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The Assassins. A history of the Assassins, drawn from oriental sources, has appeared lately at Stuttgard. From this work we learn that the Assassins, a confederate people or society, which, in the time of the Crusades, for two centuries, acted an important part in Asiatic history, were originally a branch of the Ismaelites. The author, M. de Hammer, illustrates many of the events of the middle ages, and shews, at the same time, the advantageous use that might be made of oriental literature, if its cultivation were more generally attended to.

A number of convents having been suppressed in Poland, all their libraries have been removed to the University of Warsaw. In the same city, in the library of the Piarists, an Arabian astrolabe, made of copper, has been lately found. It is supposed to have been brought to Warsaw by some religious Piarists, who arrived thither from Spain in the year 1642. It pretty nearly resembles those which are in the cabinet of Kircher, at Rome, and in the observatory at Paris. M. Chiarmi, Professor of Oriental Languages in the University, rightly conceiving its importance for the history of letters, has made it the object of a dissertation presented to the Royal Institute of Sciences at Warsaw. Hipparchus, according to Pliny, was the inventor of the Astrolabe; Ptolemy and others, in succeeding ages, have laboured to bring it to perfec

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Russia. The University of Moscow is now rebuilt on a better plan, and in a style of greater magnificence than before the conflagration. The Emperor, besides his other bounties, has consigned the sum of 400,000 roubles for the erection of an hospital close to the University, for the purposes of a Clinical school, wherein at present, at this charge,are 200 medical students, besides others intended for the Academy of Chirurgery. The new cabinet of natural history is progressively augmenting, under the assiduous direction of Professor Fischer. During the two last years, the collection has acquired a number of minerals, conchites, and birds, with the rich herbary of Dr Trinius.

Greece.-M. Koumas, first professor in the Great College at Smyrna, and distinguished by his learning among the Greeks, has just published, at Vienna, the two last volumes of his "Course of Philosophy." The whole work is a methodical abstract of all the best compositions of the German philosophers. Its object is to instruct the Greeks in modern philosophy, and its circulation is likely to be very considerable.

The printing-office established at Chios has commenced its operations, and is now in full activity. Its first production is an

excellent discourse of M. the Professor Bambas, read the year before last, at the opening of the course of the Great College of Chios. This discourse is so elegant in its typography that it might seem to come from the presses of Paris or London. This office will gradually spread, throughout Greece, a number of valuable works, that may contribute to the regeneration of this once classical land.

A college on a large scale is about to be founded at Zigori, in the province of Epirus. The voluntary donations for this establishment amount already to 60,000 francs. M. Neophytos Doucas, a learned Greek ecclesiastic, has contributed himself the sum of 10,000 francs.

Egypt. On the subject of subterranean researches for antiquities in Egypt, we learn from recent advices, that the objects disinterred hitherto are very inconsiderable, in comparison with what remain to be discovered. A rivalship exists between the Arab inhabitants and the Europeans, as to the art of successfully excavating the mountains of sand, wherein have been buried, for ages, the porticoes, buildings, and subterraneous galleries of every description. The Arabs have pierced into the earth to the depth of several fathoms, and are continually collecting vases, mummies, and other remains of antiquity; and, though ignorant enough in other matters, can now distinguish objects that are rare and in good preservation, from others of an ordinary sort. The Arabs of Gournon are zealously attached to this occupation; so much so, that, considering the address with which they execute these labours, it is thought the Europeans will have no occasion to undertake them, but for money may procure whatever the bowels of the earth shall disclose.

Chinese Literature.-Letters from Canton report the successful prosecution of Mr Morrison's labours in the printing of his Chinese Dictionary. The second part was begun in April 1811: this volume consists of a thousand printed pages, in 4to, and contains above 12,000 Chinese characters, the most in use, with numerous examples. In Feb. 1819, 600 pages, comprising near 8000 characters, were completed. The printing of all the volumes of this important work will occupy a space of hardly less than ten years.

It appears that an official gazette is pub lished in China, which is considered as the organ of government in every matter connected with the religion, laws, manners, and customs of the country. In its plan, it totally differs from the gazettes of Europe, wherein articles of a miscellaneous description are inserted for money. No article appears in the gazette of China, which has not first been submitted to the inspection of the emperor, and having received his ap

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probation, not a syllable can be added to it. A deviation from this rule would incur a severe punishment.

Compressibility of Water.-Mr Perkins, the ingenious inventor of the siderographic process of engraving, appears to have ascertained that water is compressible in a much greater degree than it appeared to be from the experiments of Canton and Zimmerman. "Having filled a cylinder, three feet long and four inches diameter, with water, into which a rod or piston was passed through a stuffing box, and having a sliding ring upon the rod, the whole was lowered 500 fathoms into the sea, when it appeared, by the situation of the sliding ring, that the column of water which pressed upon the piston had sunk it so as to have compress

LONDON.

MR CHARLES MILLS, author of the History of the Crusades, is engaged in preparing for publication, Travels in Europe, during the Pontificate of Leo the Tenth,--a work similar in plan, but different in subject, to the Abbé Barthelemi's Travels of Anacharsis.

WORKS PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION.

Letters written for the Post and not for the Press, small 8vo, will speedily ap pear.

Mrs Graham, author of an Account of a Residence in India, is now publishing an Account of a Residence during Three Months in the Mountainous Country East of Rome, with engravings of the Banditti and Peasantry of the Country.

The author of the "Widow of Nain" intends shortly to publish a new poem, under the title of The Outlaw of Taurus-to which will be appended a few specimens of a free translation of the "Edipus Colonos" of Sophocles.

A translation is printing of Travels in England, Wales, and Scotland, in the year 1816, by Dr Spiker, Librarian to his Majesty the King of Prussia.

ed the water one hundredth part of its bulk The same apparatus was placed in a cannon filled with water, and secured very tight, when a pressure equal to 500 fathoms was forced in by means of the hydraulic press, and the same results as in the experiment in the ocean took place."Journal of Arts.

Capt. Prior is printing in one volume, with one hundred Engravings, Narratives of all the Voyages round the World, from Magellan to Kotzebue. Such a volume must at once be interesting and popular.

A Comic Poem is preparing for the press, on the Royal Coronation Claims, by J. Bisset, Esq. author of The Descriptive Guide of Leamington Priors, &c. &c.

A Biographical Class-Book is announced, on the plan of Blair's well known General Class-Book. It will consist of 365 lives of eminent men, from Homer to Grattan.

Speedily will be published, Popular Observations on Regimen and Diet.

New South Wales.At Sydney, in New South Wales, there are, at present, three public journals, and five other periodical publications. A second printing office has also been established lately at Port Jackson. They now export cattle to the Isle of France, and the market at Sydney is con. sidered as plentiful in the different com modities of Europe, as well as of India and China.

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8vo, with sixteen engravings. This work is undertaken for the purpose of giving a succinct, and, as far as possible, a popular view of the new System of Philosophy, and of furnishing the Student with the means of satisfying himself of its truth by instructing him in the art of observing.

Elements of Geometry and Plane Trigonometry; by John Leslie, Esq. formerly Professor of Mathematics, and now of Natural Philosophy, in the University of Edinburgh. Fourth edition enlarged and improved.

Geometrical Analysis, and the Geo

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Biographia Curiosa; or, Memoirs of Remarkable Characters of the Reign of George the Third. No. I. and II. 2s. 6d. each.

Life of President West; by John Galt. 8vo. 14s. boards-Part 2 separate. boards.

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Memoirs of Grenville Sharpe; by Prince Hoare.

The Authentic Life of Augustus Von Kotzebue, from the German. 7s.

Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. No. I. written by himself. 1s.

BOTANY.

metry of Curve Lines; by Professor Leslie. 1 large vol. 8vo.

Elements of Natural Philosophy; by Professor Leslie. 3 vols. 8vo.

Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Vol. IX. Part I. 4to.

The Poems of Alexander Montgomerie, Author of the Cherrie and the Slae. With a Prefatory Memoir and a Glossary.

The Elements of Algebra in Theory and Practice, containing all the host useful Modern Improvements in the Science; by Robert Sharp, Teacher of Mathematics in Edinburgh.1 vol. 8vo.

Rosarum Monographia; or, a Botanical History of Roses; by John Lindley, Esq. F.L.S. 16s. plain-21s. coloured.

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Catalogue of Plants cultivated in the neighbourhood of London; by R. Sweet, F.L.S. 18s. boards.

CHRONOLOGY.

Chronological Tables of Universal History, brought down to the end of the reign of George III.; by Major James Bell. royal folio. L. 1, 10s. half bound.

CLASSICS.

R. Porsoni Notæ in Aristophanem, quibus Plutum Comediam, partim ex ejusdem Recensione, partim e Manuscriptis emendatam et variis Lectionibus instructam præmisit et Collationum Appendicem Adjecit P. P. Dobree. L. 2, 2s. Imp. 8vo. L. 1, 1s. med. 8vo.

DRAMA.

New Sacred Dramas, for young Persons. 8vo. 7s. 6d. bds.

Ricciarda, Tragedia, di Ugo Foscolo. 8vo. 7s. 6d.

Virginius; a Tragedy, by James Sheridan Knowles, Esq. 3s. 6d.

An Analysis of the Tragedy of Faust, in illustration of the outlines, and printed uniform with them. 6s.-large paper 8s. Too late for Dinner. 8vo. 2s. 6d. EDUCATION.

The Ladies' Arithmetic; by Morrison. 18mo. 3s. 6d. half bound.

The Practice of Drawing and Painting Landscape, from Nature, in water colours; by F. Nicholson. 4to. L. 1, 1s. bds.

Dialogues, chiefly intended to assist in forming the Morals and Taste of Young Persons in the Middle Ranks of Life; by the Rev. J. Bowden. 12mo. 5s. bds.

A New Method of Studying the French Language, by the aid of which it may be learned at Home, without a master, in the course of three or four months. 2 vols. 12mo. 10s. sewed.

FINE ARTS.

Retch's Series of Outlines to Goethe's Tragedy of Faust, engraved from the Ori."

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Pia Della Pietra; a Tale; by the Hon. Wm. Herbert Clerc. 8vo. 3s. 6d.

Pick's Annual Racing Calendar. 7s. The Improvement of English Roads urged, during the existing dearth of employment for the poor. 8vo. 2s.

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Gwelygordd; or, the Child of Sin; a Tale; by the Rev. Charles Lucas, author of the Infernal Quixote. 3 vols. 16s. bds.

Tragic Tales; by Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart. 2 vols. 12mo. 10s. bds.

Warbeck of Wolfstein; by Miss Holford. 3 vols. 24s.

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Laura; a Tale; by Mrs H. Woodcock. 8vo.

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Select Works of the British Poets, with Biographical and Critical Prefaces; by Dr Aikin. 18s. bds.

The Fudge Family in Edinburgh. 5s. Advice to Julia; a Letter in Rhyme. foolscap 8vo. 7s. 6d.

The Picturesque Tour of Dr Syntax, No. VI. of Vol. II. 2s. 6d.

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Travels in Sicily, Greece and Albania; by the Rev. T. S. Hughes, Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Illustrated with Engravings of Maps, Scenery, Plans, &c. 2 vols. 4to. L. 5, 5s.

No. IV. Vol. III. of the Modern Voyages and Travels, contains Graham's Travels through Portugal and Spain, with numerous engravings. 3s. 6d. sewed-4s.

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Journal of a Tour in Greece, Egypt, and the Holy Land; with Excursions to the River Jordan, and along the Banks of the Red Sea to Mount Sinai; by William Turner, many plates. 3 vols. 8vo. L. 3, 3s.

Sketches, Descriptive of Italy, 1817 and 1818; with a brief Account of Travels in various parts of France and Switzerland. 4 vols. 8vo. L. 1, 12s.

Travels in various Countries of the East; being a continuation of Memoirs relating to European and Asiatic Turkey, &c.; by Robert Walpole, M. A. 4to. L. 3, 3s.

Journal of a Tour in the Levant; by Wm. Turner. 3 vols. 8vo. with 54 coloured plates, maps, &c. L. 3, 3s.

A Narrative of a Journey into Persia and Residence at Teheran; containing a Descriptive Itinerary from Constantinople to the Persian Capital; from the French of M. Tancoigne. 12s. bds.

A Voyage to Africa: with some Account of the Manners and Customs of the Dahomian People; by John M'Leod, M. D. 5s. 6d.

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The Spirit of the Gospel of Jesus unfolded, in a systematic arrangement of the Evangelical Records; by the Rev. W. B. Smith and John Fairbairn. 12mo. 5s. boards.

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Historical Account of Discoveries and Travels in Asia, from the earliest ages to the prssent time; by Hugh Murray, F. R. S. E. Author of Historical Account of Discoveries in Africa. 3 vols. 8vo. L. 2, 2s. boards.

The Christian and Civic Economy of Large Towns; by Thomas Chalmers, D.D.

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