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CONTENTS OF VOL. I.
The Bayswater Review
-Loves of the Colours Shelly's
To the Editor of the John Bull Maga.
nolds, West, and Lawrence.. 59
No. II.-Dr. Kitchiner
wood's Magazine, to the Editor of
Sober Sonnets for Sleek Sinners; or Cambridge Ale.....
No. II.-The Influence of Mythology ib.
ib. The Saint's Discomfited.
AN APOLOGY FOR A PREFACE. We said in our advertisement, that picture of all the extant literature prospectuses were merely humbug, and of the kingdom. How has Francis, the in that faith will we die. Take up tho little, redeemed his pledge? Why, by prospectus of any periodical work, great bringing out every quarter of a year a or small, and, after comparing its per- bundle of heavy essays, principally on formances with its promises, ask your politics, without at all minding what the self honestly, if we have not spoken the reading and writing public are operattruth. Begin with the bulky Encyclo- ing on; or else a handful of puffs on the pædia, with its hundred parts, and travel volumes vented by Archibald Constable down to the dirtiest two-penny which and Co., utterly regardless of the books serves to light your pipe, through all the imprinted by their brethren of the bookrealms, or, if it so please you, reams of vending generation. magazines, reviews, gazettes, council of But we should fill our magazino ten, album, athenæum, museum, et omne chuckfull on this one subject, were we quod exit in hum. There, for instance, to to proceed in this enumeration of the begin with the beginning, honest Abraham utter humbuggism of prospectuses, parRees's Cyclopædia, which, at starting, ticularly of the Magazine people. They confessed, what every body knew would all promise vast erudition, agreeable inbe the case, that an alphabetical Cyclo- formation, unquestioned originality, depædia of Arts, Sciences, History, Geo- cided impartiality; in place of all which, graphy, Theology, and omnia scibilia, in nine cases out of ten, they display must of necessity be a heterogeneous intense ignorance, gross stupidity, unlibotch-potch, as it is, without order, ar- mited pillaging, and a fixed determinarangement, sense, or meaning; but, at tion to vilify their personal enemies, and the time of confession; promised in his bedaub with puffery their personal prospectus, to make all clear and clean friends. They are all to be conducted: by an index, which promise, the worthy by men of eminent character, both in a* and venerable editor forgot to performi, literary and moral point of view, and, thereby rendering his worshipful work a no matter how they may start, you may mess, like the old miser's soup
in Old be pretty certain that, before the end of where, after fishing for half- six months, they fall into the hands of an-hour, you might have the good luck some obtuse plebeian, who cannot write to fastën on a lump of something solid, three lines, and who has taken up that Jurking in the vast profundity of trash trade out of confessed inability to confloating about it.
duçt any other. Now we, on the conIn like manner, Frank Jeffery, when trary, have promised nothing-absohe first started his concern in the North lutely nothing therefore,reader, whether countrie, vowed, in his prospectus, that thou beest gentle or ungentle, you he would make his Review a perfect cannot accuse us of unduly raising your