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artist. The text intently perused, a very useful little work, and will and the illustrations carefully exa- greatly facilitate both teacher and mined, will give such a vigorous en- pupil. No lady, after being acquaintjoyment to the mind, that whoever ed with its contents, could think her partakes of it will confess that he work-table complete without it. To has had a high intellectual treat. those who wish to acquire the art, it
The text, superintended from the is a most clear guide, and also to the best, though hitherto neglected, edi- experienced it will give many valuation, by Mr. Bolton Corney, is as ble hints." correct as it is possible for it to be
Eucharista. Meditations and Prayers made; and the life, a very esteemed
on the Most Holy Eucharist, from old one, is amended, by copious and cu
English Divines; with an Introducrious notes, by the same gentleman.
tion, by Samuel Wilberforce. 32mo. The paper and printing are luxurious
This is one of the most elegant in the extreme, and the binding
little books lately issued; and the shows also a triumph of the bookbinder in at last producing a bril
contents are tastefully and judici
ously selected for the purpose they liancy of colour in the cloth that has
are intended to answer. The intronot hitherto been able to be given
duction is written with the earnest to it.
spirit that belongs to the class of Let the reader, however, judge for
Churchmen who are associated with himself; and he will confess that it
the author. There is a biographical is a very tempting work, and one
notice of authors from whom the that, to make a present of, cannot be
Meditations are selected; and the surpassed either in appropriateness
Meditations are culled froin the eloor beauty.
quent divines who are known as the A Guide to Fancy Needlework and Em
champions of the High Church. The broidery, with illustrative Engravings.
embellishments are imbued with an 32mo.
elegant taste, that arises from a parThis is one of many neat and use
tiality towards and intimacy with the ful little works published by Mr. productions of the Roman Catholic Mitchell. It contains, in a small
churchmen in its palmiest state. A compass, a vast deal of information.
large class of the members of the There is first a very agreeably writ
Church of England will be deterred ten introduction, on the advantages from using it by its missal-like apof Fancy Needlework; then comes
pearance, though this will be the inan entertaining history of it, in which
ducement to purchase with that inmention is made of the most impor- creasing set, who, if not imbued with tant pieces of needlework, down to
the spirit of Roman Catholicisın, at Miss Linwood's productions; and least wish to re-introduce many of its last, the important matter of the forms. For our own parts, we must work, “A Guide to Fancy Needle
say we regard with great suspicion work.” And here follows an infinite
the silent and apparently insidious variety of stitches, of all sorts and
endeavours now making to enslave kinds; and it is so universal, that
the reasoning faculties, with regard we expected to find an account of
to religion, through the medium of “ hemistiches," distiches,”
the imagination. all those “stiches” that the poets have indulged in. Sext comes an The Coltage on the Common, and The account of the materials necessary for
Little Gleaners. By C. M., Author the art, including every thing, from
of “ The Child and the Hermit." “ Berlin wool to gold, mother-of- Sq. 32mo. pearl, and floss silk."
We are very glad to
see C. M. To give an idea of the mode in again in the shape of paper and print. which it is executed, we cannot do Her tale of “The Child and the Herbetter than quote the words of a very mit" we had occasion to speak highly experienced young lady, to whom we of some time since, and we can say, have submitted it. She says, “ It is that the same interest attaches
these stories, and the same know. hypothesis, which only elicits the ledge of human childhood.
probable biography of the subject.
Mr. Knight, however, though posThe Climate of the South of Devon · sessing fully the true philosophic and its Influence upon Health ; with
temperament, is not of that enthusi. short Accounts of Exeter, Torquay, astic nature to lose himself in the va. Babbicombe, Teignmouth, Dawlish,
garies of a strong imagination. He Exmouth, Budleigh-Salterton, Sid
will adhere rigidly to the few landmouth, &c. By Thomas Shapter,
marks that exist in this ocean of conM.D., Physician to the Exeter Dis
jecture; and he will, we feel assured, pensary, Lying-in Charity, &c. Post
from what he has done, strictly and 8vo. The reputation that Dr. Shapter has
sternly acknowledge the immense suobtained, is such as to guarantee
periority of one well established fact,
over the results of a theory, however that he would not put forth a volume without bestowing great care upon
apparently sound, in delineating that ever shifting and varying commodity,
human character. The climate is very minutely de- This first number is, doubtless, scribed from a series of scientific ob
a very fair sample of the structure of servations, and its effect on health
the whole—and a broad and magand disease very clearly discussed.
nificent one it is. The relations in The account of the various places
which the Poet is as yet manifested, is exceedingly interesting, and will be
are those relating to his “Ancestry," found valuable, not only to the in.
“The Town of Stratford,” his family, valid, but to the general traveller, or
as recorded in “The Registry,” “The the resident inhabitant.
School,” and “The School Boy's The Pictorial Edition of Shakspere.
World.” All these matters are fully Part XLV. William Shakspere :
yet most pleasantly examined and Biography. No. I. Royal 8vo. enlarged upon, and are copiously This is the commencement of that
embellished with excellent designs Life in which Mr. Knight will pour
from drawings recently made in the forth the accumulated store of know
localities they illustrate. We shall ledge that he has so long been gar
hereafter more critically examine it
as a whole; in the mean time, we nering on the subject ; and we are quite sure that the scholar, as well
say, let all who love the Poet, puras the general reader, will be de.
chase this ample and pleasing ac
count of him. lighted by the knowledge that will be thus laid before him. We have
Canadian Scenery Illustrated : Uniforin not space here to make any remarks
with American Scenery, Switzerland, on his very elaborate and excellent
Scotland, &c. From Drawings by W. edition of the works; they are pretty H. Bartlett, engraved in the first well known to all readers of Shakes- style of the Art, by R. Wallis, J. peare by this time, and will long Cousen, Willmore, Brandard, Bent. exist a monument of tasteful and ju- ley, Richardson, &c. The Literary dicious zeal.
Department by N. P. Willis, Esq. The Life will be more properly
Part 23. the Life and Times of Shakespeare, These engravings, if not exactly in though the Times will only be re- the “ First style of the Art," are, corded as reflecting on and affecting nevertheless, exceedingly pretty, and the genius of the poet; and so far give a lively idea of the scenes they the history may be legitimately very depict. The Forest Scene shows the discursive. This is applying the settler there is no lack of wood, though same philosophical spirit to biogra- he might say,would there were. The phy that has been latterly applied to Settler's Hut brings home vividly to history. It doubtless has its ob- one's mind the endurances to be jections; and if deductions, how- sustained, where a £20 a year house ever plausible, are drawn too closely, would be considered a palace. The it leads the reader into a world of contrast, too, is the greater, being seated in magnificent scenery. The the only originality dispiayed about other views are more cheering, and them belongs to the shrewd specugive an equally lively notion of the lator who concocts their titles : localities.
these are afterwards parcelled out The letter-press, by Mr. Willis, is among a set of literary contractors, written in his light and agreeable who fit each with a body, according style, and depicts a life so totally dif- to specification, as a builder runs ferent to that highly civilized people you up a house, flimsy as a snailare accustomed to, that it must prove shell, but tricked out with the interesting to those who have no idea help of stucco, after the most apof settling, but merely as showing proved fashion of the day, and so the perseverance and fortitude of made vendible at least, if not inha. those who are laying the founda- bitable. The " Popular Library" of tion of another mighty empire. the Messrs. Whittaker comprises The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland;
works of genuine excellence, the Illustrated uniform with American
truly original productions of minds Scenery, and by the same Artists.
of a high order: in print, paper, and 4to. sewed. The Literary Department
all the mechanical details of publicaby N. P. Willis, Esq. Part XIV.
tion it is excellent, and its cost is
such as to place it within the reach The Four Views given here are of
of the humblest student's means. the same class as those in “ The
We should be much inclined to reAmerican Scenery ;” and if not
gard the degree of public favour bevery extraordinary as engravings,
stowed on this excellent series as a are, “ for the money, quite a heap."
test of the healthiness of the popular The letter-press is entertaining, and
taste in literature. gives pleasantly the history and bio
A well executed translation of graphy of the various places.
Ranke's celebrated history in so Part I. of Ranke's History of the Popes cheap a form is an opportune offerof the Sixteenth and Seventeenth ing to readers of the present day. Centuries. Translated from the last There has sprung up amongst us a edition of the German. By Walter K. strong and growing tendency to Kelly, Esq., B.A. “Whittaker's Po.
search out all the elements of that pular Library." Medium 8vo.
surpassingly important period which We look with much interest to this the learned author has chosen for series of publications, regarding it his theme. Hitherto our attention as one of the most important expe- has been too much engrossed by some riments that have yet been made of the more prominent details ; occuwith respect to cheap literature. The pied by the externals of the mighty intention of the publishers, so far as movements then effected, we have it is evidenced by what they have not bad leisure to form just and enalready done, appears to be some- larged conceptions of their more inthing very different from what is too ward nature. Nor have we been often apparent in the getting up of sufficiently calm and dispassionate your popular literature. We have for such a task ; the feeling of parDOW-a-days plenty of what Bacon tisanship has been too strong within calls “distilled books,” and which us. The Germans are happily placed he dismisses with the contemptuous beyond the influence of many of the judgment that they are flashy causes that in this country have exthings.” Works of this class are asperated and prolonged the strife for the most part made to order : of interests and feelings; they are, they are not the production of au- therefore, the better qualified to be thors who write out of the abun- our leaders in the course of investidance of knowledge, or with the gation which it seems the bent of contagious earnestness of men who
our age to pursue. The work begive utterance to their spontaneous fore us is one of the most valuable thoughts and feelings on some fa- contributions that have been made vourite topic. For the most part, to history within the current century. 12mo. the last year of the pontificate of Sextus V. A close comparison of The title of this work explains very the English version with the origi- fully its contents, and although title nal enables us to declare that the pages of this kind are commonly to be translator has executed his task with mistrusted, being generally like other spirit and fidelity.
The wealth of original and wholly Church of Rome, and the religious unwrought materials of which the as well as political aim of the Spanish author has been enabled to avail Armada. "It is written in a bold, himself is really amazing; and he vigorous and comprehensive style, has employed them with a skill, an and embodies all the principles of exquisite perfection of criticism, and the Church it advocates in a masterly an integrity and impartiality, that are manner. Its virulence towards Eliabove all praise. The work belongs zabeth is excessive, accusing her of to that class of history which is tech- every vice, both as a queen and a nically called philosophical; it deals woman. This, bowever, only tends with events more in the mass than to exalt her as a politician still higher, in the detail; but there is nothing showing as it does vividly, the nuvague or obscure in its mode of merous and potent parties she had treating them; the historian seizes to contend with and control. To his subject in its widest compass any one taking an interest in the with a firm and precise grasp. It theological discussion now existing, is from no lack of pictorial power or in the history of the period to that Ranke is sparing in his use of which it relates, the reprint of the mere narrative or description. Now tract must be indispensable. and then he is more minute, especially in his delineation of personal A New French and English Lexicon ; traits, and then he writes with a comprising, besides the usual number
of Words found in the best Dictionaries vigour and grace that prove him
extant, in a similar size, an extensive equally master of the picturesque as of the philosophical style in history.
addition of Commercial, Nautical, Mi. On the whole it may be said of his
litary and other highly useful Terms,
with the novel introduction of the book, that laborious Germany has
Singular and Plural Persons of every rarely produced one on which a
Tense and Mood, belonging to all the larger proportion of toil seems to
Regular and Irregular Verbs in the have been expended; nor can any French Language ; the whole Alphacountry boast of a work on which the
betically Arranged, and preceded by a writer's vast industry has been more Compendious Key, that shows how happily bestowed to prevent all sense to find out the Meaning of any Part of weariness in his reader.
of Speech, be it conjugated, declined, Part I. of the present edition brings
contracted, or modified in any way. down the history of the popedom, Constructed upon an entirely New from the times of Alexander VI. to
Plan. By Marin G. De la Voye.
protestations made to answer a pur
pose, and with very little regard to Cardinal Allen's Admonition to the No.
facts, yet we are bound to say this is bility and People of England and
not the case in the present instance. Ireland, &c. A. D. 1588. Reprinted
For the purposes of translation, with a Preface, by Eupator. 18mo.
this is the most convenient dictionary This is a reprint from an extremely we have examined. And for persons rare Tract; so much so, that some whoare not grammatically acquainted of our ablest antiquarians and his- with the language, invaluable, as it torians were unacquainted with its gives the verbs and nouns in their existence.
various modifications of tense and It is not only valuable on account numbers, so that the most ignorant of its preserving so extremely scarce person will be able at once to comand curious a work; but it is intrin- prehend a sentence, at least as far as sically so, as an historical document he can without understanding the portraying the true views of the idiom of the language. And here
we may observe, we have been shown surprise and gratification, we quickly a dictionary of phrases, about to found ourselves in company with no appear, so comprehensive, that with metaphysical pedagogue, as we might the two, a person without any pre- have expected, but with an instrucvious knowledge of the language will tive and entertaining guide. It is be able to interpret any French work seldom the latter term can be justly
coupled with a treatise upon any of M. De la Voye has bestowed im- the various branches of political ecomense labour on the work before us,
nomy, -yet it is strictly applicable which, although contained in a very to this hook upon Banks and Bankconvenient size, has a vast variety The author has succeeded in of matter in it. He seems to have imparting to the subject a degree of contemplated all the difficulties that interest of which many persons can present themselves to the learner, would previously have considered it and to have been determined to obvi- wholly unsusceptible. No doubt, ate them. He has also a clear and the many anecdotes he has collected logical mode of arrangement and ex. relating to Bankers, and now for the planation, that contributes greatly to first time presented to the public, the ease of the student. The book have contributed considerably to this is beautifully printed, and is particu. effect; but we are inclined still more larly distinct, in spite of the great to ascribe it to his clear and forcible varieties of references and peculiari- style—to his power in historical ties, owing to M. De la Voye's sys- narrative and to the faculty postem, with which it abounds. We sessed by him in no common degree, cordially recommend it, though we of transferring to the minds of his are quite sure the work will recom- readers the ideas that are impressed mend itself.
upon his own. Every one who takes
up the book will dwell with deep Banks and Bankers. By Daniel Hard
and painful interest (at least we have castle, jun. 2 vols, post 8vo.
done so) on the melancholy sketch Many persons are restrained from he has given of that series of monethe examination of such a work as tary convulsions to which this nation that upon Banks and Bankers, by has been subjected by the operations Daniel Hardcastle, jun., by a feeling of ignorant and selfish quackery that they are not competent judges during the last sixty years. He has upon such a subject, -and perhaps demonstrated beyond all doubt that there are not many who are so. To the various theories on Currency men not professionally engaged in that have appeared upon and vathe business of Banking, or to those nished successively from the public whose minds have no peculiar apti- stage since the time of Adam Smith, tude for speculations of the sort, have each been preliminary to some there can be few inducements to en- fearful experiment, and all tending gage in a study, when the very terms to one consummation, the reducing and definitions appertaining to the the body politic to its present state science, (if science it can be called,) of almost hopeless debility. are matters of controversy,—where Hardcastle, jun. will have done theories the most contradictory find the public an incalculable service if zealous and able defenders,—and he succeeds in the object which where, consequently, the unpractised apparently he has in view, of withstudent finds himself lost in the drawing the attention from the labyrinth of conflicting systems. subtleties of the subject, and fixing For these reasons the generality of it upon those cardinal principles, persons, though anxious to gain' in- the value of which has been attested formation, are apt to approach the in the misery and ruin that have mysteries of the Currency with fear invariably been consequent upon and reluctance. These feelings will their being departed from.
We not be excited by a perusal of Daniel have had enough of speculations and Hardcastle, jun. Very much to our speculative operations. It is now