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Imerican Literature, Science, and Art.
JANUARY TO JUNE 1853.
LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, SON & CO.
Harvard College Library
and Mrs. Thorp,
9 Jan, 1895,
ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, by
G. P. PUTNAM & CO.,
In the Clerk's Office in the District Court for the Southern District of New-York.
CONTENTS OF VOL. I.
“The Times" on Henry Esmond-Layard's Babylon--Life
of Niebuhr-Editorship of Edinburgh Review-Welling-
and by Mrs. Moodie. .
Lecturers--Faber's new work on the Prophecies-Gulis-
After the Holidaye-The Footpath and Highway-Ander-
bon's American Villa Architecture--Matt Ward's Eng-
Now Rome, or the United States of the World--Thalatta
III. French and German Literature.
XIX. Siècle--Histories of the Restoration Origines de
Horace and his Friends-Gutzkow's Autobiography. 109
tre-John Lemoinne-Traité de Chimie Révue Arche
Works of Napoleon I.--New work on Asia Minor-Pon-
Tartuffe--Jules Janin on Canary Bird g-Mirimée's False
borski's Essai sur les conséquences éventuelles de la dé.
Music (See Editorial Notes).
de Printemps-La Lotus de la Bonne Loi-Madame Gir.
placker's American Travels.
1848–Stanislas Julien--Thierry's History of the Forma-
Charlet-Bozquet's History of the French Clergy.
Poet's Night-Quartere Patriotic Poems Gedichte, by
Belgium :-Reply to Certain Journals relative to the af-
V. Soientific Intelligence, 114, 286, 847
Fine Arts (See Editorial Notes).
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