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-. The...Tots:wale and Correspondence of General Sir Harry Calvert, Bart., Adjutant-General of the Forces under H.R.H. the Duke of York. Comprising the Campaigns in Flanders and Holland in 1798-'4. With an Appendix, containing his Plans for the Defence of - the Country in case of Invasion. Edited by his Son, Sir Harry

• Verney, Bart

- History of the Early Christians. By Samuel Eliot. In two volumes. aldventures in Australia, in 1852 and 1853. By the Reverend H. Berkley Jones, M.A., late Curate of Belgrave Chapel.

The Three Presidencies of India : a History of the Rise and Progress of the British Indian Possessions, from the Earliest Records to the Pre- sent Time. With an Account of their Government, Religion, Man- ners, Customs, Education, &c. By John Capper, F.R.A.S., late Editor of the Ceylon Examiner. Illustrated by numerous Engravings, and a Map by Wyld. (Illustrated London Library.) Alieford ; a Family History. By the Author of "John Drayton." In three volumes.

3fentoirs of John Abernethy, F.R.S. With a View of his Lectures, Writings, and Character. By George Macilwain, F.R.C.S., Author of "Medicine and Surgery one Inductive Science." In two volumes.

Oakfield, or Fellowship in the East. By Punjabee. In two volumes.

The Napoleon Dynasty. By the Berkeley Men. Louis Napoleon by F. Greenwood. Illustrated with twenty-two l'ortraits. [This American compilation is done upon the principle of "stump oratory," with one considerable exception. The stump orator is doubtless consistent with himself; the matter and manner are congruous. The compiler of The _Napoleon Dynast "getting up" his book from various sources, has a mix- ture of st lea. French rhetoric or French sentiment alternates with the fustian of the far West, u bile occasionally there is a contrasting flatness, wIrich reminds one of the level style of Ancient Pistol. Were ablUid"to look for critical care or discrimination from the so-called Berkeley Men. There are facts so notorious, or at least so easily ascertainable, thaVignoranee respecting them is inexcusable. The book tells us that Sir 'Arthtir.Welltley was recalled to go to the Peninsula from India, "where he had nchieved.all. his fame hitherto, by a career of robbery and crime, extor- tion, murder, and the extinction of nations, compared with which Napoleon's 'worst acts Of usurpation in the heignt of his ambition paled into insigni- ficance," &e. &c. Sir Arthur Wellesley was not recalled at all, but returned from India (in 1805) two years before the French invaded Portugal (1807) and nearly three years before Bonaparte seized upon Spain. Single facts such as these involve attentive reading; and though all the cireumatances Would contradict the assertion, with a man of any knowledge of public events, a hasty and ignorant compiler might fall into such a blun- der. But wharare we to think of Borodino ?—"Each foe commanded over 100,000 men and 500 cannon. * * * Each army withdrew at night, and 109,000 dead men were left on the field" ! The idea of every other man being killed in a modern battle ! The slaughter at Borodino was indeed terrible, but it was five-and-twenty not one hundred thousand men. Enough of ignorance and impudence like this, in competent and critical hands, the lives of all the Bonaparte Family would be a fair subject, but ra- ther curious than attractive.] The Seven Seals Broke Open ; or the Bible of the Reformation Reform- ed. Three volumes, in seven books. Containing the whole of the Old and New Testaments according to the generally received English -Protestant Version, but under an entirely new arrangement in every part. With Preface, Introduction, Commentary, Indexes, &c. By

• John Finch, Merchant, Liverpool.

[In the opinion of Mr. Finch, Christianity wants a second Reformation, quite as much as it did the first, in the age of Luther, if not more; and he has published this volume to bring about so desirable an end. Besides some in- troductory matter, in which he succeeds less in expounding his own views than in assailing others,—his seeming paradox, that Christianity as existing in any sect is not founded on the Bible, is a quietly clever bit of writing,— the book consists of a rearrangement of the received version of the Scrip- tures. The object is to "enable the poor to understand the gospel ; to arrange the Scriptures so as to make the first two volumes books suitable for all schools, to read in all pulpits, in all private families, and by all indivi- duals, to terminate all strife and contention about modes of faith and forms of worship, and thus promote peace on earth and good-will towards men." Awarding to Mr. Finch, the principle of arrangement is to "place among the-eorruptiona of Jeelaism, or the mysteries and miracles, all passages which-err inconsistent " with certain principles he deduces as to the Mosaic er Christian diapensations, "or which he cannot understand." This, no doubt,.is a broad principle of classification ; but he goes further, and recasts the Bibleen the plan of subject; the historico-narrative portions following each ether in order, prophecies against the heathen nations being brought

together, &c.] .

Popular Errors on the subject of Insanity Examined and Exposed. By

- James K Duncan, A.M., M.D., &c.

[A well-considered and sensibly-written treatise on insanity, chiefly in rela- tion to erroneous opinions which, are entertained on the subject. For ex- ample, suicide is examined, in order to combat the prevailing notion, not only entertained by the general public, but shown in the verdict of juries, that self.destruction is a proof of mental derangement, as well as to draw the distinction between suicide from insanity and by a sane person. Crimi- nal jurisprudence as connected with mania is considered at length, the true differences between sanity and insanity being pointed out, and a suggestion advanced that accountability is the main issue, since a lunatic may in some cases be really as accountable as a sane man. A variety of other topics are handled by Dr. Duncan, from all of which the reader will receive judicious if not always new ideas, as regards insanity and the treatment of the insane.] The Young King; a Modern Poem. By Edward Winder. [It is possible that some political lesson may have been working in Mr. 'Winder's mind when he wrote The Young Ring; for there is revolt of sub- jects, their defeat and cruel punishment•by a council of state, in spite of the wishes ofthejtivenite monarch, and 11.12 entire overthrow of the existing go- Vernment at last ; -the polities causing us to often lose sight of the hero and lereine.,.Were'the plan and execution better than they are, The Young Xing


would fail of effeeti for-thereis neither real-place nor person,- both of which are esiential to an hibtorieal poem,. Zees sissy be instanced as a contrary ex- ample; but the vigour ,of ,Byton does something for the reader, though it does not redeem what is essenttally defective.] _

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.Poetical Scripture Hiitory. By the Reverend H. S. M. Hubert, M.A. [Selections from the poets illustrative of the principal events in Scripture, from the creation to the destruction' of Jerusalem. The poets from whose works the selections are principally made are Milton, Heber, and Cowper ; but other authors are occasionally quoted. The editor, Mr. Hubert, has also inserted several poems of his own.] Legends of Old _London. By John Tonge Akerman. (Railway Reading.) [Eight tales, intended to illustrate the manners, opinions, and so forth, of life in Old London. They db it in a very conventional way ; but there is distinctness and something of force in the descriptions.] . Brittany and the Chase; with Hints on French Affairs. By I. Hope. (Traveller's Library.)

[A rough, but a vigorous, lively, and graphic sketch of Brittany as a place for sporting, with an account of some of Mr. Hope's own adventures, and of the province and its people. There is also advice to Englishmen ; but the sum of it is, "Do not go to Brittany merely for a month's shooti9s,. It will be three weeks before you can get what is the equivalent to an ].nglish game- certificate."]

Elements of Book-keeping by Single and Double Entry ; with Practical Explanations and Exercises on the mast useful Forme of Business. By A. K. Ishister, M.1t.C.P. (Gleig's School Series.)

A cheap edition of" Chalmers'e Life," to be had when completed for ten shillings, and to 130' taken in " at almoSt any terms, is one of the publishing events of the week; The life of the greatScottish preacher, with its pictures of contemporary society and public min, as well as its sketches of religion in Scotland for something "hard on to half a century, is thus put within the power of every one who takes any interest in the man, or the subjects embraced by his career. The new volume of alb "Library Edition of the British Poets" contains the works of George Herbert ; a man whose undoubted poetical genius was somewhat marred by the etnaint pedantry which was the fashion of his age. His editor, Mr; Giffillan, admits that the reader requires a peculiar kind of training to relish most of his poems. Asa specimen of the religious "meta- physical poets," Herbert is well chosen, for he was among the best ; and a series of British Poets can scarcely be complete without him.

The fifth edition of Crabb's well-known "Dictionary of General Know- ledge" is enriched by nearly one Irnndied new engravings : what is of more solid consequence, the work has been thoroughly revised, in part rewritten, while many new articles have been added.

Memoirs of ThomasiChaltaers, D.D., LL..D. By his Son-in-law' the Reverend William' Hanna, 1..L.D. Cheap issue. Quarterly Part, Monthly Part, and Weekly 2tiunber.

The Poetical Works al George Herbert. With Life, Critical Disserta- tion, and Explanatory Notes, by the Reverend George Gilfillan. A Dictionary of General Knowledge; comprising an Explanation of Words and Things connected with Literature, Art, and Science. With a Glossary of Abbreviations and Foreign Idioms, &c. By George Cribb, A.M. Fifth edition, corrected, enlarged, and brought down to the present time, by Henry Davis, ILA.

Nan Darrell ; or-the Gipsy Mother. By Miss Pickering, Author of "The Heiress," ffec..


Willianl Shakspere. Engraved by Vincent Brooks.

[This is a coloured engraving of the Chandos portrait of Shakspere ; or rather, it may be wiled a lac-simile picture—not the contours only and the colours, but the duskiness of age and the cracks in the paint, being repro- duced with an almost illusive effect. Framed without margin, it would doubtless deceive many into the belief that a genuine old oil-picture was before them. The process of fainting appears to be the chrome-lithographic, or possibly the outline and the broad shadows are originally etched—at any rate, the colour by which these are disguised is printed, not laid on by hand. Viewed as a fae-simile picture, the work is a striking success ; but as an engraving from the Chanties portrait, or as a portrait of Shakspere in the abstract, it is not quite so satisfactory. The red of the lips and cheeks rather resembles restorer's work than the first painting ; the features are less uncommon and finely cut than in the picture ; and there is too much of an approach to a smirking expression. In these respects, a good ordinary engraving gives a better idea of the Chandos portrait than„thie chef-d'reuvre of reproductive art.],


Thackeray's _Kew Monthly. Work—The Netccomes Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family. Edited by Arthur Pendennie, Esq. Il- lustrated by Richard Doyle. No. I. rThackeray's- new book "—a phrase and an anticipation pleasantly familiar for the last few weeks—is here before us. The first number brings us ac- quainted with several characters; reintroducing Pendennis, who in mature age,.is writing in the first person of the days of his youth, and the immortal Costigan. It clearly belies the-prophecies of the croakers, who would have it that the "most respectable family" must be but a new form of the Baker Street "snob." Clive Newcome, the future hero, as yet a stripling, and the high-hearted unsophisticated gentleman his father, Colonel Newcome, just returned from India, stand in the first rank. Then come retrospective sketches of Thomas Newcome, the founder of the family, a worthy Englishman and prudent man of business; his wealthy wife, the Nonconformist ' bishopeas of Clapham "—an admirable portrait, in which the charitable and dutiful heart is seen through the rind of narrow formalism; her two sons, the Colonel's "most respectable" half-brothers ; a French countess, his old flame, ardent and honourable; his sister-in-law, seemingly a "good kind of woman," with a spice of shrewdness; and her brother, a rhetorical divine, always in pecu- niary difficulties, and always on the eve of fortune with some one's assistance —who promises gloriously. To all this a quaint medley of old fables, telling of pretence, flattery, and falsehood, serves as "overture," and interprets the symbol on the cover ; but the author's kindly and reconciling philosophy is indicated too. The style is the true Thackenean of "Vanity ,Fair" and "Pendennis "—which is praise enough—with some distincter points of that artistic polish and easy elaboration which added a charm to ".Esmond." We are inclined to regret that Mr. Thackeray ceases here to be his own illustrator—even though in favour of such a substitute as Itiohard Doyle. But that original and delightful artist seems quite to have identified himself with the feeling of his author; and we can almost fancy that we see in his etchings the sketches of Thackeray—the same quiet "naturalness," awl even the same cast of form and feature—drawn with increased delicacy and point.] Paul Peabody; or the Apprentice of the World. By Percy B. St. John.

[So far as a judgment can be fanned from the first few chapters of-a nerd, there will be no lack of incident in Para Peabody. Already we. have a glimpse of one murder, if totof tvro, besides an attempt to poison.; vt.hiie the story itself seems to rest upon some mysterious concealment in connexion with Paul, affecting the honour or fortune of families, if not both. Spite of so much suggested in so small a space, there is a good deal of minute descrip- tion after use manner of Dickens, with more of crudity in launching the dramatis persona) than Dickens generally displays.] - Irma Lakadam. By Alexandre Dumas. Authorized Translation. Part I.

[The subject of this new romance of adexandre Dumas, now publishing piecemeal, is the Wandering Jew. In a " flaming " prospectus it is announced as "the work of his whole life," and as about to combine in one story "the grandeur of Republican Rome, the splendoure of the Augustan age, the miracles of rising Christianity," and in fact the history of nearly two thou- sand years. If we may judge by the opening, the collateral and contemporary will overtop the story of the hero pretty considerably.]


The Russian Question ; or the Crisis in the East. Authorized Transla- tion from the French of L Leouzon le Duo, late Charge de Mission to the Courts of Russia and Finland. By J. II. Urquhart.

An Essay on the Resources of Portugal, and especially considered as to her Relations with Foreign Countries. Sent to Benjamin Oliveira, Esq., M.P., F.R.S., (to compete for a premium of fifty guineas offered by that gentleman,) with an envelope containing the name and re- sidence of the Writer, on which envelope is the following motto— "Fiat justitia rust mumins."

Obsolete Words and Phrases in the Bible and Apocrypha, (including those in the Contents of Chapters and Marginal Readings,) and also in the Prayer-Book, Familiarly Explained. By the Reverend John Booker, A.M., Vicar of Killurin, Diocese of Ferns, Wexford.

The Typographical Pronouncing System of Reading, upon a new and original plan, by which the most difficult words are learnt as readily as the easiest. By the Reverend C. J. Fox Taylor, B.A. Curate of St. Sepulchre, London. First book.

How eats the Young-Lady-hood of England assist in Improving the Condition of the Working Classes? By One of the Order.

A Letter to the Parishioners on the Royal Supremacy and the Relation of Church and State, Past and Present. By Theophilus Jones, M.A., Curate of Bideford. Parts I. and II.

The Accession Service, and the proper Constitutional Authority for prescribing Forms of Prayer to be used publicly in the Church.

Curriculum of Study at the Royal Free Hospital Nedie,a1 College, Gray's Inn Road, London, Session 1853-1854.