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MY GRANDFATHER'S FARM; or, Pictures of Rural Life.
12mo. 75. boards
<< • My Grandfather's Farm' is a volume replete with marks of talent. It is unpretending in its character. but full of pleasing images and soothing reflections." - Monthly Review.
** This is a pleasant little book. We retire into the pure and beautiful thoughts of the author, with the same feelings as if, on emnerging from the crowded streets of a city, we found ourselves in some green and shady and solitary arbour."-London Weekly Review.
“ We have perused this volume with great pleasure and we are convinced that it will, when better known, afford pleasure to every one who reads it. It contains above twenty sketches of rural life-that is, not mere descriptions of rural scenery-of hills and dales, and rocks and rivers--but pictures of human conduct and human feeling. There is no ambition to dazzle or astonish--but, like Goldsmith, the author, by a simple and direct exposition of man's every-day life, wins the attention, and carries the sympathies of his reader into the scenes which he paints; and we experience the same sort of gratification in studying his pictures which we derive from looking on the creations of Wilkie's rencil. We state, with the greatest sincerity, that, ir our opinion, a work of greater intrinsic merit in its class, and less ostentatious in its pretensions, has not, fo a long while, appeared among us."-New Scots Magazine.
THE LIFE and ADVENTURES of ALEXANDER SELKIRK :
containing the real Incidents upon which the Romance of ROBINSON CRUSOE is founded : In which also the Events of his Life, drawn from authentic Sources, are traced from his Birth, in 1678, til his Death, in 1723. With an Appendix, comprising a Description of the Island of Juan Fernandez, and some curious Information relating to his Shipmates, &c. By John HOWELL, Editor of the “Journal of a Soldier of the Seventy-first Regiment," &c.
Small 8vo. 5s. boards. " This is a very pleasant little volume, and interesting from its associations with the most delightful nar ritive ever written. - Literary Gacette.
" Mr Howell has with great industry, sagacity, and taste, collected a variety of evidence respecting Selkirk, his manncrs and conversation, a body of evidence which could hardly be expected to exist, and arranged it in so clear and satisfactory a manner, as to place it almost beyond a doubt that Defoe was obliged to the traveller for a great deal more than the bare facts of his residence in Juan Fernandez."--The Standard.
* Very great industry has been displayed by the author of this little work, in gleaning, from every source, oral, written, local, and general, all that was to be learned of Alexander Selcraig. It consists with our own knowledge that much of what is stated here is authentic-the localities of Selcraig's birth-place, and his surviving relations, being well known to us-and we have no reason to doubt that the rest of the details are equally accurate. The narrative is written in a simple pleasing style: it is interspersed also with natural, and, consequently, easy and unpretending reflections; and an interest is felt, as the reader proceeris, consider ably beyond that which one would have supposed could have been generated by such scanty materials. Scotsman.
“By and by it will be bound up with every complete edition of Robinson Crusoe."-Scots Timos.
SCENES of WAR; and Other Poems. By John MALCOLM, Author of Reminiscences of a Campaign in the Pyrences and South of France, &c. &c.
Foolscap 8vo. 75. boards. "Mr Malcolm writes with great simplicity and feeling. He must have a quiet and gentle spirit by nature, or he could not philosophize with the genuine poetic tenderness which appears in the general tone of his pieces. Such a style can never be acquired by imitation."- Monthly Review.
" We leave the leading poets of our age alone to their glory; but we may observe how generally must the • sweet wells of poesie' have diffused their inspiration, when a little unpretending volume like this boasts a descree of feeling, taste, and harmony, which, fifty years ago, would have made the author first-rate in his line."--Literary Gacette.
" It contains many sweet little poems, and some of a very superior order, that are distinguished by force, beauty, and originality." -London Weekly Reviewo.
HISTORICAL SKETCHES of the ANCIENT NATIVE IRISH
and their DESCENDANTS; illustrative of their past and present State with regard to Literature, Education, and Oral Instruction. By CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON,
12mo. 58. 6d. boards. « The mass of information that is concentrated in this small volume, renders it a most valuable memorial, and does high credit to the author's diligence and research."-Eclectic Review.
DIVERSIONS of HOLLYCOT; or, The Mother's Art of Thinking. By the Author of " Clan-Albin," and " Elizabeth de Bruce."
Thick 18mo. 38. Cd. half-bound. • This is a very delightful production in that most difficult branch of writing-juvenile literature. The story is interesting, but made subservient to instruction ;-little anecdotes of natural history are admirably introduced, and the children are drawn as so few can draw ther-clever, well-disposed, but still children. The history of the nutting, the acorn-gathering, and the goldfinch, are most excellently told; and the moral les sons conveyed are not less simple than striking." --Literary Gazette.
** This is one of the most useful and elegant school-books we have ever read. It is a history of the studies and diversions of a family of children, and describes, in a manner po less amusing than clever, the characters and manners of the young Hollycotians. There is something truly dramatic in the dialogue and the dramatis personae are imagined and contrasted with no ordinary degree of skill and felicity."-london Weekly Recieu.
SPECIMENS of the LYRICAL, DESCRIPTIVE, and NAR
RATIVE POETS of GREAT BRITAIN, from CHAUCER to the PRESENT DAY : with a Preliminary Sketch of the History of Early English Poetry, and Biographical and Criti. cal Notices. By JOHN JOHNSTONE, Editor of " Specimens of Sacred and Serious Poetry. In a neat pocket volume. With Frontispiece and Vignette.
58. 6d. boards. " Although we have so many Albums of this description issuing from the press year after year, yet we think there was room for the present well-executed selection. Mr Johnstone is a man of sound critical discernment, and well adapted, by a peculiar course of reading, for the task he has undertaken. There is no puling sentimentality in his work,-no mawkish affection for what our forefathers called the didactic, -no maudlin ditties, or insipid elegies; but it is a spirited book of specimens, historically arranged, tracing the genius of English poetry from the dawn of letters in the period of the Anglo-Saxon dynasty. Not only has Mr Johnstone selected well and amply, but he has accompanied his selections with brief biographical and critical notices, replete with just observation and the fruits of vigilant research. We are not ao quainted with any publication so admirably calculated to awaken a true zest for genuine English lore, nor do we think that the larger and more costly compilations possess half the merit of this unassuming little volume.- Mr Johnstone, we think, has produced a book for the general reader ; nor would we consider
ur opinion hastily advanced, if we added, that his book contains much matter worthy of the attention of the poet and the annotator."Atlas.
MARY HARLAND; or, The Journey to London. A Tale of
Humble Life. By a Lady. With Frontispiece and Vignette. 18mo. 48. bound in cloth. “ The description of Mary's return to her native village possesses much nature and feeling: her taking leave is also well described, and is illustrated by an exquisite wood-engraving."-- London Magazine.
“ This is an unpretending but excellent little work, and should be put into the hands of every young fernale, in humble life, proceeding to London in search of employment. It is full of good advice and useful information, and is written in that simple and interesting manner in which works of this nature should always be composed."- London Weekly Review.
" It inculcates an excellent moral, and the narration is spirited and interesting."-Literary Chronicle.
MY EARLY DAYS. With a Frontispiece, designed by Wright
and engraved by James Mitchell. SECOND EDITIon, improved. 18mo. 2s.6d. boards. « Done for juniors on the model of the clever school, which hath delighted in Adam Blair, Margaret Lyndsay, &c.; and a publication displaying talents far above its humble pretensions in bulk and manner. At first we thought that the children were too much men, and that this must be in the Modern Athens. since no useful lesson can be taught where a pedagogue tries to be a child of six, or a youth of fourteen years old: but when the narrative procueds to adolescence and maturity, this is really one of the best little volumes of its class which we have ever met with.”- Literary Gasette.
M-CULLOCH's COURSE of ELEMENTARY READING in
SCIENCE and LITERATURE, compiled from Popular Writers. To which is added, A copious List of the Latin and Greek Primitives which enter into the Composition of the English Language. SECOND EDITION, very greatly improved.
12mo. 38. 6d. bound. " From the complexion and character of this work, every one will perceive that its primary design is for the use of schools, and, we may add, for young persons of every description who are anxious to have their taste refined and their minds imbued with exalted sentiment and useful knowledge. The articles are both elegant and instructive; and, in a particular manner, those which belong to the classes of Natural Science and Natural History will be read with a considerable degree of interest and advantage." Imperial Magasine.
tien, in pretty tuhe has studied anato a few of the pt
EWING's RHETORICAL EXERCISES; being a Sequel to the Principles of Elocution. SECOND EDITion, improved.
12mo. 3s. 6d. bound. This volume completes the series of Mr Ewing's Elementary Books on Elocution, adapted to the various stages of the pupil's progress. In the Learner, he has confined himself to a few of the most obvious and simple rules; and, in the arrangement of the lessons, he has studied a natural and an easy gradation. In the Principles of Elocution he has given, in pretty full detail, the best directions for pronunciation, pauses, inflections, and the various modulations of the voice, illustrated by appropriate examples, and accompanied with a suitable variety of exercises. The rapid and extensive sale of these works, and their introduction into many of the most respectable seminaries in the kingdom, afford the most gratifying proof of their utility, and of the estimation in which they are held.
To form an accomplished reader or speaker, however, many other directions appeared necessary ; sorne of which are of a nature so refined and complicated, that to understand and follow them requires considerable mnaturity of judgment, as well as a certain proficiency in the knowledge and practice of elocution. These directions are contained in the present volume; and though much must still remain to be learned from the voice of a teacher, and from the study of the best living models, the Publishers would gladly Batter themselves, that, from the rules laid down in these several publications, with the diligent practice of the accompanying exercises, those who are desirous of acquiring this pecessary accomplishment may derive all the benefit which written instruction can Impart.
JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY in Miniature, improved and enlarged
by GEORGE FOLTON, Author of a Pronouncing Dictionary, Spelling-Book, &c. To which are subjoined, Vocabularies of Classical and Scriptural Proper Names; a concise Account of the Heathen Deities; a Collection of Quotations and Phrases from the Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish Languages; a Chronological Tahle of Remarkable Events from the Creation of the World till the present Time: and a brief List of Men of Genius and Learning. With a 'rrtrait of Dr Johnson. SEVENTU EDITION.
18mo. Price only 3s. bound.
INGRAM's PRINCIPLES of ARITHMETIC, explained in a
Popular Manner, and its Application to real Business clearly illustrated, by simple Rules and numerous Examples; with Tables of Monies, Weights, and Measures, according to the New
Imperial Standards. FOURTH EDITION, carefully revised and enlarged. 18mo. Is. bound in cloth. A KEY to this Work, containing Solutions of all the Questions performed at length. By the same Author,
18mo, 28. 6d. bound
GALBRAITH's MATHEMATICAL and ASTRONOMICAL
TABLES, for the Use of Students in Mathematics, Practical Astronomers, Surveyors, Engineers, and Navigators; with an Introduction, containing the Explanation and Use of the Tables, illustrated by numerous Problems and Examples
8vo. Is. boards. « This portable and cheap volume is well worthy of the attention of the practical men alluded to in the title-page, and we have no doubt, that, when its merits come to be sufficiently known, it will supersede the use of every other with which we are acquainted."-Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal.
STEWART'S COMPENDIUM of MODERN GEOGRAPHY:
with Remarks on the Physical Peculiarities, Productions, Commerce, and Government of the various Countries : Questions for Examination at the End of each Division; and Descriptive Tables, in which are given the Pronunciation, and a concise Account of all the Places that occur in the Work, Illustrated by nine Maps,
18mo. 38. 6d. bound in red. “Written in a clear and simple style, it is well calculated to interest the youthful mind; and the materials that form the volume are selected with much care and judgment. It is not so dry or meagre as the smaller Geography of Goldsmith, and is fitter for beginners than the useful work of Guy."- London Weekly Review.
“This compendiurn is the best and fullest we have seen."- Monthly Magazine.
“We have rarely time to notice school-books, but this one possesses various merits which are seldom found combined. It is cheap, neatly got up, well written, well-arranged, and contains a great deal of matter within a small compass. Literary talent is never better employed than in preparing good elementary works like this for the instruction of the rising generation."-Scotsman.
"This little volume really seems to us to possess in perfection every requisite of a school-geography. The inforrnation is accurate, and brought down to the latest period; and the remarks, written in a neat and spirited style, enliven the dry details to which works on this scale are usually limited. The exercises are well se lected, and must be exceedingly convenient for the teacher. The descriptive tables comprise a great deal of useful information in a small compass; and the mode of showing the pronunciation of geographical narnes, forms an exceedingly convenient appendage."-Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle.
PROFESSOR HUNTER's LIVY, Book XXI. to XXV., with
Notes, critical and explanatory. Fourth Edition, improvede 12mo. 4s. 6d. bound.
EDINBURGH ACADEMY GREEK EXTRACTS, chiefly from the Attic Writers; with a Vocabulary.
19mo. Bs.6d. bound.
EDINBURGH ACADEMY GREEK RUDIMENTS. Second EDITION.
12mo. 48. bound.
EDINBURGH ACADEMY Edition of RUDDIMAN'S LATIN RUDIMENTS. SECOND EDJtion.
12mo. 2s. 6d. bound.
BUQUET'S NOUVEAU COURS de LITTERATURE; ou,
Répertoire des Chefs d'Euvre de Corneille, Racine, Voltaire, Molière, La Fontaine, Fénélon, Barthélemy, &c.; suivi des Commentaires de Laharpe, et précédé d'un Choix des plus beaux Morceaux, en Prose et en Vers, des plus célèbres Ecrivains Français; avec des Notes Biographiques, Chronologiques, et Historiques, sur les Personnages et les Evénemens dont il est fait mention dans l'Ouvrage. A l'Usage de l'Académie d'Edimbourg. SECOND EDITION, carefully revised and greatly enlarged.
12mo, 78. bound. “ Considerable judgment has been displayed in the choice of pieces; and from this many advantages are derived. Not only is a knowledge of the language gained, but the taste is cultivated, and ideas as well as words acquired. It is a most useful volume to all students of a language now almost absolutely necessary. -Literary Gazette.
“ We have here a collection of specimens, chosen with great care, of many of the most celebrated French writers, prose as well as poetical, which, without reference to its utility as an elementary work, is extremely valuable and instructive in itself. It is, in fact, to French, what the Scrap Book is to English litenture, the best and most tasteful selection from any foreign language extant."-Literary Magnet.
" It contains about one-half more matter than Lecteur Français,' and at least an equal quantity of rubjects. The selections appear to us to have been made with great judginent, with respect both to literte ture and to morality."-Educational Review.
G. CLARKE, ABERDEEN.
A NEW EDITION of SHAW'S HISTORY of the PROVINCE of MORAY, brought down to the present day, and Illustrated by FOURTEEN ELEGANT ENGRAVINGS, and an Accurate MAP of the Province, 4to. Price £2, 2s.
A very few Copies on Royal Paper, with Proof Impressions of the Plates, coloured, remain on hand. Price £3, 3s.
This NEW EDITION of SHAW'S celebrated HISTORY of the PROVINCE of MORAY, is enriched by the contributions of upwards of Twenty Literary Gentlemen; and were the new matter it contains incorporated with the Text, it would extend to more than two hundred pages of the Work. The following are some of the various recommendatory notices it has received:
“ The author has dug deeply in the alluvial soil, has removed vast strata of superincumbent rubbish, has explored the deeply.embedded rocks, on which he has laid his foundation with permanent materials, and raised a fabric which future generations will view with admiration. Although more than half a century bas elapsed since it issued from the press, its reputation has remained untarnished, and its value has been enhanced in proportion to the increasing difficulties, in modern times, of obtaining copies. These are the foundations on which this new edition takes its stand, the merits of which, added to those of the original, can hardiy fail to ensure the Publisher an amp!e remuneration. The notes, and additional appendix, bear testimony that they are the productions of Gentlemen every way competent to the task, and who fill exalted stations in life, the information having been drawn from sources to which few besides can have access. By thus patronizing a work which they bare enriched by their communications, they have conferred an honour on the Town of Elgin, which, in return, has honourabiy repaid them, by the highly respectable appearance with which this volume is presented for their inspection and support." "In its graphic embellishments, this volume is highly respectable. The original work contained only four plates, and these were but indifferently executed. This edi. tion is enriched with fourteen, including the most commanding and interesting objects which the province of Moray could furnish. With the exception of two or three, the designs bear the name of J. Grant, the publisher, and in this branch of his arduous task, he has shown much judginent and skill in the art of drawing. The points of observation are judiciously chosen, and in most instances the perspectire is well preserved. To the inhabitants of Scotland, bet more particuJarly to those of Moray, this work cannot fail to prove highly interesting, and whatever inaccuracies, on a minute inspection, may be discovered in its statements, all must acknowledge that its improrements upon the original are both great and meritorious. To other provinces, it sets a noble example that invites to imitation, which is followed up with an equal degree of spirit and ability, will give to the general bistory of Scotland a degree of enlarged perfection which it can no otherwise attain. On the enterprising energy which undertook this work, on the bands which executed its various departments, and on those who have contributed to its pages, it confers a common honour. In their combined ex. cellencies they render it worthy of that patronage which the wealthy inhabitants of the province cannot withhold without bringing upon themselves a portion of disgrace, which will be heightened by being contrasted with the honvur in which they neglected to participate."- Imperial Magazine.
“ 'This very curious and interesting work, although treating in a peculiar manner of the province of Moray, embraces the antiquities and history of the whole kingdom. It has now been so long before the public that we need do lii. tle more than call the attention of our readers to this new edition, corrected iu last year. The geography, the natural history, the civil and political history, the military history, and the ecclesiastical history of the province, and in some measure of the whole of Scotland, are fully aud ably treated ; and indeed from the industry and learning displayed by the author, we should think him a competent person to supply that great desideratum, a good digest of the early history of his country.--- London Weekly Review.
“Provincial histories, we think, when well executed form a very valuable and entertaining species of reading. The late Rev, Mr Shawwas a most worthy, learned, and intelligent man, possessed of very general information, and a most patient and persevering gi nealogist. Under many unfavourable circumstancesin a remote province-at a time when such works met with little encourage. inent-Mr Shaw by his perseverance, brought out a very interesting quarto volume. In a plain and perspicuous style, and with sufficient 'amor patriæ not to diminish the importance of his subject, the author enters into a particular description of the situation and natural appearance of the country-the ancient bounds of the Province, comprehending Moray, Nairn, and part of Invernessshire--a genealogical history of families of note, consisting of some of the most ancient in Scotland--and an account of the antiquities and ancient ruins. Or the latter, which are numerous, and which form the inost interesting objects in the country, the author's descriptions are now likely to become doubly interest. ing, as forining the only records that such things were. The work of Mr Shaw has for many years been out of print; and as it has been often eagerly enquired after, the present edition is likely to meet with that success which the very creditable style in which it is got up deserves.-It is very properly a verbatim copy of the original.”—Edinburgh Courant.
For other favourable Reviews of this Work, see the Edinburgh Saturday Even. ing Post, New Lilerary Gazette, &c.
LIFE of MARY QUEEN of SCOTS. By James GRANT. SECOND EDITION. Corrected and Enlarged; with a beautiful Portrait. 18mo. Price 3s.
The First Edition of this Work was disposed of in the course of a few months. The Author is well aware that its great success is to be principally attributed to the numerous and highly flattering testimonials it has received from the Periodical Press-testimonials more numerous and flattering, perhaps, than were ever received by any similar work.-- We insert the following in its favour in the order of lime in which they appeared :
"It is a good digest of the principal events in the reign of the Queen of Scots, and will be very useful to a numerous class of readers, who have neither time nor inclination for elaborate investigations. It is highly creditable to the Provincial Press from which it has emanated."'-- Inverness Courier.
“The little work before us is written in a light and amusing style. As far as we have had leisure to examine them, the maicrials seem well digested. We recommend the work as an amusing and instructive treatise to young readers of history." Sun.
“ This is an abridgment of the History of MARY QUEEN of SCOTS, and contains an amusing outline of the priacipal transactions of her life and reign. It is written in that apologetical vein which most modern authors seem disposed, in this case, to adopt. We recommend it to such of our readers as have no inclination to peruse the longer and inore elaborate histories of the singularly beautiful and unfortunate woman of whom it treats.”—London Weekly Revier.
“ The little work before us, which is from the pen of the Editor of the Elgir Courier, is a very neat and judicious digest of the principal events of the Scottish Queen's life. We are glad to perceive ibat the author's opinions as to Mary's character, entirely agree with our own. We give bim all praise for liaving decidedly deviated from the very incorrect account supplied by Robertson, of Hary's expedition to the north, during which the Earl of Huntly and the family of the Gordons were entirely ruined by the machinations of Murray.-We are glad to see the interest at present taken in Mary Queen of Scois, and consider the work we bave been noticing, exceedingly creditable to the taste and the press of Elgin."--Edinburgh Observer
" We consider the work before us to be an interesting little abridgment, and quite likely to answer the author's wishes, whose principal object he tells lls was to furnish a treatise sufficiently coacise for those who had little leisure or