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undoubtedly to Profesor Vince's Syftem of Astronomy*, a work in which profundity of knowledge, and clearness of instruction are happily and uncommonly united; while the Trigonometry of the same authort is formed to lead the student to that and other sciences. The Philosophical Transactionst of the Royal Society of London have seldom been more rich than in the volume we have last noticed. They are full of great discoveries, which seem to lead to many more. The Tranfa&tions of the Royal Society of Edinburgb$, contained also, in half a volume, and under a very few articles, much of interesting matter ; fome part of which was of particular importance to the manuface turers of the nation. In a new and very curious branch of enquiry, Mr. Davy's Researches concerning Nitrous Oxidell, demand attention from all those who wish to know the progress of the new discoveries,
They form a considerable step in that which has been called the aerial chemistry. To the history of Insects, well sketched by the original author, and still more illustrated by his commentator, Lyonnet, in the Infecto-Theology of Leffer, a tendency is given, which also ranks it with the first class in our Preface. It presents to the reader, in a partial view, what our admirable countryman, Derham, traced throughout the works of creation. As books for practical use, we may mention here together, though widely sepaTated in their subjects, Bent's Meteorological Journal*** and Dr. Hull's Elements of Botanytt. The account may be at present closed with the new edition of Euclid's Elements, by Mr. Ingramti, who has thus offered to the students of pure mathematics, a work well published, and in some few points improved.
No. I. p. 46; II. p. 239 ; see also vol xvi, p. 62%. + No. IV. p. 377. No. II. p. 132. No. IV, p. 406; V. p. 471..
No. V. p. 530. - $ No. VI. p. 664. ** No. III. p. 3250 ** No. VI. p. 665. 1 No. V. p. 498.
i MEDICINE. TN . In glancing our eye over this usually fertile diftriet, we find it rather barren. We have mentioned, indeed, various medical books, but few of eminence enough to claim a fation here. Will it not feem strange to readers of this class, if we mention only two or three? Dr. Aikin's collection of the facts af certained on the subject of the Gow-Pox*; Mrs Hill's Practical Observationst on the medical use of Oxygen, or Vital Air; and the work of Dr. Saunderst, on the nature and use of Mineral Waters. Of these, the first is a very useful register, the second a curieus book of cases, and the third a well-arranged com. pilation, with the addition of some original observations. Two other works which found a place in our account, are of merit so far dubious, that they might be passed without much injury.' Dr. Chisholm's Esay on the Pestilential Fevers, augmented greatly since its first appearance, seems to urge with disproportionate zeal, a mode of practice not so sanctioned by experience, as the author evidently thinks; and the German, Dr. Struve, who is to us the. Kotzebue of Mea dicine, from the number of his works now thrust upon us in translations, has given very little that is of reai value in his book, on the Education of Children|l. J...!
The Harveian Oration is, in its nature, rather a class fical exercise than a medical work; but Dr. Vaughan has given it all the weight it can derive, from the exa cellence of arrangement and elegance of composition.'
Books of this description are always numerous. We shall notice but a few, of more importance than
* No. II. p. 192. + No. II. p. 117. I No. VI. p. 599. No. IV. p. 371. l No. V. p. 479. No, Ill. p. 282.
the rest. To the students in Hebrew, who never are so numerous as we could wish, we must not omit to recommend Dr. Fitzgerald's Hebrew Grammar*; which teaches the language according to the Masoretic system, now the most approved, and possesses every requisite for such a work of instruction. The Art of making Abridgments, as taught by the Abbé Gaultiert, is one of the most useful exercises that can be presented to the attention of young minds. The book is now complete, and will, no doubt, obtain extensive patronage. On the sounds of the French language, a specific treatise has been published by M. Levifäct, while the peculiarities of the idiom may be successfully apprehended from the work of M. Bellenden &. We pass on to another branch of education, to which however we shall allign a separate head.
The study of musical composition has lately been promoted greatly, by the efforts of some of its molt learned professors. A second Essay of Mr. Kollmann, in which the pra&tical part of that science was treated with great skill, demanded our particular attention),
Though not in every point agreed with this author, we gave him commendations which we feel no inclination to retract; and then proceeded to one who is, in some respects, an antagonist of the former, Mr. King 1, in his treatise, is particularly excellent in the work of arrangement ; an advantage of no little value in any scientific work. Another musical writer** still detains our attention, of whom we shall have occalion to speak highly in a future Preface.
* No. III. p. 325. $N , Vp. 559. ** Mr. Shuid.
- + No. VI. p. 666.
No. IV. p. 399.
No. IV. p. 447. I No. V. p. 517.
Miscel : MISCELLANIES.
We haften now to conclude : and, having fubdivided the former part of our account as much as poflible, have little to include within this general head. Having nothing of a biographical nature to mention, except Mr. Murphy's Life of Garrick*, we have postponed it to this place : nor can we here say of it quite so much as we could with. We regret that it was not written at least ten years ago. The works of Mrs. H. Moret, in their collected state, place the author in a most respectable rank: and the principles delivered in them seem to us completely found, as well as happily expressed. Dr. Cogan's ingenious work on the Pasionst, is the first of much importance that the public has received, since the admirable Essay of Hutchefon. A comparison, diligently made, might throw great light on both. The variety of useful matter in the Letters of Orton and Stonhouses, gives them a title to be honourably mentioned, in the class of miscellaneous works. Their reference however is, very principally, to subjects of divinity; and the piety which peryades the whole conveys continually a most valuable species of instruction. Thus do we end, nearly where we began,