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'Of all the annual publications of the present day, numerous as they are, there is not one that we long so much to see as Tinie's Telescope; for there is none, from which, in times past, we have derived greater pleasure and profit. Its reputation is now so fully established, that it stands in no need of any recommendation from us, or it should certainly have it. We scarcely know a work in which the utile and the dulce are more happily blended.'-New Evangelical Magazine, December 1822.
"This is a well-conducted annual work.'-Morning Post, December 19, 1822.
'Dr. Herschel, with his gigantic telescope of forty feet, could only examine the heavens, and trace the planetary orbs in their course; the author of Time's Telescope does much more, for he not only searches the starry heavens with microscopic ken, but spreads the whole earth before us, and penetrates to the waters under the earth.' Indeed, he unfolds the whole book of nature, and revels in its choicest productions. Time's Telescope has now attained a standing of ten years, during which time it has progressively increased in merit and reputation, presenting the same interesting variety, the same novelty, and the same good taste which first distinguished it. In short, it is a book which no person who wishes for amusement or information on a variety of subjects should be without.'-Literary Chronicle, December 7, 1322.
This is an entertaining and instructive annual work.'-Bell's Weekly Messenger, December 29, 1823.
'Time's Telescope has certainly been furnished this year with an additional number of lenses, bright, clear, and achromatic; so that we are enabled to view, with distinctness and pleasure, the various objects that are set before us. Of the natural pictures here held up to view we can scarcely speak in too warm terms of commendation. The Introduction on the habits, economy, and uses of British Insects, is original and amusing; and the description of Astronomical Instruments is concise and clear. With the Ode to Time, by Mr. Barton, we have been greatly pleased, and indeed the whole volume is one which we can cordially recommend. The Editor is entitled to the highest praise for his laborious collections in poetry, biography, and the facts of natural history; the last is, at all times, a pleasing and delightful study, and which cannot be too much pressed upon the attention of youth. In a word, this is the best volume of Time's Telescope which has yet appeared.'—London Journal of Arts, December 1822.
'We have repeatedly recommended this work to our readers, who have a taste for scientific studies. The present volume contains a vast variety of interesting matter.'—Supplement to Evangelical Magazine for 1822.
For the tenth time we meet this truly interesting compilation, which seems to improve with every recurring year, and may be justly said to afford a high intellectual treat to all who possess a love for literature and science. We know not a volume, indeed, even in the present productive state of the Periodical Press, whichris
so well calculated as this, to excite in the youthful and ingenuous mind a vivid and durable impression of the value of time, and of the beauty, sublimity, and utility of the mighty works of God. It is evidently the production of a man of great ingenuity and research; for he has contrived, notwithstanding an apparent necessity for repetition in some of the details, to give to each succeeding volume, and through every department of its contents, the charm of variety, and the impress of novelty; a result which he has been enabled to obtain through a very happy use of the almost inexhaustible treasures which are to be found in the mines of Philosophy and Natural History, in the delightful stores of Biography and Literary Anecdote, and in the curious minutiæ of Manners, Customs, and Superstitions. With these he has mingled copious and judiciously selected illustrations from our best poets, living as well as dead; a feature in the work which stamps it with a lively and endearing interest, and which appears, indeed, in the volume before us, with singular attractions for our Suffolk readers, as it includes some highly finished effusions from the moral pen of one who resides amongst them (Mr. B. Barton), and who, whether regarded as a poet or a man, may be correctly said to reflect honour, not only on the sect to which he more peculiarly belongs, but on the country which has given him birth.'Suffolk Chronicle, December 14, 1822.
This work blends instruction with amusement, and presents a compilation of topics extremely well adapted to excite its younger readers to further research, and to create in them a desire of scientific and useful knowledge: it will amply repay a careful perusal.'Monthly Censor, March 1823.
The season which brings to us almanacks, souvenirs, diaries, and all the other thousand red and blue-vested remembrancers of Time, is again come round, and has duly brought to us one amongst those remembrancers, which we value far beyond its fellows, because it is of a more intellectual nature-we mean Time's Telescope. This work, which has now reached a tenth volume, does not, like many works which have been long continued, exhibit any signs of decay. On the contrary, it is carefully edited, and has received some improvements. In such a volume as this, where the same ground must be yearly travelled over again, it is no small merit to have avoided a wearisome sameness, and to have introduced so much of novelty. The selections, whether of prose or of poetry, are made with judgment, and combine utility with amusement.'—Supplement to Arliss's Pocket Magazine, December 1822.
Notices of Time's Telescope for 1822.
To look back with advantage, and forward with pleasure, is the sum and substance of human happiness! Fortunate is he who can do so; and still more fortunate is he who has this little work to assist him in his retrospect and prospect, thereby giving an additional value to the time present. Whatever his pursuit, however multifarious his researches, he cannot fail of finding here both information and amusement, united to a degree of novelty and variety by no means to be expected in an annual publication of this kind. In this
selection, good taste is evident; recapitulation has been avoided as far as possible, without omitting necessary information; whilst the author, without seeming to infringe in the slightest degree upon its contemporary utility, has with ingenious propriety rendered it specifically adapted to its place in the regular series of which it forms the ninth volume.'-New Monthly Magazine, Jan. 1822.
"With the return of this period of the year, we have to notice the recurring volume of Time's Telescope for the year 1822; for the character of which it might be sufficient to refer to our remarks on the previous volumes. We find the same industry and ingenuity displayed in the selection of anecdotes and facts appropriate to particular days, and the same good taste in the choice of the poetical pieces, thickly interspersed through the pages. It is unnecessary to say more of a work which has now passed several times under our notice, and whose merits are so fully substantiated as to leave the critic no further duty to perform.'-Monthly Magazine, Jan. 1822.
'We should have called this work Time's Kaleidoscope instead of Time's Telescope, for at every turn of a page it presents the reader with a new and agreeable combination of form, colour, and material. But, while it resembles, it also surpasses that curious instrument, inasmuch as its express object and tendency is to blend instruction with amusement, and to make the one as attractive as the other. We observe that the pages of this useful miscellany are diligently enriched from the leading publications of the times, which are referred to in a manner honourable to the parties quoting them, and valuable to readers who may wish additional information on the subjects thus brought to their notice. Taken altogether, Time's Telescope is one of the best productions to be put into the hands of youth which our teeming press sends forth. It leads by easy roads to improving studies; it is exceedingly various; it is full of hints for thinking, and it is honest and unprejudiced. From the child of five years of age to the mature of fifty, it will afford both entertainment and intelligence.'-Literary Gazette, Dec. 1, 1821..
"When so many attempts are made to corrupt the minds of the rising generation, through the medium of elementary books of instruction, it affords us pleasure to be able to recommend an attractive work, which is entirely free from the taint of bad principles. Time's Telescope is an agreeable miscellany, worthy of the attention of all classes of readers, but particularly of intelligent young persons, to whom it will convey much useful and entertaining information on the various subjects mentioned in its title. The whole is interspersed with numerous anecdotes, antiquarian references, historical facts, and poetical selections; admirably calculated to excite a taste for knowledge, and to render its acquisition easy and agreeable. We have looked through the volume, and are happy to find that, in a literary melange of so much extent and variety, there is so little to which persons of serious religion can object, and so much which they will cordially applaud.'Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, January 1822, No. 1, Vol. 1, N. S.
"The style of this book is uniformly neat and appropriate. The information which the Editor gives on each subject is correct; it is
ample, without being prolix; and it is occasionally enlivened by good extracts from our best poets. One thing more must be said of Time's Telescope,-it is a safe book; it may be put into the hands of youth, without the fear of its exciting an improper idea; and this is a quality of which the value must be felt by every parent and preceptor.'-Arliss's Pocket Magazine, Dec. 1821.
Notices of Time's Telescope for 1821.
TIME flies so rapidly, that a Telescope becomes necessary to look at him when past, and is not less amusing to examine him as he approaches. Time also is that which we can never reform, but still we may improve it: and if it be a mark of wisdom to make the most of our time, it must be allowed that the Editor of the work before us has equally succeeded; for he has not only improved the past to make it useful for the present, but has also made the most of the future, by showing that almost every day in the year is good for something. He who wishes to know why one day is more remarkable than another? Why he must eat mince-pies at Christmas, or Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday? Why he must eat goose at Michaelmas, or be made a goose of on All-Fools-Day?-he who wishes to turn his Telescope on human events, or on the Heavens ;-he who wishes to be directed, agreeably to the season, in his observations of nature, enlivened and illustrated by apt quotations from our best poets; or who, in short, wishes to know what time was and will be, cannot fail of gratifying his curiosity by a reference to this useful little parlourwindow book. It has been before the public for some years, and is now considerably improved in arrangement, as well as in quantity; so that those possessed of former volumes will find that the present is far from being a twice-told tale: even if it were only for the very popular mode in which the interesting subject of Ornithology is treated, rendering it perfectly intelligible to youthful capacities, whilst older readers may find much that they have forgotten. In short, we wish it, and our readers, a happy new year!'-Sun, December 20, 1820.
'To young persons, either in town or country, this volume will be very acceptable, as it will furnish them, in one case, with much novel and amusing instruction; and in the other, will prove an agreeable guide to many of those pursuits which are the peculiar charm of a country residence. We know not any publication of a similar nature in which there is a better union of pleasure and amusement.'Monthly Magazine, January and July 1821.
'Time's Telescope blends something of the character which belongs to the Literary Pocket Book with that of a general Almanack; but at the same time possessing features different from either of these and peculiar to itself, and being altogether much more useful and compendious than both.'-Baldwin's London Mag., Feb. 1821.
Notices of Time's Telescope for 1820.
TIME, not the world's Time, with wings besprinkled with cards, dice, and at "homes,"-but the Time of the Astronomer, the Naturalist, and the Historian, again opens his annual Magazin des Na
reautés; and we can safely assure those who may wish to become purchasers, that all the articles in this literary bazaar are well selected, and of the first quality. This pleasing volume is well adapted for Schools, either as a class-book, or the reward of merit.' -Gentleman's Magazine, Dec. 1819.
'We hail with pleasure the annual re-appearance of Time's Telescope, which presents, in an easy, popular style, with judicious arrangement, clear and copious illustrations of almost every day in the Calendar, not only in regard to Saints' Days and Holidays, but also memorable events of the earliest times down to the passing year. The Naturalist's Diary for each month is interesting to all classes, for the specific information it contains, as well as for the pleasing view it affords of God's Providence at all seasons. He who takes up this little volume must be wiser, and perhaps better, before he lays it down.'-Sun, Jan. 18, 1820.
Notices of Time's Telescope for 1819.
'While this annual companion and guide retains the respectable character which now belongs to it, no parlour window, school room, or private study, can well dispense with its presence.'-New Monthly Magazine, Feb. 1819.
'Time's Telescope presents us with a new view of the ensuing year.. To give variety to an almanack has long been considered as impossible; yet this ingenious little work, by means of recent or passing events, by an appropriate new selection of Poetical Illustrations, and by a new Introduction, offers an amusing novelty, without departure from its original plan.'-Literary Gazette, Dec. 12, 1818.
Notices of Time's Telescope for 1818.
We cordially recommend this volume to the attention of persons of every age and taste, but particularly to the inquiring youth of both sexes.-Antijacobin Review for December 1817.
'Time's Telescope for 1818 deserves the same praise, and is entitled to the same support and encouragement, which the former volumes have received from the public.'-British Critic for December 1817.
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.
"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,