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Two Years on the Farm of Uncle Sam. With Sketches of his Loca- tion, Nephews, and Prospects. By Charles Casey.

Our Iron Roads; their History, Construction, and Social Influences. By Frederick S. Williams. With numerous Illustrations.

Lives of the Sovereigns of Russia, from Rurik to Nicholas ; including a History of that Empire, from its Foundation to the Present Time. By George Fowler, Esq. In four volumes. Volume L Constance Tyrrell, or the Half-Sister. By P. H. Pepys, Esq. In three volumes.

Ivar, or the Skfuts-Boy. By Emilie Carlen. Translated from the Swedish, by Professor A. L. Krause.

Lectures on Gold, for the Instruction of Emigrants about to proceed to Australia. Delivered at the Museum of Practical Geology. [these lectures were delivered by officers connected with the 'Government School of Mines and of Science applied to the Arts," at the request of the Council of the Society of Arts. And a very instructive and attractive series of expositions they form, not about gold alone, but cognate subjecta. In a lecture on the Geology of Australia with especial reference to the Gold Re- gions, Mr. Jukes not only describes the geological characteristics of Austra- lia, but introduces the reader to the principles of geology. Professor Forbes explores for his reader the organic remains of the Australian rocks ; Pro- fessor Playfair warns him that ' all is not gold that glitters," instructs him in the chemical properties of gold, and how to detect the True from the false ;

Mr. Warrington Smyth teaches the intending emigrant ow to dress or me- chanically prepare the ores, and Dr. Percy how to assay them ; while Mr.

Hunt winds up with the history and statistics of gold. All this is explained plainly, but by no means poorly or drily : perfect clearness is accompanied with hived principles and thorough mastery of the subject.] Conversations about Hurricanes, for the use of Plain-Sailors. By Henry Piddington, President of Marine Courts, Calcutta. attempt to explain and establish the principles of Reid's Law of Storms, in the form of a dialogue between an old captain of a merchantman, the un- believer, Mr. Helmsley, an old naval officer, the instructor, and two young inquiring mariners. It is clearly and cleverly done ; though, as in most other cases, the sceptic is convinced as soon as his author pleases. Mr. Pitt- dington states that his book is mainly founded upon the objections made and the line of argument taken by objectors in actual discourse.] History and Antiquities of All Saints Church, Sudbury, and of the Parish generally ; derived from the Harleian MSS. and other Sourced. By the Reverend Charles Badham, M.A., Vicar. [It is the spirit, not act, which constitutes character. This History of Sudbury Church and Parish would be a very bookmaking affair were it not evidently prompted by a much higher spirit, and did it not moreover consist of matter with which a bookmaker would have nothing to do. It is a curious example of minute detail pursued till it excites interest from its very com- pleteness. The history of the church and its tithes is entered into at length from the earliest times, and illustrated by deeds ; so are the grants from the feudal lords, whether public or private. The church is described minutely feature by feature ; the long-buried dead live again in their epitaphs ; the few reputable families extinct or existing are embalmed in notices ; and the two celebrities connected with Sudbury by birth or occupation—Dr. Mason Good, and Gainsborough the painter—are made the most of. It is an elabo- rate account of a place not very remarkable in itself or its associations, and possessing much of that peculiar kind of interest which accompanies us as we linger over the tombstones in a churchyard or pore over ancient muni- ments.] A Directory of the Joint-Stock and Private Banks in England and Wales. 1851-1852. [A. useful book to everybody connected with banking or bankers, or curious about them. It contains a statistical précis of all the joint-stock and private banks in England and Wales, with some curt historical notices ; Bata of the partnere in private firms and of the shareholders in joint-stock banks, with the latest balance-sheets of the latter establishments. There is also a diuest of the law relating to the Bank of England and joint-stock banks. The present publication only extends to England and Wales; it will be followed by a second part relating to Scotland and Ireland. The work would be im- proved by adding an index for country places that have rile bank of their own but have an office of some branch bank open in the place.] Professions ; a Novel. By Floyd Tayleure. In three volumes. [The main story of this novel is supported by a succession of cross-purpoees, carried to a much greater extent than is usually done with this stale and feeble contrivance. There is no knowledge of life, and little literary ability, to redeem the fundamental defect. Professions is a common circulating library novel.] The Twin Pupils, or Education at Home; a Tale addressed to the Young. By Ann Thomson Gray. [A didactic tale, illustrative of home and of school or rather public educa- tion. The story is well planned, well varied by the number of persons and

incidents, and well written ; but there is rather too much of discussion and description mingled with.the narrative.]

Manual of Information and Instruction for Candidates for Com- missions. By Alfred Downes.

[Judicious advice to young men awaiting their examination for commissions, as regards the books they should read, and how they should read them. The subjects touched upon are languages, history, geography, mathematics, and fortification. The different regulations for admission as students or ca- dets to the Army, Navy, Ordnance, and the East India Company's Service, are appended to the book.]

A Manual of Ancient Geography, for the use of Schools. By the Reve- rend W. L. Bevan, M.A., Vicar of Hay. [A very excellent survey of the geography of the world as known to the ancients. It is, however, rather an essay on the extent and physical fea- tures of different regions, with the names of the principal towns, than a common " geography " in the school sense.] 27o Calling and _Responsibilities of a Governess. By Arnica. [A description of the general qualifications of a governess, and the best modes of endeavouring to attain them, intermixed with remarks, advice, and exhortations. The feeling of the book is religious.] Electricity and the Electric Telegraph. To which is added, the Chemis- try of the Stars. By Dr. George Wilson. (Traveller's Library.) A Journal kept during a Summer Tour for the Children of a Vil School. By the Author of "Amy Herbert." In three parts. Part

In the following list, the fourth volume of the Library Edition of the Waverley Novels will attract attention for the interest of 'Rob Roy" and the introduction. A new translation of Ida Pfeiffer's "Visit to Iceland" is accompanied by notes, tinted plates, and some additional matter relating to the country. Not the least interesting book in the list is a cheap little reprint containing the works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, the American poet to whom Miss Mitford called attention in her last publication, and whose lines to an old punch-bowl we quoted at the time.

Waverley Novels. Volume IV. Rob Roy.

Visit to _Zeeland and the Scandinavian North. Translated from the German of Madame Ida Pfeiffer. With numerous Explanatory Notes and eight tinted Engravings, &c. (National Illustrated Library.).

- The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte. By William Hazlitt. Second edi- tion, revised by his Son. In four volumes. Volume IV.

The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes. First English edition. Adventures of a Soldier ; written by himself. Being the Memoirs of

Edward Costello, &c. Second edition.

Lord Bacon. By Thomas Babington Macaulay. (Traveller's Library.) Pictures of Life at Home and Abroad. By Albert Smith. (Bentley's Shilling Series.) The Principles of .EnglisAPunctuation. By George Smallfield. New edition.

Baxter's Gems of the Great Exhibition. No. III. [In the letterpress card accoMpanying this third number of Mr. Baxter's undertaking, is an intimation that "the great gold medal for literary and artistic merit has been presented to him by the Emperor of Austria, for the originality, utility, and artistic beauty of his invention of printing in oil- colours." Of the reasons assigned for the bestowal, the first is to be acqui- esced in absolutely, the second by anticipation; but we must for the present demur to the third. If artistic beauty there is in the invention, Mr. Baxter his yet learned but very imperfectly how to avail himself of his opportuni- ties. Like its predecessors, and in a quite equal degree, the present "gem" —which represents the Greek Slave as central object—makes at the first glance an inharmonious and disagreeable impression, which is not improved on closer inspection.] NEw SEE/ALS.

Cyclopedia Bibliographica ; a Library Manual of Theological and Ge- neral Literature, and Guide for Authors, Preachers, Students, and Li- terary Men, &c. Part I. [A well-planned and well-executed catalogue raisonn5 of works in theolo and general literature, both rare and readily procurable, with frequenq some account of their authors. The extent and utility of the work will, however, be limited by the narrowness of the base. The foundation consists primarily of the books contained in the excellent Metropolitan Library of Mr. Darling of Great Queen Street. Hence, his own editions seem those wholly or chiefly noticed ; whereas many purchasers may require more biblio- graphical information : and it strikes us that sometimes authors may not be sufficiently noticed if the library does not contain their works. Alfred, for example, stands thus—


Born 849, died 901.

The life of Alfred, or Alured, the first institutor of subordinate ,vevernment in this kingdom. By Robert Powell of Wells, one of the Society of New Inn. 12mo. Lond. 1634."

Such shortcomings will detract from the utility of what promises to be a very good book of reference or information, even in its limited range. It might- yet be worth while to adopt a larger plan in the future numbers. It would certainly be better in all cases to print the year of the birth and death of the author, however well known or easily discovered the compilers may deem it to be.]


The Colonies of Australia ; their Formation, Progress, and Present

State ; the Discovery of the Gold Fields, with the latest Intelligence

from the Diggins; Advice to Emigrants, &c. By John Fairfax, Esq. The Dominican Republic and the Emperor Solouque. By Britannicus. Life on Board an Emigrant ship ; being a Diary of a Voyage to Aus-

tralia. By the Reverend John Davies Mereweather, M.A.

Investments for the Working Classes. By W. R. Greg. Reprinted from the " Edinburgh Review," April 1852.

An Examination of a Sermon, "Ritual Worship," and of "A Letter," by the Reverend Charles Dodgaon, M.A., Examining Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Ripon. By the Reverend Wm. Randall, A.B., Vicar of All Saints, Leeds.

Marriage with a Deceased ]Fife's Sister. Speech of the "Earl of St. Germans, in the House of Lords, June 21, 1852.

Letter to the Right Honourable Joseph W. Henley M.P., regarding _Life Assurance Institutions, kke. By Robert Christie, Esq., Edin- burgh.

Rules of the Atheneum Institute for Authors and Men of Science.