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LORD Bacon says,“ Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read in some parts, others to be read but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence, and attention ; some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others.” If this was judicious and useful advice, at a time when books were comparatively few—rari nantes in gurgite vasto—how much is added to its weight and importance, now that the press groans with its perpetual births; and that it is not only impossible to read all the productions of modern literature in any one of its various branches, but even difficult to ascertain their existence. The forest is so thick, that one tree shuts out the view of another; and each succeeding author obliterates the name of his prede
Those books therefore may, in the language of Bacon, be called the Deputies of the reader, which present to him, in a brief and correct form the latest contributions made to literature, and enable him to estimate their value; by the aid of which he may select what is most congenial to his own pursuits, or what is worthy of deeper investigation. Such has long been the intent of the Gentleman's Magazine, and we are deeply indebted to many Correspondents for their valuable assistance in promoting the success of our labours. If, in the other divisions of our work, we appear to the reader of modern books to linger too long amidst the relics of antiquity-stare super vias antiquas-he must recollect that we are only drinking higher up of the very same stream which refreshes him, and gathering up some of those venerable and valuable remains which have been accidentally retarded in the channel of Time, and dropped neglected, or forgotten, on its shores. We shall only add, that we trust our readers, in comparing our late efforts with those of our predecessors, will not find our diligence relaxed, or our power of affording instruction diminished; and that it will not be said of us, as the Roman historian said of Scipio,-“Ultima primis cedebant."
July 1, 1835.
LIST OF EMBELLISHMENTS TO THE VOLUME.
Those marked thus * are Vignettes, printed with the letter-press.
PAGE Interior View of the Pantheon, Oxford Street Imperial Greek Coins hitherto unpublished—Lucius Verus ; Barbia Or
biana ; Plautilla; Gordianus and Tranquillina ; Severus Alexander. .. 25 Two Views of Chapel Plaster, Wilts ...
143 *Church of St. Edmund on the Bridge, Exeter....
148 Plan of Ogmore Castle, co. Glamorgan.
243 Specimens of Monumental Architecture and Sculpture of Great Britain
Tomb in the Temple Church-Monuments of Sir Robert de Vere, in
..257 View of Clevedon Court, Somerset
..359 Imperial Greek Coins hitherto unpublished-Vespasian ; Hadrian; Macrinus; Philip; and Gordian.......
.....369 Castles of Ogmore and Newcastle, co. Glamorgan ...
.489 Sceatta of Offa, found at Kempston.
.495 Church of St. Ebbe, Oxford .....
...496 Monuments of the Family of Long, at Wraxall and Draycot Cerne, Wilts..588 Two Views of a Crypt at St. Saviour's, Southwark.
..602 *Ground-plan of the same Crypt....
.603 *Arms of the Cavendish Family, at Cavendish, Suffolk .