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Societies, and lately our Charge d'Affaires at Copenhagen; and that they are the first writers who have undertaken to embody the chronicles of these countries in a uniform and connected narrative, so as to exhibit under one view the state of government and society in ancient and modern times; the condition of the inhabitants and the productions of their soil; their institutions under the barbarous ages, and the progress they have now attained in literature, arts, and civilization. Numerous woodcuts illustrate the work. To the succeeding number of the Family Library, 'Democracy,' by G. S. CAMP, we shall take another occasion to advert, it being too elaborate and well-reasoned a work for a mere passing glance in this department.
THE ENGLISH ANNUALS FOR 1842.-Through the courtesy of Messrs. APPLETON AND COMPANY, the English annuals for 1842, gleaming in blue and crimson, purple and gold, and garnished with all the splendors of the pictorial art, are lying before us. A running-glance over them, to indicate to our readers an outline of their various attractions, is all the justice we can at present render them.
THE BOOK OF THE BOUDOIR,' or the Court of QUEEN VICTORIA, is a superb quarto, with portraits of twelve of the fair British nobility, countesses, viscountesses, ladies, etc., all from portraits of the life size; original paintings by eminent artists, and engraved under the superintendence of the eminent FINDEN. It is a charming volume.
THE 'PICTURESQUE ANNUAL,' of lordly size, contains twenty-one engravings from original drawings by ALLOM, whose fine views of Constantinople attracted so much attention at the National Academy of Design the present season. The embellishments, which are truly superb, embrace the principal modern improvements and newly-erected monuments of the capital of France. The letter-press sketches are from the competent pen of Mrs. GORE, and the typographical execution and 'findings ' are of the first order.
FISHER'S DRAWING ROOM SCRAP-Book,' with poetical illustrations by MARY HOWITT, is unquestionably more various and extensive in its five quarto embellishments than any of its contemporaries for 1842. The views are ransacked from all corners of the earth. Egypt, Palestine, Africa, Turkey, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, etc., have been laid under contribution for the work; beside which there are in its sixty-seven engravings, numerous pictures of a different description, including one or two from the old masters, and several portraits of distinguished persons. This annual will command a wide sale.
'HEATH'S HISTORICAL ANNUAL' devotes its beautiful line embellishments to prominent events in the great Civil War, in the time of Charles the First and the Parliament, which history and romance have rendered memorable. There are fifteen engravings by CATTERMOLE, scarcely one of which, well studied, but would repay the price of the splendid volume. The historical descriptions are by Rev. RICHARD CATTERMOLE, B. D., who has with comprehensive brevity illustrated the illustrations of his illustrious relative, GEORGE the Artist.
'THE CABINET OF MODERN ART,' edited by ALARIC A. WATTS, formerly editor of the London Souvenir, has twenty-four line engravings, some of them of great excellence, the subjects of which have been selected from the finished works of the most distinguished painters of the day; pictures which have stood the test of public approbation in the several galleries in which they have been exhibited. Among others included in the volume, are the productions of STOTHARD, HOWARD, COLLINS, NEWTON, MARTIN, CHALON, WESTALL, STEPHANOFF, PARRIS, etc. Among the contributors are the late Miss LANDON, that fine poet T. K. HERVEY, WILLIAM HOWITT, and others equally well known to fame. In its externals The Cabinet' lacks the high finish of some of its brethren, but it is a very good annual nevertheless. 'THE GEMS OF ART' is a volume similar in character and execution to the Cabinet,' and to which the same remarks will apply. The editor was assisted in his designs by the painters themselves who are represented in his works, as well as by many of the most distinguished collectors throughout England.
'THE FORGET-ME-NOT,' although the smallest and least pretending of the whole English tribe of Christmas, New-year, and Birth-day presents, is by no means the least attractive. It has eleven engravings, four or five of them of exceeding beauty. We cannot say that the externals are of remarkable beauty. The contents however are good, and from various well-known pens. Mrs. SIGOURNEY and Miss HANNAH F. GOULD we perceive are represented in its pages; the latter in one of the best things in the volume, which it opens; 'American Wild Flowers for QUEEN VICTORIA.' Messrs. APPLETON AND COMPANY have the other English annuals for the coming year; as The Juvenile Scrap-Book,' by Mrs. ELLIS, HEATH'S 'Book of Beauty,' 'Friendship's Offering,' and 'Keepsake ;' but we have no room to record their various beauties. They must be seen to be appreciated.'
'INCIDENTS OF A WHALING VOYAGE.'-This is a volume from the pen, as we learn, of a son of Prof. OLMSTED of New-Haven, who was compelled by ill health to undertake a whaling voyage from the port of New-London, in 1839. He went as a passenger; and we must agree with the New-York Review, that we could not more precisely mark the difference between 'Two Years before the Mast' and these Incidents,' than by saying that the author of the one talks like a passenger, of the other like a sailor. Yet the latter is far from being an indifferent or dull book. It is liberally sprinkled with adventure and anecdote, and contains much valuable information upon the subject of whale-fisheries, as well as a very interesting description of the Sandwich Islands, and the effect of christianity upon their inhabitants. The volume is illustrated with several forcible engravings on stone, from original drawings by the author; and like all of the Messrs. APPLETON's publications, is well printed and bound. MR. M'JILTON'S ADDRESS.- -There are many things in the recent Address delivered by Mr. J. N. M'JILTON before the Literary Societies of Lafayette college at its late commencement which we can heartily commend. Such are portions of the writer's comments upon American literature, and his earnest defence of the higher order of native talent. But when he talks of Barnaby Rudge' and 'Charles O'Malley' as productions' calculated to vitiate the habits and corrupt the morals of American youth,' he exhibits a narrow mind, sheer ignorance, or a discreditable affectation of preeminent and adscititious virtue. Long say we may such works as 'Nicholas Nickleby' and 'Barnaby Rudge' occupy the place of indifferent literary productions, even though they be 'native American.' We ask no favor for our literary minores which shall prevent our full enjoyment of the labors of master-spirits of other countries. CHILDE HAROLD: LOCKHART'S SPANISH BALLADS.-Two more superbly-beautiful volumes than the illustrated and illuminated edition of LoCKHART'S 'Spanish Ballads' and the embellished edition of BYRON'S CHILDE HAROLD,' recently published in London by MURRAY, and just imported by APPLETON AND COMPANY, we have never had the good fortune to see. All that the art of engraving, printing, and coloring can do, has been bestowed upon these gorgeous books. They should be seen, not spoken of. Messrs. WILEY AND PUTNAM are about to issue an edition of the former, with important prose additions.
SCHOOL AND FAMILY DICTIONARY.-The sub-title of Illustrative Definer' characterizes the prominent merit of this book over other dictionaries. The author, Rev. Mr. GALLAUDET, of Hartford, (Conn.,) whom to name is a sufficient guaranty of his performance, has aimed at and attained great simplicity and clearness, and avoided the defect of defining one word by another often still more difficult, and the defining of the latter one by the very word which it had been used to define. Messrs. ROBINSON, PRATT AND COMPANY, Wall-street, are the publishers.
SCOTT'S POEMS: MOORE'S EPICUREAN.- Mr. C. S. FRANCIS, in continuation of the excellent and cheap edition of the complete works of SIR WALTER SCOTT, commenced by Mr. PARKER of Boston, has just published four handsome volumes, containing 'Rokeby,' 'Bridal of Triermain,' 'Lord of the Isles,' 'Waterloo,' etc. At the same low price and in the same neat form Mr. FRANCIS has also issued a revised and corrected edition of MOORE'S 'EPICUREAN,' with notes.
GERMAN PROSE WRITERS.-Mrs. SARAH AUSTIN, favorably known in England and America for several literary performances of merit, is the compiler of a handsome volume which we find upon our table from the press of Messrs. APPLETON AND COMPANY, containing numerous fragments, various in kind but all of characteristic excellence, with biographical sketches of the several authors. The volume is a fair salmagundi of the German belles-lettre intellect, and is handsomely presented to the reader.
FRANCE, ETC.-Messrs. WILEY AND PUTNAM have issued a second edition of France, its King Court, and Government,' by our minister to France, Gov. Cass. It contains in addition the Three Hours at Saint Cloud,' written for these pages. We are glad to announce, on the authority of a letter just received from the author of this attractive volume, that our readers may anticipate a series of papers from the same eminent pen in the course of the ensuing volume.
NEW GREEK GRAMMAR. -Messrs. CROCKER AND BREWSTER, Boston, have published in a neat and convenient form, Part I. of a Grammar of the Greek Language, by Prof. CROSBY of Dartmouth College, containing the elements of general grammar, the rules of Greek grammar, so far as they apply to the Attic and common dialects, and a series of tables illustrative of Greek inflections. It purports to be literally a practical grammar, the author having aimed, not to present a theory of the language, but to exhibit in the plainest manner the forms and constructions which occur in the Greek classic writers. The volume bears evidence of having been prepared and printed with the most praiseworthy care. 74
"AMENITIES OF LiteratureE.'. This latest work of the elder D'ISRAELI will well reward perusal. A mind like our author's, full of all imaginable information connected with whatever theme he may have in hand, is incapable of producing a dull work. A more industrious bibliopolist scarcely ever put pen to paper. His facility of composition and the copiousness of his illustrations will often remind the reader of old BURTON. The present work treats of authors, scattered through all the ranks of society, among the governors and the governed; the objects of their pursuits, as usually carried on by their peculiar idiosyncrasy; and the secret connexion of the incidents of their lives with their intellectual habits.' He has developed that predisposition which is ever working in characters of native force; their faculties and their failures; the fortunes which they have shaped for themselves; the history in short of the mind of the individual, which cannot be found in biographical dictionaries, and which constitutes the psychology of genius. The work is in two volumes; and commends itself scarcely less by the neatness which marks its externals- a characteristic, let us add, of books from the press of the publishers, the Messrs. LANGLEY-than by the voluminousness and variety of its contents.
THE UNITED STATES' LITERARY ADVERTISER AND PUBLISHERS' CIRCULAR' is the title of a neatly printed register of literature, the fine arts, etc., issued on the fifteenth of every month by the Messrs. LANGLEY, Chatham-street. It is devoted to the interests of American booksellers and publishers, and is designed as a medium of communication between the several members of the trade. It comprises not only the advertisements and announcements of the several publishing houses, but includes an unusual amount of literary intelligence respecting new works in preparation, American and foreign, together with other occasional information connected with literature, etc. Beside being indispensable to every bookseller, it will prove, it is believed, scarcely less acceptable to literary men, members of book societies, public libraries, etc., throughout the country.
BUNYAN'S 'HOLY WAR.'-The American Sunday School Union have judged wisely in the publication of this celebrated work, which next to the Pilgrim's Progress' is the most widely known of any production of its author. The interest which its records excites seems to be ever new; as those may prove, by reading the book now who have perused it years ago. The warfare waged between the powers of Good and Evil, for the regaining of the Metropolis of the World, or the losing and taking again of the town of Mansoul,' will repay a score of perusals, and the last shall scarcely be less interesting than the first. A large number of good engravings illustrate the text of the American edition, which is on sale in New-York at Mr. J. C MEEKS's, 152 Nassau-street.
EDUCATION. Our thanks are due to JAMES BROWN, Esq., of Oswego, for a 'Lecture on Education,' delivered before the Mechanics' and Manufacturers' Association of that flourishing town in July last, and now published by request. We must do the writer the justice to say that he treats a subject which ninety-nine times in a hundred is the theme of labored Dullness, in a manner the most comprehensive; in language simple yet always striking, and often eloquent; enforcing his positions by apposite comparisons and felicitous illustrations; and pursuing his theme with evident knowledge and reach of thought into its most important ramifications. We are glad to have taken up this not very enticing little pamphlet, for it has that within which passeth show' in the matter of paper and typography.
FRENCH AND ENGLISH READING-BOOK.'-This is a little volume consisting of stories from real life, with marked idioms and translations, by Miss ORAM, with signs for reading applied to the French, by A. J. FRONTIN, a professor of modern languages. Idioms or peculiarities of expression do not come within the province of grammarians, and are only noticed singly in dictionaries. As they can only be taught by expression, in the use of language, this little book, especially prepared for the purpose, can scarcely fail to be of great use to the learner. It is a neat little volume, published by Mr. WILLIAM A. COLMAN, Broadway.
"THE RETROSPECT: or Review of Providential Mercies, with Anecdotes of Various Characters,' is the title of a volume of some two hundred and fifty pages, which we find on our table from the press of Mr. ROBERT CARTER, 58 Canal-street. It is from the pen of an English gentleman, formerly a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and now a minister in the Established Church. When we mention that the American issue is from the seventeenth London edition, our readers will infer that it must be a work of some attraction; and in this method of judging they are equally privileged with ourselves; since arduous professional labors have left us no moment for its perusal.
NEW POEMS BY MRS. SIGOURNEY. - We receive in season to notice but not to review a handsome volume from the press of the Brothers HARPER, entitled 'Pocahontas, and other Poems,' by Mrs. L. H. SIGOURNEY. The mere announcement of a work from this lady's pen will secure the ready attention of her countrymen to its pages; but our distant readers may desire to know more of our old contributor's latest offering, and that desire it will be our aim hereafter to gratify.