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BRITISH CRITIC,

FOR

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.

MDCCCVI.

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Xρή Μουσών θεράπουλα και άγγελον, εί τι περισσόν

Eιδείη σοφίης, μή φθονερόν τελέθειν
'Αλλά τα μεν μάσθαι, τα δε δεικνύναι.

THEOGNIS.

VOLUME XXVIII.

London:

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,

NO. 62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1807.

Printed by Law and Gilbert, St. Jului's Square, Clerkenwell.

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P R E F A C E.

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EVIEWS, properly so called *, are a very mo

lead, and were followed first by the English t. It was some time, in England at least, before the plan of these Journals was settled. One of the carliest was in the form of Letters, no inconvenient vehicle for such information, But in 1708 an attempt was made

The “ Bibliotheca” of Photius has been considered as an ancient Review ; and so it is, in some respects. But it was not a journal, nor a record of what was passing in the literary world. The design was different, though the result was somewhat fimilar.

+ The “ Journal des Sçavans," by Hedouille de Sallo, is considered as the first Review, and began in January, 1665-6. The firft English Review was entitled, " Weekly Memorials for the Ingenious; or an Account of Books lately set forth in several languages. With other Accounts relating to Arts and Sciences.” 4to. 1683. Struvius, unless he has been corrected in a later edition, mentions as the first, “ The History of the Works of the Learned," 1699. (Hiftor. Liter. Ed. 1729). But there were others before that, besides the Weekly Memorials : namely, “The Works of the Learned,” published monthly by La Crose, in 1691; and “ Miscellaneous Letters, giving an Account of the Works of the Learned, both at home and abroad,” 4to. Begun in Oktober, 1694, and published weekly. The latter is anonymous. "Memoirs for the Ingenious," published monthly by La Crose, from January 1693, is a Philofophical Magazine. The curious "Notitia Ephemeridūm,” by J. Joach. Schwabius, prefixed to Morhoff's Polyhistor, mentions all these works, but not being chronological, does not readily mark their succession.

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