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HISTORY OF

THE PROPHET DANIEL,

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CHILDREN MAY BE WISE;

OR,

THE HISTORY OF SAMUEL.


EFORE the clays of David and Solomon, there dwelt in the city of Ramah, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem, a man whose name was Elcanah.

He had a wife named Hannah, whom he loved very much, but she was not happy, because she had no children. So Hannah went to Shiloh, to the Holy Temple, prayed earnestly for a son, and made a vow that, if her prayer should be granted, the child should be

devoted to the service of the Lord, in that Temple.

And the Lord granted her prayer, for Hannah soon afterwards had a son, whom she named Samuel; and, according to her vow, she took him, while still an infant, to Shiloh, and left him in the care of Eli, the High Priest, that he might be brought up to the service of God in the Temple. Eli saw he was one of the Lord’s chosen Prophets; and when he was only twelve years old, permitted him to wear the Ephod, a long robe, worn by the priests, made of fine linen, embroidered with gold and many colours; and Eli must have had a very high opinion of Samuel’s goodness, to let him put on this dress while he was so young.

Now at this time there was no king of Israel, but the chief rulers were called Judges, and Eli was Judge, as well as High Priest. He had two sons, who were very wicked young men, and cared not for breaking the commandments of the Lord; so God was displeased with Eli, because he was too indulgent to his bad sons. But God loved Samuel, because he was good, and although lie was yet a child, made choice of him to reveal His will to Eli, the High Priest.

One night, when Samuel had laid down to sleep, the Lord called him, and said, Samuel! Samuel! on which he arose and went to Eli, thinking it was he who called; but Eli said he had not spoken, and bade him lie down again.

Now Samuel heard the voice twice again, and each time went to Eli, who perceived that it was the Lord who had spoken, and said, that if he heard it again, he must say, “ Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.” Again the Lord called, “ Samuel,” and he answered, as Eli had bade him, “ Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.”

Then God declared unto Samuel that He was about to bring a heavy judgment upon the house of Eli, on account of the wickedness of his sons, and his own sinful conduct in not punishing them; by which we may see that, in the sight of God, it is as bad to allow others to do wrong, if we can prevent it, as to do wrong ourselves.

When Samuel arose in the morn-10 .

ing, he feared to tell Eli what he had heard, lest he should grieve him; but Eli said, “ I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that He said unto thee.”

Then Samuel told him all that God had spoken : and Eli said, “ It is the Lord ; let Him do what seemeth Him good.”

From that time, Samuel was known to be a Prophet of the Lord; and all the people respected him.

The Israelites were, at this period of their history, under the dominion of the Philistines, a powerful nation, to whom they were forced to pay tribute; and this misfortune had fallen upon

themsome years before, in consequence

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of their disobedience to God, who, as a punishment, had permitted the Philistines to conquer them, and hold them in subjection. But they often went to war with their conquerors, in the hope of recovering their freedom, for it was a grievous burthen to be obliged to give to the Philistines, every year a portion of their flocks and herds, and corn and wine, as tribute.

Now it happened, at one of these revolts, that the battle was lost, the two sons of Eli were slain, and the sacred Ark of God was taken by the enemy. And thus was fulfilled the judgment which the Lord had threatened to bring upon the house of Eli, who died of grief on hearing the news. The Philistines kept the Ark among

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them for seven months, during which they were afflicted with severe plagues ; so that at last they restored it to the Israelites, and then the plagues left them.

The Israelites were overjoyed at the recovery of the Ark, for they saw God had not quite deserted them ; and then Samuel, who had succeeded to Eli, as High Priest and Judge of Israel, exhorted them to obey and serve the Lord with all their hearts, and to do right, when God would surely deliver them from the Philistines. So the people listened to Samuel, and kept the commandments, and did what was right in the sight of God; so Samuel prayed for them ; and God gave them a great

victory over the Philistines, by which

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they were delivered from the power of that people, after having been in subjection forty years.

Samuel was a wise and upright judge over Israel, till he grew very old, when he made his sons judges in his stead; but they ruled so unjustly, that the elders of Ihe people went to Samuel, and begged he would appoint a king to govern them. Samuel was much grieved at this request, and prayed to the Lord to instruct him what he should do; and God bad^him warn the people, that if they were not content with their form of government, they would have reason to repent it; for their kings would oppress them, and make their sons serve as soldiers, and take tithes

of all they possessed. The tithe, or

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tenth part, was a tax exacted by the sovereigns in the east; for they had absolute power, and often forced their subjects to give them a great deal more than was their right. Samuel, therefore, represented all this to the people, but they persisted in their desire ; on which Samuel told them that the Lord would grant their petition ; and they went away satisfied.

Then the voice of the Lord came to Samuel, telling him that on a certain day and hour He would send to his house the person who was to be made king; so Samuel, acting according to the word of the Lord, made a sacrifice, and invited many guests to supper.

Samuel was then living at Ramah, his native city; and when the apis

pointed time drew near, he went to sit on the house-top to watch for the coming of the stranger, for the houses in that country are made with flat roofs, on which people can walk out to take the air, and where they sleep in very hot weather.

Now God had caused it to happen thus:—

There was a certain rich man, of the tribe of Benjamin, who had a son named Saul, a young man remarkable for his understanding and his fine person. The father having lost some asses, sent Saul with a servant to seek them, and, during the search, they came to Ramah, and hearing there was a great Prophet in that city, they

determined to ask him where they

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should find the animals they were seeking-

It was exactly the time the Lord had appointed for his coming; and Samuel, sitting on the top of his house, saw him approach, and knew he was the man God had commanded him to appoint King of Israel; so he went out to meet him, and led him into his house, and gave him the highest place at the table.

The next day, Samuel told him it was the will of God that he should be King of Israel. And he took him to a place where the people were assembled, and having summoned all the tribes, presented Saul to them as the man appointed to reign over them; on which “all the people shouted, and said, God save the King.”

Saul entrusted the government almost entirely to Samuel, whilst he raised large armies, and led them to fight against the Philistines and other nations. But he disobeyed God in many instances, for which Samuel reproved him, and told him that God would surely take away the kingdom, and give it to another, if he persisted in his disobedience. Saul often promised to amend, but did not; and at last God commanded Samuel to go to Bethlehem, and choose a king saying, “ I will send thee to Jesse, the Betli-lehemite, for I have provided me a king among his sons.”

Now Jesse was the grandson of Ruth, the kind and dutiful daughter-in-law of Naomi, whose pleasing his-

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tory perhaps you have read; and he whom God had chosen to be Kino- of

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Israel, was David, the youngest son of Jesse.

Samuel was grieved for Saul, but he did as the Lord commanded him ; and in the course of time David became king, as you will find on reading his history. But Samuel died before this came to pass, while Saul was yet king; and all tiie people mourned for him as if he had been their father.

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HISTORY OF DAVID.


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vid was once a shepherd boy, and kept his father's flocks. His father, Jesse, who lived at Bethlehem, was the grandson of Ruth and Boaz, and had several sons, of whom David was the youngest. Saul was then King of Israel; and if you have read the story of Samuel, you know the wonderful manner in which he was raised to that high dignity; but the

elevation of David is no less remarkable, for he was chosen, by God himself, to be the successor of Saul, while he was but a youth; and although the king hated and persecuted him for many years, and often sought his life, he was preserved by that Great Power whom he loved and served with all his heart. I am going to relate his history.

King Saul had often offended the Lord, by disobeying his commands; so at last God desired the Prophet Samuel to take the holy oil with which he had anointed Saul, and go to Bethlehem, and anoint one of the sons of Jesse, that he might thereby receive the grace of God, and become King, after Saul.

Samuel went to Bethlehem, and made a sacrifice, to which he invited Jesse and all his family; but Jesse did not bring his youngest son, because he was tending the sheep. Samuel at first thought it was the eldest son that was chosen, for he was very tall and handsome; but God said, “ Look not on his countenance, nor the height of his stature; for the Lord seetli not as man seetli; for man look-eth on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” Each of the young men then passed before Samuel, who found the Lord rejected them all; and then he asked Jesse if he had any more sons, to which he replied, he had one more, who was with the sheep. Samuel desired that

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he should be sent for, so David came to the feast; and the Lord said to Samuel, “ Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Samuel poured the holy oil on the head of David, and told him how he had found favour in the sight of God; and exhorted him to keep the commandments, and to obey the Lord in all things; and when he had given him a great deal of good advice, he went away to his own home.

Now, at this time, Saul was a great and powerful monarch, and had several sons, so that it was natural to suppose the kingdom would come to one of them, after his death; but we see that God had willed it otherwise, and we shall find, in time, how He caused it to come to pass.

When Samuel anointed David with (lie holy oil, the Spirit of God came upon him, so that he was enabled to prophecy; but, at the same time, that Holy Spirit left Saul, who became subject to fits of madness, which reduced him to a melancholy state. The physicians declared that the best remedy for these fits was to get a skilful musician to play on the harp and sing hymns to him, to soothe and quiet his mind ; on which some one said that a man at Bethlehem, named Jesse, had a son, who could play and sing well, and was also brave in war; so the kin" sent to Jesse to desire him to send his son David to the palace, which was at Gibeah, Saul’s native place, about five miles from Jerusalem.

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Thus David was introduced to the court of Saul, who, at first, was very fond of him, and delighted in his music; but something soon occurred to make him jealous of the youth, and then his heart changed towards him.

The Philistines brought a great army against the Israelites, and Saul prepared to give them battle; but when the two armies were encamped on the heights, with a valley between them, a Philistine, of great size, named Goliath, who wore armour of brass, and carried a spear and lance of immense weight, came forward to challenge any one of the king’s army to fight with him, and so decide the quarrel by single combat, instead of

sacrificing the lives of thousands, by a general battle.

But no one dared to fight with this giant,’till David, who had been home to his father, came back and said that he would accept the challenge, if the king would permit him to do so.

Every body wondered at his boldness, for he was but a slight-made youth; and even Saul was unwilling to let him risk his life in a combat so unequal; but David said he knew God would assist him, and told how he had, with God’s assistance, slain a lien and a bear that had attacked his flocks. Then Saul consented, and would have given him his own armour, but David said he should fight better without it;

so, taking a few stones in a bag. and a

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sling, lie went out to meet the giant, who laughed at him, and said he would soon make him food for the birds.

David listened quietly to his threats, and then said. “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield ; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” Having said these words he slung a stone at the giant, which went through his forehead to his brain, and he fell; on which David took his sword from him, and cut off his head.

The Israelites thus gained the victory through David’s courage, and the people began to think very highly of

him; but Saul was jealous, because,

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as David returned from the victory, the women came out of the cities with instruments of music in their hands, dancing and singing, as was the custom, in those countries, on any joyful occasion. They sang in praise of Saul and David, saying, “ Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”

“ Now these words made the King angry, and he hated David from that moment, and would have put him to death, but he was afraid, because the people loved him. However, he made him Captain of his armies, and sent him on dangerous expeditions, hoping he would get killed, but God took care of him, so that he came to no harm.

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Jonathan, the King’s son, who many times saved him from his father’s violence. One clay, when David was playing on his harp : the King, being in one of his fits of frenzy, threw a javelin at him ; on which David, seeing he wanted to take his life, fled to Ramah, to the prophet Samuel, who sheltered him in the Naioth, or College of Prophets, a kind of monastery where holy men resided. But Saul found him out, and pursued him from place to place, for a long time: yet David showed the nobleness of his disposition, by twice refraining from killing the King, when he happened to fall into his power; saying, that it would be wicked to kill one whom God had made king; and that the

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Lord would choose his own time to punish him for his sins.

At last, Saul and his sons were killed in battle, and David was soon afterwards chosen King of Israel; and thus was fulfilled what the Lord had said to Samuel, the prophet, “ I will send thee to Jesse, the Bethlehemite, for I have provided me a king among his sons.”

Some time after David became king, he took Jerusalem from the Jebusites, and rebuilt the city, which he made his capital, and erected a splendid palace for his abode. He did not, in his prosperity, forget those who had been kind to him in adversity; but knowing that Jonathan had left a son who

was lame, he took pains to find him

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out, and made him live with him, and gave him the lands that had belonged to Saul’s father. David had many wars with different nations, and some of the beautiful Psalms that he composed, were to praise God for his victories, but others wrere written in affliction ; for although he was a very good man, he sometimes did wrong, and God never failed to punish him, by afflicting him with some calamity. Then David always humbled himself before the Lord, and prayed for forgiveness ; and if you read the Psalms, you will find that he was always submissive to the will of God, and was grateful for all the blessings he enjoyed.

David had reigned forty years, when

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he died, at an advanced age, leaving the kingdom to his son Solomon, who was the wisest and greatest of all the kings of Israel, and built the magnificent Temple at Jerusalem, which was planned and had been began by his father.


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THE PROPHET DANIEL;

OR, THE

CAPTIVES OF JUDAII.


FTER the death of King Solomon, the kingdom of Israel became divided into two kingdoms, as related in the story of “ THE DISOBEDIENT PROPHET.” The larger kingdom was still called Israel; the smaller one, Judah; and the capital of the latter was Jerusalem.

The kings of Israel were very wicked, and taught the people to worship false gods; so that the whole nation fell into

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idolatry, and paid no attention to the Prophets, who constantly told them that God would cause some great calamity to fall upon them, if they persisted in their evil ways. At length it happened, as the Prophets had foretold ; for God suffered the kingdom to be conquered by the Assyrians, who obliged all the Israelites to remove into Medea and Persia, while they sent colonies of strangers to settle in the country ; and the descendants of these people were called Samaritans.

Thus ten of the twelve tribes of Israel were scattered abroad, and the smaller kingdom of Judah, consisting of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, was all that remained to the Jews; but this kingdom gained new

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strength and power from the number of fugitives from Israel that sought refuge there among their brethren.

But the people of Judah fell into the same sins that had brought so sad a punishment on the Israelites; so the Lord said, “ I will remove Judah, also, out of my sight, as I have removed Israel; and will east oil* this city, Jerusalem, which 1 have chosen, and the house of which l said, My name shall be there.”

Accordingly, God permitted Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, to lay siege to Jerusalem. The city was taken, and partly burned down ; the beautiful temple of King Solomon, the house of which God said, “My name shall be there,” was plundered

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Jerusalem burned by Nebuchadnezzar, and the nobles carried away into captivity,

and destroyed; and all the rich and noble were carried away into captivity. This event happened about four hundred years after the death of Solomon, and nearly six hundred years before the birth of our Saviour. The poor people were left to cultivate the land, and rulers were appointed over them; but they had to pay a yearly tribute to their conquerors, who considered them in the light of slaves.

Among the captives that were carried to Babylon, was a youth, named Daniel, who belonged, it is supposed, to the royal family; and he was one of those selected to be educated at the court of Babylon, to fit them for the future service of the king, who, being desirous to make them strong and

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healthy, sent them every clay, meat and wine from his own table. Daniel and three of his companions were especially favoured, because they were very handsome, and remarkably clever, so that they learned quickly whatever was taught them.

Now, these youths were wise enough to know that it is better, both for the mind and body, to live on simple fare, than on the rich viands that were provided for them; so they persuaded the chief officer in whose care they were placed, to give them more simple food, and let them drink water instead of wine; and owing to this temperate way of living, they made greater progress in learning than those who be-

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came chill and heavy by indulging in richer fare.

Daniel did not trust in his own abilities, but constantly prayed to the Lord to make him good and wise, and God made choice of him, as he had chosen Samuel, in former times, to be one of his great prophets, and gave him the power of foretelling future events. Now, in these days, there were many who pretended to this sort of wisdom, but none really possessed it except those who were inspired by God himself.

It happened that Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, which caused him great uneasiness ; so he sent for all the astrologers, or wise men of Babylon, to

tell him its meaning; but as he had

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forgotten a part of it, he required them to tell him the dream, also, which they could not do. This made the King angry, and lie commanded that all persons belonging to the class called wise men, which meant astrologers,

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should be put to death.

Now Daniel and his three companions had studied this kind of learning, so they were included in the order; but Daniel trusted that the Lord would deliver them from this great danger, and prayed earnestly that they might be saved.

God never fails to help those who trust in Him with all their hearts. He listened to Daniel’s prayer, and, in his sleep, sent him a vision, shewing him the King’s dream, and also its in-

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terpretation or meaning. Daniel arose in the morning with a glad heart, and having given thanks to God, lie desired to be taken before the King, that he might interpret his dream. Then lie told Nebuchadnezzar what he had dreamed, and explained its meaning to him. And the king saw that his knowledge was given him by a divine power, so he bestowed great honours upon him, and made him the chief ruler of the city; and “ Daniel sat in the gate of the King.” The King’s Gate was the court at the entrance of the palace, where the judges and elders used to sit, every day, to administer justice; so that to sit in the King’s Gate was a sign that a person

was of high rank and importance.

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Daniel continued to be the chief ruler of Babylon, till file death of Nebuchadnezzar, when he probably retired from the court, and lived in private, as he is not spoken of again for some years, when he re-appeared on a very remarkable occasion.

Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar, who was then king, had invited his nobles to a grand entertain-merit, and being heated with wine, began to talk in a very wicked manner, and “ to take the name of the Lord in vain: And lie sent for the sacred vessels his father had taken from the Temple, at Jerusalem, to drink out of them, which he did with profane and impious expressions. But what was

his dismay, when casting his eyes on

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the wall, he saw a hand appear, and write some words thereon, which he did not understand. He called for the wise men of the court, but none of them could interpret the writing, which was in a strange language. Then the queen mother advised him to send for Daniel, who came and declared the mysterious words to signify that Belshazzar, for his wickedness, was on the point of losing his kingdom.

And so it happened, for that very night the city was attacked and taken by the Medes and Persians, and the King was slain.

After this, Daniel was limh in favour with the Persian monarch, Darius, who greatly esteemed him for his wisdom and goodness, and made him

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ruler over the provinces. Then bad men envied him, and laid a plot for his destruction, They knew it was his custom to pray, three times a-day; so they asked the King to issue a decree, that, for the space of thirty days, no one should make a petition to the gods, on pain of being cast into the den of lions; a punishment which, it seems, had been lately instituted.

Darius, not suspecting their wicked design, granted their request; but when they came and accused Daniel of praying to his God, as usual, he was very sorry, for he had no power to alter his decree, as that would have been contrary to the laws of the Medes and Persians. So Daniel was cast into the den, and a great stone was put over the mouth of it.

He was left there all night; and early in the morning, Darius went to the den, feeling some hope that God might have preserved so good a man; and great was his joy, when the stone was removed, to find that lie was alive and unhurt. He then gave orders that his accusers should be brought and thrown into the den; when the lions instantly tore them to pieces.

Daniel was, from that time, treated with great honour and respect by the Persian kings, and lived to an extreme old age, in peace and prosperity.

The history of Daniel bears a great resemblance to that of Joseph, and both serve to show the advantage of keeping strictly to the paths of temperance, piety, and virtue.



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All parents and teachers must be conscious of the importance of making sacred History a part of the daiijr studies of their children and pupils. It is a duty they owe both to God and man, to implant the seeds of Scriptural Knowledge m the minds of those committed to their charge, without which all other learning is vara and profitless, conducing little to the fature happiness of the young student; so certain is it that nothing can tend to do good that is not based upon the principles of true religion. The best and surest foundation for & Christian education is an early acquaintance with the Scriptures, which, as regards children, is not to be gained by reading the Sacred Volt m? alone; therefore, a good summary of Bible History cannot fail to be useful as a preparation for such reading; and with that view the present volume was designed by the Authoress, whose ability as ft historian for the school-room has long been felt and acknowledged.

Biblical literature has reached a high standard in these enlightened times; and it is desirable that our school books should keep pace with the increasing knowledge of the age. Miss Corner’s Scrifturk History contains, in a series of Qaestions and Answers, a condensed) narrative of the events recorded in the Bible; elucidated by much useful information oa various subjects connected with the history of God’s chosen peopJc; their peculiar customs and industrial pursuits p descriptive notices of the chief places mentioned in Holy Writ; natural productions, srts, commerce, sources of wealth, and many other interesting particulum tending to make the reading of the Bible a delightful, instead of a laborious task, to young people.

As some evidence of the merit of the work, and its fitness for the-pnrpose of instruction, the Publishers subjoin an extract of a letter from Dr. John Kitty', who, at their request, undertook the revision of the MS.

“The Authoress has shown great skill anti judgment in the condensation of large statements, and in selling the really salient points of the subject before her. This is a rare and difticuli art, bat not always appreciated, because its indications are gives not more by the details that nre selected, than by those that arc passed over. This, however, will be better understood in the present case than in roost others, the full History thus condensed being so familiar to the public mind.”

THE

Church of England Catechism explained. BY THE REV. R. MONTGOMERY.

With Scriftvrh Proofs, for Schools and Families. Price 3d. Demy 18mo., 73 pp.

A Larokb Edition, with Supplement on the 39 Articles, Homiliesy Prayers, &c.    144 pp. is. bound in doth.

liev. It. Montgomery’s Christian Poetry,

For School anii 'Family Ur*.

Being a Selection of the Rkv. Bobkrt Montoomkry’s Poxms., suitable lor Sunday Reading and Recitation. By Edward Farr, E§u-> Author of ** Select Poetry.” Collected and Edited for the Plrur Society. Price 2s. fid. Cloth, gilt.

** Very suitable for a Prize Book..**

Price Sa. 6d., profustij Illustrate,

BY ALFRED CROWQUILl AND JAMES NORTHCOTE, ESQS.

Imperial Square l6mo., doth, lettered, gilt,

MISS CORNER’S FABLES

FOR THE YOUNG.

«« Truly a book worth buying."

CORNER'S

HISTORICAL LIBRARY,

FOR YOUTH, SCHOOLS, AND FAMILIES}

PUBLISHED BY DEAN & SON, 31, LUDGATE HILL, LONDON,

COMPRISING

A COMPLETE HISTORY OF EVERY NATION IN EUROPE,

Uniformly printed, with IUustrntiuns from Historical Subjects, ele-pantty engranen on Sleet, from dempns bp Franklin, Jones, and John Gilbert i and an Accurate Map to each Volume-, well bound in cloth, lettered -,

COMMENCING WITH THE EARLIEST PERIOD OF AUTHENTIC RECORD, AND BROUGHT DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME:

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NATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS, AND DOMESTIC HABITS, OF THE PEOPLE.

BY MISS CORNER,

Author of ** Questions on the History of Europe*' a S&quel to Hangnail*s Historical Questions, flrc. $c.

Tub object of these Works,—peculiarly suited to Schools and Families,—ie to furnish the reader with a faithful History of each Nation, interspersing it with an accurate account of the religion, laws, customs, national characteristics, and domestic halnts, of the people, in the various periods of their History.

In writing these elementary treatises, one especial object has been kept in view —that of adapting them to the capacities of young people and occasional readers: by this means, while they embrace information and entertainment for all, they attract the rising generation, by simplicity of language, and clearness of detail, and render co ~ patatively easy the attainment of a knowledge of the leading events of History.

The many high encomiums awarded to these works by the Public Press, and the very considerable acceptance they have met with in Schools and Families, are proofs that the efforts of the Author to render historical knowledge pleasing, and easy of attainment, arc not unappreciated by those to whom the care of the rising generation is intrusted.

THE HISTORICAL LIBRARY,

BY MISS CORNER, COMPRISE THE FOLLOWING :

Corner’s History of England; SJrdThou.wd.

A New Edition; with Chronological Table; 31s£ Thousand; 3*. 6d. cloth, lettered; or bound up-with Questions on the History, 4r.

Illustrated with a Map, and five Historical Engravings,— Rowena presenting wine to Vortigern. 2. King Johi> signing Magna Charta. 3i Henry VII. proclaimed at the Battle of Bos worth Field. 4. Oliver Cromwell dissolving, the long Parliament. 5. Coronation of Queen Victoria— the Peers rendering Homage.

44 It is important that history meant for young Englishmen should be free from political poison, and this book will be found unexceptionable on this score."—British Banner.

44 We have much pleasure in statin* that this book is in another new edition, and its merits deserve it; it is well written, and admirably adapted for a school or reward book."—Academic and Collegiate Circular.

"Mias Comer's England and Wales, we perceive, has just reached another now edition, in which the addition of the chronological tabic will be a great desideratum t the work is well written, and is equally adapted for a school, or, indeed, a gift book."— Bent's Literari Advertiser.

44 We know no histories more likely to prove useful and agreeable in the instruction of children."—Britannia.

" The style of the book throughout renders it worthy of the support it has secured.”—Oospel Slogan me

44 Miss Corner has chosen her epochs skilfully, and sketched them in a manner to make an adequate impression.”—Literary Gae»tte.

Corner’s History of Ireland;

New Edition; with Chronological Table; 8th Thousand ; 2s. 6d. cloth, lettered; or bound ap with Questions on the History, 3,.

Illustrated with a Map, and three Historical Engravings,— 1- St. Patrick preaching Christianity to the King and Nobles. 2. Lord Thomas Fitzgerald renouncing his allegiance to Henry VIII. 3. Entry of .lames II. into Dublin.

"The history before us Is well executed.”— Literary Gazette.

"Miss Comer’s style of writing will produce habits of thinking.”_

Morning Advertiser.

“The Historical facts, always correct, arc detailed in plain auc concise language. This is one of he best class books on Ireland, for young people.”— Limerick Standard.

The beauty of compositiohthroughout the writings of Miss Corner a singular and fascinating.—Sim.

Miss Corner has acquired a deserved celebrity for the singularly, attractive and intelligible manner she has in narrating history.—CHtxr.

Corner’s History of Scotland;

New Edition ; with Chronological Table: 13th Thousand ; Is. (id. cloth, lettered; or bound up with Questions on the History, 3*.

Illustrated with a Map, and three Historical Engravings,—

1. Coronation of the Infant King David II. and his Queen, at Scone. 2. James V. taking refuge at Sterling Castle. 3. Queen Mary’s Escape to England.

“ W$ sincerely recommend this history as peculiarly suited to the m°ridian of schools.”—Apr Ok terrier.

"This meritorious work is written in a very easy and agreceble style, perfectly adapted to thecapacitie of the young persons for whom it is intended.”— Timet.

“ We have perused this history with much interest, delighted with 1 tie ease and perspicuity of style, and with the dearness and force of the narrative.”—Edinburgh Chronicle.

" Peculiarly adapted for instructive family reading.”—Caledonian Mercurp.

Corner’s History of Rome;

From accepted English and Foreign authorities, as Macpherson’s Annals of Commerce, Keightley’s (toman History, Smith's and Adam's Greek and Roman Antiquities; Dr. Arnold, Niebuhr, Ac. With Questions to each Chapter, a Chronological Tabic, and a Map» f the Roman Empire; 3s. (id. bound in cloth, lettered. 11th thousand.

** Miss Corner’s History of Rome will assuredly ere long supersede all the Homan histories at present used in schools; it is well written, ond the historical facts elicited by the leained labours of Niebuhr, Arnold, Scc , are mode to take the place of the fabulous accounts which have hitherto passed current as authentic history; at the same the time popular early legends arc not omitted, but their doubtful nature pointed out.”— Wettmintlcr Review.

•• An excellent feature in this history is the continual effort to open out to the young reader the household life and social customs of the Romans, for without this, ancient history ran ha\c uu reality for Children.”— Educational Timet.

“Its contents form a correct history of tlic Kuwait empire. Hum Us beginning."—Church of England Journal.

Cornsr’s Histories of Spain and Portugal;

New Edition, 6th Thousand ; 2s. 6d. cloth, lettered ; or bound up with Questions on the Histories, 3s.

Illustrated with a Map, and three Historical Engravings,— 1 Inez De Castro entreating the King to save her life.

2. Interview of Columbus with Queen Isabella. 3. The Cortez taking the Oath of Allegiance.

Miss Corner gives a clear and striking account of the different kingdoms that at various times were founded in Spain Edinburgh Review.

“So concise and plain as to be at once adapted to the capacities and volatility <>f young people, while they are useful compendium* for adults."—Tiwi«.

Corner’s History of France;

14th Thousand, New Edition, with continuation of erentar to the Presidency of Louie Napoleon Bonaparte. With-Chronological Table.

2*. 6d. cloth, lettered; or bound up with Question© on the History, 3s.

Illustrated with a Map* and three Historical Engravings, —1*. The Coronation of Charles VII. 2. A French Tilt, or Tournament. 3. Bonaparte’s Expedition across the Alps.

“The Writer has borne in mind throughout, that simplicity of style was essential to her purpose, and has selected those facts which are-best adapted to give an idea of the events and the customs of the successive ages.”—Baptist Magazine.

“Miss Corner appears to be an excellent historian for the school room. She narrates with fluency and clearness, and in a concise and* lively manner, the leading facts, so as to convey the spirit of history, and indicate the characteristics of the people and the country, as well as the rulers and famous characters.”—Spectator.

“We look upon Miss Corner’s work with great interest, as being peculiarly adapted to the minds of young people, and being free from that inversion of facts by which history is so often made subservient to party purposes.”— Noncftnfonniet.

Corner’s History of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway;

29. 6d. cloth, lettered; with a Map, and two elegant Historical Engravings.

F. A Norwegian Family listening to the Songs of their Scalds. 2. Submission of the Order of Nobles to Frederick HI.

“The two chief qualities of a good book are usefulness of subject and cleverness of handling, and these requisites Miss Corner’s histories exhibit in an eminent degree. The frequent intermixtures of government between the three countries have indeed tended materially to embarrass this portion of European history, but Miss Comer, by an accurate arrangement of dates, and a judicious connection of events, has set every thing in a clear light.”—Poet Magazine.

Corner’s History of Poland and Russia;

3*. 6d. cloth, lettered; with a May, and three elegant Historical Engravings.

1. Assassination of Demetrius. 2. John Cassimer, worn out by misfortune, resigning his crown to the Diet.

3. Flight of the Inhabitants of Moscow at the approach of the French army.

“ This volume forms one of a series of histories for the use of young' persons; the present volume is, however, more descriptive than historical, which wc consider an advantage * the living manners of the Poles and Russians being much more instructive and entertaining to young English readers.”— Tail's Magazine.

“Miss Corner has succeeded in compressing into a small compass all the leading events of history, without the slightest obscurity, ox without sinking hsr book Into a dry chronicle of facts.”—Britannia.

Corner’s History of Italy and Switzerland;

3». 6d. cloth, lettered; with a Map, and three elegant Historical Engravings.

1. Pope Martin V. riding through the streets of Rome, the Emperor and Elector leading his Horse. 2. Massaniello haranguing the Populace. 3. William Tell and the other Swiss Patriots holding their nightly meetings.

“ Brief, clear, and correct; well adapted for young persons.”— Leamington Spa Chronicle.

" Written with great care and ability.’*—John Bull.

“A very useful educational book.”—Literary Gazette.

Corner’s History of Holland and Belgium;

2«. t>d. cloth, lettered; with a Map, and two elegant Historical Engravings.

1. Assassination of William of Orange. 2. Admiral Van Tromp shot whilst animating his sailors.

“The present, like the proceeding histories from the pen of this intelligent lady, is distinguished for its conciseness, elegance of expression. and clearness of detail."—Manchester Times.

"A condensed mass of knowledge, well put together, and prettily illustrated."—Church and State Gazette.

** To a pleasing, fluent, narrative style, Miss Corner unites a nice discrimination, and never suffers matters which sully the mind to appear in her pages."—Surplice.

“ We cannot too strongly recommend these admirable Histories, and we (eel satisfied that no parent or preceptor can place lietter works the hands of a youth."—Academic and Collegiate Circular.

Corner’s History of Germany and German Empire;

New Edition, with additions, and Chronological Table and Index 3#. tid. cloth, lettered. With a Map and three historical plates.

1. The forced abdication of Henry IV.—2. The murder of Albert I. Emperor of Germany.—3. Maria Theresa presenting her infant son to the assembled States.

‘‘Altogether we do not know of a more agreeable or instructive present lut youth ; and each history is illustrated with a map and en gmvings, which considering the price of the work, are of a superior description."—Times

“ The authoress shows much discrimination in conveying in language suited to her readers the results of the laborious investigations of other scholars."—Educational Times.

Corner’s Accurate History of Greece;

From accepted Authorities, English and Foreign; as Grote’s and Chambers’s Histories of Greece, Smith’s Greek and Roman Antiquities, Thirl wall and Wordsworth’s Greece, Smith’s Mythology and Biography, Annals of Commerce, Library of Useful Know ledge, Ac. With Questions to each Chapter, a Chronological Table, Index, and a coloured Map of the Greek Slates. Price 3c. in clotiu lettered.

We have not met with any History of Greece that contains, within the same compass, so large an amount of interesting and valuable information. Miss Corner writes concisely, perspicuously, and seusibly. — Wesleyan Banner.

A concise History of Greece, well adapted for Schools.— Cambridge Independent Press.

This is a very excellent compendium of Grecian History, and such are the merits of the Work, that we shall not be surprised at its becoming a popular educational book.—The British JMother's Magazine.

Remarkably clear in its arrangement, while the simple and easy style in which it is written, peculiarly fits it for popular use: it displays much careful research on the i>art of its Author.—Englishwoman's Magazine.

Miss Corner has the art of writing so as to be understood by youthful readers.—London Literary Journal.

By far the best introductory School History of Greece we have ever seen.— The British Banner.

A combination of simplicity of narrative, with comprehensiveness of detail, admirably adapted for the use of the School-room —Douglas J err old's Weekly News.

With feminine delicacy. Miss Corner omits what should be omitted, giving meanwhile a narrative of the broad character and features that mark the progress of a nation.—Express, Evening Caper.

The results of the best modern scholarship arc here given —Leader

Miss Corner’s Histories require no recommendation of ours to brine them into notice. This Volume, her History of Greece, is written with great clearness and fluency, the fabulous tales which disfigure so many professedly authentic histories of the Greeks arc discards <1 We cordially recommend this work lor the School-room, or family circle.—Ovspel Herald.

The First History of England that should be placed in the hands of a Child. 3rd Edition.

Bv Miss Chunkn : Author of the Play Grammar, Every Child’s History of England, &c.

Printed in largo type; with twenty-five pages of illustrations. 3s. fid. bound, suitable for a present, in blue cloth, gilt edges; or, in Eight Parts, 6<1. each, stitched in fancy wrappers, printed in colours. Containing,

An interesting description of the Ancient Britons, and their Civilixation by the Romans; the Conquest of the Romans and Britons by the Saxons ; the life and Times of Alfied the Great; the Norman Conquest; the Feudal Times; tnc Manners and Condition of t.ic People of England in the Middle Ages; in the Sixteenth. Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries, to the present time.

Every Child’s History of England:

WITH A MAP, AND QUESTIONS TO EACH CHAPTER. Particularly suited for Children, and for Home, or Junior Classes School Reading. By Miss Cornkk: Author of the Play Grammar, &c.

Is. sewed; or with the map coloured, Is. fid. in cloth.

*' This little History for Children will he an invaluable assistant in the nursery, and in all schools.”—Evangelical Magazine.

“ Very clearly and atiractively written: it may be safely recom-mendeu, and saiciy employed."— Atlas.

•• As a school-book we can cordially recommend it to all who ar. anxious mat their children should imbibe the purest mculai food.”— People's Journal.

DEANS’ ILLUSTRATED FOURPENNY SCHOOL BOOKS.

Convinced that one of the most material aids to popular improvement may emanate from the production of a really excellent series of Elementary Books, at the lowest possible Price, Messrs. Dean & Son have addressed themselves to this object, and the “Illustrated Fourprnny School Books ” are the result. These Books are designed equally for use in Nurseries and in Schools; are neatly printed, and embellished with numerous engravings, and a showy attractive cover. An inspection of them will show that they have been written with considerable care, and that many ifew features and improvements have been introduced. The first three are—

First Book of Spelling and Beading. 27 illustrations. Second    do.    do.    41 illustrations.
Graduated Grammar.    12 illustrations.

Each book in stiff binding, and cover in colours. 4d. each.

Dean’s School and Family Elementary Atlas and

Geography. Containing’ Seven distinctly engrave Maps, with four engravings, and Geographical information about the Five Continents.


These Maps being partly in outline, and very plain and distinct, are intended to exercise the pupils, either by their colouring the different countries, to learn their boundaries; or by writ ing in the names of the different large towns or rivers, iu each country or county.    Is. p|a2n> or 2S. coloured

Guide to Useful Knowledge: by Charles butler.

Containing, in the popular form of an easy and familiar Cate chism. the newest and most useful information connected with the Arts, Sciences, and the various Phenomena 01 Nature. For the use of Schools and Families.

8th edition, corrected. Is. fid. bound in cloth

An Easy Guide to Geography:

FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE INSTRUCT. ORS. BY CHARLES BUTLER.

A new, pleasing, and concise description of the Five great divisions of the Globe: the empires, kingdoms, and states, into which they are divided; and the natural, mineral, and vegetable productions of the several countries; with the number, and the manners and customs of their inhabitants.

New edition, (lltli thousand.) Is.fid. bound in cloth; —or, with Seven Glyphographic Maps, and the Use of the Globes, 2s. bound.

“This is truly what it professes to be ‘ An Easy Guide.’ We recommend it without hesitation.—Atheneeum.

“ We know of none superior to it, as an elementary book, for the use of schools, and private families.”—North British Renew.

“ Wc recommend this Geography as an important addition to our stock of sterling school books.”—Surpiwe.

“ Evidently most carefully compiled.”—EdinboroWeekly Post.

Papa and Mamma's Easy Lessons in Geography;

OR, KLKMKNT8 OF GEOGRAPHY, IN A NEW AND ATTRACTIVE FORM. 3rd Edition.

By Anna Maria Sarokant, Author of Bible Geography, Tale* of the Reformation, Sic. Embellished with many Illustrations : and a companion to Miss Corner's Play Grammar.

Price Is. stitched, or Is. 6d. hound in cloth.

“ Full of information, conveyed in the simplest language.”—Literary

Gazette.

M Geography amusingly imparted.”—Church of England Quarterly Review.

*' For young people, this is one of the best elementary geographical work* we have ever met with.”—Church and State Gazette.

*' Admirably adapted for the purpose.”—Wetleyan Penny Magazine.

Papa and Mamma’s Easy Lessons in Arithmetic.

By T. T. Moroll. With 30 illustrations. Same size and style as MISS CORNER's PLAY GRAMMA ll,andMISSSARGBANT’S PAPA and MAMMA'S EASY LESSONS IN GEOGRAPHY.

Price Is. stiff cover, or Is. 6d. cloth.

The Play Grammar;

OR. ELEMENTS OF GRAMMAR EXPLAINED INSHORT AND EASY GAMES.

By Mi8s Corner. Is. 6d. cloth lettered, with richly coloured frontispiece, and numerous engravings on wood; or, 1 s. sewed in fancy covers, with plain frontispiece. 11th Edition.

44 Miss Comer's Play Grammar is, beyond all comparison, the best contrivance we have seen for teaching this difficult science to young Childreu.”—Critic.

“ One of the prettiest and cheapest of children's books, and at the same time one of the most successful attempts to simplify the rudiments of grammar, that wc have seen.”—li'atchman.

EASY ANO INTERESTING HISTORIES-FOR LITTLE FOLKS,

BY MISS CORNER. Author of the Historical Library, &c.

EACH EMBELLISHED WITH FOUR PAGES OF PLATES.

Price tie-pence each; printed in large type, tewed in fancy wrup/tert.

The Ancient Britons.

Describing their Manners and Customs; and how they were couquered, and Britain was governed, by the Romans

The Conquest of the Romans apd Britons by the

Saxons; and an interesting Aconnt of the Saxon Heptarchy, or the Seven Saxon Kingdoms in England.

The Life and Times of Alfred the Great;

An interesting Narrative. 6d. Four pages of illustrations.

The Norman Conquest;

And the manner in which the People of England lived during Die Reign of William the Conqueror. An interesting Narrative.

England, and its People, in the Feudal Times.
The History of England; with the Manners and Condition of the People, in the Middle Ages.
An Interesting description of England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.

And how the People lived and dressed, during the Reign of Henry the Seventh to the death of William the Third.

England in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.

Kxhibiting the Condition of the People, and their mode* of life; from the Reign of James the Second, to that of Queen Victoria.    0d. With four pages of illustrations.

These Eight Histories may be had, bound in One Volume, in fancy cloth, gilt sides and edges, suitable for a present, price 3s. 6d.

Entick's New Spelling Dictionary of the English

Language l in which the Parts of Speech are accurately distinguishedand to which is prefixed, a Comprehensive English Grammar. The whi le revised, corrected, and improved, by John Robinson.

New edition, 2a. (id. bound in green sheep, lettered.

Sheridan’s Pronouncing Dictionary of the English

Language ! Revised and improved throughout, by Stkfhkn Jonks. a new edition, further conccted and improved, with the addition of several hundred words frcuucntly occurring in the Arts and Sciences, and in the works of modern Authors j by William Birkiv.

3a. fid. strongly bound in aheep, and lettered.

Howard’s Spelling and Reading Book.

Third edition, Is. bound in leather.

Howard’s Reading Lessons for Home and Day

Schools. With frontispiece and neat eDgravinga.

Fifth edition, fid. sewed in stout covers.

Howard’s Poetry Lessons for Home and Day

Schools. Prom various Authors, adapted to different Ages, fid. sewed, in stout covers, with neat frontispiece.

Papa and Mamma’s Easy Lessons for their Little

Ones: With a Picture to each page. 1. The Easy Reading Book. 2. The Child’s Book of Pleasing Talcs and Pictures.

Price 6d. each.

Easy Reading and Story Book for Little People.

By Miss SARGKANI . Containing Short Tales, written progressively, and each embodying a good moral.

Price Is. fid., tastily bound, with about 70 illustrations.

Ever Durable Textile Books. Printed on Cloth.

1. The First Book for Infants. 2. The Child's Easy Spelling Book. 3 The Child’s Easy Lesson Book. 4. The Child's Easy Reading Book. 5. The Child’s Instructive Reading Book. 6. The Child’s Amusing and Useful Lesson Book.

Six Progressive Steps to Learning. 6d. each.

Pretty Primer, a First Book for Children.

Many engravings. 3d. sewed.

Elementary and Progressive Drawing Book:

Comprising examples of Still Life, Figures, Animals, and Landscape, Shipping, tic. Bv C. ROBINSON.

In thirteen Numbers, 6d. each; or the set in one vol. 7s.

Elements of Perspective Drawing, 3s. neatly bound.

An easy mode of acquiring the knowledge of Drawing in Perspective, by progressive lessons. Bv SYMNS AND CROUCH.

Elements of Perspective Drawing;    Price 2s.

Suitable for the practice of beginners. With 8 pages of illustrations. By AUGUSTUS DEACON.

Fairland’s Drawing Book of Landscapes, &c.

A First Drawing Book for the Young.

In Six Parts. 6d. each.

Worsley’s New Drawing Book;

On PROGRESSIVE PRINCIPLES. Commencing with designs in outline, to half and full shade, and on to perfectly finished specimens. Five sorts, Is. each; or 5s. 6d. bound.

Drawing Book Of Trees; In Four Parts, 8d. each.

With Pictorial Illustrations of thhir Uses to Man placed round each Tree. Four large plates in each book.

New Drawing Book of Animals.

By J. bakfoot.    In Seven Parts. 3d. each.

SUITABLE FOR INFANT SCHOOLS.
Royal Nursery Picture Instructors:

Price 1*. eachy coloured.

Royal Nursery Clock,—on stout cardboard, with moveable hour and minute hands.—Royal Nursery Alphabet.— Royal Nursery Musical Alphabet.—Royal Nursery Mariner’s Compass.—Royal Nursery Calendar.—Royal Nursery Peep into the Royal Road to Learning.—Royal Nursery Peep into Geography.—Royal Nursery Astronomy.—Royal Nursery Peep at the Flags of all Nations. —Royal Nursery Peep at Natural History. — Royal Nursery Kings and Queens of England ; a Peep into History.—Royal Nursery Peep at the Ten Courts of the Crystal Palace, Sydenham.

Amusement and Instruction are here blended, and Leamiuy made a pleasure in lieu a task.




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Spring Flowers and Summer Blossoms,

FOR THE YOUNG AND GOOD. Price 2*. 6d.

Containing pretty Tales and interesting Poetical Piece*, illustrative of onj domestic Flowers, and calculated to promote a love of nature, aud induce feelings of kindness and gentleness.

Printed in large type, and embellished with twelve pages of Illustration* j handsomely bound and lettered, with gilt edges, back, and aides.

This is one of the nicest little books for little people that can be imagined. We recommend it as what a book for Children ought to be.—Literary Gazelle.

Full of pure thoughts and pretty stone*.—Doug leu Jerrold't A nn.

Christmas Berries and Daisy Chains,

FOR THE YOUNG AND GOOD. Price 2a. 8d.

Written hy the same Author as, and intended as a Sequel and Companion to, “ Tales of Spring Flowers and Summer Blossoms.”

In large type, embeilislicd with eight pages of illustration*; handsomely bound and lettered, with gilt edges, sides, and back.

Pretty Poems and Tales, both amusing and instructive.—Literary Gazette.

The tales and poems are adapted to attract the attention of Children, and ar« the production of a well-thinking, accomplished mind.—Stockport Adoerliter.

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Sunshine and Showers : Price 2s. 6d.

Pretty Tales and Pretty Poetical Pieces:

Dedicated to the Children of Pngland by one whose chief aim has been to •how that Showers, ns well as Sunshine, must sometimes fail even on Young Lives, and that it is always for some good purpose they are sent.

Embellished with engravings, and eight pages of illustrations. Handsomely bound, and elegantly lettered, with gilt edges, sides, and back.

Above the common average of 8tory Books.—The Tale* are well written, and the subjects unexceptionable.**—Church of England Quarterly Remew.

An unexceptionable little volume for the Young, produced in a style of attractive elegance. The matter is as good as the case in which it U enshrined. Portsmouth Times.

The Elephant’s Feast; Price 2s. 6d.

Or, the USES of ANIMALS to MAN.

A novel and pleasing method of conveying to the mind of a Child, by means of the Interesting Story in which the pr ncipal characteristics of the several Animals are exhibited, the uses and services they render to Mankiud. Embellished with four large illustrations by Harrison Weir, and numerous engravings. Elegantly bound and lettered, gilt edges, sides, and back. A pretty and appropriate present for a Young Lady or a Young Gentleman.

Stories and Tales of Birds, Animals, &c.

as. 6d. A COMPLETE HISTORY OF ANIMATED NATURE,

As exhibited at the Zoological Gardens. Regent’s Park,—am singly ana hs-•tructively related, by James Bishop and the Author of Kkkfkr's Tmavkis. Embellished with numerous il nstrative engravings. and haud&omely bound in cloth, lettered, with gilt edges, sides, and back.

DEAN AND SON,


LUDGATE HILL.


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