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which are now found on the table of almost every drawing-room and boudoir; we do not court public favour by a luxurious display of pictorial embellishments; but we lay claim to the merit of usefulness : and though our labours may not be rewarded with those Danäe showers of the precious metal which attend the footsteps of other annual aspirants to fame and fortune, we are contented with gleaning some of the scattered coin-multiplied, in our estimation, by the 'golden opinions' of the wise and good, the ‘Saint and the Sage.
The accounts of French Customs, interspersed throughout our volume, are now for the first time presented to the English reader, and will be found highly curious and attractive. • To spare a perpetual repetition by one general acknowledgment,' we have reserved it for this place to state, that, for the whole of these interesting sketches, we are indebted to the very learned and entertaining · Memoirs of the Celtic (now the Antiquarian) Society of Paris;' the volumes of whose Transactions we should probably, never have seen but for the kindness of an accomplished Scholar and Antiquary of the day, whose liberality of feeling, and urbanity of manners, need not be heralded to those who have the honour and the pleasure of his acquaintance.
This publication has the credit of being the first which aspired to a literary character as an annual work, in connexion with the present season of the year. Having now enjoyed a large share of public favour for fourteen years, it is scarcely necessary to enlarge on its utility.-Amid more splendid publications, which are gaining ground in our country, and which reflect credit on the intelligence and taste of the public, Time's Telescope will continue to occupy its sphere of utility: here none of them can cope with it. We may take up the Forget-me-Not, the Literary Souvenir, and the Friendship's Offering, when we need amusement; we may be delighted with their literary character, and their splendid embellishments; we may take up the Amulet when we are in a more serious mood; but if we want a never-failing companion throughout the yeur, capable of interesting, informing, and improving us, adding to our stores of knowledge, and directing us how to enlarge them still more from the abundant res jurces of Nature, commend us to Time's Telescope.'-Spirit and Minners of the Age, vol. ii, p. 351.
For seven years we have not failed to direct the attention of our readers to this worthy contemporary, whose various labours will justify every praise we have bestowed upon them. It is, indeed, an honest, solid, instructive, pleasing, and meritorious annual, with all tne useful information belonging to almanacks, without their silly predictions and nonsensical signs. Its astronomical notices are ample, and its tide-tables, &c. valuable. In literature, miscellaneous. original, and selected poetry, alternating with biographies of persons of note who have died within the year; botanical illustrations, and pieces of natural history; applicable excerpts from works recently published; and a mass of other matters- which it would take us almost a year to specify-it is well furnished. We shall, therefore. only repeat, that this is an excellent and agreeable volume, like ali those which have preceded it. A series of papers on Scottish Botany, by MR. ANDREW KERR YOUNG, of Paisley ; a description of re markable British Insects, by MR. CURT13; and some notices in Ornithology, by Mr. Jenyns, in the present year, are particularly worthy of praise, and replete with interest.'-Literary Gazette, No vember 25, 1826.
This is a work that may be safely put into the hands of youth, and is calculated at once to minister to their innocent gratification, and to promote in them a love of reading and knowledge.'- WesleyanMethodist Magazine, January 1827. TM ..If we applaud, and justly so-admire, and with propriety, the numerous very pretty annuals which, under the appellations of Forget-me-Not, Souvenirs, Friendship's Offering, Amulets, &c., come most appropriately as Christmas memorials, or New-year's gifts surely we ought, in veneration and gratitude, to still hold in our remembrance a work which may be almost delineated as the PARENT, or. if not that, the elder brother of these. We allude to Time's Telescope, a yearly volume which, whilst it contains for the studious, the scholar, the philosopher, that which may be termed the useful certainly offers to the light-hearted, the cheerful, and the general reader, much that will be called the sweet. In short, it is a happy admixture of gaiety and gravity; and if not so pretty in appearance,
and so elegant în embellishments, as those other natty productions we have mentioned, it is still worthy of a place in any library, and may profitably wile away an occasional half hour.'- The World of Fashion, February 1827..
For several successive years it has been our pleasing duty to announce the appearance of this interesting annual ; the later volumes of which exhibit as much variety, talent, and information, as their earliest predecessors ; whilst that under our present notice is, by no means, unworthy to be associated with the most talented and interesting portions of the series. In looking over this volume, we feel surprise at the variety and novelty of its contents. We know, with Solomon, that of the making of books there is no end; but to render the books so made, useful and interesting to the public-rich in interest and good sense-is, we also know, a matter of difficulty and rare occurrence. The Editor of Time's Telescope seeins, however, to have appropriated to himself the merit of producing a work which, even as it advances in age, displays the freshness of youth, and seems well calculated to defy even the ravages of old Time.'-Ladies' Monthly Museum, January 1827.
It is a work embodying much information, which is pleasantly arranged, and diversified by the introduction of lighter maiter, so a's to form an interesting and entertaining miscellany. For young people, we think, Time's Telescope is particularly adapted; and it possesses one advantage over that class of works which are once read and laid aside for ever, that it serves for reference throughout the year.' Quarterly Juvenile Review, No. 1.
fourteen years have elapsed since the cominencement of this pub. lication, and each succeeding twelvemonth has enhanced its fame, and realized the hopes of its projectors. Rich in varied talent, and glowing with general knowledge, we can almost imagine that we behold a smile of self-complacency on its title-page, as if fully aware of its claims to regard. Those claims we will not question or deny, for we well know its optical beauties have suited the eye of the public; and Time's Telescope is now a standard instrument of pleasure and instruction. Froin so often treading over the same ground, we anticipated somewhat of sameness and mannerism; but we are happy to observe, that the editor has avoided all re-iteration, and, like a skilful traveller, has made his journey easy to himself, and pleasant to his companions: nor has he forgotten his former fame, and wantonly thrown industry aside; but has used, if possible, additional energies, enlisted on his behalf eminent contributors, and arranged the proceeds in a manner worthy the materials and the rė. nown of the work.'-Literary Chronicle, Nov. 25, 1826.
· This is the fourteenth impression of Time's Telescope, and seems fó deserve all the praises that have been bestowed on its predecessors, A miscellany of this kind must always contain something worth looking at. It falls chiefly into the hands of young people; and innumerable little matters of curiosity, or even of real utility, are thus presented to them, which otherwise would scarcely ever be heard of, and which, but upon some particular impulse, are seldom inquired about.'--Monthly Magazine, January 1827.
. We recommend this volume as an excellent manual for young persons. It has not only the negative merit of being perfectly unexceptionable as to the information and entertainment it conveys, and the language in which it is written ; but it will also tend to cultivate those pure and simple pleasures which the God of Nature has so abundantly provided for inquiring minds; it will wean them more from those worldly and less intellectual pastimes, by which too often health is injured, vanity engendered, and the high bloom of an innocent heart brushed away.'-Gentleman's Magazine, December 18:26.
The appearance of this annual volume has more than once taught us the difficulty of describing unvarying excellence in varied phrase. As the series is, however, now domiciliated in most families, the judiciousness of its plan, and the assiduity and skill with which that plan is executed, are pretty generally known. It is, therefore, enough to say of the volume of 1827, that it is characterised by the saine extent and diversity of merits which have given so many charms to its predecessors. The selection of matter is at once profound and familiar, copious and well-chosen, lively and moral. The volume before us is also, like most of the former ones (each in its turn), a decided improvement upon its predecessors.'-St. James's Chronicle, December 28 to 30, 1826.
I am indebted to this excellent publication for many poetical illustrations, taken from recent or living authors, which I should not otherwise have had an opportunity of seeing. I know of no work so well calculated to spread and improve a taste for Natural History in these kingdoms as 'Time's Telescope ; and I would most strenuously recommend it to the attention of every student and lover of nature.' Drummond's First Steps lo Botany, p. 295, Second Edition.
Notices of Time's Telescope for 1826. In the present volume, we have all the characteristic excellencies of its predecessors, with some manifest indications of the improving effect of competition. The scientific departments of Astronomy and Natural History, in which this publication stands alone, are executed with the same industry and judgment as hitherto: the antiquarian and biographical notices, in which too, we believe, Time's Telescope has no rival, are at least as rich and as interesting as those from which the public has derived so much pleasure and profit, in former volumes of this delightful work. While the poetry and general literature bave assumed a tone of excellence which fully supports the contest with the many admirable annual volumes that now grace our lighter literature; and, taken altogether, we must still regard Time's Telescope as at once the most instructive and the most permanently interesting rolume of its class which the father of a family can lay upon his parTour-table.'--St. James's Chronicle, December 29-31, 1825. .. The present volume of this various and useful work, is, like its predecessors, extremely well executed.'-Literary Gazette, Novenber 19, 1825.
We are always happy, at this season of the year, to welcome another volume of this entertaining collection, in which the utile et
dulce are ever sure to be judiciously blended.?-Gentleman's Magazine, vol. xcv, part II, p. 541.
Thirteen years have now elapsed since the publication of this very interesting and instructive work was commenced, and during this period it has been deservedly popular among all classes of readers. It contains an endless and delightful variety of scientific notices, anecdotes, biographical sketches, poetry, historical facts, and so forth. Of the present volume it is a sufficient recommendation to say, that it is worthy of its predecessors. It is rich in original poetry, and is decidedly Protestant in its character. In narrating the occurrences of particular days, the editor has given considerable prominence to the murderous exploits of the Church of Rome. For this peculiarity in his work he has our cordial thanks, as well as for the other parts of his useful compilation.'— Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine, January 1826.
Notices of Time's Telescope for 1825. Without attempting those expensive ornaments and that external appearance which distinguish some of its contemporaries, the utility and various intelligence of Time's Telescope, aided by the contributions of Poetry, Natural History, and other judicious concomitants to Almanack lore, have placed it high in the scale of popularity: it has thus become so well known to the public, that it would be superfuous to describe the present annual volume. Suffice it to say, that it equals its precursors, and is full of miscellaneous and entertaining notices, adapted to almost every day of the coming year.'-Lite. rary Gazette, Nov. 27, 1824.
This publication, since first it challenged public attention, has gradually increased in its powers of pleasing : it mingles the useful with the agreeable so tastefully, that it is a gift equally acceptable to youth, manhood, and old age. The volume before us, besides presenting to the view much new information (of a biographical and historical nature), abounds in apposite quotations from esteemed authors, together with much that is original and beantiful; and throughout the work are scattered, with no sparing hand, “gems of poesy,” some light and imaginative, others clad in the garb of " sober sad. ness," but placed with such discernment, that each forms a contrast to the other.'-European Magazine, Dec. 1824.
Time's Telescope has this great advantage over all the annual volumes to which its example has given rise, that it is not a book to be read during the holidays and laid aside on Twelfth Day: its excellent plan, which, as we have frequently had occasion to say, is followed up with the utmost skill, provides something for almost every day in the year, which cannot be so well read upon any other, and thus economises through the year a rich fund of delightful recrea. tion.'-St. James's Chronicle, Jan. 6, 1825..
(The caution with which the Editor guards against the introduction of any matter that may be injurious to morality, and the judgment with which he selects his subjects, entitle him to public respect,