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Madame de Stael,
DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, to wit:
of the independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1817, Moses THOMAS, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
The Analectic Magazine. In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States entitled, “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned.” And also to the act, entitled, “An act supplementary to an act entitled “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
INDEX TO VOLUME XII.
American Poetry, review of 66 Dry-Rot, on the means of curing
England, improvements in
new works published lately
views of, by gen. Pillet, re-
the truth respecting, review
255 English Opera House,
349 Epitaph on the Spanish constitution 419
France, morals and jurisprudence
73 Fires in buildings, on extinguish-
Fine Arts, on the progress of, in
Godwin's tetter of advice to a young
423 Genlis on the influence of women
on manners and literature, review
76 Germany, large bones found in 437
Hazlett, lectures on the Poets,
views of the English stage, &c.
&c. review of
Hall's Travels in Canada and the
241 United States, review of 363
294 Iron Rail Ways, improvement and
342 Kaleidoscope, Dr. Brewster's spe-
Livermore on the law of principal
Lithographical drawings, observa Pimento, chemical analysis of
430 Plague in Malta, description of the,
80 Portuguese literature, fragments
121 Physiognomist, the, a novel, review
1817, review of
Rice, analysis of
76 Rittenhouse, biographical notice of
Rio Janeiro, description of 432
Sierra Leone, letter from
175 Steam Engine, new account of 249
176 Silk, efficacy of in repelling a musk-
86 Steam Printing Presses in France, 436
improvements made by, review Tunis, interesting researches in 175
148 Thompson's System of Chemistry,
162 with notes by T. Cooper, M. D.
&c. of, review of
Art. I. Rambles in Italy, in the Years 1816-17; by an American.
Baltimore 1818.Remarks on Antiquities, Arts and Letters, during an Excursion in
Italy, in the years 1802-3; by Joseph Forsyth, Esq. from the
second London edition.— Boston, 1818. Rome, Naples, and Florence, in 1817; by the Count de Stendhall.
London 1818. THE NHE historical works of Roscoe have been reprinted and much
read in these States;--Shakspeare, whose muse alights so often and fondly beyond the Alps, has, perhaps, more devotees here, than at home; the Latin Classics are by no means confined to the colleges of the atlantic coast, but form a considerable part of the business of all the great schools with which even the basin of the Mississippi now abounds;-and yet it may be asserted with confidence, that there is no portion of Europe in which Americans in general take less interest than in Italy. The fine arts, of which she continues to enjoy the palm, have hitherto touched them but feebly;-in looking abroad, they have been, as was natural, engrossed by the countries with which their relations of politics and trade were most important; and, in truth, ancient literature and history, though constituents of their education, are rarely so taught and studied with them, as to create a spirit of philosophical investigation, or perpetuate a liberal curiosity.
We have many reasons for wishing the attention of the present generation of our countrymen to be attracted to modern Italy. It would incessantly carry them back to the Roman philosophy and character, the strength, solidity, and elevation of which are so congenial with our institutions;—it would produce a taste and zeal for that branch of the fine arts, architecture—which seems to belong especially, by inheritance and affinity, to a republican people: If it should, according to its natural tendency, the more speedily bring all those arts into favour and activity, we need not say how much would be gained on the score of refinement and reputation.
The Italy of the middle ages,--when liberty had no other temple, and gave her four centuries of sway and glory,--is a most in
teresting field of instruction for an American citizen. Her republics of that period* furnish unique examples of the character and part which the merchant and tradesman may sustain in free governments; of the exalted ends to which their pursuits may be rendered subservient. In her lapse into servitude, in her present abjection, she may be still contemplated with profit, and be instrumental in checking that treacherous security to which a nation, so happily situated as the American, must be ever prone.
Altogether, the Italian Peninsula has more magnificent annals, various trophies, and choice gifts, than any other portion of the earth remarkable as the theatre of moral greatness. The destinies of Greece were, indeed, splendid; her achievements prodigious; the creations of her fancy unrivalled: But her history has not the sweep, majesty, variety, and instructiveness of the Roman; it begins, properly, with the establishment of the laws of Lycurgus, and ends with the death of Alexander:-She had no resurrection. Italy fills in some sort all ages, since the formation of the Roman power; she re-appears dispensing light and Christianity, after she had ceased to dispense laws, to the universe; she takes the lead among the nations of the west, and reclaims Europe from barbarism; she establishes a new and mighty influence over mankind, and, in restoring the literature of the ancients, produces one of her own, not unworthy of them, or of being compared with the best of the modern. In her present reprobate state of morals and politics, hers is still the empire of the arts; she cultivates the exact sciences with brilliant success; possesses a vast body of erudition; is strong in numbers and not deficient in wealth; retains her physical advantages, and receives from nature the same rich endowments of mind: She draws to her from every quarter the enlightened and the curious, as much on account of what she is as what she was, and inspires not a few of them with hopes of her regaining the energies which would soon replace her in the first rank of independent nations.
After what has been said, we scarcely need suggest that it gave us infinite pleasure to see the travels of Eustace and Forsyth republished and circulated in this country. Eustace envelopes his
* We do not know any more useful addition that could be made to our stock of books, than a good translation or judicious abridgment of Sismondi's history of those republics. It is to be regretted that none of our public libraries possesses a complete collection of the modern Latin poets of Italy, who, as Eustace remarks, restored the pure taste of antiquity. We should have access to the works of all the fine geniuses celebrated in the 16th and 17th chapters of the 3d volume of Roscoe's Leo 10th.
† And even since, and now, fair Italy!