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OPINIONS. Annual Address of the President of the Royal Geographical Society (Sir Roderick 1. Murchison). — We must admire the ability and persevering research with which he has succeeded in inparting to his Manual so much freshness and originality. In no respect is this character more apparent than in the plan of arrangement, by which the author commences his description of the physical geography of each tract by a sketch of its true basis or geological structure. The work is largely sold in Scotland, but has not been sufficiently spoken of in England. It is, indeed, a most useful school-book in opening out geographical knowledge.

Saturday Review.-It contains a prodigious array of geographical facts, and will be und useful for reference.

Guardian.-Its peculiar characteristic is its elaborate arrangement of the river-basins, so as to present in one view all the towns on each river, with their relative size. In other respects, it is a full and methodical school-book, suitable to the highest classes of geographical students.

Illustrated London News.-So complete and so philosophical a Manual of Geography we believe has not hitherto existed.

The Athenæum.-It is an excellent cyclopædia of geographical knowledge, and may be advantageously employed as a book of reference. Great stress is laid on physical geography, and the river-systems of the globe are developed in a inanner never before attempted.

English Journal of Education. Of all the Manuals on Geography that have come under our notice, we place the one whose title is given above in the first rank. For fulness of information, for knowledge of method in arrangement, for the manner in which the details are handled, we know of no work that can, in these respects, compete with Mr Mackay's Manual.

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Spectator.-In the two essential points of completeness and compactness, this is by far the best geographical Manual with which we are acquainted.

Daily News.—Combines fulness with compactness in an extraordinary degree. It is eminently practical in its arrangement, while ample care is taken throughout to place the facts in their scientific relation. The volume will be found very useful either in the school or the counting-house.

Critic.—This is perhaps the most elaborate and carefully-written text-book of geography which has ever come under our notice. D'Anville himself would, we think, were he living, give it his meed of warm approbation.

Educational Guardian.—Pupil-teachers, students in training colleges, &c., will find it both interesting and valuable. They have here all they can, as students, ever require; and, as a text-book, it may be recommended as being as far in advance of Cornwell's and Sullivan's treatises as these were superior to the catechisms and grammars which they have superseded.

London Review.—This is an excellent work, in every page showing traces of the great care and labour bestowed upon its compilation. . We may safely pronounce it to be the most useful and cheapest handbook of geography now in circulation.

Weekly Despatch.—This Manual of Modern Geography,' founded on a mathematical, physical, and political basis—a triumvirate which combines every requisite which is necessitated by the purposes of the book-is an admirable specimen of compilation. As a work of reference, therefore, its claims are enhanced by the evident reliability of its ample contents.

Educator.--This Manual contains a vast amount of information, collected with great care, while the matter has been so arranged as to aid both the teacher and scholar. The most recent information has been sought, and no pains have been spared to secure accuracy in the minutest details.

Freeman.-By far the best and completest Manual of Geography that we have

seen,

Scotsman.-It is a miracle of condensation. This wide variety of matter called for good arrangement, and the book is, in truth, extremely systematic and methodical in its construction, and bears abundant marks of painstaking in its execution.

Aberdeen Journal.-It will take the first place among works of the kind, and do more than any other to facilitate and make interesting the study of geographical science.

Inverness Courier. -A more comprehensive and useful work for systematic instruction in schools and for occasional reference has probably never been published.

Nonconformist.-After making ourselves minutely acquainted with the method and general execution of this book, we are of opinion that it is, on the whole, the best recent work on geography.

WILLIAM

BLACKWOOD AND

SONS.

OF

MODERN GEOGRAPHY

MATHEMATICAL, PHYSICAL, AND POLITICAL

ON A NEW PLAN

EMBRACING A COMPLETE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RIVER

SYSTEMS OF THE GLOBE

BY THE

REV. ALEX. MACKAY, LL.D. F.R.G.S.

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AUTHOR OF
FACTS AND DATES;' 'ELEMENTS OF MODERN GEOGRAPHY;' 'OUTLINES OF

MODERN GEOGRAPHY;' 'FIRST STEPS IN GEOGRAPHY,' ETC.

NEW AND GREATLY IMPROVED EDITIOX

PART I.

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS

EDINBURGH AND LONDON

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