have resulted from the tender attachments of Lysander and Lisardo with Almansa and Belinda. The forms of courtship have hardly yet been entered upon, and the golden hour of wedlock is, of course, at an incalculable distance. How, therefore, can these characters be again brought forward before the publick? or have the latter the cruelty to prefer the dry notes which are thickly strewed beneath their dialogue, to the tender history of their sentimental attachment?


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there was not found wanting an assailant or two, who, in his attacks, discovered rather the art of quibbling than of criticism; and displayed such a coarse vein of wretched wit, as if his only object had been to shew that what he wanted in delicacy and scholarship, was abundantly supplied in vulgarity and confidence: I speak of an anonymous critic, whose felicity must consist in the concealment of his name. Open and manly warfare no generous heart can object to; but the affectation and strutting of a masked Reviewer, who strives to captivate by the embroidery of his dress, rather than by the skill with which

the character is enacted'; who makes a parade of mere school-boy scholarship, and evinces a total ignorance both of the subject and system he has undertaken to criticise-is so sad and contemptible, that, if the great mass of readers did not judge for themselves, or suffer themselves to be guided by safer instructors, there would be an end to taste, to liberality, and to useful, although laborious research.

The effect of this Review was not so fatal to the sale of the work as it was triumphantly predicted to be. For three months, the edition has been exhausted; and it will NEVER BE REPRINTED. It was always my

wish to confine its ciulation to the number of copies already printed; so that even its opponents will soon allow it the merit of being a rare book. I will only add, that its curious embellishments, as well as the quantity of biographical and bibliographical information contained in it, will always, it is hoped, secure to its author the character of an honest and diligent writer.

"O grant an honest fame, or grant

me none!"

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