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OF the utility of such a Work as the present, little need be said; it has been for two years before the public, and has received the most decided marks of their approbation. Stimulated by this flattering encouragement of his labours, the author of Time's Telescope has, he trusts, produced another volume equally interesting, novel, and instructive, with those for the years 1814 and 1815, which have been so favourably noticed.
The present Work, though it may be considered as a continuation of the two former volumes, is complete in itself, and embraces the following subjects :
- 1. An Explanation of Saints' Days and Holl. DAYS, including Biographical Sketches of eminent Persons, and Notices of Rites and Customs now existing, or long since obsolete; and a succinct Account of the Fasts and Festivals of the Jews; with many other curiores particulars. In this part is also included Sketches of Comparative Chronology, distinguished by an asterisk.
*** 2. ASTRONOMICAL OCCURRENCES in every Month, • detailing the various Phenomena of the Celestial * Bodies; and a HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY, forming an agreeable companion to the Observatory, in the absence of more recondite productions, and serving to direet the youthful mind to the study of astronony;
a pursuit which tends, more than any other, to im· prove the mind and increase the force and penetration of the human understanding.
3. The NATURALIST's Diary. Delightful as it is to peruse the " all-instructive page in the volume of Nature,'—yet, without the aid of a comment, much valuable knowledge must, uecessarily, be lost. Such a guide will be found in:FHE NATURALIST's. * Diary. This prospective view of Nature" includes Remarks on the Migration and Re-appeareince of the Feathered Tribe--the Progress of Vegetation and the Labours of the Husbandman. Characteristie. anecdotes are interspersed, of the manners and hübits of the animal creation :-und the whole is enlicengel by descriptive sketches from our best poets, antient and modern. Appended to this part of the Work, is Description of the most remarkable BRITISH FOREST Trees, a subject:-which cannot fail to be acceptable to our readers, considering the limited knowledge usually possessed by young persons, and indeed, by most people, of some of the noblest ornaments of our rural scenery.
: The INTRODUCTION, which contains the ELEMENTS, of BOTANY, written in the same familiar mannen as Principles of Astronomy prefixed to our last coluime, will contribute to facilitate the study of this popular and pleasing science, now so much cultivated by the youth.. of both sexes ;-it will also serve as a key tạ thay Nga turalist's Diary.
To many valuable correspondents, particulely to: * Reverend Divine of Cambridge, the author retten his best thanks for their several contributions and solicits further communications (addressed to the puli lishers) for the different departments of the World
Nov. 21, 1815.
Notices of Time's Telescope for 1814. • We cheerfully give to “ Time's Telescope" our warmest reGuinmendation as a pleasing and safe book for the rising generation.'--Eclectic Review for February 1814.
This Work contains a great variety of very useful information, conveyed in a most pleasing manner. We cannot hesitate to pronounce that it will be popular. It deserves to be so; and it has too many attractions, for every kind of taste, to be overlooked. It will form a delightful as well as instructive present fur young persons at Christmas.'-- British Critic for December 1813.
This is a valuable compilation,'-Supplement to Gentleman's Maguzine for December 1813. • 666 Time's Telescope" bids fair to acquire considerable popu. larity. In truth, it deserves to be popular, for the author has shown an equal degree of acquaintance with the general principles of the subject he has undertaken to elucidate, and of taste and judgment in his illustrative and decorative extracts from various descriptive poets and other writers.'- New Annual Register for 1813.
• This Work conveys a very considerable portion of intelligence, that may be new to many and useful to all; and it is recommended po less by the neatness of its typographical execution, than the accuracy of its literary and scientific details.' Universal Magazine for January 1814.
"On a general survey of this book, we do not hesitate to pronounce it as one of the most proper to be placed in the hands of young people. It is a little mine of inforniation; and the mind that can rise from its perusal without having gained some important and useful knowledge, must be strongly encased in the leaden armour of stupidity.'-Commercial Magazine for February 1814.
Notices of Time's Telescope for 1815. • We never met with a compilation better calculated for the use of families, and to serve as a portable companion for young persons, than this elegant little volume, which abounds with valuable information on subjects of general interest, and with a pleasing variety of rational entertainmerit. The book is written in a popular style, the articles are selected with great judgment from the best authorities; and while the scientific illustrations tend to quicken curiosity, the reflections interspersed with the extracts, occasionally given from the most charming of our poets, will increase the delight afforded by contemplating the works of nature, and raise the mind to a devout admiration of the Divine Author::-- New Monthly Magazine, Jun. 1815.
The Work before us supplies accurate, though popular, in struction on a variety of topics. It is written in a correct and tasteful style, enlivened by mavy exquisite quotations from the poets of the day; and is interspersed with such reflections as fow naturally from the conviction that knowledge, to be extensively beneficial, either to its possessor or to others, must be purified by religion, manifested in benevolence, and conse, grated to God.'- Eclectic Review for February 1815.
The History of Astronomy, and the first principles of the art, are well displayed in this entertaining volume. It will be the source of much amusement and information upon the mysteries of the Almanack, and the appearances of the heavenly bodies. Much curious matter respecting the several Saints' Days has been collected together; wbich, with an accurate account of the flowers which blossom, and the buds which appear in the course of every month, cannot fail to interest and instruct the reader.'Brilish Critic for December 1814.
We have no hesitation in giving “ Time's Telescoso" our unqualified commendation,'--Gentleman's Magazine for February 1815.
- This is the second annual appearance of “ Time's Telescope," and we willingly confess that it is much improved. The quantity of useful and interesting matter which is here amassed together, distributed with judicious appropriation under each month, is highly creditable to the industry and taste of the come piler.'- New Universal Magazine for December 1814.