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The Student of Salamanca.

The Macdermots of Ballyclaran. By Mr. A. Trollope. In three volumes. The Progress of America, from the Discovery by Columbus to the Year

1846. By John Macgregor, Secretary to the Board of Trade; Author of "Commercial Statistics," &c. In two volumes.

A History of Rome, from the Earliest Times to the Death of Commodus, A.D. 192. By Dr. Leonhard Schmitz, F.KS E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh.

Florentine History, from the Earliest Authentic Records to the Accession of Ferdinand the Third, Grand Duke of Tuscany. By Henry Edward Na- pier, Captain in the Royal Navy, F.R.S. In six volumes. Volume VI. A Voice from Lebanon; with the Life and Travels of Assad Y. Kayat. • Ranthorpe.

A Whim and its Consequences. In three volumes.

Martnadulce Herbert, or the Fatal Error; a Novel, founded on fact. By the Countess of Blessington. In three volumes.

The Crusaders; or Scenes, Events, and Characters, from the Times of the

Crusaders. By Thomas Keightley. (Published under the Direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education appointed by the Society

for Promoting Christian Knowledge.) A new edition, in one volume. [This volume is a mixture of history and chronicle. Mr. Keightley does not de- sign a formal account of the story of the Crusades, in which many of the singular events and remarkable persons must be passed over. He has " planned a picture of manners rather than a narrative of events"; and but for a consecutive order, The Crusaders would be more like a series of sketches than a history. Each principal occurrence is taken singly, as an event of itself: by this means, the en- tire series of leading actions, from the first movement of Peter the Hermit down to the death cf Saladin and the capture of Richard on his return to England, pass before the reader: at the same time, as the chronological order is kept, and events are directly or indirectly connected with one another, a sufficient continuity is preserved throughout. The treatment corresponds with the plan. There is no disquisition; but an occasional remark is dropped in rather moral than critical. The style resembles that of the old chronicler weeded of his diffuseness and credulity; and it is better adapted to the author's plan than a more ambitious mode ot composition would have been. Mr. Keightley, indeed, has probably followed his authorities as closely as the condensed character of his book will admit, not only in the facts but the mode of presenting them.] Desultory Notes on the Government and People of China, and on the Chi- nese Language; illustrated with a Sketch of the Province of Kwang- Thug, showing its division into departments and districts. By Thomas Taylor Meadows, Interpreter to her Britannic Majesty's Consulate at Canton.

[These Notes, nineteen in number, relate to the language, the government, and the character of the people of China. The opportunities of Mr. Meadows were not quite so important as he conceives; for a man may fill up for ever "Chinese printed forms connected with the reporting of ships and goods, or even translate "official letters that have passed between the Mandarins and H. M.'s Consul on a variety of special subjects," without acquiring any thing beyond a knowledge of the business style of the language. Possibly, greater opportunities would not have served Mr. Meadows much; for his comprehension is narrow. Freely enough com- menting on previous writers, he adds little to what they have told us; and that little perhaps is questionable, unless where it relates to the lower order of people; for if the Chinese entertain the opinion of the highest foreigners which Mr. Meadows states they do, it is not likely that the Mandarins, or the upper classes generally, would be very familiar with a Consul's secretary. The five Notes on the Chinese language will doubtless be useful to those who wish to acquire it; for Mr.

Meadows studied it in Germany before he went to China, and his avocations may have introduced him to the common or business style. The other parts of the book are of very slender value.] Household' Surgery; or Hints on Emergencies. By John F. South, one of the Snrgeons to St. Thomas's Hospital.

[This volume originated in a lecture that the author delivered to a village audi- tory; and he chose, as the most, interesting theme, the various accidents to which

rustics are liable and the best mode of treating them' till professional advice could be obtained. In Household Surgery Mr. South has expanded this subject, so as not only to fit it for country folks, but for colonists and backwoodsmen. The

directions as to treating the different diseases or accidents that require manipu- lating treatment, rather than medicine are clear, plain, and brief; but some of the matters, we suspect, are cases which "precept cannot reach." Bad as the

toothache may be, we would rather bear it than an amateur's attempt to extract the offending member. In cases where something must be done, as where an ac- cident has occurred, Household Surgery will be found a useful director and adviser.] • Lyrical Poems by Pierre-Jean de Beranger. Selected and translated by William Anderson. With a Biographical Notice by the Translator, re- vised by the Poet.

[The translator of these select "chansons" of the great French lyrist seems to be unaware of Mr. Young's attempt, which we chronicled some weeks since. Mr. Anderson's versions appear to us less literally accurate than Mr. Young's,

without being more happy: but who can translate Beranger? We doubt, in- deed, whether an Englishman can thoroughly appretiate him, unless he is fa-

miller with the living language, feeling, character, and sentiment of the Frenda

people. A translation of Beranger must be something like a translation of Burns:] IVebster's Royal Red Book, or Court and Fashionable Register; comprising a comprehensive Street List, a correct List of the Nobility and Gentry, ar- ranged alphabetically, Houses of Lords and Commons, Crown and Law Officers, Ambassadors, Consuls, Bankers, Law Courts and Inns, Army and Navy. Agents, Hotels, Clubs, &c.; and other valuable information. For April 1847. [Webster's Royal Red Book is akin to the old Court Guide, but with some modern improvements; and it strikes us as animated by a more liberal spirit.

Everybody knows that the Court Guide was opposed to the London Directory as

West is opposed to East—it recognized nobody below a "profession," at least in their place of business. The Royal Red Book is as strict in its social, but not, we think, in its geographical limits. We have traced the street-list as far East- ward as Ely Place; but why not go to Broad Street or St. Helen's ? The book derives its title from the name of the streets being printed in red.] Mothers and Governesses. By the Author of " Aids to Development," &c.

[A series of papers on the condition of governesses, the treatment they receive, and that which they ought to receive in order to do justice to them and enable them to do justice to their pupils and fulfil the hopes of parents. The book also contains some hints as to the preparatory education governesses should undergo, and suggestions for the establishment of societies analogous to the Governess's In- stitution, to which the volume strenuously calls attention.]

An Attempt to Simplify English Grammar; with Observations on the Me- thod of 'Teaching it. By Robert Sullivan, Esq., M.A. T.C.D. Fourth edition, enlarged and improved. Dialogues on Universal Salvation, and Topics connected therewith. By David Thom, Minister of Bold Street Chapel, Liverpool; Author of "As- Enron" of Faith, or Calvinism Identified with Universalism," &e. Second editam.

A New and Easy Method of Learning the French Genders in afew Hours. By J. Rowbotham' Author of " A Practical French Grammar,' 8w. New edition, with the final Corrections of the Author.


Memoranda Catlwlica; or Notes of Ecclesiastical History. By Anglicus. Part I. February.

[The note-book of a student of ecclesiastical history; who seems to have directed his attention to the English and French historians rather than to the original sources. This number contains a précis of ecclesiastical events from the Ascen- sion to the fifth century, with biographical notices of some of the leading Fathers.]

Knight's One Volume Edition of the Works of Shakspere. Parts I. and H. [A monthly reissue of the double-column octavo edition of Charles Knight's Shakspere, with the explanatory foot-notes and a selection of wood-cuts. The cheapest and best of the single-volume editions published.] A Pictorial We of Our Saviour. Parts I. and IL [A reprint from the Pictorial Sunday Reading Book, pretty fully illustrated by cuts.] Sketches of German Life and Scenes from the War of Liberation in Ger- many. Part II. (Murray's Home and Colonial Library.)