The Old Court Suburb, or Memorials of Kensington, Regal, Critical, and Anecdotical Volume I

Hunt, Leigh

1855

INTERESTING NEW WORKS PUBLISHED FOR HENRY COLBURN, BY HIS SUCCESSORS, HURST & BLACKETT, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET AND SOLD BY ALL BOOKSELLERS.
LIVES of THE PRINCESSES OF ENGLAND.
BY MRS: EVERETT GREEN, EDITOR OF THE " LETTERS OF ROYAL AND ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES. Complete in Six Volumes post 8vo, either of which may be had separately to complete sets.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. FROM THE "SUN."
"This work is a worthy companion to Miss Strickland's admirable Queens' of England.' That celebrated work, although its heroines were, for the most part, foreign Princesses, related almost entirely to the history of this country. The Princesses of England, on the contrary, are themselves English, but their lives are nearly all connected with foreign nations. Their biographies, consequently, afford us a glimpse of the manners and customs of the chief European kingdoms, a circumstance which not only gives to the work the charm of variety, but is likely to render it peculiarly useful to the general reader, as it links together by association the contemporaneous history of various nations. We cordially commend Mrs. Everett Green's production to general attention; it is (necessarily) as useful as history, and fully as entertaining as romance."
FROM THE "BRITANNIA."
A most agreeable book, and a valuable addition to the historical library."
FROM THE "MORNING POST."
" The vast utility of the task undertaken by the gifted authoress of this interesting book can only be equalled by the skill, ingenuity, and research displayed in its accomplishment. The field Mrs. Green has selected is an untrodden one."
FROM THE "GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE."
"Mrs. Green's research is the greatest of any historical writer of the present day. Many of the lives relate to persons of whom our ordinary historians have known absolutely nothing at all."
FROM THE "JOHN BULL."
" A work of deep interest and importance, which will rank among the most valuable contributions to the stores of English history. " We bring our remarks on this highly interesting biography to a close, by expressing on behalf of the reading public our sense of the obligation which the industrious and talented author has conferred on historical literature by her admirable work."
FROM THE "ATHENAEUM."
"In closing this last review of the work, we cannot finally part from Mrs. Green without again bearing our testimony to the careful research and diligent examination of authorities which each volume displays. Along the line of six hundred years much incidental light has been thrown, not only on English, but on Continental history; and as a valuable contribution towards both we recommend these volumes."
HISTORY OF THE LANDED GENTRY. A Genealogical Dictionary OF THE WHOLE OF THE UNTITLED ARISTOCRACY OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, AND IRELAND
Comprising Particulars of 100, 000 Individuals connected with them. BY SIR BERNARD BURKE, Ulster King of Arms
A new and thoroughly revised Edition, to be completed in a single volume, uniform with the Peerage and Baronetage (divided into four parts, the first of which is now ready, price 10s. 6d.)
N.B.-Communications and Corrections intended for this Work, are requested to be addressed as soon as possible to Sir B. Burke, care of the publishers, 13, Great Marlborough-street, London.
THE Landed Gentry of England are so closely connected with the stirring records of its eventful history, that some acquaintance with them is a matter of necessity with the legislator, the lawyer, the historical student, the speculator in politics, and the curious in topographical and antiquarian lore; and even the very spirit of ordinary curiosity will prompt to a desire to trace the origin and progress of those families whose influence pervades the towns and villages of our land. This work furnishes such a mass of authentic information, in regard to all the principal families in the kingdom, as has never before been attempted to be brought together. It relates to the untitled families of rank, as the "Peerage and Baronetage" does to the titled, and forms, in fact, a peerage of the untitled aristocracy. It embraces the whole of the landed interest, and is indispensable to the library of every gentleman.
A work of this kind is of a national value. Its utility is not merely temporary, but it will exist and be acknowledged as long as the families whose names and genealogies are recorded in it continue to form an integral portion of the English constitution. As a correct record of descent, no family should be without it. The untitled aristocracy have in this great work as perfect a dictionary of their genealogical history, family connexions, and heraldic rights, as the peerage and baronetage. It will be an enduring and trustworthy record."-Morning Post.
"A work in which every gentleman will find a domestic interest, as it contains the fullest account of every known family in the United Kingdom. It is a dictionary of all names, families, and their origin,-of every man's neighbour and friend, if not of his own relatives and immediate connexions. It cannot fail to be of the greatest utility to professional men in their researches respecting the members of different families, heirs to property, &c. Indeed, itwill become as necessary as a Diretory in every office."--Bell's Messenger.
THE ROMANCE OF THE ARISTOCRACY: OR Anecdotes and Records OF DISTINGUISHED FAMILIES. BY SIR BERNARD BURKE.
A New and greatly Improved Edition, in 3 vols. post 8vo.
THE memoirs of our great families are replete with details of the most striking and romantic interest, throwing light on the occurrences of public as well as domestic life, and elucidating the causes of many important national events; yet how little of the personal history of the Aristocracy is generally known, and how full of amusement is the subject! Almost every eminent family has some event connected with its rise or greatness, some curious tradition interwoven with its annals, or some calamity casting a gloom over the brilliancy of its achievements, which cannot fail to attract the attention of that sphere of society to which this work more particularly refers, and must equally interest the general reader, for whom, in this country, the records of the higher classes have always possessed a peculiar attraction. The anecdotes of the Aristocracy here recorded, go far to show that there are more marvels in real life than in the creations of fiction. Let the reader seek romance in whatever book, and at whatever period he may, yet nought will he find to surpass the unexaggerated reality here unfolded.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
"Sir Bernard Burke has here given us the most curious incidents, the most stirring tales, and the most remarkable circumstances connected with the histories, public and private, of our noble houses and aristocratic families, and has put them into a shape which will preserve them in the library, and render them the favourite study of those who are interested in the romance of real life. These stories, with all the reality of established fact, read with as much spirit as the tales of Boccaccio, and are as full of strange matter for reflection and amazement."-Britannia.
" The ' Romance of the Aristocracy' will be read from the palace to the hamlet; and no one can rise from these volumes without deriving a useful knowledge of some chapter of family history, each connected with one or other of the great houses of the kingdom."-British Army Despatch.
" We cannot estimate too highly the interest of Sir Bernard Burke's entertaining and instructive work. For the curious nature of the details, the extraordinary anecdotes related, the strange scenes described, it would be difficult to find a parallel for it. It will be read by every one."--Sunday Times.
" In these two volumes the indefatigable genealogist of the ancient families of the kingdom has collected a variety of incidents from their history, which will go far to establish the proposition that there is full as much romance in real life as in works of fiction. Some of the facts here recorded have furnished materials for the use of poets and novel-writers; while others are altogether new to the general reader, being drawn forth from the more recondite stores of biography. The former will be perused with interest on account of the historical fidelity of the narrative: to the latter their very novelty imparts an additional charm."-John Bull.
THE CRESCENT AND THE CROSS. BY ELIOT WARBURTON.
Twelfth and Cheaper Edition. In One Vol., with Fifteen Illustrations, 6s. bound.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
FROM THE "CRITIC."
"The new interest given to all that relates to Turkey and the East will doubtless create a new demand for so clever a description of it as Mr. Warburton's ' Crescent and the Cross,' whose popularity has been already attested by ten editions. The eleventh now appears, and doubtless will be the most extensively bought of any of them, for it is brought within the means of all classes by a great reduction in price."
FROM THE "SUN."
"A book calculated to prove more practically useful was never penned than ' The Crescent and the Cross'-a work which surpasses all others in its homage for the sublime and its love for the beautiful in those famous regions consecrated to everlasting immortality in the annals of the prophets, and which no other modern writer has ever depicted with a pencil at once so reverent and so picturesque."
FROM THE "SPECTATOR."
" In the mixture of story with anecdote, information, and impression, it perhaps surpasses ' Ethen.' Innumerable passages of force, vivacity, or humour are to be found in the volumes."
FROM THE "GLOBE."
"Mr. Warburton has fulfilled the promise of his title-page. The ' Realities' of 'Eastern Travel' are described with a vividness which invests them with deep and abiding interest; while the 'Romantic' adventures which the enterprising tourist met with in his course are narrated with a spirit which shows how much he enjoyed these reliefs from the ennui of every-day life."
FROM THE "QUARTERLY REVIEW."
"This is an account of a tour in the Levant, including Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Constantinople, and Greece. The book is remarkable for the colouring power, and the play of fancy with which its descriptions are enlivened .... The book, independently of its value as an original narrative, comprises much useful and interesting information."
FROM THE "BRITANNIA."
" Mr. Warburton sees with the strong clear vision with which Heaven has endowed him, but with this there are always blended recollections of the past, and something-though dashed in unconsciously-of poetic feeling. He brings to his work of observation an accomplished mind, and welltrained and healthful faculties. We are proud to claim him as a countryman, and are content that his book shall go all the world over, that other countries may derive a just impression of our national character. "
FROM THE "COURT JOURNAL."
"We know no volumes furnishing purer entertainment, or better calculated to raise up vast ideas of past glories and the present aspects of the people and lands of the most attractive region of the world."
FROM THE "WEEKLY CHRONICLE."
"Of recent books of Eastern Travel, Mr. Warburton's is by far the best. He writes like a poet and an artist, and there is a general feeling of bonhomie in everything he says, that makes his work truly delightful."
SALATHIEL: THE IMMORTAL. BY THE REV. GEORGE CROLY, LL.D.
A New, Revised, and Cheaper Edition, in 1 vol., post 8vo.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
FROM THE "ATHENEUM."
"A magnificent fiction. One of the most splendid productions among works of fiction that the age has brought forth."
FROM THE "LITERARY GAZETTE."
" This extraordinary story, the production of a man of great genius, cannot be classed with any of the works of imagination which have been put forth in these times, so fertile in romance. It is perfectly original in the general conception, as well as in its splendid and powerful eloquence."
FROM THE "GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE."
" We have risen from the perusal of the volumes before us, just as we have felt after gazing on splendid pictures-listening to thrilling music, or after losing ourselves, and all the sober realities of life, in the absorbing interest of Shakspeare's finest tragedy. Every page is instinct with the energy of passion, or with some glowing picture of romantic grandeur-the tender, the affecting, and the pathetic-the ardent, the heroic, the devoted-all that can excite the highest and most dramatic of our feelings.
"There is, we will venture to predict in ' Salathiel,' the germ of perpetuity; it is not destined, like other works of imagination, to be read and forgotten."
FROM THE "NEW TIMES."
" 'Salathiel' is destined to take a high rank in that class of literature to which it belongs. The reader finds in every page, from the first to the last, the power of a master, and the potency of the spell by which his faculties are held in subjection."
FROM THE "WEEKLY REVIEW."
"This is a work of very peculiar character. It is, in fact, the auto-biography of the Wandering Jew, and contains a history of the troubles, insurrections, persecutions, &c., which supervened in Judea, immediately after the death of Christ. Dr. Croly has well succeeded in depicting the Jewish character and warfare; and has entered with considerable felicity into what it is probable would be the feelings of such a being as the impious and miserable wanderer whose history he writes."
THE MODERN ORLANDO. BY THE REV. GEORGE CROLY.
Second Edition, One Vol. Post Octavo, 5s. bound.
"TRAVEL ! travel! travel! The mind stagnates at home. The flower dies unless it is transplanted. Hear all things-see all things-write all things, and write them on the spot. Give the world your thoughts, fresh, fast, and fair, as they come. Make your pen a pencil, your ink colours, your paper a canvas, and Nature your sitter. Say what you think; tell the truth,-and fear not. Cherish woman, and castigate man. Be bold of heart, quick of eye, and pleasant of tongue. Carlo mio-where then is the true poet to be found ? By the Madonna, I know not. Let the world, which decides everything, decide that too. I follow none,-I ask none to follow me. This is the only boast of your friend Ludovico.--Farewell! may all the Graces hover round your pillow, Carlo mio."-LETTERE SCELTE, V. 2.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
FROM THE "LITERARY GAZETTE."
"By far the best thing of the kind that has been written since Byron."
FROM THE "DISPATCH."
"After the manner of ' Childe Harolde,' a vivid sketch of European places, cities, and celebrities, and in the easy dashing style of versification which possesses so much charm for the reader, it combines all the excellences of the original model with that grace and flow characteristic of the author's peculiar taste and genius. . . We recommend it with a genuine appreciation of its wit, geniality, tone, taste, and polish."
FROM THE "MESSENGER."
"A volume which cannot but add to the literary fame of its distinguished author."
FROM THE "BRITANNIA."
"Dr. Croly has only done justice to himself in putting his name to the wittiest poem of its day. Throughout, the satire is sharp but not ill-natured; the reflections deep, and the sketches of men, manners, and things, as true as if recorded by a social and physical daguerreotype."
"NAVAL AND MILITARY GAZETTE."
"The ' Modern Orlando' is a series of adventures, exhibiting a kind of tour through all the remarkable scenes and showy cities of Europe, interspersed with characteristic stories and occasional sketches of the leading personages of the day.
"Byronish in style, clever in its allusions, and impartial in its sarcasms, this volume is now reproduced under the auspices of the author's own name. It com. mands attention whilst it amuses, and is well deserving popularity."