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A Complete Guide to the Almanack:
CONTAINING AN EXPLANATION
Saints' Days and Holidays;
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF BRITISH HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES,
IN EVERY MONTH;
COMPRISING REMARKS ON THE PHENOMENA OF THE CELESTIAL BODIES,
REFLECTIONS ON THE STARRY HEAVENS:
THE NATURALIST'S DIARY;
EXPLAINING THE VARIOUS
APPEARANCES IN THE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE KINGDOMS.
To which are prefixed
OUTLINES OF HISTORICAL AND PHYSICAL
An Introductory Poem on Flowers!
PRINTED FOR SHERWOOD, JONES, AND CO.,
DESCRIPTION of the FRONTISPIECE.
The FRONTISPIECE to our present Volume is engraved by Mr. CHARLES HEATH, from a Drawing by Mr. W. H. BROOKE, the composition of which reflects great credit on this Gentleman. It presents to our view a Medallion Portrait of CAPTAIN PARRY (of whom a memoir is given in pp. xlii-xlvi), supported by four figures emblematic of the four quarters of the globe, who are supposed to be in the act of raising the veil of concealment which has so long hung over the fate of this intrepid navigator; and whose return, in good health, has dispelled all our anxious fears respecting him; while the rays of light, beaming from behind the portrait, are seen to disperse those clouds of ignorance with which the Polar Regions have been so long enveloped.-The Vignette represents His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper in Winter Harbour, ice-bound and snowsurrounded: in this melancholy situation, not an object was to be seen on which the eye could long rest with pleasure;-it was the death-like stilness of the most dreary desolation, and the almost total absence of animated existence-a scene which will convey to the Reader some idea of the noble endurance of British seamen, during their weary sojourn in this inhospitable, bleak, and barren clime.
A limited number of PROOF IMPRESSIONS of the FRONTISPIECE has been taken off on Quarto Paper, which will serve as a Frontispiece to Captain Parry's Voyage, or for Framing.
'If the times are not better, still it must be owned that their Telescope is improving annually. Indeed, we think this little work deserves peculiar credit for its constant variety, whilst still preserving the original plan on which it started.-New Monthly Magazine, December 1822.
'We have now had the gratification of approving the design and execution of this useful annual work for ten succeeding years; and can safely assert that the present volume is inferior to none of its predecessors. Novelty has been so studiously considered, that each volume is almost entirely a new work. The poetical selections are numerous and judiciously introduced.'-Gentleman's Magazine, December 1822.
We are acquainted with no annual work which has united so many suffrages in its favour as Time's Telescope. The present publication does not derogate from the character of its predecessors, but is indeed an agreeable and instructive miscellany.'-Literary Gazette, December 7, 1822.
'This ingenious work is really worthy of public attention.'-John Bull, December 27, 1822.
'This publication will convey, to young persons of intelligence and education, much entertaining and useful information, without that corrupting admixture of unsound principles, or improper allusions, by which so large a portion of the current literature of our times is unhappily debased.'-Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, Jan. 1823.
'This is an entertaining and instructive annual work.'- -Courier, December 24, 1822.
We have often had occasion to notice the periodical appearance of this useful work in the variety and amusing quality of its contents, we know few works which can bear a comparison with Time's Telescope. We notice, with particular commendation, the poetical taste of the Editor, who has selected from the fugitive verses of the day many very beautiful and interesting specimens. The scientific department is got up with the same fidelity and cleverness which distinguished the former numbers of Time's Telescope.'-Monthly Magazine, Jan. 1823.
This is a very amusing book, and full of information on a variety of common-place topics, which people have in their mouths every day, and yet contrive to be profoundly ignorant of to the latest hour of their existence. History, antiquities, obsolete rites, biography, and a naturalist's diary, are only the prominent features of the work, which is as varied as it is amusing.'-Museum, June 7, 1823.
'The sustained excellence and improving reputation of this agreeable and highly useful series, afford a gratifying illustration of the extent, depth, and richness, of the resources of English literature; and of the sure reward which attends the exercise of industry and judgment in exploring them. The present volume fully supports the character of its predecessors; and saying this, we are not aware that we could give it a higher praise.'-St. James's Chronicle, December 10, 1822.