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Art. 16. A Treatise on Domestic Pigeons ; comprehending all the dif
ferent Species known in England; defcribing the Perfections and Imperfections of each, agreeable to the great Improvement they are at this time arrived at; together with the Method of building and furnishing a Loft, Area, Trap, &c. the Method of breeding the "molt curious and valuable Sorts, as praktised by the best Fanciers. With Observations and Remarks on their Diet ; the Distempers they are subject to, and the Method of curing them: With the
fraudulent Methods used in the Sale of bad Pigeons, clearly demon; Arated. Carefully compiled from the best Authors. To · which is added, an ample Defcription of that celebrated and beau
tiful Pigeon, called the Almond Tumbler. The whole calculated, as well for the use of those who are Fanciers, as those who are utterly unacquainted with their Properties and Pere fections; which are here set forth in the clearest manner. Illustrated with a Frontispiece and Cuts, elegantly and accurately engraved from Life, by the most able and eminent artists, under the immediate inspection of very experienced Fanciers. 8vo. 25. 60. sewed. Barry, Stevens, Walter, &c.
An explanation and improvement of Moore's Columbarium; a tract which has been scarce, for some years past. We do not remember that Mr. Moore made any mention of the Almond Tumbler, which this com. piler hath added to the descriptions of the other sorts. The copper. plates appear to be tolerably exact; though not engraved with that ex. traordinary elegance which is so pompously set forth in the title-page:On the whole, we believe this to be the most ufefal treatise on pigeons, that hath appeared in this country.
. . Art. 17. An Account of the Culture of Carrots; and their great
Ufes' in feeding and fattening Cattle. By Robert Billing, · Farmer, ac Weaseham, Norfolk. 8vo. 6d. Dodsley.
We observe, that this account of the culture of carrots, is published by desire of that patriot society, whose laudable endeavours for promoting the arts, manufactures, and commerce of their country, we have fo often, and with so much pleasure, taken notice of. The honest Farmers representation of the great advanage he met with, in feeding his beeves, milch-cows, calves, horses, Meeo and hogs, is farther attested by Mr. Franklin, the Vicar of the Paris; and will narurally influence other farmers, &c, to try the like cxperiments, in hopes of reaping the same advantages. We have heard that PARSNIPS, also, rightly cultivated, will turn out to equal if not greater profit, in feeding most sorts of cartie. Art. 18. A Treatise of Gauging. Containing not only what is com
mon on the Subject, but iškevise a great Variety of new and interefiing Improvements. By Thomas Moss. 8vo. 55. Owen.
Among the Variety of useful treatises on this art, Mr. Moss's performance will be distinguished for its plainness and precision. He hath, * Rev, July, 1765.
as his title-page justly expresses it, given demonstrations of several rea markable properties of vessels, and instruments relative to this art ; il. lustrated with necessary examples, and adapted both to the speculative and practical reader.
Art. 19. The Modern Part of an Universal History, from the earliest
Account of Time. Compiled from original Writers. By the Authors of the Ancient Part. Vol. XLIII. 8vo. ss. Boards. Millar, &c. We are at length come towards the conclusion of this most voluminous undertaking. The compilers, in their previous advertisement, inform - the public, that there yet remains one volume in folio, and one in · octavo, each including a copious Index, to complete both editions ;
which will be published as soon as the Indexes can be finished. . To accommodate their readers with the most effectual allistances for perusing a work containing so vaft an extent, and such variety of terri. tories, they likewise intend to publish a collection of maps, adapted to both editions, describing the countries mentioned in the body of the work'; which, they apprehend, would be imperfect without so material an improvement and auxiliary of historical knowlege. To which will be added, a general preface to the work.'— We have so often men. tioned this undertaking, during the course of its tedious publication, and given so many specimens of it, that we think nothing is now regui. Site to be added.
• There are 15 Volumes of the Folio Edition publithed, Pr. il. 103. per Vol. in Iheets. Our accounts of this work have been uniformly extracted from the O&avo Edition. Art. 20. Essays. By Mr. Goldsmith. 12mo. 35. Griffin.
Mr. Goldsmith hath here published a collection of Effays, which have been so often printed in the news-papers, magazines, and other periodical productions, that we despair of selecting a specimen from any one, that will not be previously known to our Readers. But, notwithstanding their being so well calculated for cursory inspection, and notwithstanding their transient success among the duller topics of the day, we apprehend that the ingenious Author of the 'Traveller", will make no great addition, to the honour he acquired by that poem, from this pube lication. There is no species of writing that seems to require fewer, and in fact requires more and greater talents, than that which relates to men and manners. It is easy to collect from books and conversation, a fufficiency of superficial knowlege to enable a writer to flourish away with tolerable propriety through a news paper-essay; but when these his lucubrations assume the form of a book, it is also easy for the critical . reader to discover whether they possess that consistency of sentiment, which attends on real knowlege, and distinguishes the author who writes from his own ideas, from the copyist of other men's thoughts. The Author tells us, in his preface, that he could have made thefe essays more
* For our account of that poem, see Review for January last, p. 47.
metaphysical, had he thought fit; for our part, we do not find any of them, with which metaphysics have much to do. But be this as it may, we look upon it as a great mark of Mr. Goldsmith's prudence, that he did neither meddie nor make with them.
K-n-k THEATRICAL. Art. 21. Electra, a Tragedy. By William Shirley. 4to. 55.
Newbery. This tragedy is not altogether destitute of spirit, poetry, or pathos ; yet there is something wanting towards dramatic perfection, which it is not easy to express. We see no reason, however, why a licence for re. presentation should have been refused, nor can we discover how that circumstance should justify the Author in fixing such an extraordinary price upon it; though he has annexed to it a performance called the Birth of Hercules, a makk, in honour of the birth of the prince of Wales. Art. 22. The Commissary : A Comedy, in three Afts. As it is per
formed at the Theatre in the Hay-market. By Samuel Foote,
Efq; 8vo. Is. 6d. Vaillant. • The summer subjects, for the year 1765, are, I. Mr. Fungus, whose employment, as an army-commiffary, has enabled him to bring • home from the wars,' as Mrs. Mecklin fays, a whole cart-load of money ;' and who, though sprung from a dunghill, is now ambitioụs of being a gentleman : to which laudable end he employs the dancing-master, the fencing.mafter, the mufic-master, the riding-master, and the professor of oratory,who all furnish their quota towards making their pupil compleatly ridiculous. II. Mrs. Loveit; the rich, old, liquorish dowager, from Devonshire-square ;' who wants a young husband to manage her intricate and weighty affairs. III. Dr. Cat.gut, the musician ; in whicla character, a celebrated master is big bly taken off, as the phrase goes. IV. Mr. Gruel, the orator ;with various subordinate characters: the whole furnishing a very laughable entertainment: which is all that the town expects from this modern PROTEUS.
Art. 23. The Siege of Calais, a Tragedy. From the French of '. M. de Belloy, with Hiftorical Notes. 8vo. Is. 6 d.
The excessive applause which this piece met with, on its first representation at Paris, and the loud encomiums on its Author, which were refounded over every part of Europe, very naturally excited the curiosity, and raised the expectations of the literati, in regard to its uncommon excellence. It is disadvantageous, however, even to real merit, to entertain too extravagant expectations of it before it is known ; and perhaps it was owing to this latter cause, in a great degree, that the public appeared so much disappointed, on its being circulated from the press, Ji would be highly injurious, nevertheless, to the ingenious Author, to suppose any circumstance could fink his work so low in the opinion of the Reader, as its being viewed through the medium of so wretched a uanslation as that before us. G 2
Example. Act IV. SCENE VII. . HARCOURT, ST. PIERRE, Six Citizens, Officers and Guards, HARCOURT. to tbe Officer. . HARCOURT, ar Officier & aux Gardesa Sir, I have orders from the king, co speak Sortez, braves Guerriers; In private with the pris'ners.
J'ai des ordres secrets pour voir ces prison[Officers and Guards depart. niers. (L'Officier & les Gardes fortent. ] Faithful fons
[Aux Bourgeois.). .. Of France, (o were I worthy of that Français-Ah! de ce nom ne pourrai-je name!)
être digne ? I see in your disdainful eyes my juß Je vois qu'à mon aspect votre vertu s'inRebuke; it is what I deserve. I am
digne : The cause of yours and of my brother's Oui, j'ai perdu mon frere, & vous, & mon
pays; And what is worse, I fear my country's Cette main fume encor du fang de votre 6ls : ruin.. .
Mais je viens adoucir le sort qui vous me-
ST. PIERRI, avec joic...
1 HARCOURT.. . 'Twere shocking t that one family alone Il serait affreux que du commun malheur Should suffer for the rest.
Un feule famille épuisât la rigueuroa.
. ST. PIER Ř E.
Quoi !quelqu'autre pour lui s'offre. Present himself to suffer death for kim? t-il au lupplice? HARCOURT.
HARCOURT, Vivement, comme une cbofe No doubt; and one that has a greater
· qui lui écbappe.). right I. (To Aurelias. )
Sans douré, un autre y court avec plus Depart; chaexchange is made ; to Philip de juftice. (A Aurèle, en je reprebant.) hafte;
Partez, l'échange est fait, marchez au His camp is near. Co, and preferve a life
camp Frargais: More useful to your country than your Il n'est pas loin de notre, & vous guides death.
font prêts Go and affure my king that Harcourt will Alles, & re noscant à des vertus Aériles, Ere yet he dies, convince him or his Plus que votre v opas rendez vos jours utile: faith il.
Vous pourrez, dans une heure, assurer à
mon roi Qu* Harcourt ne mourra pas sans lui prou.
ver la foi. AURELIOS.
| AURELÝ. What I! forsake my father-oo my lord §. Mon père. Non, Seigneur. Qui?
moi, que j'abandonne The French Reader may see the whole of this; with the preceding and following scenes, by turning to the Appendix of our last volume.
- * And what do you deserve, Mr. Translator, for foifting in this tame expreflion, and leaving out " This hard fill reeking with your darling's blocd?"
+ Very frocking, indeed! It Mocks one even to read it thus related
| Harcourt might fuffer more juftly than the other, but it might also pozzle a ci. vilian to determine who had the bett rigba. We tind criminals sometimes admitting the juffice of their sentence ; but never have heard of their disputing about their right to the gallows,
Il Quere, Whether the Translator meant, that Harcourt would make a convert of the king, or' whether he would convince the king of his being himself an orthodox believer?
$ By the remarkable tameness and insipidity of this whole quotation, the Reader may judge how far theç Tranllator bas kept up, as he pretends, ia tbe spirit and entbofio 6 fm of ibe Gurburn
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.: POETICA L. . " Art. 24. Bribery; a' Poem. By Thomas Lumley. 4to.
18. 68. Flexney. Mr. Lumley seems to poffefs no other qualification for a poetical faa tirilt than rage; yet, even in this respect, we are afraid he runs rather on the wrong side of tho poft ; and is apt to be a little outrageowi- f. however, he would but moderate his fury, his talents might, at this juncture, perhaps, procure him preferment at court: for it bas been whisper'd, as our diurnal politicians have it, that the Scorch bidman of St. James's has fome thoughts of retiring, with his friends. . .
Art. 25. The Death of a Friend, a Poem in Blank. Verse. Ater
6d. Walter. - One would fufpect this poem to have been written by the Undertaker ; fo regularly does the Aathor.go about the funeral proceffion.-The beli tolls; the psalm is given out; the coffin is 'fcutcheon'd; the mourners are arranged, &c. &c. in verse that might be pardonable in a school. boy of the inferior classes..
Art. 26. The Trial for Murder ; or, the Siege of Calais besieged,
Infcribed to Lord and Mons. Belloy. 4to. 28. 6 do Moran. ran,
. .' " Some anonymous Scribbler, here, abuses one Mr. Dennis", as the translator of the Siege of Calais ; fee Art. 23. He quotes a number of bad lines from the said translation; but he gives Mr. Dennis full revenge, by writing worse-much worfe, verses, himself. It is the kennel-raker calling the dustman • dirty scoundrel.'
* Probably the Author of a volume of fables, fec Rev. Vol. X. p. 305 ; and of several other poetical performances. Also, in conjunction with the late Mr. Lloyd, of a translation of Marmoacel's Tales: fee Rev. Vol. XXX. p: 59:
Art. 27. Agriculture and Commerce, a Dialogue, written in Aue
tumn 1764. 4to: is. Becket. In this dialogue, Agriculture and Commerce, in rhymes frequently uncouth and feldom perfpicuous, find fault with each other, apparently to no purpose.. :
Art. 28. Rodogune, or the Rival Brothers, a Tragedy. Done
from the French of M. Corneille. 8vo. 15. 60. Dodsley.
This is a very indifferent trandation of a very excellent tragedy of Corneille's. The Translator's name, as appears from the preface, is Aspiawall,
Zoe Art. 29.