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Ods bobs! how delighted I was unawaros
I've a deal more to say, but am loth to intrude
On your time, my dear mother, so now I'll conclude.
And first at her porcupine head he begins
Is in colour and shape like a chalfinch's nest.
For JUNE, 1766.
MISCELLANEOU S. Art. 10. The History of the Troglodites. Translated from the French of Mr. de Montesquieu. 8vo. 6d. Buckland, &c. 'HE celebrated Lettres Perfannes have been twice translated into
ber lalt, p. 274:
of these translations, it seems, was unknown to the gentleman to whom the public is obliged for the present version of this elegant fiction,-taken from the nith, izth, 13th and 14th letters. It was no hard talk to exeel the former; and, in truth, both are much excelled by the present translator : who, possibly, has published this story of the Troglodites as a specimen of an intended new translation of the whole series. If we are right in our conjecture, it will be fortunate for the reputation of M. de Montesquieu ; for that excellent author, is common with the best writers of his nation, hath suffered not a little from she inelegant pens of our conmon doers from the Frencb. Art. 11. The Principles of the English Language digested, for the
Use of Schools. By James Elphinstone. 12mo. lant, &c.
Mr. Elphinstone has here given an abridgment of his larger work, published about a year ago, under a similar title : see Review for OctoArt. 12. The Merry Miller ; or the Countryman's Ramble to Lon
don. A Farce of two Axts. 8vo. Davenhill. Too poor a performance even for Bartholomew fair. Art. 13. Witticisms and Strokes of Humour. Collected by Robert
Baker. 8vo, IS. Bathoe. The Author of this new jeft-book finds great faule with the doll col. lections already offered to the public, ---and he has added one to the number. Art. 14. Travels through Italy, containing new and curious Obfer
vations on that Country; particularly the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Ecclefiaftical State, the Kingdom of Naples, the Republics of Venice and Genoa, &c. with the most authentic Account yet published of capital Pieces in Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture ; including Remarks on the ancient and present State of Italy, of the Arts and Sciences which have flourished there, and of Taste in Painting : with the Characters of the principal Artists. By John Northall, Esq; Captain in his Britannic Majesty's Royal Regiment of Artillery. Illustrated with a Map of Italy, a Route of this Tour, and several Copper-plates. 8vo. 6s. Hooper.
The Editor of these travels informs us, in his preface, that the Au. THOR 6 was an English gentleman, who undertook this tour of Italy, as the finishing part of a police education. From this manner of inen. tioning the Author, we conclude, that Capt. Northall is not now living; and some have even questioned whether he ever did live: looking Rsv. June, 1765. I i
on the name as entirely fictitious. Suppefing, however, the reality of our Author's existence to be undoubted, let us attend to what the Editos Jays of his character, and abilities for such an undertaking as the present. The Captain, he tells us, was accompanied by some other gentlemen, who had all the advantages of procuring access to the most valuable curiosities in public places, and private palaces;' that he had a curiolity equal to these advantages ;' that he was not only a gentleman, but a scholar, a gallant officer, an experienced engireer, a good draightfman, and a fine judge of paintings, sculpture, and architecture.' With these requisites, and so ample a field for the display of his abilities, the Reader will naturally expect a finished production, in Capt. Northall's recital of his travels; and, in truth, the style of his book is by no means inelegant : but with respect to the matter of his observations, we meet wiih very little that is not to be found in Keysler, Blainville, and other more voluminous writers, whose performances are made to fubfcribe largely towards the notes with which the present work is illuftrated. But were we to consider this book merely as a judicious compilement from the best Authors who have made the tour of Italy, we should, perhaps, view it in neither a dishonest nor a contemptible light; and, in this view, it will, we apprehend, be found a very entertaining and a very useful pofi-chaise companion, for unexperienced travellers in the fame roule. Art. 15. Reficerions on Originality in Authors, being Remarks on a
Letter to Mr. Mason, on the Marks of Imitation; in which the absurd Defcets of that Performance are pointed out; and the absolute uncertainty of Imitation in general is demonstrated in various Inpances : with a Word or two on the Characters of Ben. Jolinfon and Pope. 8vo. 1S. Horsfield.
There is a pedantic pertness, and a boorish petulance in these. Reflections, being Remarks,' that would render them dif.greeable to the polished reader, were there any merit in the arguments ; byt a spirit of finding fault, and an ambition of attacking the opinions of a diftinguiihed writer, are the burden of the book. Indeed, the rudeness of the title-page might fufficiently apprise the Reader what he was to expect within. But let us hear what this felf. fufficient hypercritic has to fay; and wherein he points out the absurd defects he mentions. I prefume, says the author of the letter to Mr. Mason, to give it for a certain nore of imitation, whin the properties of one clime are given to another;' upon which this Remarker says, “could we furnish one instance to this sage conclusion, any man of common sense would place it, not to the score of imitation but absurdity :'-very severe indeed! ihe ingenious letter-writer is here, by implication, deprived of common sense, fince he absolutely does impute it to imitation; and, what is more, he is absolutely in the right too ; for though abfurdity may be the effect, yet imitation is the cause :-but the unhappy Remarker's inability to make this distinction, occasioned this absurd defect.'-That it is owing to imitation when the properties of one clime are given to another is evident from this, that the pastoral poets of our own country have frequently introduced into our climate the properties of those of Greece and Italy, occafioned by imitating the peculiar expreffions and descrip tions of their authors; and of this not only one but an hundred instances
might be produced, were it worth while to pay any further regard 10 such arguments.
1. Art. 16. Casli Innocentis Ansaldi 0. P. Placentini in Reg. Taurin,
then. S. T. Prof. de Romana Tutelarium Deorum in Oppugnationibus Urbium Evocatione Liber singularis. Editio quarta. 8vo. 35. 6d. few'd. Payne.
This is a new edition of Father Ansald's treatise on the evocation of the tutelary Gods in the Roman ficges. The book had merit enough to go through three impressions among the Venetians, and it is now reprinted at the Clarendon press in Oxford.
L Art. 17. An Esay on the History of Hamburgh, from the Foundation
of that City, to the Convention between the Senate and Burghers, in 1712. Translated from the French of M. A. Dathe. 8vo. 55. Osborne.
This book, which is not ill-written, may afford fome amusement to those who have any connexions with the city of Hanburgh ; but will not appear in a very important light to the generality of English readers. Art. 18. Directions for a proper Choice of Authors to form a Lis
brary, which may both improve and entertain the Mind, and be of real Use in the Conduct of Life. Intended for those Readers who are only acquainted with the English Language. With a correct List of proper Books on the several Subjects. 8vo. Whila
This is, for the most part, a judicious selection ; but, as the judge ments and taste of men will always vary from each other, we imagine there are many books in this list which might have been well omitted ; and not a few that, in our eltimation, should have been added. Nevertheless, as we have no better, indeed no other directory of the kind, this publication may be of use to thole who stand in need of such helps. Art. 19. A Plan for the more speedly Execution of the Laws relating
to the new paving, cleansing, and lighting the Streets of Wesiminfler. By Charles Whitworth, Elg; 8vo. 6d. Walter. Proposes the institution of parochial committees, to affist the commiffioners in the inspection of the streets, and keeping them in due repair, according to the intent of the acts of parliainent relating to the great improvements now going forward in our flourishing metropolis ; ihe inhabitants of which are much obliged to Mr. Whitworth for his attention to this subject, and for the judicious regulations which he has planned. Art. 20. The History of Inland Navigations. Particularly those of
the Duke of Bridgewater, in Lancashire and Cheshire.; and the intended one promoted by Earl Gower and other Persons of Diftinction in Staffordshire, Cheshire, and Derbyshire. Part the jecond. Illufirated with a whole sheet geographical Plan, sewing, at one View, the Counties, Townships, and Villages through which these Navigations are or will be carried. 8vo. 25. 6d. Lownds.
We have already given our sentiments of these noble schemes for the improvement of our happy country, which, if not checked by our political diffentions, might, in every sense, speedily bid fair for taking the lead of every other nation on the face of the globe.
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Art. 21. Mona Antiqua Restaurata. An archæological Discourse on
the Antiquities, natural and historical, of the Ise of Anglesey, the ancient Seat of the British Druids. In two Esays. With ax Appendix, containing a comparative Table of Primitive Words, and the Derivatives of them in several of the Tongues of Europe; with Remarks upon them. Together with some Letters and three Catalogues added thereunto. By Henry Rowlands, Vicar of Llandidan, in the Isle of Anglesey. The second Edition, corrected and improved. 4to. 185. Knox. In the advertisement which accompanied the proposals for printing, by fubscription, this edition of the Antiquities of Anglesey, it is observed, that 'the Mona Antiqua is celebrated by Tacitus, as being the residence of the Druids, who were the priests; and, at one time, the legislators, not only of this country, but of France and Germany, indeed of all Europe, and great part of Alia : and that the Romans, who, wherever they conquered, were enemies to alt ancient constitutions, were unable to abolish the druidical monuments which are to this day to be found in this island.
• Mr. Rowlands, the Author of this work, (it is farther observed) was assisted by Mr. Llhwyd and other great masters of the Celtic learning who lived about half a century ago, and who, from very plain deducsions, similarities, and relations of names and things, laid a foundation for most important enquiries into the etymology and original of the languages that now pass under the names of Greek and Latin, and we may even venture 20 say Hebrew. Perhaps, upon an investie gation into the remains we have of the Phoenician language, it may appear to be no other than a dialect of the Celtic. The work before us produces great and irrefragable authorities for this opinion, and it is to be lamented that the learned world did not properly support Rowlands, Lihwyd, and many other writers who applied themselves to this study. Somner, Spelman, Hickes, and Wanley, were professed champions for the originality of the Saxon language : and they had great patrons
among our leading nobility and men of learning, who did not fuffi· ciently consider the radical properties of words. This work, besides
the general principles of archæology, establishes a rational scheme of enquiry, which, upon analogical reasoning, may be found applicable to many other places of greater importance than Anglesey. We have herė, besides names and words, a most accurate account of laws, constitutions, and customs ; coins and medals; erections, monuments, and ruins; edifices and inscriptions; with various observations and reflections, which throw a most amazing lustre upon what has been hitherto deemed the darkness of antiquity.
' In all literary disquisitions the credit of this work has always remained unimpeached; because when the author goes upon facts, they are such as cannot be disproved; nor indeed does he presume to make fuch arbitrary wild deductions from his facts as are too common with antiquaries even of good note. What he advances commonly speaks for itself; and his reasoning, if not quite conclusive, must always be pleasing to one who has no object of enquiry but truth.' Thus far the advertisement annexed to the proposals; to which we