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with steel engravings and wood-cuts , the latter very numerous ; and the letter-press is rich in diversified amusement and information . The restoration of Pompeii ( the frontispiece ) is a splendid picture . The illustrations , both pictorial and descriptive , are full of interest . If Mr .
Knight does not send us the second volume , we shall certainly buy it to complete our set ; though that is a practice to which we are not addicted . It is sometimes said of news , that * it is too good to be true ; ' and we half suspect that our enjoyment is too great to be moral ; for it diminishes our humane horror at what the Editor describes as
* the catastrophe which overwhelmed Pompeii , and provided a subject for this volume . We have here a new application of the doctrine of final causes . He seems to think the poor town was Burked for his dissection : perhaps this induced him to cause Vesuvius to be so beautifully executed . The mountain deserved it , being taken almost in the very act .
Mental Recreation , or Select Maxims , Sayings , and Observations oj Philosophers , Statesmen , Divines , 8 fc > upon most subjects . Alphabetically arranged . Longman . The compiler has levied contributions on a great variety of authors , Solon and Pythagoras , Seneca and Horace , Shakspeare , Fuller , Zimmerman , and Miss Porter . The result is , a volume of three hundred
and thirty 12 mo . pages , on about four hundred and fifty subjects . More taste and judgment might have been displayed in the selection . While some of the maxims are excellent , others are false , and others again are downright twaddle . Yet the book , though not a trusty guide , may prove a very amusing companion ; and if it do not instruct , still it may stimulate the reader to instruct himself . We subjoin , as a specimen , the apophthegms under the head Friendship .
' Similitude of manners is the strongest cement of friendship/—Pliny . 4 How fulsome and hollow does that man appear that cries— " I am resolved to deal fairly with you . " If so , what need of all this flourish ? let your actions speak ; and as nothing is more scandalous than false friendship , therefore of all things avoid it/—M . Antoninus . * Friendship is the perfection of love / * True friendship rejoiceth as much at his friend ' s good fortune as he does at his own /
* Be slow to fall into friendship ; but when engaged , be firm and constant/—Socrates . * Friendship is given by nature for a help to virtue , not for a companion to vice / 4 Friendship is often better and more advantageous' than consanguinity /
* Those who violate a long friendship , though they escape the punishment of their friend , shall not escape the vengeance of God/—Socrates . * The love of man to woman is a thing common , and of course , and at first partakes more of instinct and passion than of choice ; but true friendship between man and man is infinite and immortal/—Plato . * Contract no friendship or even acquaintance with a guileful man ; he resembles a coal , which when hot burneth the hand , and when cold blackfeth it /—Hindoo .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1832, page 60, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1804/page/60/