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cellently cut on wood. We should wish to pick out one of the five best, if possible, but are not sure whether the Author would fix upon the following as one.
• FABLE XVII.
'THE THISTLE AND THE WHEAT.
'"What an unarmed, pusillanimous, humble being art thou!" said a Thistle to a blade of Wheat; "without a weapon to repulse an enemy, and contented to keep the benefit of thy acquirements within a circumscribed space. Why dost tbou not make a bustle in the world as I do, keeping every one at bay, and when I choose, disseminating my opinions East, West, North, and South?" "I am not", replied the Wheat, "aware of having any enemies; and therefore need no weapon of defence. If I possess cultivated abilities, I am satisfied to comfort and instruct my immediate neighbourhood therewith, and my instructions are received cordially. Thou needest not to pride thyself on spreading afar thy opinions, since thy neighbours wish not for them; and, for my own part, I am inclined to believe that, wherever thy wild doctrines take root, they invariably prove a curse."'
Lest we should have failed to choose aright, we will make room for another specimen.
'THE COW AND THE GOAT.
* A Cow was grazing in a rich meadow, when raising her head, she observed a Goat tearing some ivy from a tree that grew hard by. Interested for his welfare, " Desist ", said she, " from browsing on those poisonous leaves, and partake with me of this delicious herbage." To this warning the Goat paid no attention, but continued to eat. At last, the Cow thought proper, in kindness, to employ her superior strength, and drove him away. "I doubt not", said the Goat, " that your intentions are good, and that you consider you are doing me a personal favour;—as such, I give you credit for your good will; but permit me to tell you that your solicitude savours too much of the powerful to be, under any circumstances, convincing, and that in this instance, founded as it is in ignorance of what is wholesome for me and delicious to my palate, it is absurdly intrusive."'
We have not room to insert the Moral. A high tone of moral sentiment pervades the work, and the Author's object has evidently been to promote the improvement of his readers.
The Flowers of Fable deserves high praise, as well foi its excellent design as for its tasteful execution. Most of the collections of Fables which find their way into schools, and into the hands of young persons, on the strength of their supposed harmlessness and prescriptive reputation, contain many fables of very doubtful tendency, inculcating craft, selfishness, or expediency, or marked by other glaring improprieties. In the present collection, drawn from a great variety of sources, great care has been taken, both in the selection, and in the exclusion of all objectionable expressions. The dull, lengthy ' applications' of Croxall and other prosing commentators, have been discarded, and the spirit of the fable is indicated by a brief sentence or a few lines of verse, or by the introduction of an engraved tail-piece which aims at delineating the fact, while the fable narrates the fiction. Such is the plan of the volume. In a collection of this description, little novelty is to be looked for; but the fables from the Polish of Krasicki are new to us, and we shall transcribe one as a specimen. We regret that we cannot give a specimen of the wood engravings, which add not a little to the attractiveness of this nice little book.
'The Brook And The Fountain.
'A Fountain varied gambols played,
Close by an humble brook;
'Perhaps it gave one envious gaze
Upon the Fountain's height;
'In all the colours of the sky
Alternately it shone:
'The owner of the Fountain died;
Neglect soon brought decay;
'But still the Brook its peaceful course
Continued to pursue;
'" Now," said the Brook, " I bless my fate,
My shewy rival gone;
'" And all the world has cause, indeed,
To own with grateful heart,
Mr. dobbin's modest labours are designed for the benefit and amusement of ' infant minds.' Most of them are illustrative of the real habits of the birds or animals which are introduced; and they are well adapted by their simple style for the youngest readers. We must give a specimen.
'THE FALLING KITE.
'A Kite having risen to a very great height, moved in the air as stately as a prince, and looked down with much contempt on all below. "What a superior being I nm now!" said the Kite; "who has ever ascended so high as I have? What a poor grovelling set of beings are all those beneath me! I despise them." And then he shook his head in derision; and then he wagged his tail; and again he steered along with so much state as if the air were all his own, and as if every thing must make way before him; when suddenly the string broke, and down fell the kite with greater haste than he ascended, and was greatly hurt in the fall.'
Art. VIII. The Englishman's Almanack; or, Daily Calendar of General Information for the United Kingdom, for the Year of Our Lord 1833. Containing, with a Complete Calendar of the Year, including the Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies, Times of High Water, Anniversaries, and Historical Memoranda, Statistics of English Counties; Copious Tables of the Population of Different Districts in England, shewing the Proportion of Population to Acre, and of Crime to Population, &c. &c. The Jewish and Mahometan Calendars: Lists of the Peers, the Ministry, Corporation of London, Bankers, &c., the New Duties on Imported Goods, the Expenditure for 1833; the Colonies, &c. And a Statement of the Representation of Great Britain and Ireland, as Established by the Keform Act, with Valuable Particulars of that Law. 18mo. 2s. 6d. stitched.
Among the Annuals, those which lay claim to the most venerable antiquity,—those which interest all readers, and speak a language intelligible to all nations, the Almanacks, ought not to be overlooked. It is indeed only of late that they have assumed a literary character,— that they have fallen in with the march of intellect. Some of our Almanacks have long supported a scientific reputation. We have before us the Eighty-fourth impression of White's Ephemeris or 'Celestial Atlas', edited by Dr. Olinthus Gregory, our best astronomical Almanack. The Lady's Diary, singularly enough, not less than the Gentleman's Diary, has been distinguished by its mathematical as well as enigmatic lore. The Englishman's Almanack is a younger competitor for public favour. The quantity aud value of statistical information which it contains, chiefly in a tabular form, and drawn from parliamentary documents, would have rendered it, a few years ago, a literary curiosity. The art of compression is now carried to such perfection, that we have ceased to wonder at such displays of ingenuity; but we must fairly say, that the Proprietors of this Almanack deserve well of the public for the pains they have bestowed on its compilation. The title page exhibits a general view of its contents, which are not more multifarious than intrinsically useful.
Art. IX. LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.
The Cabinet Annual Register, and Historical, Political, Biographical, and Miscellaneous Chronicle of 1832, is announced for publication on the 1st of February next, with additional claims to public favour and patronage.
Preparing for publication by subscription, A History of Protestant Nonconformity in the County of York. By the Rev. Thomas Scales, of Leeds, Author of " Principles of Dissent." The object of the Author is, to trace the origin, progress, and present state of all the Societies of the Three Denominations in each of the Three Ridings, with memoirs of their successive pastors. To be comprised in two large volumes, 8vo. Subscribers' names are solicited.
On the 1st of January will be published, price one penny, The Protestant Dissenter's Juvenile Magazine.
A Prospectus is issued of a splendid Periodical, under the title of Fiuden's Gallery of the Graces; to consist of a series of Portrait Sketches, designed to exhibit, in its various forms of female loveliness, the spirit of beauty. The whole to be engraved from original pictures, under the superintendence of W. and E. Finden, and accompanied by poetical illustrations from the pen of T. K. Hervey, Esq.
A new edition (the third thousand) of " Saturday Evening," by the Author of " the Natural History of Enthusiasm "; and a sixth edition of the Natural History of Enthusiasm, are now ready,
In the press, and shortly will be published, Memorials of the Professional Life and Times of Sir William Penu Knight, Admiral and General of the Fleet during the interregnum, Admiral and Commissioner of the Admiralty and Navy after the Restoration from 1644 to 1670. 1n 2 Vols. 8vo. By Granville Penn, Esq.
Also, edited by the same Author, The Character of a Trimmer ;—• His opinion of—1st. Laws and Government ;—2d. Protestant Religion ;—3d. The Papists ;—4th. Foreign Affairs. By the Honourable Sir W. Coventry, Knight. First printed in 1687,
The Seasons.—Stories for very young Children. (Winter.) By the author of" Conversations on Chemistry," &c. &c.
Nearly ready for publication. In 2 vols. 8vo. A View of the Early Parisian Greek Press; including the Lives of the Stephani or Estiennes, Notices of the other Contemporary Greek Printers of Paris, and various particulars of the Literary and Ecclesiastical History of their Times. By the Rev. W. Parr Greswell, Author of " Memoirs of Politian," &c. and of " Annals of Parisian Typography." (Oxford: printed at the University Press, for 1). A. Talboys.) The above work (in which it has been the author's object to combine literary history with bibliography) contains extensive biographies of Robert and of Henry Stephens, and a vindication of the former of those celebrated individuals from the charges alleged against him by Michaelis and Mr. Porson.
Art. X. WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
Biblintheca Scoto-Celtica; or an Account of all the Boots which have been printed in the Gaelic Language; with Bibliographical and Biographical Notice*. By John Reid. 8vo. 12i. extra cloth boards. A few copiei on Imperial Writing Paper, price .V. 5(.
Fifty-one Original Fables, with Morals and Ethical Index. Embellished with eightyfive Original Designs by U. Cruickshank. Engraved on Wood. Also a Translation of Plutarch's Banquet of the Seven Sages, revised for this Work. 8vo. 12s. in cloth, or 14*. in silk.
The Apiarian's Guide; containing practical directions for the Management of Bees, upon the Depriving System. By J. H. Payne, Author of " The Cottager's Guide."
The WorVs of Robert Hall. A.M.; with a brief Memoir of his Life. By Dr. Gregory; and Observations on his Character as a Preacher. By John Foster. Published under the superintendence of Olinthus Gregory, LL.D. F.R.A.S., Professor of Mathematics in the Royal Military Academy. Vol.VI. (pp.708, and Portrait) 16*.
The Sacred Trust . A Charge delivered at the ordination of the Rev. T. Atkinson, over the Church assembling at Hounslow, Middlesex. On the 2d of Oct. 1832. By Andrew Reed. 8vo. It.
The Official Glory of the Son of God
and the Universal Headship of Christ. By John Jefferson. 12mo.
A Sermon preached on the Death of William M'Gavin, Esq. By the Rev. Greville Ewing. 12 mo. Is. Bound in cloth, Is. fid.
Counsels to Controversialists; or, the Temper of Mind in which Religious and Political Controversy ought to be maintained. A Sermon preached before the Monthly Meeting of Congregational Ministers and Churches, at New Broad Street Meeling-House, on Thursday, Not. 6th, 1831. By John Morison, D.D. iW.
A Key to the Pictorial and Geographical Chart, displaying at one View the Rise and Progress of the Evangelical or Christian Dispensation, from the Commencement of the Gospel Narrative to the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Arranged, by Permission, according to Greswell's " Harmonia Evangelica." By R. Mimpriss, pric« 32.13s. Gd. on rollers.
•*• Of the Chart itself, notice will be taken in our next Number.
Six Weeks on the Loire, with a Peep into La Vendee; a route which, in addition to the Beauties of Scenery it must always command, derives a political interest, at the present moment, from the circumstance of its including many of the scenes in which the hazardous enterprises and " hair-breadth escapes" of the Duchesse de Bern have taken place. 8vo. Plates.