19 JANUARY 1850, Page 17



The third week of the new year preserves the characteristics of its prede- cessors,—an influx of numerous books of the nature of reprints, though still with something of mark in their merit or garb. The present week has more new books for probable notice than last week, though arriving late. Hesperos ; or Travels in the West. By Mrs. Houston, Author of "Texas and the Gulf of Mexico." In two volumes.

The Bye-Lanes and Downs of England; with Turf Scenes and Cha- racters. By Sylvanus,Author of "Rambles in Sweden and Gottland, with Etchings by the Wayside," 8ce.

The Nature and Treatment of Diseasss of the Kidney connected with _Albuminous Urine, (Morbus Brightii) By G. Owen Rees, M.D., F.R.S., &c.

Silwood ; a Novel. In two volumes.

Among the reprints, Mr. Murray has sent forth a handsome [American' edition of the "Tales of a Traveller," illustrated by many engravings, with' head and tail pieces, grotesque and ariking in design, if they have not that refined humour which characterizes Geoffrey Crayon.

Mr. Bentley has reprinted two American books : Lieutenant Wise's "Wan- derings in Mexico, California, &c.," which we noticed from a Transatlantic edition a few weeks ago : Guyot's " Lectures on Physical Geography," a rougher and less complete edition of which was published by Mr. Cover some short time since. The difference between the two editions, so far as they proceed, is chiefly in revision 3 but the book before us contains twelve lectures—the smaller only six, and is a handsomer volume. 'Mr. Bentley has also sent out new neat, and cheap editions of Maxwell's established favourite, " Wild Sports of the West," and the late new novel by the author of "Two Old Men's Tales," called "Norman's Bridge," which we noticed at large on its appearance in July 1847. The greater part of the poems in Mrs. Stephen Lushmgton's little volume are reprinted from Fraser's Magazine; and they well deserve collection. Perhaps something of the grand defect of Mrs. Hemans and L. E. L. may be traced in them—a substitution of their own sentiments for the nature of the subject : but there is less of it in Mrs. Lushington ; and her topics are various and interesting, her sentiments healthy, domestic, and when the case requires tender, her verse graceful and harmonious. The other editions scarcely require a remark, Mr. Dod is, if possible, more complete and useful than before ; but has no new feature that we perceive.

Tales of a Traveller. By Geoffrey Crayon, Gentleman. Illustrated with Original Designs.

Los Gringos; or an Inside View of Mexico and California ; with Wan- derings in Peru, Chili, and Polynesia. By Lieutenant Wise, The Barth and Man: Lectures on Comparative Physical Geography, in its relation to the History of Mankind. By Arnold Guyot, Pro- fessor of Physical Geography and History at Neuchatel, Switzerland. Translated from the French, by C. C. Felton, Professor in Harvard University.

Wild Sports 'of the West. Interspersed with Legendary Tales and Local Sketches. By the Author of "Stories of Waterloo." New edition.

Norman's Bridge; or the Modern Midas. By the Author of "Emilia Wyndham," Bee. A new edition.

The Sea-Spirit, and other Poems. By Mrs. Stephen Lushington. Ms Peerage, Baronetage . and Knightage of Great Britain and Re- iland, for 18.50 ; including all the Titled Classes. Tenth Year. By Charles R. Dod, Esq., Author of "The Parliamentary Companion," &c: Miscellaneous Notices relating to China, and our Commercial Inter- course with that Country; including a few Translations from the Chinese Language. By Sir George Thomas Staunton, Bart., M.P., LL.D., and F.R.S. Second edition • enlarged in 1822, and accom- panied in 1850 by Introductory Observations on the Events which have affected our Chinese Commerce during that interval.

'Solutions to the Questions of the First General Examination of School- masters, conducted by her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools for Award- ing Certificates. By two Certificated Battersea Masters' W. Ham- mond, Head Master of the Commercial Travellers' Schools, Wanstead ;;. and T. Goodall, Master of the Blue-Coat School, Northampton. New edition.

A Dictionary of the ,English Language, for the use of Schools, and for General Reference. By Robert Sullivan, A.M., Barrister-at-law, &c.- [This volume contains a large variety of matter relating to pronunciation, etymology, &c., in phrt new, in part derived from Mr. Sullivan's excellent little books on education. The feature of the volume, however, is the Dic- tionary. In this the author's object is to supply a book up to the present day, at a price within the means of the " teachers and pupils of the Na- tional Sehoola rof Ireland." This he has aimed at by omitting from the Die-' tionary all ,derivative matter, and directions for pronunciation (since the greater part of it is commonplace, and that which is necessary is embraced in the prefatory sections) ; confining himself to the words and their mean- ings. In this way Mr. !Sullivan has embraced between two and three thou- Band words more than are contained in Walker's Dictionary ; "and though the meanings or explanations of the words have been necessarily abridged and condensed, vet they will be found quite as full as in the standard work just mentionedl

The Literary Class Book; or Readings in English Literature. To which is prefixed, an Introductory Treatise on the Art of Reading and the Principles of Elocution. By Robert Sullivan, A.M., Barrister-at- law, &c. LA very good miscellaneous selection, in which prose predominates. It is prefaced by an essay on reading or elocution, in which Mr. Sulli- van inclines to the natural rather than the artificial system, which in the mass lead sing-song, and in the best esae to monotony.. lYithout being at all "sold fashioned," the majority of the selections belong rather to the more classic age of English literature then to the current day ; and in this point of view the book forms an agreeable variety.]

A Grades ad Parnassum, for the use of Eton, Westminster, Winches- ter, Harrow, and Charterhouse Schools, Iling's College, London, and Marlborough College. By C. D. Yonge, B.A., Author of "An Eng- lish and Greek Lexicon.'

[The principal feature of Mr. Yonge's new guide to the writing of Latin verse is to indicate the epoch and authority of every word. The golden age from Catullus to Ovid stands in simple dignity ; words before Catullus have one typographical sign, those of a later age than Ovid another, and a third indicates words used only by comic or satiric poets and not proper for serious poetry. There are also other changes adapting the work to the educe- donal mind of the day; and the volume appears as carefully executed as judiciously planned.] The Annual Commercial Register, and General Record of Prices, in the year 1849. By D. Moner Evans, Author of the "Commercial Crisis, 1847-1848," &c. [This useful volume contains-I. a summary review of the commercial and palitieal affairs of the year, (so far as polities may affect commerce,) month by -month, with the pnces of funds, shares, &c. ; 2. a review of the grain trade, followed by a monthly record of prices ; 3. a monthly chronology, containing a summary account of commercial events, especially reports of - way affairs and bankruptcy meetings. The book, in short, contains the pith of the City intelligence of the daily papers, clearly presented, readily accessible by means of the arrangements and index, and so handy for re- ference that the volume would stand upon a narrow shelf or go into a coat- pocket.] Little Herbert's Midsummer Holydays and their Amusements ; or Con- versations on Ornithology. By vanity Elizabeth Willement. With Illustrations by F. G. „Sargent. [The principles of structure m birds, with some of-the most interesting facts for young people, in connexion with their natural history, thrown into the form of dialogues between a lady, her son, and niece. The little book has a.good many cuts ; and is arranged for improving young folk in reading, as well as in ornithology; a vocabulary of the difficult words being affixed to each dialogue.]

Miscellaneous Poems. By the late Sarah Telford. With an Introduc- tion by the Reverend Thomas Ebdon, B.A., Vicar of Billingham, and Minor Canon of Durham.

[A small volume of posthumous serious poetry written by elate servant of the Reverend Thomas Ebdon; who has edited the remains, and prefixed a biogra- phical notice of Sarah Telford, with some discursive remarks on herself, the poems, and their publication. There is nothing that calls for notice in the verses • the sole point of interest is the condition of the writer.] ai Translation of the Hermann and .Dorothea of Goethe, in the old English Measure of Chapman's Homer. By M. Winter, Author of ys on Foreign Literature," &c. With Introductory and Illus- trative Notes.


Daily's United Service and East India Record. No. I. January 1850. [A. list of all the officers holding commissions, whether on half or full pay,. in the Army, the Navy, or the East India Company's service, with marks in- dicative of their orders and honours. There are also lists of the stations of all the land forces both of Her Majesty's and the Company's service. It is a clear and well-arranged book, and will form a useful vade-mecum for the services.]


Suggestions or a Reform of Special Pleading. By Thomas Jones, Esq., of the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-law.

A Second Letter on the late Post-ofice Agitation. By Charles John Vaughan, D.D., Head Master of Harrow School.

The Monster Grievance of Ireland Exposed; and the Case of the Earl of Roden and the Irish Government Examined. By Veran.

The Slave-Trade, the African Squadron, and Mr. Hutt's Committee. By the Hon. Captain Denman, R.N. [Reprinted from the "Colonial Magazine."] A Letter to the Right Honourable Lord John Russell on the Sabbath Question, &c. By Charles Philip, Merchant, Leith.

Highland Destitution. Third Report of the Edinburgh Section of the Central Board for the Relief of Destitution in the Highlands and Is- lands of Scotland, for 1849.

The Justification of War, as the Medium of Civilization. By George Stephens, Author of "The Manuscripts of Erdely," &c.