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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."
Meteorological Diariesfor JuneandJuly 1912, 2,8|uscriptions from Orton-on-Hill, Ashby, &c. 35
D. Barrington's Ilints for a four in Scotland a Review of New PUBLICATIONS; viz.
Specimens of Antiquities within it.
55 66 60 68 61 65 59 65 61 73 59 66 60 68 61 66 56 70 57 64 63 70 65 70 60.70 63 71 63 69 59 65 55 65 51 58 59 62 58 62 58 63 57 61 60 62 58 64 58 61 45 47 56 64 52 59 58 65 57 66
29.12 29-19 30- 3 30- 4 30-4 30-4 30- 6 30-10 30-12 30- 8 30. 9 30- 4 30: 1 29-18 29-16 29-15 29. 8 29-17 29. 6 29. 5 29-10 29-15 29-18 30. 1 30- 0 29-18 29.19 29-19 30. 5 30. 2
morning rain, mosily clear
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; iu 1808, 59-90 100ths in 1807, 59.45 100ths; in 1806, 61-80 100ths; in 1305, 57-50 100ths; and in 1804, 62.
The quantity of Rain falien this month is equal to 3 inches 2 100ths of an inch; that of the correspouding month in the year 1811, was 1 inch 18 100ths; in 1810, 1 inch 35 100ths ; in 1809, i 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 Fahreuheit's Thermometer. Height of Fahrenheit's Thermometer.
THIE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,
For JULY, 1812.
A NEW CAXTON.
me, with justice, that the French TAS ROXBURGHE SALE.
volumes of the RECUEIL and JASON, Mr. URBAN, Kensington, July 18. printed with types similar to those of AT of nog meent when attention the English. Recueil
, and Game of a great portion of your cu- Chess, were, in all the rious readers may be turned to a con• workmanship of CAXTON'S MASTER. sideration of the rapidly increasing Indeed, it is evident from an inspecvalue of rare books printed in the
fif- tion of his prologue to the Golden teenth century, you will not, probably, Legeod of 1483 (see my first vol. page object to the insertion of an account 187), that Caxton makes no mention of a NEWLY-DISCOVERED CAXTON. whatever of having printed either of
A few days ago I received a long the French works here noticed ; but letter from Mons. Van-Praet, one of commences the account of bislypograthe principal librarians of the Impe- phical labours with the execution of rial Library at Paris, ju which that the English Recueil and Game of distinguished Bibliographer makes Chess ; the only volumes hitherto koown, with an enthusiasm which known which are printed in types siwould do credit to our most zealous milar to those of ihe French Recueil book-collectors, the discovery of the and this NEWLY-DISCOVERED JASON. ROMANCE OF JASON, printed in the And here, Mr. Urban, you will French language, with types pre- naturally remark, what would this cisely similar to those with which Jason have brought at the sale of the the French and English RECUEIL DRI ROXBURGUE LIBRARY ? It might cerHISTOIRES DE TROYE are executed; tainly have trod harder upon the heels having the same number of lines (31) of the Boccaccio, than the English Rein a full page. Mr. Van-Praet speaks cueil, of which latter the duke of Deof the copy as being a very beautiful vonshire was the spirited purchaser, at one, in small folio, and containing the enormous suin of 10601.!! Thus 131 leaves. It commences thus : brought
upon the threshold of the Rox. "A gallee de mon engin flotant pa burghe Sale, I may be expected to obpas long temps en la profondeur des serve sometbing thereupon. My friends mers de plusseurs anciennes histoires have urged, and the publick, through ainsi comme Je vouloie me, &c. &c.” such friendly medium, may have been aud terininates on the reverse of the led to expect, somE ACCOUNT OF THIS last leaf, which has only 21 lines, with SALE. But where is the necessity of the following:
a forinal and elaborate notice of what de engin na seeu touchier de peu is in the mouth and memory of the comprendre, &c.
whole Book-World on this side of the Erplicit.”
Channel : Why excite fresh exacer. Mr. Van Praet informs me that he bation among disappointed competi. found it io an antieut volumne, with tors? Why tear open wounds which an edition of Colard Mansion, printer promise to be iu due time closed : Or at Burges in 1474 ; and who was pro- rather, why give an additional imbably visited by Caxton, in passing pulse to false feelings and romantis through that town jo 1471. Lord calculations concerning the worth of Spencer, whose extraordinary col- 'every worthless black-letter scrap? lection of Caxtons (among other of More mischief has ensued the rarest books in the 15th century) bibliomaniacal wretchedness has re made me anxious to give him the sulted from this unparalleled SALE, foregoing information as quickly as than the healing influence of an in possible, supposes, and, as it strikes disturbed century may be able to
ounter-balance. It has been a sort there was not found wanting an as0; Book EARTHQUAKE ; exhibiting, sailant or two, who, in his attacks, upon different principles, and with discovered rather the art of quibbling dissimilar effects, the tremendous con- than of criticisin ; and displayed such sequences of the irruption of Mount a coarse vein of wretched wit, as if Souffrier, at St. Vincent's! As the lava' his only object had been to shew that at this place, incrusted whole mea- what he wanted in delicacy and schodows and vallies and corn-fields, solarship, was abundantly supplied in have the volcanic effects of this sale vulgarity and confidence : I speak dried up the resources (pro tempore of an anonymous critic, whose felidicamus) of many a Book-compe- city must consist in the concealment titor. Let us, therefore, Mr. Urban, of his name. Open and manly wardraw the curtain upon so melancholy fare no generous heart can object to ;
The spirit of John Duke of but the affectation and strutting of a Roxburghe has had more honour masked Reviewer, who strives to cappaid to it, than that of Romulus ever tivate by the embroidery of his dress, received after he had been translated rather than by the skill with which to Olympus.
the character is enacted'; who makes That many reflections, growing out a parade of mere school-boy scholarof this surprising occurrence, and ship, and evinces a total 'ignorance many curious, rare, and interesting both of the subject and system he has facts connected with it, may be re- undertaken to criticise-is so sad and corded by me in another place, and contemptible, that, if the great mass in a NEW WORK, I am by no means of readers did not judge for them. disposed to deny. But, for the next selves, or suffer themselves to be two years, my time is wholly occu- guided by safer instructors, there pied, and my hands are sufficiently would be an end to tasle, to libefull. I may, afterwards, presume to rality, and to useful, although labopresent myself before the publick in rious research. the shape of an entirely liew work, of The effect of this Review was not which the title and the embellishments so fatal to tbe sale of the work as it will not, I trust, be the most inviting was triumphantly predicted to be. attractions. In regard to a SUPPLE- For three months, the edition has MENT TO THE BIBLIOMANIA, it is a been exhausted; and it will NEVER plan of which I have no comprehen- BE REPRINTED. It was always my sion : still less do I meditate the ex. wish to confine its circulation to the ecution of it. As far as I can learn, number of copies already printed ; so no serious consequences have resulted that even its opponents will soon alfrom the tender attachments of Ly, low it the merit of being a rare book. sander and Lisardo with Almansa and I will only add, that its curious emBelinda. The forms of courtship bellishments, as well as the quantity have hardly, yet been entered upen, of biographical and bibliographical and the golden hour of wedlock is, of information contained in it, will alcourse, at an incalculable distance. ways, it is hoped, secure to its author How, therefore, can these characters the character of an honest and dilibe again brought forward before the gent writer. publick? or have the latter the cruelty “O grant an honest fame, or grant to prefer the dry notes which are me none !" thickly strewed beneath their dia- said Pope ; and so says, Sir, logue, to the tender history of their Yours, &c. T. N. DIBDIN. sentimental attachment ? The BIBLIOMANIA has had a pros
Tavistock-Place, perous sale; and the author of it,
July 28. like Cato, is ' satisfied ;'-not with N a foriner Number of your Magaa the wealth which has accrued to him 1 zine you announced the speedy in consequence (for that has been publication of“ An Historical and are trifiing), but with the good opinion chitectural Essay relating to kiedcliffe of those who have thoroughly pe- Church, Bristol.” An engraver hav. rused it, and have been competent to ing spoilt one of the plates intended pass judgment upon its comparative for that work, I find it necessary to merits and demerits. Amidst the law have another engraved ; and as this vourable impressions which it made, must delay the volume, it will be im.