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Opinions of the Press.

The Athenæum.

"A series of encyclopædical volumes, wherein a great quantity of information is to be condensed into a small compass, and arranged in a form the most convenient for frequent reference. Such a series will, when completed, form a valuable library of practical knowledge. The specimens we have already seen of these works, are such as do great credit to the publishers who formed the design, and to the authors who have executed the respective divisions. Loudon's Encyclopædia of Agriculture has now given proof of its value by a third edition; his Encyclopædia of Gardening is to be seen open on the table of every scientific gardener, and of every man who values his garden, from one end of this gardencovered island to the other-from the region of the heath to that of the myrtle ! M'Culloch's Dictionary of Commerce and Commercial Navigation is to be found in the library equally of the merchant and the man of general information. Of the Dictionary of Practical Medicine, by Dr. Copland, we heretofore expressed our approbation. Taken as a whole, and judging by the specimens already published, we consider this series of works to be one of the most valuable produced for many years; and we look forward to the publication of the Dictionary of Science, Literature, and Art, with confidence and special pleasure, as a work much wanted. None can conceive, who have not witnessed them, the difficulties encountered in the attempt to get up sterling substantial works of this kind; few are aware of the extent of knowledge, of reading, and of sustained effort, in collecting, writing out, and digesting such works."

The Statesman.

"The authors and publishers of most of the great Dictionaries and Encyclopædias that have hitherto appeared in this and other countries, have endeavoured to concentrate into a single work all the scattered elements of universal knowledge. But success in such an undertaking could not rationally be looked for; in such works it is uniformly found that those departments with which the editors and principal contributors are best acquainted, are treated at great length, and often with much care and research; while those equally important, and far more numerous, departments, with which they are less familiar, or in which they take less interest, are dispatched in a comparatively brief and slovenly manner. It is clear, too, that if all the various branches of human knowledge were treated in a single work, with that completeness which the interest attached to the greater number demands, it would be of the most gigantic dimensions, and could not be afforded, except at a price that would preclude the great bulk of readers from becoming its purchasers. We have, therefore, always approved of the valuable encyclopædias which have issued, or are in the course of publication, by Messrs. Longman. They seem to form a series of SPECIAL AND INDEPENDENT DICTIONARIES, each being the work of persons distinguished by their attention to, and proficiency in, the departments of which it treats. The advantages of this arrangement are obvious. Each subject must have the best chance of being well and carefully treated. The publication of a series of independent Dictionaries is farther advantageous, by its giving individuals the option of purchasing such only as they may have occasion for, without encumbering themselves with the others. The success of the works already published on this plan, shews that it has been fully approved of by the public."

AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF

RURAL SPORTS;

OR,

A Complete Account, Historical, Practical, and Descriptive, of Hunting, Shooting, Fishing, Racing, and other Field Sports and Athletic Amusements of the present day.

BY DELABERE P. BLAINE, ESQ.

Author of "Outlines of the Veterinary Art," "Canine Pathology," &c. &c. Illustrated by 600 Engravings on Wood, by R. Branston, from Drawings by Alken, T. Landseer, Dickes, &c. 50s. handsomely bound in fancy cloth, lettered.

EXTRACT FROM THE PREFACE.

"In offering to the public an Encyclopædia of Rural Sports,' the Publishers feel called upon to give some account of the origin of the work, the objects proposed to be accomplished, and the means employed to accomplish them.

"Its object is to treat of every variety of sporting, in the most enlarged sense of that word. The work is, in fact, devoted to the history, description, and explanation of those sports which permanently attach many thousands of English gentlemen to a country life, and induce others to hail with pleasure the annual return of those periods when the pursuits of fashion, or the urgent demands of absorbing business, are for a time forgotten, in the enjoyment of those delightful and healthful recreations which fit the body and mind for renewed exertion.

"It would be absurd, in the present day, to affect to pronounce any eulogy upon sporting. Even those who are not sportsmen admit that the pleasures of the field are, of all excitements, the most innocent and healthy; and the universal favour in which they have been held, from the earliest ages to the present, is no slight testimony in their behalf, nor slight justification of any attempt to regulate and render beneficial the pursuit of them.

"It is the characteristic of this age, that nothing can be done without receiving aid from science, and nothing that receives such aid fails to impart added stores of information to it in return. We have put off the belief that men can do any thing sufficiently well by the mere force of habit, and we insist on their knowing why they do a thing, and what are the various, and which the best modes of doing it. The sportsman by rote is but half a sportsman: his range of pleasure is confined by the want of knowledge, and even the things he sees can hardly be said to be observed by him, or to afford him any pleasure but that derived from having, by his skill, obtained possession of them. Knowledge, therefore, is sought by the sportsman, not only as a means of sporting well, but of sporting pleasurably. To facilitate the accomplishment of this, books of all sorts have been from time to time published on the subject of particular field sports; but something more complete than any of these works was required— something that should enable a sportsman of one class to understand and enjoy the sports of another class-something that should assist in giving perfection to all, by combining in one volume the knowledge peculiar to each.

"The plan of the work is to give the fullest information relating to every particular sport. It has, therefore, been formed into grand divisions; such, for instance, as that of HUNTING, with subdivisions, giving descriptions of the creatures hunted and the creatures used to hunt them, and of the means of rearing, preserving, and employing both. In this manner each particular division has been connected with the other so as to form a natural history of the animals in any way the objects or the instruments of the chase; and where artificial means have been employed in the sport, the division also comprehends the mechanical and chemical knowledge requisite for applying them in the best manner.

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