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From Decanter 29th to January 5th.


The Military Operations at Cabal, which ended in the Retreat and Di struction of the British Army, January 1842. With a Journal of In prisonment in Afghanistan. By Lieutenant VINCENT EYRE, Beng Artillery, late Deputy Commissary of Ordnance at Cahn'.

The Fountain and other Poems. By WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT. The Life of Robert Polloh, Author of "The Course of Time." By!! Brother DAVID Pot.Log, A.M. With Selections from his Manuscript The Principles of Political Economy ; with some Inquiries respecting the Application, and a Sketch of the Rise and Progress of the Science. I J. R. liPCcm.octr, Esq. A new edition, enlarged, and correct' throughout.

Eighteen Treatises from the Mishna. Translated by the Reverend D. Da SOLA, and the Reverend M. J. RAPHALL. [The Mishrui is a Jewish book, which is held by many of the Jews to conta an oral revelation, supplementary to and explanatory of the Scripture ; whil others consider that the work is not a Divine production at all. The pr sent translation of its principal treatises, (to which is also added a summa account of the scope of the remainder,) originated in some " public discussio which took place at the vestry board of the Sphardim Synagogue on the so ject of revising the liturgy used in that Synagogue, and for improving i public worship." The opposers of innovation took shelter under The Mishit, the advocates of improvement expressed their doubts of its divinity ; and beh charged with -' using the arguments derived from the partial extracts of Cluj tian writers," they urged the necessity of an authoritative English translati° that all might be able to judge of the character of the Oral Law, and that the who deemed its belief necessary to salvation might understand what they we called upon to believe. By a resolution of the meeting, the task was assign to the Rev. a A. DE SOLA; who being empowered by the terms of the res lotion to call in a coadjutor, made choice of the Rev. M. J. RAPHALL : ai the result of their joint labours is the production before us. The character of The Malmo is either formal, detailing with a strange at wonderful minuteness the occasions and modes in which the prayers and cer monials of the Mosaic law may be performed or should be abstained from ; it is legal, expanding and exemplifying the more general enactments of Mow especially in relation to betrothment, marriage, and divorce. As an illustr lion of Rabinical refinement, the book is very curious ; is it not without int rest as a picture of Oriental and early Jewish manners ; the lawyer may peru it for the extraordinary nicety of some of its distinctions ; but to the genet reader it, of course, possesses little attraction, unless he be of a curious inquiring turn. The translation is well done, so far as we can pretend to judge; tAua- Bess- -regrind in a work performed under such circumstances not having fet- tered the style, and the translators having denoted by brackets the English words necessary to fill up the elliptical character of the Hebrew idiom. Ex- planatory notes are added to the text ; and such parts as are " not suited to the refined notions of the English reader" are either omitted or left in the ori- ginal Hebrew.] The Hand-Book of Silk, Cotton, and Woollen Manufactures. By W. COOKE TAYLOR, LL.D., Trinity College, Dublin. (Bentley's Hand- Books of Science, Literature, and Art.)

[This is the first of a series of cheap publications, intended to convey in a po- pular and concise form information of a kind likely to interest the mass of readers, but not readily to be met with in books : the range of subjects is almost as extensive as that embraced by an encyclopedia; but the matter, if not always different in kind, is more special in its application to the wants of the present day ; and the manner less dry. Such, at least, we infer from the list of subjects viewed in conjunction with the present volume, and regarding it as a specimen of the mode of treatment.

In the Hand-book of Silk, Cotton, and Woollen Manufactures, Dr. TAYLOR traces these arts from the earliest times, illustrating the first chapters with figures of Egyptian looms and quotations from the classic poets ; and in those relating to this country, he draws largely from his account of the cotton- manufacture in the description of Lancashire, forming part of England in the Nineteenth Century. The gradual improvements made in the different processes are described in a familiar manner, and with a continuity of nar- rative that gives progression to the history, enlivened by anecdotes. Alto- gether, this volume presents a very striking and informing picture of the Fac- tory system.]

Turning and Mechanical Manipulation; intended as a work of general reference and practical instruction on the Lathe, and the various me- chanical pursuits followed by amateurs. By CHARLES HOLTZAPPPEL, Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers, &c. Volume I. Illus. trated by upwards of three hundred wood-cuts.

[The elaborate and extensive character of this work may be divined from the Mere fact of its intended extension to five volumes : the first two, however, will form a complete treatise by themselves for such amateurs as do not wish to proceed further. The technical character of the parts of this volume which relate to tools, their uses and formation, seem to forbid the possibility of any notice in a miscellaneous journal. The account of the different materials used in turning are less abstruse and more intelligible ; but they seem, from the inspection we bare yet been able to bestow upon them, to be less of a lite- rary than of a business-like character, and more adapted, as is but proper, to the turner than the reviewer.] Borgia ; a Tragedy. By HENRY T. WORLEY, Esq.

[In apreface to this unique production, the author states that it is founded on a reminiscence of VICTOR Bono's Lucretia Borgia, but that his obligations to the original extend little beyond the general conduct of the drama. .An ex- tract from Mr. WORLEY'S " tragedy " will at once exemplify the very original style of his dialogue, and prove that he is much less indebted to M. boo than he supposes. Two bravoes, sent by the Duke and Dutebess of Ferrara to seize the same man, meet at his door, and parley thus- " Rseighelle. I, too, have business here.

ifpostuki. The deuce you have! And marry, Sir, with whom?

Restighellu. With one that now Passed into yonder house. Apostolo. Why, that's my man. Re.tighello. The devil it is 1

• • Hark ye. I'll spin a ducat P the air. And let the winner win the Signior!

ilpostolu. 'Tin a mad fancy. Restighello. Here goes then. itpostuto. Tails! Rustighello. And 't is heads! 41pustuto. With heads the Duke bath won ! Rustighello. And his own head the gentleman bath lust I")

Charades for Acting. By Miss ELLEN PICKERING, Author of " Nan Darrell," &c.

[Dialogues for drawing-room actors of charades who cannot trust their wits to furnish them with extempore speeches, and who will take the pains to study their parts beforehand. Though sufficiently farcical, the style is too formal to tell with effect : but the fun of this kind of amusement depends so much on the spirit of the moment, that it is doubtful if the best preconcerted charade would be equally droll with an indifferent one extemporized on the spur of the occasion.]

The Christian Souvenir; an offering for Christmas and the New Year. Edited by ISAAC SHEPARD.

[A religions Annual of American production ; with the usual assortment of prose and verse, the former written mostly in a sermonizing tone, the latter in a paalmy strain. A portrait of a Jewish-looking Bishop of Oroorniah, by C. IltnaaaaD, soda sea-piece by Tnones Buten, are the only remarkable illus- trations.]

The Wassail-Bowl. By ALBERT SMITH. In two volumes. [An omniumgatheram of magazine facctite, travelling incidents, and romantic stories. The sketches of town life are smart ; and their drollery is heightened by some clever comic cuts by J. LEECH, which have more character than the generality of such things.] The Ingoldsby Legends; or Mirth and Marvels. By Tuomas LNCOLDSBY, Esquire. Second series. [A series of humorous stories in lively verse, with little bits of prose inter- mingled; originally published, we believe, in Bentley's Miscellany ] Songs of Aktheia. By HARRY LEE.


The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, his Relatives, Friends, and Enemies : comprising all hisWills and his Ways ; with an Historical Record of What he Did and What he Didn't; showing, moreover, who inherited the Family Plate, who came in for the Silver Spoons, and who for the Wooden Ladles : the whole forming a complete Key to the House of Chuzzlewit. Edited by Boz. With illustrations by Pim. No. L Jessie Phillips; • a Tale of the New Poor-law. With illustrations by LEECH. By FRANCES TROLLOPE, Authoress of "Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy," &c. Part L Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. Edited by Wm. SMITH, Ph. D., Editor of the "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities." Illustrated by numerous Engravings. Vulidszumbalincatonotigfouriiiniess Taonfdtheme terreeslstre Dr. Sens IolinglElsia.cntidonma;y1 .ofcoGmrief own, however, to a later period than classical dictionaries usually do, as it wifl ppareutly contain persons flourishing under the Greek Empire until its final downfall. The object is, of course, the same as in the former work, to present the student with late discoveries, and the newer views which have been taken of classical antiquity by later scholars, especially, by the Germans, so as to animate the forms of the past by something of a modern spirit. In the general execution of this plan, the materials and

the information seem to us beUer than the style. The scale on which

the lives are done is judicious; the smaller notices embracing a great number of obscurer persons, for whom such a work as this is chiefly wanted, whilst those of more distinguished names are not overdone. The positive facts of the life, and the peculiar points in the character of the subjects, are well selected and distinctly presented ; the difference between the accounts of the earlier and later ages is properly kept in view—as between the Homeric narra- tive and the superadded stories of later writers; and the numerous references to the authorities enable the student to pursue the investigation of any parti- cular subject as far as he pleases. But the composition has sometimes an un- animated character about it, of rather a scholastic kind ; a defect of so little importance in itself, that it is scarcely worth mentioning, and one that, if much greater than it is, would not for a moment weigh against the value of the book.

A list of the authors is prefixed to the part, and the:- initials are affixed to the articles they respectively contribute.]

• Noticed in the Spectator, No. 728, 11th June 1642.

L. S. .D.; or Accounts of Irish Heirs. Furnished to the Public by SAMUEL LOVER, Accountant for Irish Inheritances. The figures by the Author. Part I.

[This is the quaint title, not happily chosen, for a series of stories of Irish for- tune-hunters. The first story, called " Treasure Trove," opens with a descrip- tion of a race, a cockfight, and a street-row in Galway ; and the setting out of the hero, Ned Corkery, the aspiring son of a shopkeeper, in pursuit of fortune and a foreign Count's only daughter.] The Geologist ; a Monthly Record of Investigations and Discoveries in Geology, Mineralogy, and their associate sciences. Edited by CHARLES MONON, Treasurer of the Scientific Society of London. Nos. I. to XII.

[Those numbers form the first volume of a periodical devoted to the collection of facts and expression of opinions connected with geological science, and con- sisting of original communications, reports of proceedings of the Geological Societies of London, Dudley, and Manchester, and reviews of books. The prominent subjects discussed in this volume are the " Glacial Theory" of Pro- fessor Ariassiz, Earth-slips on Railways, the " Missouri Leviathan," and the Silurian system ; including a translation of M. D'Osinroxv's elaborate paper on the " Ammonites of the Cretaceous Period." The Editor performs his task with zeal and ability, and shows in his remarks on these subjects, his strictures on the conduct of the Geological Society, and his advocacy of the simplifies tion of science, a determination to test the practices and theories of scientific men by the lights of nature and reason.]

Biographical Dictionary of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Know- ledge, Monthly Part VII. Smee's Elements of Electro-Metallurgy, Parts VIII and IX. London, Part XXIL Tlwrnton's History of the British Empire in India, Vol. IV. Part IIL Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Hall's Ireland, Part XXVII.

Doyle's Cyclopedia of Practical Husbandry, Part IX. Combe Abbey, No. IX.

Novel Newspaper, Part LIX.—" Transatlantic Tales, Sketches, and Le- gends." By various American Authors. Collected and arranged by GILMORE SIMMS, Esq., Author of "The Kinsmen," &c.

British Farmer's Magazine, No. XXIV. Magazines for January—British, Church of England, North of England, Polytechnic, Farmer's, Sportsman, New Monthly Belle Assemblee, Mirror.


Queen Victoria in Scotland. 1842.

[The emblazoned cover of this handsome volume exhibits a tasteful design, printed in gold and colours, of two stalwart Highlanders, fully equipped, stand- ing beneath a Gothic arch, through which is seen a distant view of Auld Reekie—a specimen of chroma-lithography highly creditable to Messrs. MAC- LURE and MACDONALD, of Glasgow; by whom this and the other embellish- ments have been executed. The illustrations are a score in number, and consist of lithographic views of the most remarkable scenes in the course of the Royal visit,—the procession along the High Street, Edinburgh; the levee at Dalkeith Palace ; the festivities at Duokeld, Taymouth, and Drummond Castles; the dancing, boating, deer-stalking, &c.; all of them sketched at the time, and drawn on the stone by A. MACLURE, in a very creditable manner. The letterpress gives " a full, true, and particular account," with penny-a-line minuteness, of the Royal progress, from the Queen's departure from Windsor to her return—not omitting the chace of the sleepy Provost and Bellies, which is chronicled in verse; and including lists of the addresses and persons pre- sented to the Queen and Prince, the principal addresses and answers being printed in full.] Dolly Varden. Painted by W. F. FRITH; engraved by C. E. Waorrarr. [The little coquette in Barnaby Rudge is here represented in the wood, ad- miring the bracelet which attracted the notice of Black Hugh : and a pretty picture of a smart town-wench of the last century Dolly Varden makes, with her chintz-gown tucked up, showing the quilted petticoat beneath, a gipsy- hat thrown carelessly on over her hood, and her neatly-turned arm thrust out from the black-laced cloak ; though her face is less attractive than her costume, for she has a hard vixenish look. The engraving is admirable for variety of texture in the mezzotint, and the successful imitation of effects of colour ; but the lights are rather spotty, and those on the cloak are not so well managed as the sunny gleam that lights up the fair cheek.] Churches. St Mary's, Finchley ; St. James's, Muswell Hill; St. Mi- chael's, Highgate ; Highgate Old Chapel ; St. Mary's, Hornsey. H. A. GILLMAN del. ; W. L. Wavrosi lithog. [A sheet of five very pleasing and clever little sketches of these churches, accurately delineated from well chosen points of view, and under effects of light and shade that show the picturesque character and site of each structure. Mr. GILLMAN is an amateur, but his drawings would do credit to an artist, and they have the appearance of being done con amore. They are very neatly lithographed, in the tinted manner, by Mr. Wauroa; and the lights have the warm bright look of sunshine.]

Gailhabaud's Ancient and Modern Architecture, Part IV.

[The Doric temple at Segesta in Sicily, and the Pelasgic temple called the Giant's Tower, in the isle of Gozo, near Malta, are illustrated in this part ; which contains six plates, with learned descriptions of these curious and lute • resting remains of antiquity.] Pictorial History of England, Part LXX.

Pictorial Edition of Shakspere, Part LI.—" Shakspere in Germany," In - dexes, &c. ALMANACKS.

The Naturalist's Pocket Abrianatlt,-for 1843.


A Plea for National Holydays. By Lord JOHN MANNERS. A Letter to the Right Honourable Sir Robert Peel, Bart., M.P., &c., on the Condition of England, and on the Means of Removing the causes of Distress. By. R. TORRENS, Esq., F.R.S. The Electrotype as Misapplied to Engraving in the National Art-Union; a Letter to Mr. Moon, of Threadneedle Street, by Mrs. MARY PARKES. Second edition, with additions.