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Art. XI. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION.
•v* Gentlemen and Publishers who have works in the press, will obKge the Conductors of the Eclectic Review, by sending Information f post paid) of the subject, extent, and probable price of such works; which they may depend upon being communicated to the Public, if consistent with its plan.
In the press. An Essay on the Being of God, and his attributes of Infinite Power, Wisdom, and Goodness; stating and refuting the objections to his Wisdom and Goodness, from Reason and Revelation, and drawing the most useful practical inference from the whole subject! to which Burnett's First Prize of .£1200 was adjudged, August 4th, 1815, to which is prefixed a Biographical Sketch of Mr. Burnett's Lifo: by W. L. Brown, D.D. Principal of Marischal College, Aberdeen.
The Travels of Col. Keating in Europe and Africa, are nearly ready for publication.
The translation of Mad. de Genlis' new historical Novel, entitled Jane of France, will appear in a few days.
Also the Journal of a ten years Residence at Tripoli, in Africa, from the original correspondence in the possession of the family of the late Richard Tully, Esq. the British Consul, in a quarto volume.
The Poems of Milton, Thomson, Young, and a few other leading; Authors, will shortly be published, with new embellishments from the designs of Mr. Westall.
The Rev. Dr. Mc Leod, of New York, is about to publish in one volume 8vo. a work entitled, The Life and Power of Godliness, described in a Series of Discourse* on the nature, progress, evidences and perfection of true religion in man. It is proposed that an impression of the work be printed at the same time in Paisley, cotemporaneomly with the American edition. There is likewise about to be published at Paisley, in a saiall 12mo. volume, a work by the same author, entitled The Ecclesiastical Catechism; being a Series of Questions, relative to the Christian Church, stated and answered with Scripture Proofs; to which are appended Notes explanatory of the points in controversy with the Episcopalians aud Independent?. B b 2
The Rev. Mr. Cox, of Hackney, has been engaged for some time on an abridgement of the late Mr. Robinson's Scripture Characters, in one volume 12mo. for the use of young people and of schools, which is nearly ready.
A new edition, with considerable additions, is in a state of forwardness, of The Principles of Fluxions; by the Rev. W. Deiltry, B.I). F.R.S. and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Mr. A. Pioquot, author of the Ancient and Modern Geography, will shortly publish, in a small duodecimo volume, for the use of Schools, A New and Easy Introduction to French Grammar; designed as a First Step to that useful language.
In the press, and in a few days will be published, in octavo, price 2s. 6d. Moscow; a Poem, by Mrs. Henry Rolls, Authoress of Sacred Sketches,
In a few days will appear, a new edition of Diatessaron: or, the History of our Lord Jesus Christ, compiled from the four Gospels, according to the authorised English version; with brief notes, practical and explanatory: to which are prefixed, a Map of the Holv Laud, and an Introduction. By the Rev. T. Thirlwall, M.A. In one volume, duodecimo, for the use of Schdbls. • . ,
Mr. T.Williams is preparing for the press, An Essay on Religious Liberty, in which will be considered,—The Primitive Terms of Communion, the right of Private Judgement, the nature of Christ's Kingdom, and the horrid effects of intolerance.
In the press, to be speedily published, The City of the Plague, a dramatic Poem. By John Wilson, Author of the Isle of Palms, &c.
Mr. Horace Twi«s will soon publish, a Compendium of the Law of Parish Appeals, condensed into one volume, as a manual for the quarter sessions.
W. T. Brande, esq. has nearly ready to appear, a .Descriptive Catalogue of the British Specimens deposited in the Geological Collection of the Royal Institution.
Results of Experience in the Art of Tuition, forming the basis of the system adopted by W. Johnstone, A.M. at the classical school, Blackheath Hill, is preparing for the press.
Mr. R- Hills has in the press, Sketches in Flanders and Holland, comprising a Tour through the Low Countries, immediately subsequent to the battle of Waterloo, illustrated by thirty-six plates.
Mr. William Phillips has nearly
Art. XII. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. List of Works recently published. 310
■Remains of William Reed, late of Thornbnry; including Rambles in Ireland, with other Compositions in Prose, his Correspondence, and Poetical Productions. To which is prefixed, a Mevao't of his Life; by the Rev. John Evans, Author of the Ponderer. 8vo. His. 6d.
Supplement to the Memoirs of Sir Joshua Reynolds. By J. Northcote, Esq. R.A. 4to. 15s.
Euripidis Alcestis. Ad fidem mannscriptorum ac Veterum editionnm emendavit, et annotatioues imtruxit 1. H. Monk, A.M. Coll. S.S. Trin. Socios, fcc. Accedit Georgii Buchafraui Versio Metrica, 8vo. 6s. 6d.
D. Junii Juvenalis Satirre Expnrgata, &c. With English Notes, for the use of Schools. By the Rev'. William Wilson, A.M. Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge, &c. 5s.
An Etching by Bromley from a whole length Portrait of H. G. the Duke of Wellington, painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence for the Prince Regent.
Taylor's Egypt, illustrated by a Series of Plates, from Denon's drawings, royal folio, Parts 3 and 4. 5s. each.
A Narrative of the Demolition of the Monastery of Port Hoya.1 das Champs;
ready, in a duodecimo volu ire, a Elementary Introduction to tl> e Knowledge of Mineralogy and of Minerals,
A History of the Kingdom of Hanover, and of the Family of Brunswick, in a quarto volume, with engravings, is nearly ready to appear.
Mr. W. Salisbury has in the press. Hints addressed to the Proprietors of Orchards, and Growers of Fruit in general, illustrative of the injuries trees are subject to in the present mode of culture.
Mr. Robert Buchanan, of Glasgow, will soon publish a work on the history end construction of Steam Boats, illustrated by numerous engravings.
including Biographical Memoirs of its later Inhabitants. By Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, Author of Theory on the Classification of Beauty and Deformity; Jcc. crown 8vo. 7s. od. bds.
A Familiar Treatise on Rheumatism, and Rheumatic Affections, with domestic Methods of Cure. By William Hickman. Is. 6d.
The Fifth Volume of the Medical Transactions of the Royal College of Physicians of London. 8vo. 12s. bds.
A Treatise on Practical Mensuration, in eight parts. By A. Nesbit, 12mo. 6s.
The Danger of Premature Interment, proved from many remarkable Instances of People who have recovered after being laid out for dead, and of others entombed alive, for want of being properly examined prior to Inter* ment. Also a Description of the Manner the Ancient Egyptians and other Nations, preserved and venerated their Dead . and a curious Account of their Sepulchral ever-burning Lamps and Mausoleums. The pernicious Effects of burying in the Body of Churches, and confined Church-yards, pointed out, whereby many valuable Lives bate been lost to the Public and their Friends. By Joseph Taylor, lJtuo. 4s. 6d. bds.
An Account of the first Edinburgh
Musical Festival, held between the 30th October and 5th November, 1815. To which is added, an Essay, containing some general Observations on Music, by George Farquhar Graham, Esq. l'-'mo. 7s. bds.
The Edinburgh Annual Register, for 1813. Containing the History of Europe for the Year; Reflections on Trial by Jury in Civil Causes in Scotland"; Chronicle of Public Occurrences; Public Financial Accounts; Gazettes; State Papers; Births, Marriages, Deaths,and Promotions; New Publications; Miscellanies; Original Poetry; and Index. II. Is. bds.
Prescience; or, the Secrets of Divi. nation: a Poem. By Edward Smedley, J«n. Small 8vo. 7s. 6d.
Jonah; a Poem. By the same. 8vo. 3s. Gil.
The Story of Rimini; a Poem. By Leigh Hunt. Small Svo. 6s. 6d.
The Siege of Corinth; a Poem.— Parisina; a Poem. By Lord Byron. 8vo. 5s. 6d.
Alcon Malanzore, a Moorish Tale. By the Hon. Mrs. Esmc Steuart Erskine. 8ro. 8s.
Infancy; or the Economy of Nature, in the Progress of Human Life; a Poem. 8vo. 5s. 6d. sewed.
Gulzara, Princess of Persia; or the Virgin Queen. Collected from the original Persian. 10s. Gd. bds.
Proposals for an Economical and Secure Currency; with Observations on the Profits of the Bank of England, as they regard the Public and the Proprietors of Bank Stock. By David Ricardo. Esq. 8vo. 4s. 6d.
Histoire de 1'Origine des Progres et de la Decadence des Diverses Factions, qui ont agite la France depuis 1789, jusqu'4 1'Abdication d« Napoleon. Par Joseph Lavallce, Ancien Capitaine d'lnfanterie et Ancien Chef de Division a la Grande Chancellerie de la Legion d'Honneur. 3 vols. 8vo. II. 7s.
The Colonial Policy of Great Britain, considered with relation to her North American Provinces and West India Possessions; wherein the dangerous Tendency of American Competition is developed, and the Necessity of racora
300mencing a Colonial System on a vigorous and extensive Scale exhibited and defended; with Plans for the Promotion of Emigration, and Strictures on the Treaty of Ghent. By a British Traveller. 8vo. 8s. bds.
An Address to the Honourable House of Commons of Great Britain and Irelaud, on the State of the Nation. By a Yorkshire Freeholder. 8vo. Is.
An Argument on the Case of Marshal Ney, with reference to the 12th Article of the Convention of Paris, and the Treaty of the 20th Nov. 1815, in which the reasonings of Messrs. Dupin and Berryer (his Counsel) are considered. With an Appendix, containing their Argument as published by themselves, the Dispatch of the Duke of Wellington enclosing the Convention of Paris, and the Convention itself. By a Barrister. 8vo. 2s. -'
Paul's Letters to his Kinsfolk; being a Series of Letters from the Continent. 8vo. 12s.
Paris Revisited in 1815, by way of Brussels; including a Walk- over the Field of Battle at Waterloo; concluding with Remarks on the Political Temper and Condition of France, and the Character of the Bourbon Government. By John Scott, Editor of the Champion, a Political and Literary Journal. 8vo. 12*.
Collections relative to Systematic Relief of the Poor, at different Periods, and in different Countries, with Observations on Charity,—its proper Objects and Conduct, and its influence on the Welfare of Nations. 8vo. 6s.
A translation of the celebrated Work of M. de Pradt, entitled the Congress of Vienna. 1 vol. 8vo. 10s. 6d. bds.
A Treatise on Dry Rot, in which are described the Nature and Causes of that Disease in Ships: with the Methods of Prevention and Cure. By Ambrose Bowden, of the Navy Office. 8s. bds.
An Examination of Mr. Dealtry's Review of Norris on the British and Foreign Bible Society; with Occasional Remarks on the Nature and Tendency of that Institution. By a Clergyman of the Diocese of London. 3s. 6d.
We have received a letter from Mr. Good relating to our review of his Translation of the Dook of Job, which we insert without hesitation.
To the Editor of the Eclectic Review.
Sin,—In your account of my " Translation of the Book of JoN" inserted in your Review for last month, there are numerous errors of so gross and injurious a nature, as they have been pointed out to me by a friend, tliat 1 must request you to insert this letter in your next number in order to correct a few of them.
In p. 134 the writer of the article, after commending my arrangement of the poem, takes especial care to frustrate the value of his approbation by aildiuc, "this judicious and natural division had already been suggested by Schultens and Grey; a circumstance which Mr. Good shmld not have neglected to record."— Now before the writer had ventured to inflict this castigation, he should hare been certain of the truth of his charge. He should have read the works he refers to: had he done so, he would have found that his charge is utterly groundies*, anil consequently his castigation uncalled for, since no two divisions can be more unlike than the divisions here brought into comparison.
The division of Grey is that of Schultens, and the division of both is that of the Bible; for they hare no other breaks than those of the ordinary chapters. Schultens, indeed, has given a few hints upon the structure of the poem in his prefixed commentary; and Grey has copied that part of his commentary which contains them. In the course of these hints, all we meet with is, that Schulten* Conceived the middle part of this ancient production to be poetic, and of a dramatic cast, but its beginning and ending to be prosaic, and added afterwards. Yet lie is uncertain whether the dramatic part should end with ch. xli. or at uh. xlii. 7, Having reached in his commentary, which examines chapter after chapter, the close of ch. xiv. " here, says he, the first round of discussions having terminated, Eliphaz takes occasion to thunder forth severely, &c."* and, arriving at ch. xxxii. he tells us that the reply of Elihu, which begins with it, follows up the battle, "as though with.a Third ACT."f Aud beyond these few and indistinct intimations, we have not a word of any kind with respect to arrangement. Extending, however, the views of Mr. Schultens as widely as a light so glimmering will allow us, we may conjecture that, after lopping off the opening and closing of the poem as adsistitious matter, he regarded the body of the work as eonsutag of a Duma of three aclt: the first extending from the beginning ofch. iii. to a part of li« !>«' in not pointed out, but probably conceived to close with this single chapter; the second, wherever he supposed it to begin, terminating with ch. xiv; and the third extending from ch. Xt. to the end of ch. xli. or to ch. xlii. 7. which Mr. Schultens leaves equally uncertain.
In direct opposition to this hypothesis, I have ventured to submit that the poem, instead of being a drama, is a regular epic; instead of being partly genuine and partly adsistitious, is wholly genuine; and, instead of consisting of Thru Acts, is composed of six books; not one of which runs parallel with either of these three acts, excepting possibly book III. with act II.; while even Ill's parallelism is uncertain, because, as already observed, Mr. Schultenf has himself left it uncertain where he conceived his second act to commence. Perhaps no two hypotheses more incongruous or at variance with each other ever existed. Yet the reviewer boldly tells the public that the last was suggested by the first; and then adds that this is " a circumstance which Mr. Good should should not have neglected to record 1!" What would every other critic have said if, with equal boldness, I had escaped from this charge of neglect, by appealing, with equal ignorance or error, to the opinion of Schultens as the foundation of my own arrangement?
In p. 138 the reviewer affirms, with the same unlucky looseness of reading, that I consider Job xiv. 10—15 " demonstrative of the doctrine of a future state." I have considered no such thing; but I have considered and affirmed that such » doctrine was known and admitted at the time in question, and that the passage adverted to is " demonstrative of the existence of the doctrine of a future stale }•—
'* Hinc, orbe primo certamiuuui evoluto, ansa ministratu Eliphazo—-detonandij fee. p. 13. f Pugnam vehementusime depugnatam ntcipit, tertio vcluti Acts, p. 14.
and not "of the truth of the doctrine," as this strange misquotation necessarily imports.
With inaccuracies of the same or of a similar kind the article abounds. Having quoted a passage from the notes, in which I point out under what circumstances the Hebrew 1 may become an imperfect negative, and in what cases an imperfect negative may, in all languages, take the place of a full negative, and have its imperfection supplied by being made the connecting medium of two opposite propositions, the writer, in page 139 observes as follows. "In support of this canon we have three examples in English, and one in Latin: but not a single instance of such usage is produced from the Hebrew scriptures in its. confirmation." Now the whole of the note here referred to, is a comment upon a direct instance of such usage; and till this writer shall venture to controvert the canon here laid down, which he has not done, one direct instance will be of itself a sufficient confirmation, and as good as a hundred. It was not, indeed, felt necessary to load the note with other examples; for the rule being laid down, its application was supposed easy. As the critic, however, seems to wish for further proofs, and admits himself to be incapable of tracing out other examples, let him turn to Eccles. i. 4, and he will liml one quite in point. The Royal Moralist opens the chapter with the impressive apophthegm" vanity of vanities—all is vanity!" which he immediately proceeds to support by exemplifying that every thing in nature is transient and unstable; deducing his instances from the passing generations of mankind, and the earth they dwell upon; from the restless journeyings of the sun; the ohangeableuess of the winds; the perpetual current of the rivers; and the ebbing and flowing of the sea. A more apt or congruous assemblage of images cannot be put together. But, unfortunately,from understanding the particle ^ in an affirmative or conditional, instead of in a half-negative sense; in that of et or sed, instead of in that of nee, (the other half negation being supplied by the contrast of the verbs puss away and come with the verb abide for ever J the aptness and congruity, and consequently the beauty of the passage has been destroyed by every previous translation, as far as I have examined them. The original is as follows;
: to nm pn nn
.: nnoj? aW? yiNm
Generation cometh, and generation passeth away;
Nor doth the earth abide for ever. Thus rendered, the passage is clear and true to itself; and furnishes a singular parallelism with the well known lines in Shakespear, The great globe itself, Yea all which it inherits, shall dissolve. The common rendering, however, is as follows; equally adverse to the sense and beauty of the passage; "one generation passeth away, and another cometh, mn the earth abideth for ever."
I have not time, nor have you space, for other examples; since it would be useless to point them out without explaining them. But I will, nevertheless, furnish you with more publicly, or the writer privately, upon the expression of such a wish. For the same reason I avoid pointing out more mistakes in the article before us. I cannot, however, help thinking it a pity that, after waiting upwards of three years for a proper person to undertake the task of reviewing my Translation, you should at last have fallen into the hands of so incompetent a judge. The man who would translate or criticize the book of Job, ought to be well acquainted with both Hebrew and Arabic; and the mau who would review the translation in question, with its explanatory Notes, ought also to be acquainted with many other languages, as well modern as ancient. Yet the present critic makes no pretension to any other tongues than English and Hebrew, while he gives evident proofs that he is but indifferently acquainted with the latter, and has not fairly studied the helps on which he has depended. It is, hence, not to be wondered at that the opinion he has put forth at i In close of his account, far less modestly than magisterially, should, whether intended to recommend or discountenance the work (for it is of doubtful interpretation) be utterly at variance with the reputation which every schojsu