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“ This is one of those cheap and useful publications that issue from the office of the ‘London Illustrated Library.' It is what it professes to be- an elementary book, in which the rules laid down are simple and few, and the drawings to be copied and studied are easily delineated and illustrative of first principles.”—GLOBE.

* We could point to a work selling for twelve shillings not half so complete, nor containing half the number of illustrations. Perhaps of all the books for which the public are indebted to the Office of the Illustrated Library, this one will be found most extensively and practically useful.”-TAIT'S MAGAZINE.

We may safely say that, so far as the elementary principles of the delightful art can be taught by written instruction, this cheap and handsome text book is very well fitted for its task. That portion which relates to perspective and to light and shadow, is very carefully written.”-BIRMINGHAM JOURNAL.

The object of this book is to place within the reach of the humblest individuals the means by which the art of drawing, in all its varied branches, may be communicated. The system of instruction adopted by our author is synthetical, as he considers that it is expedient to master the details of an art before attempting an acquaintance with its complicated examples. The first section of the work is, in consequence, devoted to pencil sketching. The second to figure and object drawing. The third treats of perspective and isometrical drawing. The fourth lays down rules for sketching and drawing in oil and water colours; and the fifth and last gives the best mode of multiplying sketches by means of engravings on metal and wood. These various sections are illustrated by three hundred drawings and diagrams.”—BRITANNIA.

The Illustrated London Drawing Book' is a work which has long been wanted. The vast number of drawing books issued have been examples for a learner to copy, but they have always wanted a master at their side to explain the mode of commencing and proceeding.. Most of the elementary treatises have been of a character rather to puzzle than to enlighten the pupil, and even drawing-masters themselves have not always been happy in making their pupils comprehend the lessons they have given to them. It is one thing to excel in an art, and quite another matter to convey the means by which it is accomplished. Too many drawing masters, being unequal to this task, work on their pupils drawings, by way of showing them what they cannot communicate by language; the consequence is, that after years of tuition, it rarely happens that the youth, lady, or gentleman, when out of the hands of their master, can make a drawing fit to be looked at. Mr. Scott Burn has sought to surmount this difficulty, by giving copious instructions with every example, and he has done so very clearly and yet concisely; he has made his book a school book, to be learned as a column of spelling, a page of grammar, or of geography—a most admirable idea—and it is published at a price to enable it to find its way into every school. We cordially and strongly recommend it, feeling that if this plan is carried out, it will do more to extend the progress of art than any other attempt yet made for this purpose.”—HOME CIRCLE.

Of the numerous elementary treatises on Drawing and Perspective, this is decidedly one of the best, as it is by far the most beautiful and artistic. The text is exceedingly plain and intelligible, and all the exercises, from the simplest line to the most elaborate landscape, in strict sequence and progression. The engravings are for the most part cleverly executed, and in such a style as can be readily imitated in chalk or pencil. In fact, many of them, though simply woodcuts, are better adapted for the purposes of tuition than the majority of lithographic sketches. By its publication in the Illustrated School Series, the proprietors confer no ordinary boon on the young, and we greatly miscalculate if it does not shortly become the universal Drawing-Book in our schools. The editor has arranged it into five sections namely, Pencil Sketching; Figure and Object Drawing; Perspective and Isometrical Drawing; Sketching and Drawing in Crayons; and Engraving on Metal and Wood. Each section is profusely illustrated, the total number of illustrative drawings and diagrams being upwards of three hundred. With the exception. perhaps, of the Reading Book' and 'Instructor,' this volume is the best and cheapest of the series that has yet been published.”-FIFESHIBE JOURNAL.




An Easy Rudimental Introduction to the Study of that Instrument, and Music

in general; the Art of Fingering according to the Modes of the best Masters, exemplified in various Exercises, Scales, &c., in all the Major and Minor Keys; and interspersed by Relaxations from Study, consisting of POPULAR MELODIES AND ROMANCES, and Selections from the Pianoforte Compositions of the most celebrated Masters; also, a Short and Easy Introduction to Harmony or Counterpoint, and a new Vocabulary of Terms. Demy 4to, neatly bound in cloth, with Engravings and Diagrams. 6s.

As a manual, the book before us is decidedly commendable, and we have great pleasure in proffering it to the attention of the pupil and student, who will find in it much matter worthy their most careful and serious perusal.”—MUSICAL WORLD.

Works in Preparation.



Printed on a New Plan, with accurately executed Diagrams.


Edited by ROBERT Scott BURN, Esq.
Editor of the “Illustrated London Drawing-Book.”


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Author of numerous educational works.


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With about Two Hundred and Fifty Illustrations.

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An indispensable Work for the School, the College, the Library, and for General Reference.

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A New Edition, Revised and Enlarged,




Webster's Dictionary can also be had in Eight Parts, Wrapper, price 28.

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Opinions of the Press. “The very handsomne volume before us, a beautifully-printed octavo of nearly 1500 pages, is a condensation of the two-volume quarto work of Dr. Webster. The singlevolume version is taken from the last edition of the original work, with all its improvements and additions. The plan of the abridgment is excellent; it contains the leading and most important etymologies as given in the quarto edition. The definitions remain unaltered, except by an occasional compression in their statement. All the significations of words, also, as exhibited in the larger work, remain unaltered; but the illustrations and authorities are only inserted in doubtful and disputed cases. It will be seen by this, that the smaller edition has been produced mainly by the very common-sense process of omitting the examples in the cases of undisputed and ordinary, or, at all events, not uncommon words, the authenticity and correctness of the definition of which nobody ever thinks of doubting. The richness of the treasury of words given is immense. It includes every possible scientific and artistic term; and the Doctor has been very liberal in inserting all those expressions adopted from the French, and commonly used in the upper circles of this country, as well as in recognising the semi-slangish expressions of familiarly colloquial life. The definitions are very clear, and quite devoid of Johnson's occasional pedantry; as, for example, let the reader turn up' the definition of network in both the dictionaries. The number of new words not to be found in other works of the same nature is immense; and in the preface it is asserted, and with truth, that thousands more could very easily have been added. The difficulty would appear to have been the selection. Thous nds of words, it is remarked, can be found in dictionaries which have, indeed, been proposed, but never adopted in the language. These, as a general rule, Dr. Webster excludes; but he is careful to preserve those terms, once household words, and which have now fallen into disuse, but which were yet employed by the old standard writers, and a knowledge of which is necessary to understand some of the finest phases of our literature. A good many of the new words introduced are marked 'familiar,' colloquial,' or 'low. The dictionary is rich in synonyms-a very good feature—and one on which great care has been bestowed. To all who wish for the most complete, cheap, and portable dictionary at this moment


existing of our noble language, including an immense mass of philologic matter-copious vocabularies of mythologic, Scriptural, and geographic names--some curious dissertation as to the tendencies of orthography, and on the elements of the pronunciation of the principal continental languages—we can cordially recommend the beautifully-printed and elaborately got-up volume before us.”—ATLAS.

Professor Webster's English Dictionary has long become a standard English work, albeit the compiler was an American. The present volume is a revised edition of that great work-for such it strictly is—published in a cheap form. Originally given to the world in a quarto form, it was found before long, that an edition in a more compact shape was loudly called for; and accordingly, in the year 1829, Professor Worcester, of Cambridge, Massachusets, undertook its abbreviation and reduction, under the direction of Dr. Webster himself. The additions and alterations of the larger work (ed. 1840) were subsequently incorporated with the abbreviated edition; and this edition is the basis of the one now published by the proprietors of the 'Illustrated London Library.' It is consequently made, in all respects, consistent with the larger work; and it presents, accordingly, on a reduced scale, a clear, accurate, and full exhibition of the American dictionary in its every part.

The meaning of every English word, in all its various shades, is given in this admirable work, which for completeness far excels the dictionary of Dr. Johnson; and it contains, moreover, a dictionary of synonyms, somewhat on the foundation of Carpenter's small publication, but more elaborately wrought and more fully treated. Under each of the important words, all others having the same general signification are arranged together, except in cases where they have been previously exhausted in framing the definitions—a system which is of the utmost importance to young writers desirous of attaining grace, variety, and copiousness of diction.

“Some thousands of new words have been added to this vocabulary; but in justice to the compiler it should be stated that many of them are obsolete terms, employed by the writers of the Elizabethan period, but since their day fallen completely into disuse. The great bulk of these additions, however, consists of familiar and colloquial words and technical expressions necessitated by the establishment of novel occupations and new sources of ideas. The Americanisms, as such, are not so numerous as might be supposed; and the great bulk of them retained are shown to be old words with new meanings. All the scientific terms have been subjected to the strictest supervision on the part of competent persons; and so likewise have those of an artistic tendency. The result is such a dictionary as the English language has never had before; and which is as much superior to the last edition of Johnson's great work, even with all its improvements, as that stupendous production is to the moderate octavo of Bailey.”-OBSERVER.

"The advantage to the literary public of a cheap, enlarged, improved, and beautifully printed edition of a dictionary of our language, which has attained a considerable reputation, will be highly appreciated, and will serve very materially to assist its critical study. By dint of immense labour, continued during the space of three years, the editor of this fine volume was able to augment considerably the value of the original work, and in 1847 gave to the world the result of his extensive collations and emendations. Amongst the more remarkable features of this revised Dictionary may be mentioned that of its being a Dictionary of synonyms, though not one in which, like Crabb's, nice shades of difference in the meaning of words are elaborately investigated. On the contrary, the practical force of each word is simply and accurately stated in such a manner as to leave no doubt or difficulty in selection. Great labour has been devoted to the perfection of the definitions, a subject in respect of which Webster's Dictionary from the first enjoyed a high reputation. In every branch of science, literature, art, and commercial economy, the best authors have been had recourse to, and their definitions extracted wherever necessary. In the course of the revision of the work some thousands of new words have been added, important alterations made in the orthography of peculiar words, to keep pace with the tendencies of our mode of writing, and particular care taken to exhibit, as perfectly as possible, the true pronunciation. Some supplementary vocabularies of classical names, and strictures on the right pronunciation of classical terms and names, complete the book, which, upon the whole, will be found a most valuable addition to the library of the most zealous reader. It contains 1300 large and rather closely-printed pages, and the typography is remarkably. fine." -MORNING ADVERTISER.

“It is somewhat strange that we should be indebted to American authorship for a Dictionary of the English language. A careful examination of the contents, however, would induce us to hail the work as a literary contribution of great value, and we do not



know any subject to which an American could devote his time and talents more appropriately; for the time is not far distant when the English language will be spoken on the other side of the Atlantic by a vastly greater number of human beings than at present inhabit the parent isles. The volume before us is an abridgment of Dr. Webster's great work, which has been well and favourably known both here and in America for many years; but abridged though it be, the book now issued by the enterprising London publishers extends to about 1500 closely printed large octavo pages. The abridgment has been made on the plan of leaving out only the illustrations and authorities ; but for everyday use the work before us will serve almost every purpose; and at the same time a degree of cheapness has been secured which will place such a necessary and comprehensive book in the hands of thousands, who have been hitherto obliged to content themselves with cheap, and often indifferent, small editions of Johnson, Walker, and other eminent lexicographers. It appears that Professor Goodrich, assisted by eminent men in every department of literature and science on both sides of the Atlantic, has been engaged on the present work for three years, and the result is perhaps the most complete dictionary extant upon the same scale. Though the work is of American manufacture, the authorities followed by Dr. Webster and his editor are, in almost every instance, the standard English authors, from Shakspeare downwards. Many thousands of new words, which have grown up with the wants and accidents of society, have been included. Indeed, we believe all of this modern class which deserve to be retained are here included, and in a general way the definitions will be found unimpeachable.”— Glasgow HERALD.

“A new edition of Webster's well-known and highly esteemed dictionary. It is the most complete work of the kind yet published. The definitions are clear and concise, presenting briefly the various meanings and shades of meaning belonging to each word. It contains an immense number of words, connected with every department of literature, art, and science, not to be found in the ordinary dictionaries. The present editor, Professor Goodrich, has added, he states, some thousands in the course of revision. The pronunciation is satisfactorily indicated, and in most cases the synonyms of the words defined are added--a great advantage to persons engaged in literary composition. Further, the work includes a synopsis of words differently pronounced by different orthoepists, Walker's key to the classical pronunciation of Greek, Latin, and Scripture proper names, and a vocabulary of modern geographical names, with their pronunciation.”—LEEDS TIMES.

Webster's Dictionary is the production of the greatest lexicographer that has ever lived. He combined in the fullest measure the two great requisites, the highest literary talent and the most extensive attainments in philology. The present edition is the abridgment which was made by Mr. Worcester under Dr. Webster's direction in 1829. It only omits the passages cited to illustrate the definitions; and these, we think, are of very little consequence either one way or the other, as the lexicographer's authority should be sufficient." We believe it is one of the cheapest and best editions of the work that have been published in this country.”—ENGLISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.

A marvel of accuracy, neatness, and cheapness. A volume which gives the origin, correct spelling and pronunciation, and a definition or explanation of more than one hundred thousand words must be a wonderful book. It contains 27,000 more words than the most modern edition of Johnson's great dictionary. A friend on reading that Dr. Adam Clarke had been employed during a quarter of a century on his invaluable Com. mentary, immediately sent for a copy. Dr. Webster spent a large portion of fourscore years in compiling, correcting, and perfecting this Dictionary. It displays extensive research, patient investigation, carefulness in the smallest details, combined with a sound judgment, a clear head, and untiring energy. It is a contribution of substantial service not only to our times, but for posterity. The literary editorship of this new edition has been wisely entrusted to, and as wisely completed by Professor Goodrich, of Yale College. All the ancient and modern scientific words have been submitted to learned professors in the various branches to which they belong. We cannot specify all the addenda prefixed and affixed, but a copious geographical vocabulary is a valuable and useful feature, following Scripture proper names. We have been delighted with Dr. Webster's Seventeen Rules for the Corrected Orthography of the English Language. By their adoption some thousands of common errors will for the future be avoided, and a uniform mode of writing the same class of words will be the beneficial result.”_WESLEY BANNER,



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