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Art. 22. A Narrative of the Transactions in Bengal, from the Year
1760 to 1764 ; during the Government of Mr. Henry Vonfittart. Published by bim elf. Large 8vo.
18 s. bound. Newbery.
• The original papers contained in these volumes are the same which the friends of Mr. Vanfittare fourd it necessary to publish in 1;6; *, with some few additions ;- they are now connected together, by a narrative, which will render them more intelligible to the Reader - The book feller hath advertised, that the purchasers of the former books, (in 2 vols ) may exchange them for the present edition, with an allowance of the price which was paid for them.
* See Rev. Vol. XXXII. p. 318.
Art. 23. Twenty of the Plays of Shakespeare, being the whole Niem
ber printed in Quarto, during his Life-time, or before the Reforation ; collated where there were different Copies, and published from the Origina's. By George Steevens, Esq; 8vo. 4
Vols. il. 45. Tonson, &c.
The public have, for some months paft, heard so much of Shak Speare and of the Stamp-ati, that we believe they have had enough of both, for the present. Of the latter subject, it is rather hoped than expected, they will never hear more ; but the former, undoubtedly, will
, with pleasure, be revived, in due season, and remain a favourite object, with all men of true talie, as long as the manly strength of our old English poetry hall be able to naintain its ground againit the encroachments and viciffitudes of time, and the fluctuations and corruptions of language.
This edition of so many of Shakespeare's plays, as are best authenti. cated, from the circumitance of their having been originally printed in the author's lifetime, before the folio edition published by the players, in 1623, cannot fail of proving accep:able to the more critical admirers, and the future editors, of this prince of modern poets. Mr. Steevens appears to have mo? diligently and skilfully collated the old quarto imprestions, from which the present one is made; but this edition, it is apprehended, will prove less agreeable to the generality of readers, than Tibbald's, &c. on account of the old, exploded, barbarous and capricious modes of spelling and printing, which are here retained ; and which, in our opinion, can only serve to offend the eye, and confuse the attention, of those who do not peruse these admirable writings with so strict a regard to critical minutiæ, as may seein requisite to the more learned and curious reader.-Indeed, we are not much delighted with the reitoration of these uncouth pecu iarities of the fines, which rather tend to obscure than illustrate the poet's meaning; for they are less the peculiarities of the uriter than of the press. It is not the genius of Shakespeare, but the unimproved art of his printer, with which we are, in any especial manner, brought acquainted, by these literary copies and collations of the earliest impresions :—which, never:heless, as we have already observed, may prove serviceable to future editors ; and, considered in that light, they ought to be gratefully received by the
public, who will ultimately reap the advantage arising from such nice and laborious undertakings.
Mr. Steevens hath prefixed to this edition of the twenty plays, a very sensible preface; and hath also added to them the sonnets of Shakespeare, reprinted from a copy published in 1609, by G. Eld, one of the printers of his theatrical pieces. He hath likewise re-published a tragedy of K. Lear, which appeared before that of Shakespeare, on the same subject ;—from which he thinks it sufficiently apparent, that our immortal bard condescended to borrow the circumstance of Lear's kneeling to his daughter, when she kneels to ak his blefling.
POLITICAL and COMMERCIAL
Continent of America, considered. In a Letter from a Gentle-
Written in behalf of the Colonies; and said to be the work of Mr. Dickinson of Philadelphia ; of whose abilities we have formerly made mention. It is now 1oo late to enter into the particulars of any publication on this subject, which preceded the late parliamentary determinations; and this piece should have appeared in our last collection ; but it came out too near the end of the month.
Art. 25. A fort and friendly Caution to the good People of England.
8vo. 6 d. Wilkie. This sort and friendly Gentleman tilts furiously at the Colonies; and afiures the good people of England that they must all be unavoidably suined by a repeal of the Stamp act. He also cautions them against reposing any confidence in a man who [he avers] would overturn Heaven to gratify his pride, ambition, and revenge ; and who she adds] is rot insensible to the luft of titles and of riches, as you (the good people of England] have vainly imagined.'-How happy for the great Commoner, that the luft of praise is not in the catalogue of his virtues ; as in that respect, he must be forely mortified, indeed, by what his good friend, our Author, has here more than insinuated against him !
Art. 26. Good Humeur: or, Away with the Colonies. Wherein is
occasionally enquired into, Mr. Pitt's Claim to Popularity; and the Principles of virtuous Liberty, as taught in the School of Mr. Wilkes, and other Peripatetics. 8vo. IS.
Nicoll. Another fruitless attempt to stem the tide which hath run so irresistibly in favour of the repeal. There is a mixture of the serious and ludicrous in this pamphlet ; and the Author tells us, in his preface, that he flatters himself his'• argument will convince, and his vein of humour please.' People are seldom more egregiously mistaken, than when they fialter THEMSELVES.
Art. 27. A foort History of the Conduct of the present Ministry, with
regard to the American Stamp-act. 8vo. 6d. Almon. A most bitter, virulent, ourageous attack on the present ministry ; whom the Author charges with having not only been wholly the occasion of the distresses of Great Britain and America, so far as relates to the Stamp-act, but with having wantonly, cruelly, and unnecesarily aggravated those distresses, by their negligence, timidity, and incapacity. For the manner in which he proves this charge, we refer to his short but furious pamphlet; which is written in the very spirit of that egregious news-paper politician, who figns himself Anti-Sejanus,
Art. 28. Occasional Thoughts of a Free Briton. 8vo. 6d. Almon.
We frequently meet with writers who are not amenable to the juris. diction of any court of criticism, --because they are not to be understood. This Free-Briton, is one of che class we are speaking of. We really know not what he means to communicate to the public, in these Occafional Thoughts. He seems, indeed, to have the American taxations in view; but he chiefly talks about King Alfred and King John, and magna charta, and faction, and liberty; and all in fuch a bouncing fultian strain, that we cannot help thinking the impression of his pamphlet ought to be bought up by the manufacturers of squibs and crackers for rejoicing nights : by which they would certainly make a great faving of gun-powder,
Art. 29. A Man of Abilities for the Earl of B- ; or, Scotch Po
litics defeated in America. 8vo. Williams. The Man of Abilities, here alluded to, is Lord George S-e; of whose conduct, from his first appearance in a public capacity, the Author gives a most severe and libellous detail *. He falls foul, also, on the Lords H-x and s-d-h; and treats their characters with a freedom which cannot but highly mortify and exasperate these noblemen and their friends : as to the authenticity of his anecdotes, we have nothing to say on that head.
• His lord ship's father, the late Duke of Dt, is also mentioned with great malevolence. The memory of the late Earl of Egre-nt is likewise plentifully traduced.
Art. 30. What should be done : or, Remarks on the Political State
of Things. Addrefled to the present Administration, the Members of the House of Commons, and the good People of England. 8vo. [s. Flexney.
This Author feems much discontented at the daily increase of political writers,'-' smatterers, not qualified to judge of those matters, with which they are constantly disturbing the public tranquility :'-forgetting, like the fat man in the croud, how much he himself contributes towards the inconvenience he complains of.
MEDIC A L. Art. 31. A Treatise on the Crime of Onan ; illustrated with a Va
riety of Cafes, together with the Method of Cure. By M. Tiffot, M. D. Author of Advice to the People, &c. Translated from the 3d Edition of the Original. 8vo. 35. 6d. B. Thomas.
Though we cannot say much in favour of publications on such subjects as that of the present treatíc, yet it must be acknowledged, that great deference is due to the judgment of so respetiable a writer as Dr. Tiflot; who in his preface, haih answered the objections which are likely to be molt na urally and generally raised againit this treatise. There is another English translation, under the assumed name of Hume, which merits listle regard.
T.HEATRICAL. Art. 32. Falsafas 1Vedding : a Comedy. Being a Sequel to the
fccord Part of the Play of King Henry the Fourth. Written in Imitation of Shakespeare, by Mr. Kenrick. Svo. 68. Wilkie, &c.
We cannot with inore truih, nor with more brevity, characterize this play, than in the words of an undoubted judge of theatrical merit ti who, in a letter to a friend, files it a very good imitation of Shakespeare, particularly in the character of Falstaff
† Mr, Garrick; in a letter to R. B. Esq; see the Author's Prof.
Art. 33. The Dramatic Works of Samuel Foote, Eli; 8vo. 2
Vols. 14 s. bound. Vaillant, &c. Thefe volumes containing orly the Pieces formerly and separately published by M. Foore, require no farther mention here.
N O V E L s. Art. 34. The History of Sir Charles Beaufort. Containing the gee
nuine and interesting Memoirs of a Family of Distinction in the South of England, &c. &c.
2 Vols. 6s. Lownds, Of the many imitations of Richardfun's plars, this is not the meanest, The capacity of the Writer is very conliderable ; his * invention is copious, his characters are (some of them) striking and new; and many of the fcenes he describes, are extremely interesting. But, on the other
* Perhaps we should rather have said her; as we think there is some appearance of finali'y in several parts of this work. We do not, however, mean to disparage the performance by this insinuation ; for we must observe, to the honour of the lady writers, that the best of our late froductions in this way, are faid to be the fruits of their intimacies with the gods of INVENTION and INTRIGUĘ.
hand, the adventures recited, are to the highest degree wild and improbable : infomuch that the Author has hardly kept within the boundaries of possibility. The work is also defective in respect of the moral ; for every thing turns out unfortunately for the best and most amiable personages of the story. What Voltaire has observed of Milton's Paradise Loit, may be here applied, with great propriety. The Devil, fays he, is Milton's hero ;-—and we say the heroine of this performance is a Devil too; for, surely, never was there, before, so infernal a being in petticoats, as the Miss Stanhope who makes the greatest though the most hateful figure in this absurd history: a history which we are glad to say, for the honour of human nature, cannot be true. But the epithets genuine, authentic, &c. &c. are now become words of course, in the titlepages of the most romantic fictions.
Art. 35. The Adventures of Miss Harriet Sprightly, a Lady of
Pleasure. Interspersed with the Histories and Characters, the Amours and Intrigues of several Personages well known in the poo lite World. 12mo. 2 Vols. 55. few'd. Serjeant.
It will be easy for every one who reads the title-page, to guess what kind of entertainment is likely to be met with, in the adventures of a prostitute. Art. 36. The Amours of Lais; or, the Misfortunes of Love. 12mo.
2 s. 6d. Wilkie. The story of the famous Corinthian Courtezan, is here wrought up into a fort of Romance, quite in the French taite; though we cannot but think that the modern embroidery looks oddly enough on the plain old Grecian stuff. It is like sewing lace and fringe upon a blanket.
Art. 37. The Faithful Fugitives : or, Ailventures of Miss Teresa
M- In a Series of Letters to a Friend. 12mo.
Art. 38. Memoirs of Mr. Walcott, a Gentleman of Yorkshire,
I2mo. 2 Vols. 5s, Jones. Şuch wretched scrawling as this, is enough to disgrace any * library,
• See the preceding article,
POETICA L. Art. 39. The Demi-rep. By N. O. Author of the Meretriciad,
4to. 2 s. 6 d. Moran. Were we now to fhew any civility to this Demi rep Writer, whose muse we have formerly reproved for her meretricious behaviour, it might be fuppofed that we had been bullied into some degree of complaisance for the dirty drab, by her gross and groundless abuse of the Reviewers.