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The New-York Monthly Chronicle of Medicine and Surgery, conducted by an Association of Physicians.
Pulaski Vindicated from an Unsupported Charge, inconsiderately or malignantly introduced in Judge Johnson's Life of Greene.
The Practical Manipulator, or American Depository of Arts and Sciences By Richard Willcox, Engineer, Machinist, &c.
Elements of Latin Prosody, compiled from the best authorities ; together with a Synopsis of Poetic Licences, occurring in the Versification of Virgil, a Metrical Index to the Lyric Compositions of Horace, and the Scanning of the Mixed Trimeter and Dimeter lambics of the latter Poet. By Charles Anthon, Adjunct Professor of Languages in Columbia College, New-York, 12mo.
Swain's Initial Book, for learning the Latin Language; improved and adapted to the use of American Schools. By an experienced Teacher, one volume, 18mo.
A Pocket Guide for the Tourist and Traveller, along the line of the Canals, and the Interior Commerce of the State of New York. By Horatio Gates Spafford, L. L. D. Author of the Gazetteer of New-York. One volume, 18mo.
Spafford's Gazetteer of the State of New York. Second edition, one volume, 8vo.
Geographical Exercises ; containing 10,000 questions for Practical Ex. aminations on the most important features of the maps of the World and the United States, by Melish, Lay's Map of the State of New-York, and the Maps of America, Europe, Asia and Africa, by Arrowsmith, written for the use of the Mechanics' Society. By Joseph C. Hart, Principal. One volume, 18mo.
Memoirs of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Society ; with Selections from the most approved Farmers of the United States, published by order of the Directors, 1823 and 1824. One volume, 8vo. illustrated by several beautiful Engravings.
Zion's Harp; or a New Collection of Music, intended as a companion to Village Hymns for social worship. By the Rev. Asakel Nettleton. One volume, 24mo.
The Maniacs, or Fantasia of Bos Bibens; characteristic of some of the Fanatics, who are conspiring the ruin of their country at home. By a West-Indian. · One volume, 12mo.
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Don Juan, first complete edition, with plates, 2 vols. The Works of sir Walter Scott, complete in seven volumes, with an elegant design
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Narrative of a Pedestrian Journey through Russia and Siberian Tartary, from the Frontiers of China to the Frozen Sea and Kamtchatka; performed during the years 1820, 1821, 1822, and 1823 ; by Capt. John Dundas Cochrane, R. N.
Charlton's Reports of Cases argued and determined in the Superior Court of the state of Georgia.
American Popular Lessons, chiefly selected from the writings of Mrs. Barba uld, Miss Edgworth, and other approved authors. Fourth Edition.
Some Further Facts in Vision, by Edward C. Cooper, M. D.
The Genuine Works of Flavius Josephus, the Jewish Historian : containing twenty books of the Jewish Antiquities, seven books of the Jewish War, and the life of Josephus, written by himself. Translated from the original Greek According to Havercamp's accurate edition, together with explanatory notes and observations; parellel texts of scripture; the true chronology of the several histories ; an account of the Jewish coins, weights, and measures ; and a complete index Embellished with superb engravings. By the late William Whiston, M A. professor of mathemat. ics in the University of Cambridge, &c. &c. Revised and illustrated with notes, by the Rev. Samuel Burder, A. M. of Clare Hall, Cambridge; lecturer of the United Parishes of Christ Church, Newgate Street, and St. Leonard, Foster Lane, London; Chaplain to his Royal Highness the Duke of Kent; and Author of Oriental Customs, &c. &c. In four volumes.
Reminiscences of Charles Butler, Esq. of Lincoln's lon. With a Letter to a Lady on ancient and modern music. From the fourth London edition. one volume 12 mo.
The Cataract of the Ganges: or, the Rajah's Daughter. A grand MeloDrama, in Two Acts. As performed at the Theatres Royal, Drury Lane, and at the New-York Theatre. By W. T. Moncrief, Esq. author of “ Monsieur Tonson,” &c. &c.
The Economy of the Eyes ; Precepts for the improvement and preservaof the sight; plain rules which will enable all to judge exactly when, and what spectacles are best calculated for their eyes ; Observations on opera glasses at theatres, and an account of the Pancratic Magnifer, for double stars and day telescopes. Qui visum, vitan dat.” By William Kitchi. ner, M. D. Author of the Cook's Oracle, &c. &c. &c. One volume 18 mo. plates.
A view of the Internal Evidence of the Christian Religion. By Soame Jenyos. “ Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." A new edition one volume 18 mo.
A Dictionary of Select and Popular Quotations, which are in daily use: taken from the Latin, French, Greek, Spanish and Italian languages, together with a copious collection of law maxims and law terms. Translated into English, with Illustrations Historical and Idiomatic. By D. E. Madonpel. Fourth American edition, corrected, with additions, one vol. 12 mo. Indocti discant, ament meminisse periti. “ He has been at a great feast of languages, and stolen all the scraps.” Shaksp.
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Body and Soul. A Novel in two volumes. First American from the third English edition.
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Cobbett's Cottage Economy, containing information on all subjects useful to domestic economy in the country.
The Elements of Pleas in Equity, with precedents of such Pleas. By John Beames, Esq. of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister at law, Translator of Glen ville, &ic.
Tales of a Traveller. By Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Author
of ih Sketch Book," " Bracebridge Hall, Knickerbocker's New-York," &c. Philadelphia. H. C. Carey & I. Lea. 1824.
In our last number, we undertook to discuss in the present, the merits of those tales of our author into which the bumosous enters as a principal ingredient. The success of SalmaLindi, of the history of New York, and of the livelier stories contained in the Sketch Book and in Bracebridge Hall. gave reason to believe, that the pencil of Geoffrey Crayon was particularly adapted to the delineation of the humorous incidents of humble life. He soon came to be considered as the very Teniers of storytellers, and no one sat down to the perusal of a tale with a quaint title · from the papers of the late Mr. Kuickerbocker,' without preparing his zygomatics for perpetual vibratiou. With these large expectations of laughter-moving narrative, no wonder if we have been disappointed with many of the stories rehearsed in the volumes before us. Not because they are not excellent of their kind, but because they are not of the kind we anticipated. They are all of them fine sketches, spirited ebauches, fill of life, truth and genius. But we have, unfortunately, already seen finished pieces from Geoffrey Crayon's pencil; and we are therefore not likely to be satisfied with what are little more than croquis. And yet we are not sure but that this dissatisfaction is altogether the fault of our own unreasonableness. What right have we to expect that an author shall exhibit his productions in the order of their interest or value. Can we with propriety ask, that the publication of his writings be delayed until he means to write no more; or is he bound to withhold from the press a beautiful but unpretending composition, because it does not equal or excel the last product of his intellect? Will it be pretended that all the pieces from the chisel of Chantrey, produced since his • Children' or his. John Rennie,' are so many failures, because they are not equal to his masterpiece? Must Benvenuti give us nothing but such chefs d'euvre as the Conte Ugolino, in order to sustain his reputation; and is Weber bound, under penalty of the forfeiture of his fame, to publish nothing inferior to the Freischütz? There is nothing so disgusting, we think, as the perpetual cant of tea-table critics about an author's ó falling off,' as they call it. Whenever these perspicacious dicasts are puzzled by a call for their opinions, they find an admirable refuge in depreciating generalities. Vol. II, No. VIII.
· Not so good as the last,'« a failure on the whole,' the author is writing himself out,' his reputation has injured him, we think,' and such like elaborate animadversions. In the opinion of these • laudatores acti, Sir Walter Scott has gradually' descended from Waverly to Redgauntlet, and if he were to write as many novels as would fill the shelves and cases of the Vatican, they would find the same degeneration pervading the whole series. The intellectual sense seems sometimes liable to a delusion, similar to that to which the blindfolded novice is said to be exposed, in being initiated into some of the mysteries of masonry. He is made to believe that he is descending step by step into interminable depths, and when the bandage is removed from his eyes, discovers that he stands upon a level with the place from which he started.
Another circumstance which has its eflectin biassing the judgment of the critic, (and we speak of the critic who does not publish, as well as of him who does.) is the common propensity to apply, in the estimate of the merits of a second production, a standard of excellence derived from an examination of the first. In most of the imitative arts, few, we think, would be guilty of the palpable injustice of subiecting all the works of an artist, of whatever variety of character and object, to a test which is furnished by the study of his masterpiece, and of course, only applicable to the kind of which this may chance to be a case. And yet in imaginative writing, it seldom happens, we believe, that an author is judged, with a due regard to the object of his literary labor. in undertaking, for example, to determine the merit of the Tales now before us, some have gravely and solemnly applied a criterion of excellence, fitter to ascertain the value of an epic poem or a treatise or morals, than to furnish a correct estimate of the skill of the author, in the composition of a few lively sallies of an unpretending imagination. But how are we to know (it will be said) the design of the author, unless he avows it himself? We believe that at present, this warning is generally given by the writer in a preface, but as this is a part of his book which is seldom honored with a perusal, he loses, for the most part, the benefit of this explanation. At all events, however, the reader can ascertain the object, if ob ect there is, from the general style, character and tone of the production; and is consequently bound to include a consideration of this intention in his estimate of the value of the work. That the value of the species of writing, of which the present Tales constitute examples, is inferior in practical utility and literary dignity, to others which have already exercised the talents of our author, we are willing to admit.
But in their way, a large proportion of them, are precisely what they ought to be-quaint, humorous and fanciful; full of kind thoughts and cheerful images; with no object in view beyond the calling up of gentle emotions and pleasurable sympathies; and abundantly successful in these humble pretensions, where the reader comes prepared to the perusal, devested of the unaccommodating gravity of fastidious cynicism. In every page there is much to attract, to divert and to amuse us, if we are only willing to be pleased. At every instant, we are presented with a new and sprightly similitude, gently disposing the features to a smile of mingled pleasure and surprise; or one of those happy illustrations, which give us a better insight into character, than the most elaborate portrait of a more unskilful delineator. How lively, for instance, is the description of the after-dinner conversation at the old Baronet's Hall.
“ Some of the briskest talkers, who had given tongue so bravely at the first burst, fell fast asleep; and nope kept on their way but certain of those long-winded prosers, who, like short legged hounds, worry op unnoticed at the bottom of conversation, but are sure to be in at the death."
With what life and efiect the interrogatory gentleman is described as
“ One of those incessant questioners, who seem to have a craving, unhealthy appetite in conversation; never satisfied with the whole of a story; never laughing when others laughed, and always putting the joke to the question ; Dever enjoying the kernel of the nut, but pestering himself to get more out of the sbell "
How graphic is that same whimsical twist, which the elderly gentleman with a kuowing look could give to bis flexible nose, when he wished to be waygish. And who does not see sitting before him, in almost palpable existence, the old gentleman, one side of whose face was no match for the other.
“The eyelid drooped and hung down like an unhinged window shutter. Indeed, the whole side of his head was dilapidated, and seemed like the wing of a house shut up and haunted. I'll warrant that side was well stuffed with ghost stories."
In the Adventure of my Uncle, which we undertake to like, in opposition to those who have advised us to the contrary, nothing can be tiner and more spirited than the few traits that portray the meagre and fiery postillion, with tremendous jack boots and cocked hat, and the little Marquis, with his pair of powdered ailes de pigeon that seemed ready to fly away with his sallow thin visage. Who can possibly read without chattering the description of the old chateau, with all its for