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THE annual volumes of Time's Telescope have experienced so large a share of public favour, and its plan and object are now so well known, that we shall merely point out the prominent features of our researches for the year 1818.

In the ASTRONOMICAL OCCURRENCES, besides the usual explanation of the various phenomena of the heavens, will be found, Observations on the Transits of Venus; the Distances, Magnitudes, Motions, &c. of the Heavenly Bodies; the Rotation of the Sun, Moon, &c.; the Elements of the Planetary Orbits; the Satellites of the Planets; the Motion and Aberration of Light; and Particulars of the Comets which appeared in 1807 and 1811.

The REMARKABLE DAYS afford some additional Notices of Antiquities, Manners, and Customs; the COMPARATIVE CHRONOLOGY includes the Biography of many eminent Men recently deceased; and great part of the Remarks and Poetical Illustrations in the NATURALIST'S DIARY are entirely new.

The OUTLINES of GEOLOGY and MINERALOGY are connected with the Elements of Botany and Zoology in Time's Telescope for 1816 and 1817, and serve to complete our view of the three great Kingdoms of Nature.

To several valuable Correspondents the Author has to return his best thanks for their useful hints and communications.

LONDON, November 15, 1817.

Notices of Time's Telescope for 1814.

We cheerfully give to "Time's Telescope" our warmest recommendation 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 for young persons at Christmas.'-British Critic for December


This is a valuable compilation.'-Supplement to Gentleman's Magazine for December 1813.

"Time's Telescope" bids fair to acquire considerable popularity. 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 no 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 information; 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 Febrúary 1814.

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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 entertainment. 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, Jan. 1815.

The Work before us supplies accurate, though popular, instruction on a variety of topics. It is written in a correct and tasteful style, enlivened by many exquisite quotations from the poets of the day; and is interspersed with such reflections as flow 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 consecrated 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; which, 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.”— British Critic for December 1814.

'We have no hesitation in giving "Time's Telescope" 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 compiler.'-New Universal Magazine for December 1814.

Notice of Time's Telescope for 1816.

'Time's Telescope is compiled with skill and judgment, and contains much desirable miscellaneous information, and many interesting and instructive sketches, particularly on some parts of Natural History. We recommend this Work to the attention of our juvenile readers, who will find it an agreeable and instructive companion.'-Monthly Review for November 1816.

Notices of Time's Telescope for 1817.

'We have already noticed the preceding volume of this amusing and instructive performance; and we have now little to add to or deduct from the encomiums which we deemed it our duty to pass on the contents of that part; the plan being still the same, and the execution and arrangement as nearly as possible on the same model. We shall not consider it as requisite for us to continue our report of this annual publication.'-Monthly Review for August 1817.

"The Almanack, in order to be reduced to a cheap and convenient form, has become so enigmatical, that a more enlarged explanation of its contents and references is very desirable; and such is the purpose of the "Time's Telescope," which appears to us to be executed in a very amusing way, and the Astronomical portion of it is prepared evidently by a person of science.'-Critical Review for December 1816.

'A very entertaining and useful compendium of multifarious lore.-Eclectic Review for January 1817.

"The industry of the compiler has been successfully exerted in the collection of an entertaining, and, in many respects, useful mass of materials.' —Antijacobin Review for December 1816.

There is in this volume an excellent Introduction to the "Principles of Zoology," quite studded with poetical citations; and a copious index is added to the whole series. In point of quantity and quality, indeed, the present is fully equal, if not superior, to any of the preceding volumes; and our readers will not readily find a more attractive" New Year's Present" for their juvenile friends, which, while it acquaints them with the pleasing wonders of Nature, teaches them, at the same time, that all these "are but the varied GOD."-Gentleman's Magazine for December 1816.




The earth, like a kind mother, receives us at our birth, and sustains us when born: it is this alone, of all the elements around us, that is never found an enemy to man. The body of waters may deluge him with rain, oppress him with hail, and drown him with inundations. The air rushes in storms, prepares the tempest, or lights up the volcano; but the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to the wants of man, spreads his walks with flowers, and his table with plenty; returns with interest every good committed to her care; and if she produce the poison, she supplies also the antidote. Though constantly teased, more to supply the wants of man than his necessities, yet, even to the last, she continues her kind indulgence, and, when life is over, piously covers his remains in her bosom.-PLINY.

GEOLOGY has for its object the study of the earth in general, of its plains, hills, and mountains ; and embraces the consideration of the materials of which it is composed, and the circumstances peculiar to its original formation, as well as the different states under which it has existed, and the various changes which it has undergone.

Until towards the end of the last century, geology was little understood; perhaps, because those sciences on which it chiefly depends, chemistry and mineralogy, had not made any great advances towards their present state. It is no wonder, therefore, that in default of a knowledge of these sciences, and of that research by which alone we can become acquainted with the constituent masses of the globe, the activity

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