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From Jane 30th to July 6th.


Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, during the late .Russian Invasion of 'Wye ; with some Account of the Court of Kbiva and the Kingdom of Khaurism. By Captain JAMES ABBOTT, Bengal Artillery, Author of the " T'hakoorine," and • lately on a Political Mission. In two volumes.

The Attache.; or Sam Slick in England. By the Author of "The Clockmaker; or Sayings and Doings of Sam Slick," &c. In two volumes.

Change for the American Notes; in Letters from:London to New York. By an American Lady.

[This book is intended to counterwork the American Notes of Box, by publishing all the ill of England that the writer could find; which, Booth to say, is not much, and none of it very new. When we use the word much, we mean it does not look much in the American lady's description ; for some of the evils—as the ignorance, poverty, and vice of the masses—are great enough : but they have been discovered, and urged upon public attention with a view to a remedy, by Englishmen, much more fully and completely than in this volume.

The writer professes to be a widow visiting England, and corresponding with a Miss Julia at New York, to whom she sends an account of her observations about London and its vicinity. There is something in the style and treatment of the subjects which 'night throw a doubt upon the sex of the letter-writer. On the other band, the flimsiness of the matter, the class of topics mostly selected for illustration, and the trivial diffuseness of the style, all wear a feminine air. Poverty of matter and manner is the characteristic of the work. If the letters of any lady going to a strange place were preserved and printed, they would probably form as good a book as this, though not quite so bulky.] The Circassian Chief; a Romance of Russia. By WiLLLaat II. G. KINGSTON, Esq. in three volumes. [This fiction not only carries us to Circassia and its wars, as might be inferred from the title, but introduces us to Southern Russia and the gipsies ; a daughter of which race figures as something very like a heroine. The author appears to have an actual knowledge of the scenery and the people where he haa laid his fiction ; his descriptions are good, though their style reminds one of SCOTT'S historical novels; and his narrative is easy and rapid: but he wants dramatic power. His characters all talk in the same strain, :and that, we apprehend, is not very like Russians.] The New Purchase; or Seven-and-a-half Years in the Far West. By • ROBERT CARLTON, Esq. In two volumes.

[The New Purchase is an American book, which appears designed to give the narrative of a new settler's experience for seven years and a half in the far West. 'What we have read of it does not leave a favourable impression. It seems an imitation of the worst parts of Mrs. CLAVERS'S, without her redeeming points; wanting the reality of matter-of-fact, and the breadth and spirit of fiction, but combining the faults of both modes of composition without the merits of either.]

The Novel Newspaper, Volume %W. [A neatly got-up volume, containing a dozen of the older tales—as The Vicar of Wakefield, Paul and Virginia, Elizabeth, &e., with The Deserted Village ; the price of the whole set, including the binding, not reaching, we fancy, to sixpence a tale.] The American Book Circular; with Notes and Statistics.

[A goodly list of books by American writers, published, imported, or procurable by Messrs. WILEY and PUTNAM; the catalogue occupying about fifty pages, and containing many hundred works. It is prefaced by preliminary remarks and figures, tending to show, in opposition to the assertion of Mr. ALISON in his History of Europe, that "literature and intellectual ability of the highest class" du meet with encouragement in America." The facts undoubtedly show that a "good stroke of business" is done in the book-trade on the other side of the Atlantic, and some money made in the way of copyright. But when the compiler goes on to say that many of the writers are not known in this country, it is somewhat of a non-Sequitur as regards his main purpose, and seems to prove the assertion of ALISON. BANCROFT, it strikes us, is the only writer of the " highest class" whose works were "not published in London" till his reputation was established. However, the catalogue is a very creditable example of American ability and literary industry, although displayed principally in compilation.]

Endeavours after the Christian Lift. A Volume of Discourses by JAMES MARTINEAU.

[A volume of some twenty sermons on various subjects, though for the mast part of a practical kind; that is to say, the incidents or remarks of Scripture are so used as to apply to our moral duties rather than to dogmas of belief. We think the writer is an Unitarian ; but he is very Catholic in his views, and altogether removed from sectarian bigotry : nor have we traced any thing obtrusively controversial in the author's opinions. Endeavours after the Christian Life is as good a series of discourses as we have met with for some time, and their brevity renders them advantageous for domestic perusal. The following ingenious resolution of the Mosaic narrative seems worth quotation, and will indicate the character of Mr. MARTINEAU'S style " Worthily does the Bible open with the story of Eden, the fresh dawn, the untrodden prden. of our life. Truly too, whatever geologists may find and say, is that day identified with the general act of creatkon; for in no intelligible human sense was there any universe till there was a soul filled with the idea thereof. The system of things of which Muses proposed to himself to write the origm, was not a Saurian or a Mammoth's world not such a creation as was pictured in the perceptions of huge reptiles and extinct ashes; but such universe as the spirit of a man discenis within and so spreads wahuut him; and of this it is certain, that the instant of his birth was the date of its creation. Fur had he been different, it would not have been the same ; had he been opposite, it W011111 have been reversed; and had he not been at all, it would not have appeared. Whatever is solemn in the apparition of the fair and infinite universe, belongs to the day of Adam's birth:1

Nelson Reminiscences. Leaves from Memory's Log. By G. S. Ransom, Lieutenant R.N.

[The reprint of a series of articles which appeared in the Metropolitan Magazine. They have a nautical roughness, with passages of fine-writing, about them, as well as something of vigour and melodramatic effect ; but, coming after so many other sea-sketches, they do not require any detailed notice. They may be recommended as a more readable book in the Dog-days than many a better one.]

The Botany of the Malvern Hills, in the counties of Worcester, Hereford, 'and Gloucester ; with the precise stations of the rarer plants, and Introductory Observations on the General Features of the District. By EDWIN LEES, F.L.S., &c., Author of the "Botanical Looker-oat in England and Wales." [A classified list of plants found on the Malvern Hills, very similar in character to many other publications descriptive of the botany of particular localities which have latterly emanated from the press. The present neat little volume has a preface, giving a good account of these attractive hills; in which, and in the interest attached to the district it treats of, the distinctive character of the publication consists.] The Penny Cyclopadia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Volume XXVI. Ungulata—Wales.

[This volume is a good one, from the variety and internal character of the articles, as well as from their manner of treatment. There is a paper on " Unitarians," short, but impartial and informing; another on the " United States," critical rather than narrative ; which remark also applies to "Venice." In biography there is a full life of the engineer VA.UHAN, and another of the painter VELASQUEZ ; with a better or at least a more critical view of VOLTAIRE. There are also many other biographies and topographical accounts, with several papers on literature and art—as the " Vedas " and the "Venetian School."] A Short Treatise on Life Assurance ; with the Rates of all the Offices in London, Mutual, Mixed, and Proprietary, alphabetically arranged. By FREDERIC LAWRANCE, ESQ., Secretary IO a Life Office.

[A condensed and popular account of the nature and uses of life-insurance; with tables exhibiting every form in which life can be dealt with, and the average premium payable on each form, deduced from the scales of the different offices, as well as a list of the London establishments and a coup-• d'iell of the premiums they require for insuring a single life for the whole term ; to which is added a directory. This information is all common enough; the feature of the compilation is its brevity and cheapness.]

An Attempt to Simplify English Grammar ; with Observations on the method of Teaching it. By ROBERT SULLIVAN, Esq., MA., T.C.D. Second edition enlarged.

[This cheap elementary grammar contains all that is essential to be known by the mass of learners, divested of pedantic refinements, and reduced to simple and rational principles, applicable to ordinary use. The examples, exercise's, and directions for parsing, are excellent ; and the suggestions for teaching grammar will be found very serviceable.] Knight's Cabinet Edition of the:Works of William Shakspere. Volume VL The Claims of the Christian Aborigines of the Turkish or Osmanli Empire upon Civilized Nations. By W. F. AINSWORTH, F.G.S., late in charge of an Expedition to the Chaldean Christians from the Society for Pro. moting Christian Knowledge, &c. A View of Cheltenham, in its Past and Present State; being the fourth edition of the Stranger's Guide ; enlarged by the introduction of much additional information, and illustrated with numerous lithographs, maps, • and wood-engravings. By HENRY DAVIES.


The Damsel of 'Darien; a Tale of the Early Conquest of Peru. By GILMORE Slats, Esq., Author of "The Kinsmen," "Confession," &c. (Novel Newspaper, Part LKV.)

iThe reprint of an American novel; whose hero is Vasco Nunez, the ill-fated discoverer of the Pacific; and whose subject the discoveries and conduct of the early followers of CoLumnus. The price of the work is about the charge for reading a new novel ; and The Damsel of Darien is better written and more interesting than many new novels that have fallen in our way. It is a London reprisal upon the American republications of English books.]

The Hindu Priestess and the Afghan King; a Poem in six cantos. By


[Bating the framework, this poem is an imitation of Legg Rookh, on a subject derived from TOD'S Annals of Rajast-han : and an exceedingly good imitation it is.] Popular Library of Modern Authors.—"Ranke's Turkish and Spanish Empires."

Practical Instruction in Animal Magnetism or Mesmerism; the result of thirty-five years' practice and observation. By J. P. F. DEI MIZE. Translated from the Paris edition, with an appendix, containing a number of important cases, by THOMAS C. HARTSHORN. Part L Sir Henry Cavendish's Debates of the House of Commons during the Thirteenth Parliament of Great Britain, which met in May 1763 and was dissolved in June 1774; commonly called the Unreported Parliament. By G. WRIGHT, Editor of the "Parliamentary History," &c. Part VII.

Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Part ILL London, Part XXVIIL

Lover's L. S. D., Part VIL Harry Mowbray, Part VIL The Smugglers, Part V. The Miller of Dean/laugh, Part IV. Popular Flowers.—" The Chrysanthemum." Chambers's Cyclopedia of English Literature, Part VII.


Foreign and Colonial Quarterly Review No. III.

British Quarterly Journal of Dental Review, No. IL

The British Journal of Hoinceopathy, No. 11L Magazines for Ju/y—Church, British, Artist and Amateur's, Old Sailor's Jolly-Boat, Phreno-Magnet.


Pictorial Edition of Shakspere, Part LIV.—" William Shakspere, a Biography," Part 'VIII. Abbotsford Edition of the Wavering Novels, Part XXXL Pictorial History of .England, Part LXXVI. Pictorial Museum of Animated Nature, Part VI. British Moths and their Transformations, Part XXL Gailhabaud's Ancient and Modern Architecture, Part X.


Statement of Facts and Correspondence with Mr. Rowland Stephenson, the Younger, (Editor of the "Monthly Times,") and his Associates,

Captain James Barber, 6-c. By THOMAS HoLcaorx the Younger,

Member of the Asiatic Society of Paris, and original Editor of the "Monthly Times."

Dialogue on Eider's Paradise, between Messrs. Clear, Flat, Dunce, and Grudge. By the Author of 'Paradise within the Reach of all Men without Labour, by powers of Nature and Machinery," &c.

Primitive Tradition; a Letter to the Editor of the Edinburgh Review. By Mr. Archdeacon WILLIAMS, Rector of the Edinburgh Academy. The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Feudal System; a Prize Essay read in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 28th June 1843. By HENRY BOOTHBY BARRY, Michel Scholar of Queen's College.