14 MAY 1831, Page 20

Mr. ROSCOE has commenced a series of Popular Novels ;

which we wish may be as successfully chosen and as gladly accepted as Mrs. BARD AULD.S very excellent series. He could not have corn- menced better than with Robinson Crasoe—the most perfect of human inventions. The novels of FIELDING and SMOLLETT are to have the advantage of GEORGE CRUIKSHANK'S plates : what he can do for SMOLLETT, has already been shown in some admi- rable etchings in the Points of Humour—a little work much va- lued by connoisseurs. The Life of DEFOE is neat, and creditable, excepting on the topic of SELKIRK, where we think Mr, Roscoa is culpably brief.