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public shows is treated of at great able assertions at a latter period, having length.
attributed the preservation of Greek In the second volume, we have an books to the schism which divided the account of the bank, denominated the Greek and Latin churches. It is his opiMonte de Piete; observations on public nion, that the latter language would have instruction; the manner in which the absorbed the former, if the Roman church couvents were governed, the ceremonies had triumphed; and he boldly inaintains, of marriage, burials, the carnivals, the that if the protestant religion had exlazzaroni, &c. · The third commences tended itself throughout all Europe, the with a portrait of father Rocco, a domi- Latin language would have been entirely nican triar, who died a little before the forgotten, as then the vulgar tongue only revolution. His eloquence had an would have been used in divine worastonishing effect on the lazzarones, and ship. he sometimes obliged even the king While treating of a more recent pehimself to listen to the voice of truth. riod, Mr. Jardé details a variety of inteThe mention of the church of the An- resting facts. He observes, that at the nunciation, serves to introduce a few disastrous epoch of the revolution, when remarks relative to celebrated the people of France were obliged to sell. queens, Joan I. and II. We have also their moveables in order to procure an arcount of the grotto of Pausilippo, bread, the English, Germans, and Rusthe tomb of Virgil, the Campo Santo, &c. sians obtained an iinmense nunber of
“ Nouveau Dictionnaire Portatif de valuable books and manuscripts. Even Bibliographique, &c." A new and por- at the present moment, according to him, table Biographical Dictionary, contain the capital does not contain twelve libraing more than 23,000 articles of rare, cu- ries worthy of being compared with the rious, and esteemed Books, with re- ancient ones of the second order; while marks to distinguish the different Edi- all the booksellers of Paris would not be tions, so as to be able to know the ori- able to furnish three fit to be compared ginal from the spurious ones. Second with that of the Duke de Vallière. edition, revised and augmented, by Fr. He complains greatly of certain specuIgn. Fournier, 1 vol. 8vo. Paris. lators, the intervention of whom between
The first edition of this work, we are the real purchasers and the booksellers, told, experienced an unexampled degree occasions a great loss to the latter. of success, having been entirely sold off These persons calculating on the prewithin the space of three years. This is vailing mania, make extraordinarycharges partly owing to the increase of amateurs, for large margins, yellow or flesh-coor book-fanciers, and partly to the pro- loured paper, useless dates, and even digious number of booksellers with which faults in printing. On the other hand, a Paris at this moment abounds, for the number of amateurs do not purchase a bibliomunia was never so prevalent there book because it is good, but because it is as now. Never did France, it is said, scarce; and both these classes have put possess so few Greek and Latin scholars, it entirely out of the power of many inen and yet, strange to be told! never were of letters to obtain the works of which the editions printed by the Elzivirs and they stand really in need. the Alduses sought after with such de- « We pray heartily,” says a French light. Cailleau in 1791, published a dic- critic, “ that it may one day be with tionary of the same kind as the present books as with other commodities, which in 3 vols. with the prices annexed, at are purchased for the sake of utility only. which period the sums given for similar There would then undoubtedly be fewer articles were far inferior to what is now booksellers, but they would be both readily obtained.
richer and more respectable; there This work is preceded by a disserta- would also be fewer libraries, but there tion written by M. Jardé, who appears to would be no useless ones, and thousands be an antiquary as well as a bookseller, of volumes heaped up without discernfor he alludes to patriarchal traditions, ment and without choice, by the rich and antediluvian memoirs which Noah and ignorant, would no longer be excarried with him into the ark, and which posed to be devoured by wornus." served Moses as materials for the com- “ Description Statistique des Frontieres position of his Genesis! facts curious and Militaires de l'Autriche, &c." A Statissingular indeed of themselves, and which tical Description of the military frontiers only want something in the shape of of Austria, by J. A. Demian, an officer in proof. He also hazards a few questions the Austrian army, 1807. This is a con
firmation of the general statistical account perception, and the sentiment of the of the Austrian monarchy, comprehended mind; the second, entitled “God," conin four volumes; and such changes have tains dissertations relative to the system since taken place, that this work may be of Spinoza, with a hymn to Nature; the already considered in some measure obso- third is occupied with reflections on love lete. The military frontier commences, and egotism; and there is also, a suppleor rather did lately commence, at the Adri- ment to the letter of Hemsterhuis on atic sea, and extended along the boun- Desire; the fourth is entitled “ The dary of Croatia, Sclavonia, the Bannat, Voice of Prometheus chained to Mount and Transylvania, to the county of Ma- Caucasus. To coinplete this, which is ramorosch, in Hungary. This line of 230 the best edition, M. de Müller intends miles was defended by a cordon of 4380 to add several more volumes. men, formed out of the inhabitants of the “ Dresden's Verstorbene und Lebende, country, who are at once soldiers and 8c.” Notices relative to the Authors and cultivators.
Artists of Dresden, both dead and live “ Pantheon der Russischen Literatur, &c. ing, classed methodically, with a triple Pantheon of Russian Literature, by Jean table of contents, 8vo. Dresden, 1808. de la Croix, 1 vol. 8vo. Riga, 1806– The authors lere mentioned are classed 1809. This is the first volume of a work in the following order : in which the author undertakes to refute 1. Tbeologians. the opinion commonly spread abroad, 2. Pedagogues. that Russia is entirely destitute of litera- 3. Philosophers. ture. To controvert this, he has col- 4. Juris-consults.. lected and inserted a variety of memoirs 5. Physicians. that have appeared in the various public 6. Naturalists. journals of that immense empire.
7. Economists. The first of these is entitled, “ Obser- 8. Financiers. vations on the Sciences, the Arts, and the 9. Historians. Progress of Knowledge, originally in- 10. Geographers. serted in the Journal of the Aglaia, 11. Men of Letters. published by Karamsin.
12. Mathematicians. 2. Letters extracted from Ismailoff's 13. Tacticians. Journeys through Southern Russia.
14. Philologists. 3. The Sierra Morena, a novel, ex- 15. Those attached to the Belles tracted from the Aglaia.
Lettres. 4. The Chimney, a tale, written by a 16. Grammarians. Russian lady.
17. Translators. 5. The Isle of Bornholm, a story, by 18. Journalists. Karamsin.
19. Composers. 6. Observations on Solitude, by the 20. Artists.
The last of these classes is subdivided 7. The Mode of living at Athens, by into painters, engravers, sculptors, arthe same.
chitects, mechanicians, and makers of 8. My Confession, by the same. instruments. The three tables contain
“ Von Herders Samtliche Worke Zur the names of the authors of all these Philosophie, 8c." The complete Works classes; those of the living authors, with of the late M. Herder, philosophical and the epochs of their birth, as well as those historical, 8 vols. large 8vo. Tubingen, of the artists. 1808. This editor has been at great “ Mes Ecarts, &c." My Wanderings, rains to complete the collection of M. or the Fool who sells Wisdom, a manude Herder's works.
script published by M. Coffin-Rony, Vol. 1, The Ancient World, with 5 formerly an Advocate of the Parliament plates, and 3 vignettes.
of Paris, &c. 3 vols. 12mo. Vol. 2, A Preface to the Philosophy Dormenil, who is the chief personage of History, so far as it respects the hu- in this romance, is the son of a re
spectable magistrate. His mother dies Vols. 3, 4, 5, and 6, contain ideas re- in consequence of his birth, and his lating to the history of mankind. father determines never to marry again,
Vol. 8, of God and the Soul. The first in order that he might consecrate portion of this last volume is devoted to all his affections, and dedicate all bis the consideration of what is termed the time, to rear and educate bis only son.
At the age of seventeen, however, we the parties met for the first time at find him in possession of a handsome tea, and we believe no novellist on person, little learning, and but few ac- the Continent would omit such a chacomplishments," with an ardent mind, racteristic feature of our country. and a head full of vivacity.”
The usual assiduities of a young man, On leaving college, he decides in fa- rich, handsome, and debauched, are revour of the profession of arms, and is curred to, against a young creature, igtaught to ride and to fence. He be- norant of the world, and of course cregins with one youthful indiscretion, which dulous and incautious. The colonel leads to many more, after which he soon forgets all his vows and deserts the joins his regiment, gives an account of woman he has seduced. On his death
his amours, and his follies, and gets into bed, however, he beholds her with emoa thousand scrapes. A passion for play tions of a very different kind, marries produces losses, and these induce him to the mother, recognizes her daughter, and borrow. He then fights a duel, flies to dies happily! Savoy, and engages in new intrigues ; In another moral tale, we are made but is at times afflicted at the idea of acquainted with a nobleman, who thinks his own conduct, and attributes his re- he is a misanthrope, and yet proves the . morse to the principles of a good edaca- most amiable, humane, and honourable
tion, and the early lessons of morality of mankind; he declares against marinstilled into his mind.
riage, and hates widows, and yet he At length, after a variety of adven- concludes by being united with a widow! tures, Dormenil returns to France, Several of the stories are written in such enjoys an unexpected interview with a manner, as to produce considerable the lady to whom he had first paid his effect. addresses, and solicits the hand of the “ Espagne, par M. A. de Laborde, &c." fair Julia in marriage.
An Account of Spain, by M. Alexander “ My happiness,” says he,
de Laborde. passes the limits prescribed to human M. de Laborde, the celebrated banker felicity, and if the uncertainty of its du- in Paris, had conceived the idea of comration, now and then obscures it with a posing a Voyage Pittoresque de l'Es cloud, this is dissipated by a single pagne," with a variety of fine plates, and smile from my wife, whose virtues con- executed after the manner of the Count stitute the happiness and consolation of de Choiseul's work of the same kind. · my father. I entertain no other fear, That revolution, however, which has than what arises from the possibility of elevated Joseph Bonaparte to the throne being snatched from so much bliss, and of Spain, prevented the completion of his even then, religion withdrawing the veil labours, and he has now contented himthat separates this world from the next, self with a publication inferior to the points out an eternal abode without former in every point of view. fears for the future, or recollection St A large portion of the first volume, the past."
is chiefly occupied with short directions “ Histoires Nouvelles et Contes Mo for the use of a traveller; together with reaur, 8c." New Stories and Moral an account of the climate, and geograT.les, containing Bettina; Clara, or phy of the respective provinces. An a Convenient Marriage; Lucy, or the itinerary fills more than two other voError of a Moment producing the Vir- lumes, and this is followed by a dissertues of a whole Life; Gustavus, or the tation on the population, manufactures, Anniversary of a Birth-day; Poor Sarah, government, &c. &c.; by M. L. de Sevelinges, 12mo. 1810. It is the opinion of this author, that
These little tales appeared in succession Spain was never in a more prosperous in the Mercure de France, during the yearstate than at the period anterior to the 1809, and were read with great satisfac- present unhappy contest. In confirmation; in consequence of which, they now tion of this, he asserts that it was not make their appearance in the forın of a only more populous, but better cultilittle volume. Some of these are formed vated than ever; facts which have been on the English model, and in “ Lucy," contradicted by a variety of native hiswe are introduced to a “ Lady Anne torians, and are indeed, in direct opRosehill," « Colonel Westbury,” and a position to popular and received opi“ Miss Dolmers," the heroine, who is nions. He also thinks, that the disthe daughter of a clergyman, &c. In covery of America, instead of being strict couformity to our daily practice, prejudicial, as hitherto supposed to the
mother country, has, on the contrary, of wine, which is to be swallowed by the
We are astonished at the mild man- potatoes are sometimes roasted whole in ner in which the author treats of the In- the ashes; sometimes peeled and served quisition; and his justification of the with a rich gravy; ai other times stewed, punishment of the poor Moors and Jews, introduced into ragouts, baulettes, beiby committing them to the flames, is gnets, and what is still more extraordicalculated to excite indignation in every nary, into salads! His tarts, which are generous bosom.
more healthy, light, and pleasant, than “ Recueil de Lettres et Dissertations those made of almonds, are always sur l'Agriculture, &c." A Collection of formed out of this vegetable, and in the Letters, and Dissertations, relative to of scarcity, by the help of rye or barlesAgriculture, the advantages derived from meal, it is converted into bread. the folding of sheep, the best means of Perhaps the proposition to obtain oil increasing the production of corn, and from the acorn, may contain a good hint; fruits ot every kind. Here also are to it is recommended for the use of paintbe found, remedies for the most dan- ers, the preparation of varnish, &c. We gerous disorders, together with a va- are next presented with a letter on the riety of other interesting matters; to method of feeding bees during the winwhich are added a few specimens of ter; and a composition of water and poetry; by D. L. J. R. De Scevole, a wine, mixed in equal parts with honey, learned proprietor, and cultivator at is recommended. Argenton, in the department of Indre. The following passage, although, like the 2 vols. 12mo.*
greater part of the work, it has nothing -Pater ipse colendi to do with agriculture, yet contains Haud facilem esse viam voluit, primusque much good sense. By way of introducper artem
tion to a very simple receipt, for preMovit agros, curis acuens, mortalia corda. venting the bad eileets of verdigrease,
Virg. Georg. lib. ii
. litharge, and white lead, the author obThe title-page of this work is given at serves: “ That our ancestors were genefull length, and we shall notice several rally stronger, more vigorous, and more of the subjects, by way of exhibiting the healthy, than ourselves, and exhibited humble efforts of a French practical fewer pale faces and consumptive lungs, nyriculwrist. Iu one chapter we have than we do.” “ The reason is," adds he, a dissertation on the means of raising “ because they did not inhabit ligle, silk-worms in the open air, and on the narrow, close chambers, finely painted, mulberry tree. We are told, however, and varnished; they did not sleep in after the experiment had been fairly dark alcoves, with double curtains tried, that the silk-breeding insects were to their beds, and double glasses to all devoured by birds, lizards, and large their windows. The whole of a family “ Nies,” the last of which is a tribe of in- assembled in one large apartment, where sects ineapable of similar depredations, they warmed themselves, not by means at least in England. We are next pre of the suffocating heat of a stove, but at sented with a remedy for the cure of a chimney, large in proportion to the the effects produced by the bite of room in which they assembled. The vipers; he prescribes the expressed air, which is the principle of life, circujuice of the craisette (cruciuta hir- lated freely around our fathers and mosuta), mingled with an equal quantity thers seated in this manner. If they
Imported by Mr. De Boffe, Nassau- went out, they either rode or walked; street, Soho-square.
they were never enclosed like so many
vastern deities, in little gilded boxes, tions of the French peasantry unhealthy. closely shut, and rolling along on wheels. We find that they are obliged from ne In fine, being destined by nature to cessity to reside under the same roof as breathé a pure and healthy air, they their cattle, with only a thin separation did so, and were men." The mode between, and after they (thernselves and pointed out for preventing newly-painted their cows) have repaired to the fields, rooms from being deleterious, is to keep their huts are generally shut up,
while a fire constantly lighted in them, and their windows are constantly fastened. for a closet that is not provided with In addition to this, they lie on uncured a chimney, it is recommended to burn feather-beds, and use straw mattlasses a fire in an adjoining apartment. This (puillase), which are emptied but ouce is a very simple, and it etticacious, a very in four years. It is ditficult, we are told, important communication; but the suca to remove the prejudices of the cottager ceeding letter, which denounces the by argument; and it becomes necessary practice of blueing linen, as trouble- to recur to indirect ineans. The author some, may be thought too trifling. once demonstrated to a person of this
The next agriculturul epistle consists description, the folly of sleeping in an of an eulogium on the purity of the air alcove or niche, with the curtains closely of Paris, notwithstanding the immense drawn, by inerely placing a bird above number of inhabitants, the numerous his head, and exhibiting the little animal burial-places, and the infected state of nearly expiring in the morning. the atmesphere. This is generally attri- Madame G. next treats of air in ge buted to the waters of the Seine, into neral; the necessity of repose after lawhich every species of fisika is emptied; bour; and the propriety of eating proper but this river on the other hand travtrse aliments. She distinguishes potatoes ing the whole of the immense capital, among “the solid and substantial foods;" according to some, compensates for every is a great advocate for rye bread, and thing, and purifies the atınospheric air, recommends four meals a day! We a so as to render a crowded city salubrious.
next presented with a chapter on tbe adM. de Scevole, however, supposes, that vantages and disadvantages of labour; the agitationi occasioned by carriages, the danger of suppressing perspiration by passengers, and the ringing of bells, ope- a sudden chill, &c. Most diseases, we rates as so many secondary causes. are told, inay be cured by a due propor
We now come to a dissertation on the tion of exercise; and in some of the existence of the soul, occasioned by the southern provinces of France, the mafour following lines, composed by Fre- gistrates offer prizes annually to promote deriek the Great :
running, jumping, &c. Mothers are warn« Dès que nous finissons, notre ame est ed against the use of bandages for their eclipsée,
children; the danger of sleeping in the « Elle est en tout semblable à la fiamme fields is pointed out; the use of lead and élanécé
copper vessels is prohibited, as are also * Qui part d'un bois ardent dont elle se
pewter mugs for cider and wine. Great nourrit, el Et dès qu'elle tombe en cendre elle baise pains are taken to demonstrate that new
houses are unhealthy: the Romans, we et perir." Our author meets this passage with the are told, prohibited any from being infollowing couplet :
habited until after the expiration of three * Ignis ubique latet; naturam amplictitu- years.
In order to render the thatch of cotrum Dem; * Cuncta parit renovat, dividit, unit, alit.” tages more durable, it is recommended
“ Moyens de conserver la sante des Hus to cover them with a moss called la fonbitans des Campagnes, &c." Onthe Means tinale in combustible (fontinalis anti-pyof preserving the Health of the lababi- retica), a plant that grows in great plenty tants of the Country, both in their Cot- in pools of water, &c. Another, the tortages and Fields, by Madame Gaçon, tula barbulururalis
, Hdw. 5, and the brie Dufour, author of many works on rural yum rurule, Dillers, is produced on trees. economy, and Member of several Agri- "These, we are told, will not only enable cultural Societies.
thein to last half a century, but prevent This lady, who exhibits much good them at the same tiine from being desense, and appears to have had no come stroyed by fire. The receipt is taken mon share of experience, begins by stat- from Sonnini, who observes, that the ing the causes that render the babita. Laplanders always guard their wooden DlONTHLY Mag. No. 201.