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From March 15th lc March 21st.


Mexico as it Was and as it Is. By BRANTZ MAYER, Secretary to the U. S. Legation to that country in 1841 and 1812. With numerous illustrations on wood, engraved by BUTLER.

Tales by a Barrister. In three volumes.

The Poetical Words of Charles Churchill. With copious Notes, and a Life of the Author, by W. Toone, F.R.S. In three volumes. The Minor Poems of Schiller,of the Second and Third Periods, with a few of those of earlier date. Translated, for the most part into the same metres with the original, by JOHN HERMAN MER1VALE, Esq., F.S.A.

Human Nature; a Philosophical Exposition of the Divine Institution of Reward and Punishment, which obtains in the physical, intellectual, and moral constitutions of man ; with an Introductory Essay. To which is added, a series of Ethical Observations, written during the pe- rusal of the Reverend Tames Martineau's recent work, entitled " En- deavours after the Christian Life."

[The author of this publication, while reading Mr. JAMES MARTINEAU'S En- deavours after the Christian Life, was struck with a passage relating to Hell, which induced him to meditate upon the subject. He also differed with Mr. MARTINEAU upon lesser topics, and made notes of the differences. As these notes were sought after when their existence was known, the writer printed them, to save himself trouble; he put forth his theory on Hell at the same time, and introduced them by an essay upon the subject of Reward and Punish- ment.

It is a singular book, by, we imagine, a Dissenting teacher ; which would ac- count for the demand for the manuscript notes. The Introduction is especially remarkable for its power—not only power of words but of ideas. The worst of it is, they do not seem to have a coherent bearing upon a main object. As the subject involves the wide field of the physical, intellectual, and moral state of man, there is scarcely any thing in nature which has not a relation to it. But passages of positive eloquence seem like passages to be let—as if they were fragments ready written about man, to be hitched into the Sunday's discourse. The author's idea of Hell, deduced from the constitution of nature, is that it consists in going backward. The great end of human society and of individuals is to advance—to improve—in short, to get on : and this progression, he thinks, will constitute the happiness of Heaven, as successive deprivation of powers and faculties will constitute the punishment of the other place.] Self- Sacrifice ; or the Chancellor's Chaplain. By the Author of "The Bishop's Daughter," &c. [The object of this book is to show that many excellent men may remain cu- rates all their lives though they well deserve preferment. To illustrate this, the author throws his fiction into the autobiographical form ; narrating the supposed writer's own adventures, and those of other clergymen. But we conceive he fails in establishing his theory. He himself, exercising an uncom- mon degree of virtue, or rather resisting a strong temptation, is appointed to a living by the Chancellor Eldon ; but he chooses to resign it in favour of a de- serving friend with a wife and eight children. Like the previous publications of this author, Self-Sacrifice exhibits a know- ledge of clerical life, a good deal of skill in making use of public characters to give variety and interest to his pages, as well as distinctness and power in pre- muting incidents either by description or dialogue. But every thing is hard : there is little of sentiment or unction to redeem the story from a sort of tech- nical or slang coldness.] Zareefa, a Tale; and other [Poems. By the Author of " Cephalus and Procris," &e.

[Zareefa is an Arabian story, illustrating the excellence of women somewhat in the manner of Patient Graze': the other pieces are occasional poems and translations. That the author of Cephalus and Procris possesses considerable poetical powers, is undeniable ; and he has great fluency of language, and skill to versification, though his style is far from original. In our judgment, however, his school is vicious—antique, Oriental, or imaginative subjects, seen through the vision of KEATS or of that class of poets which considers their own fancy as something better than nature. This is what FRANCIS JEFFREY, it may be remembered, considers poetry par excellence : and it may be so, but we doubt the theory and dislike the practice.] Matilda, or the Memoirs of a Young Woman • a Novel. By EUGENE SUE, Author of " The Mysteries of Paris," &c. Translated from the French by HENRY WILLIAM HERBERT, Author of "Marmaduke Wyvil," &c.

[A New York edition, in one volume, double columns.]

My Souvenir ; or Poems by CAROLINE DE CRESPIGNY. With Trans- lations, &c. [Mrs. DE CRESPIGNY is the daughter of the late venerable Bishop of Nonwlest, and the aunt of the Miss BATHURST whose melancholy death by drowning In the Tiber caused so much excitement at Rome, a good many years ago. The troubles of life have been solaced by giving them vent in verse; and the habit once begun has extended to incidents and impressions as well as grief. Several of these effusions have been scattered about in periodicals ; and they are now collected by their authoress, and published with others. They do not exhibit any striking character or literary skill ; and are consequently dependent upon the nature of the subject, or the accident of its particular aptness to the writer's capability of treatment. Her prevailing beauty is sentiment, and a well-bred grace of manner.] The Poetical Works of Leigh Hunt. Containing many Pieces now first [A revised collection of Mr. HUNT'S Poems, with some new additions, 'pub- lished by Mr. Moxenv, to range with the cheap and pretty editions of Sergeant TALronev's " Tragedies," and Mr. TAILOR'S " Philip Van Arteveldo." In tI very pleasant preface, full of good feeling, Mr. HUNT tells the changes he has made =some of his poems; the -reasons why he altered, or omitted to alter.; with some kindly allusions to old times and contests, acid an expression of „graceful thanks to the Queen for her twofold visit to the play of the " Legend of Florence," and for other benefits conferred upon the writer. The most ex- tensive revision appears to have taken place in " The Story of Rimini," and " Captain Sword and Captain Pen." In the latter, some of the more physical horrors of war are omitted in "Rimini," the conduct is in some measure changed by a strict adherence to the true story, which Mr. HUNT discovered when he was in Italy.] Short Lectures on Scriptural Doctrines and Precepts. By C. M., Author of " True Stories from Church History." The Preface by the Re- verend Timbres KING.

[A-series of little discourses or sermons on various religious subjects, founded upon texts of:Scripture, which seem intended to be read in conjunction with ...the Lecture. The style is adapted to juvenile capacities ; but, we think, mere doctrinal precept too much predominates.] !Did the Early Church in Ireland Acknowledge the Pope's Supremacy? Answered, in a Letter to Lord John Manners, from DANIEL ROCK, D.D. [A book of Romish controversy on the subject indicated by the title ; Dr. DAtro&r, ROCK maintaining the affirmative.]

(Scrofula; its Nature, Causes, and Treatment ; and on the. Prevention and Eradication of the Strumous Diathesis. By W. TYLER SMITH, M.B. [A well-written volume on this widespread disease, (for consumption is only a form of scrofula,) not apparently designed for popular circulation, but very popularly treated. The principal feature is the efficacy of modern medicines in this disease-as iodine.] Conversations on Language, for Children. By Mrs. MARCET, Author of "Conversations on Chemistry," &c. [In these Conversations, Mrs. MancEr travels over a great deal of ground, with her wonted skill in adapting knowledge to the capacity of the young. The nature of articulate sounds and their organs of speech, the history of mankind

M indicate the formation of different languages, the manner in which English has been indebted to Latin, the probable or possible origin of language, and the use of cognomens and names, are all displayed in this little volume.]

Riements of Natural History, for the use of Schools and Young Persons. By Mrs. R. LEE, (formerly Mrs. T. Edward Bowdicb,) Author of the "Memoirs of Curler," &c. Illustrated with engravings on wood. Geography for Young Children. By the Author of " Arithmetic for Young Children." [Thlir little book is less designed for young children than to teach teachers to teach young children; embracing a series of exercises introductory to the study of geography, beginning with assuming or producing the faculty of delineating objects in the pupil. The plan laid down will, no doubt, enable the tyro to possess a good deal more of real knowledge, when he commences geography, than those taught by the rote system do When they leave off; but it will re- quire time and ability in the teacher, as well as aptitude in the learner.] Letters to Friends at Home, from June 1842 to May 1843. By an Idler. [An Indian reprint of a series of Letters that appeared in the Overland Cal- cutta Star, on Indian affairs ; and which scarcely seem worth a separate -publication.) The Parliamentary Companion for 1844. Twelfth, year. By CHARLES IL Dom>, Esq., Author of " The Peerage," &c.


Stnyth's Ireland, Historical and Statistical, Part III.


New York Democratic Review for February. New York Hunt's Merchant's Magazine for February. The Precursor of Unity for March.


Columbus Propounding to the Prior of the Franciscan Convent of Santa Maria de Rabida his Theory of a New World. Painted by Sir Davin Wimuu, R.A. ; engraved by El. T. RrAtt, Historical Engraver to the Queen.

[This engraving does justice to the character and expression of the figures in the picture, and in many respects to the pictorial effect ; though the limited resources of power in this mixture of stipple, dot, and chalk, combined with etching, prevents gradation in the darks to a sufficient depth for the due repre- sentation of the chiaroscuro of the painting. The quality and texture of the flesh and hair, furs and silks of the costumes, are well discriminated; and the general effect of the colouring is represented in the black and white of the print WILKIE'S Columbus is one of those pictures painted in his Spanish manner, which approaches nearest to the works of the Old Masters in the dignity of the heads and the character of the composition. Columbus is rather a grave geo- metrician solving a problem than an ardent discoverer demonstrating the exist- ence of a new world; and his son is a lubberly boy, idly standing by. The monk and the grandee looking on are absorbed in the subject : the captain in the backgretuid holds a telescope with the sinister look of an assassin drawing a dagger. Notwithstanding its defects, this picture shows WILKIE to have been a great artist ; and capable as grander style, executively speaking, than his range of invention allowed him to employ with success.] Scraps of Nature ; a Series of Etchings. By ROBERT BRANDARD. [These "scraps" are from no beggar's wallet : they have been culled with a akilfu] hand guided by a watchful eye, and selected by a pure and simple taste. More genuine, faithful, and delicate transcripts of those minor beauties of rural scenery that escape the vulgar eye, but to the lover of art and of nature are constant sources of delight, could not be desired : they are exquisitely true. The artist's acute sense of the characteristics of the scene is expressed in minute traces a form and tender indications of effect.

The subjects are homely, and limited : a group of pollards reflected in a pool by the road-side-the stile and the gate, with overhanging trees-the farm- yard and homestead, with the rick half-screened by hedgerow-elms-the barn or cottage nestling among foliage-the gipsy's tent on the edge of a common- the thresher in the barn, and the shrimper on the beach-the woodland and the winding lane-each and all are delineated with the gusto of a painter and the skill of an expert etcher combined. Mr. BRANDARD, we believe, is the well- known engraver ; and these, therefore, are his leisure studies: they have higher value than many more ambitious productions.]

tbstumes of British Ladies; from materials collected during twenty-three years. By a Lady. Lithographed by J. SAMPSON. Parts L-1V. [This series of female costumes is to include every marked character of dress, from the Norman Conquest to the present time ; and the authorities being given, their accuracy-which there appears no reason to question-may be tested. The plates are caretully coloured; and, as a record of the changing fashions of feminine attire, or a book of reference for modistes on the occasion of a bat costume, they are curious and serviceable. In a pictorial point of view, the first three numbers baseless than average merit ; but a marked improvement in the drawing is visible in the fourth: from which we infer that the " Lady" has-submitted to the needful revision of her sketches by the lithographer. A. short explanation of any point not perfectly evident in the drawing is to be 'desired, where possible-and how far latitude of taste is allowable in colour and Material: for want of these details, strange mistakes are often made by cos-