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PUBLISHED BY A. J. VALPY, M.A.
AND MAY BE HAD OF ALL TOWN AND COUNTRY BOOKSELLERS.
First of March was published the First Volume
HUME AND SMOLLETT'S
HISTORY OF ENGLAND,
FROM THE REIGN OF GEORGE II. TO 1835,
BY THE REV. T. S. HUGHES, B.D. Prebendary of Peterborough, late Christian Advocate at Cambridge,
Author of · Travels in Greece,' &c. Being the Fourteenth Volume of Valpy's only complete and
uniform edition, now publishing monthly, at 5s. each, Ellustrated with seventy-six highly-finished Engravings.
Vols. I. to VIII. contain Hume, IX. to XIII. SMOLLETT, and Vols. XIV. to XIX. will contain MR. HUGHES' Continuation to the present time. Either portion can be had separately.
The Historical Works of HUME and SMOLLETT are now submitted to the public on the plan of the popular editions of SHAKSPEARE, BYRON, and Scott; and it is the object of the Publisher to place within the reach of all classes of readers, in a succession of monthly volumes, a more complete and acceptable HISTORY of ENGLAND than any extant.
The additional volumes, including a narrative of important events more particularly interesting to the present generation, commence with the Accession of George the Third, and will be continued to the year 1835.
In the first volume of the Continuation is given an Introductory Essay on the · Political System of Europe, and its Connexion with the Government of Great Britain.'
The work will be completed in nineteen volumes, and em. bellished with SEVENTY-SIX ENGRAVINGS ON STEEL, comprising a selection of historical illustrations from Bowyer's History of England, and from paintings by the most eminent masters, with portraits of all the sovereigns from the Norman Conquest, according to the costume of the different ages.
The Indexes to Hume and Smollett, with that of the Continuation, will be given in the last volume.
*** The 36 Portraits of the Sovereigns may be had separately from the Work for £1. 108., or any single Portrait for 18. 6d.
OPINIONS ON THE CONTINUATION.
Mr. Hughes's undertaking was one of no mean difficulty : he has, bowever, executed his task in a way equally honorable to his understanding and his industry, and the result is an impartial and critical history of one of the most important epochs of ancient or modern times. We have been much pleased with the Preliminary Essay: it is able and discrimi. native, and is a very clear and elaborate, though concise account of the rise and progress of the European States' system; and also of the home, colonial, commercial, and military policy of its different kingdoms. The remarks on the science of government and on the state of parties are judicious and lucid ; and, on the whole, we may congratulate ourselves on having a history of the times to which it relates, and worthy also of tbe works of which it is a continuation.'Monthly Magazine.
"The author appears moderate and impartial as regards opinions : be seems to have sought after his facts and information with pains-taking industry, and to have combined his materials with sufficient skill; whilst his narrative carries us
smoothly and quietly along, without excitement, without weariness.'- Spectator.
The literary style of the Continuation is not unworthy of the celebrated men who have preceded the author in his labors : and as far as we have yet examined, we find a strict impartiality preserved in judging of characters and events.'-Kent Herald
*Mr. Hughes is a temperate, and, so far as we have been enabled to judge, an accurate historian : his History is just what such a history should be-clear, nervous, and singularly faithful in its details.'- Sun.
"A spirit of impartiality with respect to political opinions, candor and honesty in the statement of historical facts, and an earnest desire to throw every light on his subject which diligent research and patient investigation could afford, seem to be the leading characteristics of this work. Prefixed to the volume is a very copious dissertation on the then state of Europe, affording convincing proof of the deep and habitual attention which the author has paid to bis subject.'-Liverpool Courier.
Mr. Hughes has formed his style on the best historical models. It is nervous, concise, and perspicuous. It is far from being devoid of ornament; while the events are treated with candor and impartiality, and no attempt is made to conceal the causes that produced them, or the consequences that followed from them. The spirit in wbich the narrative is conceived is liberal, but not more so than might have been expected-nor more, perhaps, than a faithful picture of the times required. The first volume may be considered, what it professes to be, a just and proper continuation of the history of our country, as we have it from the pens of our best and most approved historians, Hume and Smollett.'--Stirling Journal.
This work, one of the most valuable publications in modern times, embraces a period immortalised by the development of the splendid talents of lord Chatham, and remarkable for the commencement of that unconstitutional policy which led to the separation of the North American colonies from the mother country. This portion of the History is preceded by a Preliminary Essay, which is a masterly sketch of the position of affairs, foreign and domestic ; and in which is reviewed with impartial fidelity the state of the whig and tory parties, their objects and views, at the time and antecedent to that change in the succession, which secured the throne of Britain to a protestant dynasty.'-Cambrian.
*As far as this volume extends, Mr. Hughes has amply fulfilled his excellent design. The style is easy, without being deficient in dignity; the political tone is in accordance with the best principles of government; and the most patient labor and research have been used to render the Continuation worthy of the two great historians with whose works it is connected. Its great cheapness we have frequently praised.'Hampshire Advertiser.
Mr. Hughes possesses the essential qualifications of impartiality and independence of judgment; and should he fulfil the promise of the first volume, his Continuation of Hume's and Smollett's Histories will permanently take its place beside these standard works, which deservedly hold a very high place in public esteem.'- Aberdeen Herald.
“We congratulate Mr. Valpy on the very excellent commencement which he has made of this desideratum in our literature. Mr. Hughes has executed his task as a gentleman and a scholar; and we look forward with much pleasure to the volumes which are to follow, and which will bring our historical annals to 1835: we shall thus have the first complete History of England presented to the British public,'York Chronicle.
OPINIONS ON THE HISTORY IN GENERAL.
We congratulate the public on the appearance of Valpy's History of England. In type, in binding, and in embellishments there is no room for complaint. The reading community has now the advantage of purchasing this work at as small a price, and in as elegant a form, both as economy and taste can wish. From the character that Mr. Hughes has in the literary world, we doubt not he will bear himself gallantly, and as beseemeth the impartial historian of the mightiest em. pire of the world.'—Metropolitan Magazine.
.We seldom can find space for any special notice of new works, but we honestly confess this appears so particularly to deserve it, that we cannot avoid most strongly and pointedly calling attention to it. The manner in which it is printed and got up demands the highest praise, and it is extremely agree. able to us to be able to recommend it in the warmest terms.' -John Bull.
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