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more elementary details to higher views and discussions; and fourthly, to translate all the technical terms and Latin words as they occur, and to give the derivation and accentuation of all systematic names.
The January Number will always complete the Volumes for the year preceding, and will contain a summary or retrospective view of the advancement of the different departments of Natural History during the past year. This feature, peculiar to our work, will, it is presumed, considerably enhance its value to every class of readers.
The Work will be in the octavo form, and in respect to paper, printing, engravings, &c. got up in the same style as the Gardener's Magazine. Six Numbers will complete a Volume of nearly 400 pages, with numerous engravings.
It is some satisfaction, in proposing this work, to know that it will interfere with no other at present existing. Though there are several highly respectable British Periodicals, in which the subject of Natural History, in common with almost every other Science, finds a place; and though there is the “Zoological Journal,” embracing that particular department; yet there is not one in this country exclusively devoted to Natural History, and embracing that subject in its most extensive sense. It appears, therefore, that the present state of things demands a Magazine such as we have projected; and if we can realize our plan as fully as we hope to do, proportionate encouragement is confidently anticipated.
Something may require to be said as to the fitness of the Conductor for the direction of such an undertaking. All that he lays claim to, is some experience in arrangements connected with the press and publication; the literary merits of the work will depend more upon his coadjutors than on himself: he can only say that it is not very likely that a periodical of this sort would be undertaken by his publishers, or himself, without engaging competent assistance to justify the expense of commencing it and carrying it on; and for the rest he refers to the work itself when it shall appear. Those who understand this department of literature, know that the value of a periodical, such as the “ Magazine of Natural History” is proposed to be, will depend less on splendid abilities in the Editors, than on great industry, sound judgment, and devotion to the subject. The Conductor will only farther add, that he will be happy, to receive, from any quarter, the slightest hint for improvement, and every description of advice or assistance.
Communications addressed to “ The Conductor of the Magazine of Natural History, at Messrs. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green's, Paternoster-Row," will be thankfully received and acknowledged.
The following are particularly requested :1. Short accounts of the origin, progress, and present state of all the Provincial Societies devoted to the various departments of Natural History; together with accounts, from time to time, of their meetings, transactions, and articles received for their Libraries and Museums. The Secretaries of such Societies, it is hoped, will attend to this request.
2. Accounts of the origin, progress, and present state of Museums or Collections in the various departments of Natural History in the Empire, and whether public or private. For instance-of the Manchester Society of Natural History; of that of Bristol ; of the Liverpool, Edinburgh, aud Dublin Museums and Botanic Gardens ; of the Aviaries at Knowlesley, Woburn Abbey, &c., the Collections of Preserved Birds at Clifford Hall, the Cabinet of Shells at Woodhall; of the Garden of Mosses at Tatton, the Collection of Insects at Bolton Lodge, &c. &c. The Curators of such establishments, it is hoped, will, with the permission of their principals, attend to this request.
3. We should be glad to enter into correspondence with British Naturalists abroad, and with Naturalists or Amateur Naturalists in remote parts of the country at home, for the supply of Calendars of Nature for Part VI. Art. 5; for information respecting the Floras, Faunas, Minerals, Geological Formations, or Meteorological Phenomena of different districts, and for such general intelligence on the subject as may promote the objects which we have enumerated.
J. C. L.
Bayswater, February, 1828.