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The Edinburgh Review. Price 6s. Longman and Co. and Constable and Co.
It is chiefly confined to the higher departments of literature, and has been long distinguished by talent of a superior order. In religion it is supposed to be unitarian; and in politics, on whig principles. Its responsible editorship is ascribed to the celebrated Mr. Jeffrey.

Quarterly Review. Price 6s. Murray.
In religious and political opinions this publication is directly opposed to the Edinburgh Review, and is said to be partly conducted by persons connected with government. This work is also distinguished by eminent talent: and in regard to literary repute, and extensive circulation, is considered to be upon terms of equality with its precursor. Mr. Gifford is mentioned as its responsible editor.

British Review. Price 6s. Published quarterly. Baldwin and Co.
It frequently contains articles of first-rate talent.

Monthly Review. Price 2s. 6d. Porter.
This is a work of long standing, and is conducted on what are termed liberal principles, both in regard to political and religious subjects.

British Critic. Price 2s. 6d. Rivingtons.
This work is conducted by persons of the established church, and on the orthodox principles of that respectable body.

The Anti-Jacobin Review. Price 2s. 6d. Sherwood and Co.
The name of this work characterizes its principle. In regard to talent, it does not rise above mediocrity.

The Eclectic Review. Price 2s. 6d. Conder.
Many eminent writers were engaged in the early support of this review. It has, however, changed its editors several times, and is now conducted upon much more moderate principles than formerly. It is principally devoted to the interests of protestant dissenters, of various denominations.

The Edinburgh Monthly Review. Price 2s. 6d. G. and W. B. Whittaker, and Waugh and Innes.


"The invention of this new species of publication," observes Dr. Kippis," may be considered as something of an epocha in the literary history of the country. The periodical works before the year 1731, were almost wholly confined to political transactions, and to foreign and domestic occurrences. But the magazines have opened a way for every kind of inquiry. The intelligence and discussions contained in them are very extensive and various. And they have been the means of diffusing a general habit of reading through the nation, which has considerably enlarged the public understanding. Many young authors, who have risen to considerable eminence in the literary world, have, through the medium of magazines, made their first attempts in composition." 

The Monthly Magazine. Price 2s. Phillips.
This work was established under the auspices of Dr. Priestley, Dr. Price, Dr. Rees, Dr. Aikin, the Rev. G. Morgan, Messrs. Godwin, Capel Lofft, and Holcroft, also Mrs. Barbauld, the late Mrs. Godwin, and other persons highly distinguished for literary attainments, and fully competent to the arduous undertaking of a monthly miscellany, intended to contain all the varieties of polite literature, philosophy, the arts, and other intellectual improvements of the day. It has been always distinguished, and much more so of late, for a high tone of party-feeling, both political and religious; it has an extensive circulation among persons of free inquiry, and professing what are usually termed, liberal opinions.

The New Monthly Magazine. Price 2s. Colburn.
This publication professes opinions, both political and religious, the reverse of those which are supported by the editor of the preceding work. Indeed, it originated in the persuasion, that a flattering occasion presented itself of counteracting opinions too frequently brought forward, and of late too dogmatically maintained by the editor of a work, which had long, under other management, held a distinguished rank among miscellanies of this description.

This work devotes a portion of its pages to a concise review of new publications, and each number is accompanied by a well-executed portrait.

The Gentleman's Magazine. Price 2s. Harris.
This is the oldest English periodical work. It was formerly indebted to Grove, Johnson, and many eminent writers of the Angustan age of English literature, for occasional communications. Its principal feature is an attachment to the antiquities of our own, as well as of foreign countries. The antiquarian student, therefore, will find it an interesting work, as it is conducted with uniform respectability. It contains it short review of new publications.

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. Price 2s. 6d. Cadell and Davies, and Blackwood.
This work is rising rapidly into notice, and the great variety of talent which has been exhibited in the numbers already published, will no doubt ensure it a very extensive circulation.

Constable's Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany. Price 2s. Longman and Co. and Constable and Co.
This is a new series of the Scots Magazine, and contains much local information of considerable importance to North Britons, together with various articles on subjects of general interest. The reviewing department is also ably written.

The European Magazine. Price 2s. Asperne.
This miscellany is widely circulated in the navy, and in foreign countries, it has been established many years, and possesses a due degree of fame amongst that class of readers, for whom it, is particularly intended. It is not violent in its political or religious opinions. It reviews new publications. A portrait finely executed is given with each number.

The Literary Gazette and Journal of Belles Lettres, Arts, Sciences, &c. Published weekly, price 6d. or 1s. stamped. Colburn.
We have great pleasure in stating to our readers that this work exhibits a new feature in the history of the British Press. Prom the very title of the paper we are led to expect a greater portion of literary merit than in an ordinary newspaper, and this expectation will be fully realized on a perusal of its pages. The articles are of moderate length and extremely interesting. The review of new publications and the biographical sketches are ably written. The poetry, which is always original, displays considerable taste. The remarks on the Drama and the Fine Arts are liberal, judicious, and discriminating ;--as a whole, this publication is deservedly entitled to the increasing patronage of which it may justly boast. Whenever it is necessary to touch on political subjects, the Editors are ministerial, but the work is to be considered as a Literary Journal not a Political Newspaper. At the end of each year, a title-page is printed to bind up with the work.

The Repository of Arts, Sciences, and Literature, Price 4s. Ackermann.
This work is necessarily of a mixed character. It is richly embellished with engravings, and various specimens of British manufacture, conveyed in a form at once pleasing and useful to those for whose benefit it is intended. The literary department is not distinguished for erudition, but generally contains a pleasing variety of information.

Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Price 3s. 6d. Sherwood and Co.
This work is under the able superintendence of Dr. J. Sims, and is intended for the use of persons who wish to become scientifically acquainted with the Plants they cultivate. It is illustrated by plates.

The Theatrical Inquisitor. Price 2s. 6d. Chapple.
This work, which is published monthly, is devoted to the legitimate drama, and generally contains very neat embellishments.

The Asiatic Journal. 2s. 6d. Black, Kingsbury and Co.
This respectable work commenced with the year 1816. Its professed objects are--to present a faithful register of Indian occurrences--to give a correct report of all the debates which may arise--at the India House--together with all the leading topics of oriental literature, and the institutions, both in England and India, which are established for their promotion.

The Annual Register. Price 16s. Baldwin and Co.
This valuable publication commenced in the year 1758, and its general arrangements at that period comprehended the history of the war which then prevailed--chronicle of important events--state papers--characters--extraordinary adventures--literary and miscellaneous essays--poetry-remarkable books published in the year. Little variation has since taken place, either in the importance, or truly respectable management, of its materials. It is understood that the celebrated Edmund Burke, during a considerable succession of years, conducted the historical department.

The New Annual Register. Price 21s. W. Stockdale.
This work commenced in 1780. It contains British and Foreign history-principal occurrences-public papers-biographical anecdotes and characters-manners of nations-philosophical papers- antiquities-miscellaneous papers-poetry-domestic and foreign literature.

The Pamphleteer. Price 6s. 6d. Valpy.
The object of this work is to preserve, in a connected form, all the best pamphlets that have appeared, on important subjects, and it may be considered a valuable collection of interesting documents.


The Quarterly Journal of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Price 7s. 6d. Murray.
This work is edited at the Royal Institution, under the superintendence of the Professor of Chemistry, W. T. Brande, Esq. Secretary to the Royal Institution. It consists of philosophical and literary dissertations, biographical sketches, &c., which are written by persons of distinguished talent, and it is occasionally embellished with engravings and wood-cuts.

The Repertory of Arts, &c. Price 3s. Sherwood and Co.
Philosophical Magazine. (Tilloch's.) Price 2s. 6d. Cadell and Davies.
Mr. Tilloch has been long known in the literary world, and maintains a high rank amongst persons of classical taste.

The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal. Price 7s. 6d. Constable and Co., and Longman and Co.
This work is illustrated by engravings, and is designed to exhibit a view of the progress of discovery in the various branches of Science and the Fine Arts. It is published quarterly.

The London Medical and Physical Journal. Price 2s. 6d. Souter.

The London Medical Repository, Monthly Journal, and Review. Price 2s. Gd. Underwood.


The Christian Observer. Price 1s. 6d. Hatchard.
This miscellany is conducted by ministers of the established church, and frequently contains masterly papers, particularly in the reviewing department. It is conducted on moderately Calvinist principles. The late Rev. Mr. Venn, of Clapham, was a contributor.

The Monthly Repository. Price 1s. 6d. Sherwood and Co.
This work has grown out of the "Protestant Dissenters' Magazine," and circulates chiefly amongst dissenters of unitarian principles. It is conducted with ability, especially in the reviewing department, and possesses a moderate circulation.

The Evangelical Magazine. Price 6d. Westley.
This publication has, for many years, possessed a sale almost without precedent. It was formerly conducted by the Rev. Mr. Eyre, but, for some time past, has been principally under the management of a committee, of which the Rev. G. Burder is the head. It is chiefly supported by Protestant dissenters of different denominations; and its pages are rendered particularly interesting to its readers by valuable missionary intelligence. A portrait accompanies each number. There is also a concise review of religious publication.

The New Evangelical Magazine. Price 6d. Jones.
This work was projected, not only on account of the difficulty of inserting the communications of correspondents within the necessarily limited pages of the last-mentioned publication, but with the intention of giving a higher tone to the literary department of the work. The two objects have been so far accomplished. The portraits in this work are, in general, neatly engraved.

The Christian Instructor, or Congregational Magazine. Price 1s. Hamilton.
This work contains a biographical sketch, a sermon, essays on various subjects, reviews of new publications, and a statistical account of protestant dissenters in every part of the kingdom. The conductors are of that class of dissenters termed Independents.

The Bible Magazine. Price 1s. Ogles and Co.
This work has been distinguished for those peculiar religious opinions, which were promulgated by Messrs. Romaine, Toplady, and others.

The Methodist Magazine. Price 6d. Fine paper, 1s, Blanshard, City Road.
This miscellany is devoted almost exclusively to the disciples of the late Mr. Wesley; and its circulation, from what we are told, is without a precedent, or rival.


The Lady's Magazine. Price 1s. 6d. Baldwin.
This work contains a variety of information interesting to the Fair Sex, respecting fashions, &c. &c. It is embellished by plates, &c.

The Ladies' Museum. Price 1s. 6d.
A very neat and respectable little work. A portrait is given with each number.

La Belle Assembée. Price 3s. Bell.
This magazine contains a pleasing variety of articles for female readers, and is particularly distinguished for a series of splendid engravings.

Besides these there are many other periodical publications, the names of which follow:

Price ---------------------- s. d.

Annals of the Fine Arts* 5 0

Army List 1 6

Baptist Magazine 0 6

Bon Ton Magazine 1 6

British Magazine 0 6

British Stage 1 0

Casket 1 0

Christian Guardian 0 6

----------Miscellany 1 0

----------Reformer 0 6

----------Remembrancer 1 6

Classical Journal* 6 0

Colonial Journal 8 0

Cottage Magazine 0 3

Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal* 3 0

Edwards' Botanical Mag. 4 0

English Musical Gazette 2 0

Espanol Constitutional 3 0

Farmer's Magazine* 3 0

Fireside Magazine 1 0

Gazette of Health 1 0

Gospel Magazine 0 9

Herald of Peace 0 6

Intellectual Repository 1 6

Jewish Expositor 0 6

Journal of Trade and Commerce 2 0

Medico-Chirurgical Journal* 4 6

Missionary Register 0 6

Murray's New Navy List 2 0

Orthodox Journal 1 0

Philanthropist 2 6

Philosophical Library 2 6

Pocket Magazine (Arliss) 0 6

Poor Man's Family Book 0 3

Provincial Magazine 1 6

Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review* 5 0

Sporting Magazine 2 0

Sunday School Repository 1 0

------------------Teacher 1 0

Town and Country Mag. 1 0

Youth's Magazine 0 4

The amount of the above monthly and quarterly publications extends to at least 120,000.

* Those marked with a [*] are published quarterly.

Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819