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THE “ANNUALS" FOR 1829.
THE ANNUALS ?--The Forget me The “ Forget me Not," elegant as Not !- The Friendship’s Offering !! its embellishments are, does not excel - The Anniversary !!!—The Amu- its preceding volumes, and in the litelet !!!!—The Winter's Wreath!!!!! rary part, as respects the poetry, falls – The Literary Souvenir !!!!!!-Is short of them. Two or three years it possible !-Complete ! “fresh as a ago the plates in the present volume bridegroom”-glittering in green and would have been deemed the perfecgold, and purple, and puce leather, tion of art; but emulation has been and pea-green cases.-Heavens! are excited, and Mr. Ackermann must not Christmas and New Year's Day come lie on his oars. As he was the masagain with their gifts and their ter of the ceremonies, and introduced greetings.
these publications, we would fain see Ackermann deserves the thanks of him head the race.
We cannot agree his country for the introduction of in the remark in the preface, " that what we now familiarly call the An- the present volume has a decided litenuals ; and it is only a marvel that the rary preeminence,” nor that it surGerman and French almanacs had not passes those of preceding years. James earlier set us upon their imitation. Montgomery, Hemans, Delta, Hogg, But why talk about Ackermann having Barry Cornwall, all so well known and the thanks of his country ? He sells valued by the public, are here, but not ten thousand of his book, and in that in their Sunday dress. The poetry is circumstance he will find abundant decidedly inferior, and a great deal of reward for his enterprising persever- it bad. The prose
is better. One or
two pieces are superior, and furnish a The “ Forget me Not” was first pleasant treat to the reader. published by Mr. Ackermann, in 1823.
The " Friendship's Offering” of The “ Friendship’s Offering" came this year is much superior to the last, out next, in 1824. Mr. Watts’s and the binding in leather is uncom“ Literary Souvenir” appeared in monly handsome, indeed quite unique. 1825, and the “ Amulet" in 1826. Under its new editor, increased sucAfter these there was a pause of two
cess is certain. years, until 1828, when the “ Bijou” Mr. Watts's well-known and elegant and “ Keepsake” appeared, and for “ Souvenir" (like the last annual, edthe coming year, 1829, two more, viz. ited by a poet) is this year excellent. the “ Anniversary” and “ Gem,” are In his engravings, Mr. Watts has surannounced.
passed any of his former volumes. 35 ATHENEUM, Vol. 1, 3d series.
The poetry is of a superior order, as are in number fourteen, not including might be expected, and the prose is the vignettes. well sustained.
Not only is there a great improreThe “ Amulet,” the next in age, is ment in the London Annuals this year, this year also an improvement .upon but a publication of the same class the preceding, though its literary con- from the Liverpool press, tents are very variable in excellence. Winter's Wreath," has this season so This work differs from all its brethren much improved, that it equals its mein its object, which will be best under-tropolitan rivals in typography, and is stood by its title of “ Christian and uncommonly well got up. Literary Remembrancer," being de Besides the foregoing Annuals, we voted to subjects more particularly of have this year a series of juvenile a moral and religious character. It is publications, edited in a very superior edited by Mr. S. C. Hall, with indus- manner, announcing a start in literary try and discrimination. There is much works for the young, commensurate serious poetry of great merit in this with the intellectual progress of the little volume, some by the
or him- age.
The admirable logic taught in sell, which the most fastidious as to old school-book tales, such as that of religion and morals may peruse with the “ Boys going to swim," who are high satisfaction. The embellishments flogged, some because they can, and have been well selected and are very others because they cannot swim, is finely executed, and the green silk dissipated for eyer, and binding looks uncommonly well. sense, at length, obtains something
The second volume of the “ Bijou,” like a mastery in tales for youth. published by Mr. Pickering, so well These works are well got up. The known for his elegant pocket editions contents show how well females and of the most valuable works, has a cha- mothers understand the adaptation of racter and appearance very distinct ideas to children's capacities. We from the other Annuals. It is printed are truly happy to greet such works, in a small type, and decorated with in behalf of the hitherto insulted unengravings of a peculiar character, for derstandings of children. the most part on classical subjects of The Annuals have done a great deal English history ; it is an unobtrusive for the arts; and for that we are, perbeautiful little work.
haps, mainly indebted to one of Mr. The “ Keepsake," bound in crim- Ackermann's rivals. Alaric Watts son silk, at a guinea, being higher in took advantage of the growing knowprice than the preceding Annuals, is ledge of the people in these matters; put forth with great pretension. The and thus, instead of giving them the plates are excellent, and fully support same sprawling cherubim, which ladies the high character of the engraver, had been gumming for twenty years Heath, who has executed ten of them upon their fire-screens, he boldly enhimself.
graved some of the finest pictures of The Anniversary,” like the the modern school,—not in a slight, Keepsake” in size and price, is sketchy style, but with a truth and edited by that talented author and ex- beauty, quite sürprising upon so small cellent man so well known to the pub- a scale. Others have, perhaps, gone lic, Mr. Allan Cunningham. The beyond him now in this excellence ; plates, eighteen in number, are beau- for we are a luxurious public, and do tifully engraved, and rival those of the not mind price in the purchase of the “ Keepsake.” Some of these are as best thing in its line. It is a capital fine specimens as art is capable of thing to have sorty or fifty thousand producing.
of such plates as they now give us, The “ Gem," edited by the face- scattered about the country, instead tious Mr. T. Hood, is got up in a of the trashy prints in books which style of great elegance. The plates used to be miscalled embellishments.
On taking our leave of these beau- ry, or childish bauble, and in whom tiful publications, we cannot help hold- they will awaken thought, and infuse ing them up as an example of that a taste for mental gratification. We proud march of mind which the igno- recommend the rich to form annually rant and bigoted deprecate, but which a library of them ALL; and every the man of talent and learning, what- one, according to his means, to buy ever his creed or party, will, like the one or two of them. All should enpresent Bishop of London, hail courage what is both elegant and engreat and glorious. We do not mean tertaining. For the summer walk, or in respect alone to the excellence of the unoccupied five minutes which so the literary efforts they call into ex- frequently occur in life, they are adertion, though these are not to be mirably adapted as companions, and despised, nor to the aid to art which their crimson and green, or gold bindthey afford so extensively, but to the ings, make them ornaments in the incitement they will yield to thou- boudoir and drawing-room. We trust sands, whom their very elegances next year we shall find a further imwill entice to read, and study, to the provement in them, for nothing, in this displacement of some frivolous luxu- age, must stand still.
ELEGY TO THE MEMORY OF MISS EMILY KAY, (COUSIN TO MISS EL
LEN GEE OF KEW,)
WHO LATELY DIED AT EWELL, AND WAS BURIED IN ESSEX. Sad nymphs of UL, U have much to cry She was not handsome; shall I tell U Y? for,
UR 2 know her I was all SQ.
L 8 she was, and prattling like A J.
0, little MLE! did you 4C With tearful I this MT LEG.
The grave should soon MUU, cold as clay, Without XS she did XL alway
And U should cease to B an N. TT! Ah me! it truly vexes 1 2 C How soon so DR a creature may DK,
While taking T at Q with LN G,
The MT grate she rose to put a: And only leave behind XUVÉ!
Her clothes caught firetno I again shall C Whate'er 1 ( to do she did discharge,
Poor MLE, who now is dead as Solon. So that an NME it might NDR : Then Y an SA write ? then why N ?
O, LN G ! in vain you set at 0
GR and reproach for suffering ber 2 B Or with my briny tears her BR BDU ?
Thus sacrificed: to JL U should be brought, When ber Piano-40 she did press,
And burnt U O2 B in FEG. Such heavenly sounds did MN8, that she, Sweet MLE K into SX they bore, Knowing her Q, soon 1 U 2 confess
Taking good care her monument to Y 10, Her XLNC in an XTC.
And as her tomb was much 2 low B 4 Her hair was soft as silk, not YRE,
They lately brought fresh bricks the walls It gave no Q nor yet 2 P to view :
to I 10.
THE LATEST LONDON FASHIONS.
DINNER PARTY DRESS.
and unique effect. Next the shoe is OVER a white satin slip is a dress of a full wadded rouleau of amber satin ; amber crape, with the border orna- and the points and flutings of the mented by two very full flounces, en flounces are edged with a narrow satin dents des loups, which stand out, in rouleau : above the upper flounce is an large and stiffened flutings : alternat- ornament consisting of oblique points, ing with each quill, or floting, is a inclining towards the left side, formed point fastened down close to the dress, of narrow satin rouleaux, in outline. giving to this trimming a truly novel The body is quite plain, and tightly
fitting the shape : a very broad, fall, white satin ribbon encircles the waist. ing tucker of blond, of a superb pat- The hair is arranged in ringlets round tern, and set on full, surrounds the the face, en tirebouchons, under a hat bust. The sleeves are short, and of of Murrey-colored gros de Naples, wbite satin; over these are long ornamented with bows of the same sleeves of plain tulle, à la Marie, con- colored ribbon, on which are hairfined round the centre of the thickest stripes black: a few flowers, in part of the arm, by an amber satin bouquets, are slightly scattered over band; and the wrist part of the sleeve the crown; they consist of blue conis finished by a broad, pointed cuff of volvuluses and geraniums. amber satin, the points edged round by narrow blond : a very broad bracelet of gold encircles the wrist, fasten
Explanation of the Print of the ed by a large emerald, or a turquoise
Fashions. stone, set à l'Antique. The headdress is a dress-hat of transparent A DRESS of myrtle-green gros de Nacrape, or stiffened net, of turquoise- ples, with a very broad hem at the blue; though some ladies, whose border; vandyked at the head, and complexions will admit of it, prefer trimmed round the points with a full having the hat of pistachio-green sa- double ruche of the same material and tin: whichever may be adopted, this color as the dress, pinked. The body becoming hat is profusely ornamented made to fit tight to the shape, and under the right side of the brim, which bound round the waist with a zone is elevated, with blond, in fan-flutings; pointed in front. Sleeves à la Marie, on the left side, which is brought confined only by one band, at the down low, over the ear, is a rosette, thickest part of the arm, above the at the edge of the brim, of white elbow: broad gauntlet cuff, with a gauze brocaded ribbon, with ends. row of very small buttons placed up An ornament of satin, en batear, the it, on the outside of the arm. A pelecolor of the hat, waves gracefully rine of white sarcenet or gros de Naacross the crown, in front, and the ples, edged with a narrow rouleau of whole is finished by a superb plumage green, and near the throat is an ornaof white feathers. The necklace is ment of beautiful embroidery in green. of wrought gold, of light and elegant Beneath a French ruff of lace, tied workmanship, formed in festoons, round the throat, is a painted silk which are caught up by various-color- sautoir-cravat. The ground of this
elegant appendage is pistachio-green,
on which are admirably painted vaA petticoat of ethereal-blue gros de rious flowers. The bonnet worn with Naples, with two broad bias folds this dress is of Navarin-brown, or, as round the border, on which are raised preferred by some ladies, of the ornaments, representing branches of same color as the dress. The crown palm-leaves. A canezou-spencer of is trimmed in front with two double cambric, trimmed down the front, and folds, in bias, of the same color and round the base of the waist with a material as the bonnet, with bows of ruche of thread tulle ; and surmounted myrtle-green ribbon. The bonnet at the throat by a very full quadruple ties with a bow on the right side. ruff of the same material. The sleeves Half-boots of light-grey corded silk, very wide, and à la Marie, with the with the tips of kid, and Woodstock fulness confined at equal distances. gloves, complete this costume. Mancherons of cambric, with a double quilling of tulle, ornament the sleeves at the shoulders. At the wrists are A dress of white satin, with a very bracelets of broad black velvet, fast- broad hem round the border, headed ened with a gold buckle. A sash of by a narrow rouleau ; above which is
a full and splendid embroidery, em la Grecque, and richly ornamented bossed in floize silk. The body is with pink ears of corn, grouped very en gerbe, with a pointed zone round close, but very tastefully, together. the waist, embroidered in a similar The ear-pendants are en girandoles, manner with the border round the formed of three turquoise stones of a skirt. A very narrow tucker of blond pear shape : the necklace is of pearls, surrounds the bust : the sleeves, short with a girandole ornament in the cenand very full, are of white crape, and tre, of turquoise stones, to correspond are confined in the centre by a white with the ear-rings. A drapery scarf of satin band. The hair is arranged à pink silk is worn with the above dress.
“ Serene Philosophy !
The French prepare an extract The farina obtained from potatoes is from the apple in the same way; but now an article of commerce in Scot- this is expensive, as the farinaceous land, where very fine samples of it part of the apple is very small. are brought to market. It is stated to be quite equal to genuine arrowroot, and is sold at about half the price Mr. Platt had a curious mode of of that preparation. Mixed with making strong cider in America. In wheaten flour in the proportion of the month of January or February, he one-third, it is a great improvement placed a number of hogsheads of cider to household bread, and is light of di- upon stands out of doors. The frost gestion. Sir John Sinclair's mode of turned to ice the upper part of the preparing the farina is perhaps gene- contents of the hogshead, and a tap rally known; but the following short drew off from the bottom the part account of the process for domestic which was not frozen. This was the use may not be uninteresting. Into spirituous part, and was as strong as a pale of clean water place a fine co the very strongest of beer that can lander or coarse sieve, so that it may be made. The frost had no power be two inches in the water; grate the over this part; but the lighter part potatoes when pared into the colander, which was at the top it froze into ice. taking care from time to time to agi- This, when thawed, was weak cider. tate the pulp in the colander, so that the farina may fall to the bottom of the pail. When the fibrous part which In glasses filled with water, bulbous remains in the colander or sieve, has roots, such as the hyacinth, narcissus, accumulated so as to impede the wash- and jonquil, are blown. The time to ing of the farina into the pail, remove put them in is from September to Noit. About one gallon of potatoes is vember, and the earliest ones will besufficient for a pail of water. After gin blowing about Christmas. The the water has remained in an undis- glasses should be blue, as that color turbed state for twelve hours, pour it best suits the roots; put water enough off; the farina will be in a cake at the in to cover the bulb one-third of the bottom. It is to be dried slowly be- way up, less rather than more ; let fore the fire, being rubbed occasion- the water be soft, change it once a ally between the hands to prevent its week, and put in a pinch of salt every becoming lumpy; and it is then fit for time you change it. Keep the glasses