PORTRAIT of the late SIR HUMPHRY DAVY, Bart.
We begin to think that a long Preface in this season of ennui would be almost as tiresome as tragedy in warm weather, and much more so than the trite three-line Prologue in Hamlet. Our materials are collected from all quarters, with but little of our own; so that we might praise all the authors without the charge of uncommon vanity; but panegyric savours much of the poppy, and we must use it accordingly.
Our thanks are first due to such Subscribers as have, by personal observation and research, enabled us to throw a light on certain obsolete customs or portions of our domestic history; for these contributions form a prominent feature of the Correspondence of THE MIRROR; it being our object, in this department, to gather facts rather than to draw only upon the invention of our friends. In support of this system we could select many specimens from the Correspondence of the present volume, the interest of which is, we hope, be equal to any of its predecessors.
The Selector will be found to contain many valuable extracts from New and Costly Works, in almost every class of literature; and the piquancy of the Notes of a Reader may be turned to as a convenient little treasury, into which readers of all tastes may dip with pleasure and advantage.
The Sketch Book contains rather an unusual number of Narratives, some of them of extraordinary interest, and written in the best style of the best authors.
The Spirit of Discovery will be considered characteristic of our times, by illustrating the real economy of science in its application to the conveniences of every-day life. As a collateral branch of this division is The Naturalist, under which head we have endeavoured to identify THE MIRROR with Zoology, as one of the most popular studies of the day.
The Spirit of the Public Journals breathes not a few of the sweetest and most recent poetical compositions from the pens of celebrated authors, some of whose names are passports to high excellence.
The Engravings have, probably, been criticised upon first impression; so that we can only hope they have merited the applause of our Subscribers. We may be permitted to remark that some of the illustrations relate to scenes and subjects of no ordinary attraction in Antiquarian Remains, and Architectural Improvements of yesterday; a few of these have been executed at a considerable cost to the Proprietor; for which extra exertion he has been more than requited by the increased demand.
Several current Novelties will be found described at length in this volume—as the circumstantial and accurate accounts of the Colosseum—and the New Swan River Settlement, the last of which is illustrated with an Engraved Chart.
Strenuous as have been our exertions for past patronage, we shall not relax in the ensuing volume. An entirely new Type has been prepared for this purpose, and we feel confident that we shall be enabled to keep pace with the increased typographical beauty of the MIRROR, as well as with the improved spirit of its Engravings.
June 27, 1829.
PORTRAIT of the late SIR HUMPHRY DAVY, Bart.
Bruce Castle, Tottenham.
Old Elephant, Fenchurch Street.
Macclesfield Bridge, Regent's Park.
Rupert's Palace, Barbican.
Hanover Lodge, Regent's Park.
Grove House, ditto.
Colosseum, Exterior, ditto.
Marquess of Hertford's Villa, ditto.
Doric Villa, ditto.
Colosseum, Interior, ditto.
Old Covent Garden Market.
York Terrace, Regent's Park.
Snow Flakes, Magnified.
Miners of Derbyshire.
Fortune Playhouse, Barbican.
Epsom New Race Stand.
Old Charing Cross.
Exeter 'Change, Strand.
Hyde Park Grand Entrance.
Chester Terrace, Regent's Park.
Old Somerset House.
Sussex Place, Regent's Park.
Clarendon House, Piccadilly.
Relic of John Buryan.
Cornwall Terrace, Regent's Park.
Chart of the Swan River Settlement.
Laleham Park, the Residence of the Young Queen of Portugal.
Holland House, Kensington.
Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park.
Residence of T. Campbell, Esq.
Labyrinth at Versailles.
The present may be regarded as a chemical age; for so extensive, rapid, and important have been the late acquisitions in the science of chemistry, that we may almost claim it as the exclusive discovery of our own times. The popularity and high estimation in which it is held may be ascribed to three causes: 1. The satisfaction which is afforded by its results. 2. Its utility in all the arts of life. 3. The little previous preparation which an entrance on its study requires. To these may be added, the new interest conferred upon the science by the discoveries of Black, Priestly, and Lavoisier,
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