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From Harsh 6th to Harsh 121h. BOOKS.

A History of Greece: L LegendaryGreece; II. Grecian History to the reign of Peisistratus at Athens. By George Grote, Esq.

Scotland, its Faith and its Features; • or a Visit to Blair Athol. By the Reverend Francis Trench, Perpetual Curate of St. John's, Reading, &c. In two voltunes.

The King of Saxony's Journey through England and Scotland, in the year 1844. By Dr. C. G. Carus, Physician to his Majesty the King of Saxony, and Privy Councillor of the Medical Department. Translated by S. C. Davison, B.A., Dr. Ph., &c.

Elements o f ,Meteorology; being the third edition, revised and enlarged, of Meteorological Essays. By the late John Frederic Daniell; D.C.L., Oxon, For. Sec. RS., &c.; and Author of an Introduction to Chemical Philo- sophy. In two volumes.

The Statutes relating to the Ecclesiastical and Eleemosynary Institutions of England, Wales, Irelanc4 India, and the Colonies; with the Decisions thereon. By Archibald John Stephens, Barrister-at-law. In two volumes.


The Modern Cook; a Practical Guide to the Culinary Art in all its branches adapted as well for the largest establishments as for the use of private families. By Charles Elme Francatelli, Pupil of the celebrated Careme, and late Maitre d'Hotel and Chief Cook to her Majesty the Queen. With Illustrations.

[Here is cookery for the great. The pupil of Careme, the "chief cook and maitre d'hotel to her Majesty the Queen," does not write for those vulgar dogs who eat because they are hungry and for whom hunger is a sufficient sauce. Mr. Fran- catelli treats of cookery "as an art by which a refined taste is to be gratified rather than a coarse appetite satisfied." Throughout his work he assumes that the various dishes and preparations are to be made for a large number of guests, with the "usual resources of a well-appointed kitchen "—and we must suppose a well-filled purse or an unlimited credit. Persons so happily situated, or rather their "people," ;rill doubtless procure The Modern Cook; and persons ambitious of such a reputation will doubtless read it, were it only for its hints touching the arrangement of the courses,—" which should not exceed two," " Westward of Temple Bar." The practical proverb, "The proof of the pudding is in the eating" applies more closely to a cookery-book than to anything else; and we can only speak as to the reading, not to the more important results of the art. In this point of view, Francatelli strikes us as being more empirical than some books we have encountered of humbler pretensions. There is less of chemical principle and more of dogmatic direction: but then he writes for the profession, not for those who know nothing. The volume is handsomely got up, and might worthily fill a place in the library of Apicius.] The New Navy List, and General Record of the Services of Officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Conducted by Joseph Allen, Esq., RN., Greenwich Hospital. (This elaborate publication appears to be the first number of a new series, under a new editor, who has introduced various improvements. The original work we have no recollection of having seen. The present number contains a mass of in- formation, indispensable, we suppose,!to every one who is entitled to write R.N. or RM. after his name. The New Navy List contains classified lists of all the Officers in the Navy, from Admirals down to Mates, including Medical Officers, Paymasters' and Pursers; distinguishing the dates of their commissions or ap- pointments,followed by an account of their services, limited to the facts without comment,—the omission of which last is one of the improvements. The lists of the Navy are followed by those of the Royal Marines, exhibited in the same way; after which comes a complete account of the effective force, embracing the ships, with their stations, officers, and so forth. Sundry tables offer more particular information; and a complete index gives an alphabetical list of every officer, indi- cating his rank, standing, and present service: but we do not see that it refers to the page where he will be found, or that it indicates the arm to which he belongs, otherwise than incidentally. The distinction between Navy and Marines may not be needed for professional men, but the want of it renders the index incomplete in a critical sense. The book is in future to be published half-yearly.]

Biographia Britannica Literaria; or Biography of Literary Characters of Great Britain and Ireland, arranged in chronological order. Anglo- Norman Period. By Thomas Wright, MA., &c.

(This volume is the continuation of a work which we noticed at length some few years since but the present subject—the Anglo-Norman Literature—has not so much of original character as the Anglo-Saxon; and the number of persons of whose lives an account is given are much greater. To the scholar or the library the book will be essential: its popular characteristics may probably not be so great as in some other of Mr. Wright s national labours; but we shall see.] The Aristocracy of England; a History for the People. By John Hampden junior. [A low book; consisting of the sort of stuff that forms the staple of virulent speeches at coffee-shop debating societies, but taking the shape of a survey of English history, with an analysis of the pension-list, and other statistics. Aris- tocracy has its faults,—though we believe it will be found that governments with a fully developed element of hereditary power have been the steadiest and the most enduring, and that the English aristocracy has been greatly influenced by the public opinion of its day; but "John Hampden junior, would be a sorry exchange for the worst aristocracy.] 77ie Embassy, or the Key to a Mystery; an Historical Romance. Being the Second Series of the Chronicles of the Beadle. In three volumes.

[The subject of this novel is Buckingham's embassy to France to demand Hen- rietta Maria, and his alleged intrigue with Anne of Austria: from that intrigue springs an infant, who is hereafter to figure in defiance of chronology, as the Man in the Iron Mask. Felton also is introduced, with a daughter pursued by Buckingham; and Kathleen Felton is one of the moving causes of the Duke's assassination. The style of the age is imitated by using some of its cant terms; and the general composition is of that affected force and smartness which pre- vail among works published in periodical parts.] Guide for the Writing-desk; or Young Author's and Secretary's Friend: with Instructions and Examples.

[A useful little publication, containing some brief hints for the acquisition of a style, and some fuller directions on the arts of punctuation, preparing manuscripts for the press, and correcting proofs. These directions are followed by particular information as to superscriptions and address in communicating with the different classes of society. The little book will be found a useful companion for the desk or pocket.]

History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century. By J. H. Merle D'Aubigne, D.D. A new Translation, by Henry Beveridge, Esq., Advocate. Volume III.

[This really cheap edition haa progressed as far as it can go till the appearance of the fourth volume of the French.]

The Hand-book of Needle-work, Decorative and Ornamental; including Crochet, Knitting, and Netting. By Miss Lambert. With illustrative Engravings. Fourth edition; revised, and considerably enlarged.

[A fourth edition of a book that every buyer puts to the test, by proving its utility and efficiency, is the best kind of praise; and leaves for us only to record the facts that this new edition is improved as well as amplified, and at the same time reduced in price without being less handsome than before.]