9 NOVEMBER 1839, Page 19


Tnu apparent motion in the publishing world was delusive. The month of November has not produced a book of either mark or novelty. Of the publications before us, several are distinguished for utility ; several for cheapness ; the two professional works have that kind of merit which must necessarily be displayed when a regularly-instructed mind devotes itself to some branch of its own business ; and SPINDLER'S Jesuit may exhibit metaphysical ingenuity: but in pure English literature there are neither publications nor the promise of publications.


The Eye ; a Treatise on the Art of Preserving this Organ in a healthy condition, and of Improving the Sight : to which is prefixed, a view of the anatomy and physiology of the eye ; with observations on its expressions as indicative of the character and emotions of the mind. By J. en. AUGUST FRANZ, Doctor of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Leipsic, &c. The Jesuit; a Picture of Manners and Character from the first quarter of the eighteenth century. Translated from the German of C. &vans% In two vols.

A Comparative View of Ancient I-/jittery; embracing a sketch of the contemporary history of the nations of antiquity. To which are added, an Explanation of Chronological /Eras, and a Review of the different an cient and modern systems of computing time. By Josh TOIILMIN SMITH, A.uthor of 4Progress of Philosophy among the Ancients," &c. [Tins little volume will be found useful as an introduction to universal history previous to the birth of Christ, and as a book of general reference for the same time. The paucity of events before Abraham induces Mr. Slum to mass his periods. After the first patriarch, a chapter is devoted to every century, and comprises a brief resum6 of the principal occurrences of the different nations of the then known world. An essay on Chronology is added, in which the various [eras adopted by and the calendars of various peoples are explained. The subject is not now, ho'Wever, so difficult of access to the English public as when Mr. Semi wrote, albeit it were only a few weeks ago ; for Koce, in the Introduction to his Revolutions of Europe, has treated it in a comprehens Owe manner, though briefly.] Plain Abstracts for Popular Use of all the Acts of Public Interest, passed in the Sessions 2 and 3 Victoria, 1839 ; with the full titles of all the Acts passed during the Session. To be continued annually. By JOHN B. BRADY, Author of" Plain Instructions to Executors," &c. [A. httle publication of great utility ; giving in fact a complete coup d'eeil of the legislation of the session. In less than seventy pages of a small pocketbook size, Mr. BRADY has presented the titles of all the Acts passed during the present year, which sufficiently indicates the scope of the measures. Any law of general interest, or relating to a large class, is abridged with more or less amplitude—as the Mutiny Act, the New Police Act, the Act for the Suspension of the Usury-laws, the Copyright Designs, and the Paper-Daties Acts, He has also added a good index.] A .31unual of British Coleoptera, or Beetles ; containing a brief Descrip. tion of all the species of Beetles hitherto ascertained to inhabit Great Britain and Ireland ; together with a notice of their chief localities, times and places of appearances, &c. By JAMES FRANCIS &Timm% F.L.S., &c.

[Who would suppose a thick volume could be written on Beetles? yet here ie one, which is to be followed by three or four more to complete the subject; the work being founded on Mr. STEPHENS' Illustrations of British Entomology; undertaken to stop the piracy to which he was exposed, and hastened on account of a suspicious announcement—a strange sail in the offing. The Manual of British Coleoptera is a species of dictionary, containing classified description of the Beetles found in Great Britain and Ireland, as well as the places they usually frequent and the time of their appearance. It is, no doubt, a work of great value to the Entomologist, but too technical for the purpose of popular review.] The Romancist and Novelist's Library ; the Best Works of the Best Authors. Vol. H.

[In this age of cheapness, it is difficult to fix upon the cheapest publicationsr, but this we should imagine is one of them. Vicrou IteGo's Hunchback, Mrs. Hammer's Romance of the Forest, DE KOCK'S Barber of Paris, Miss SEDGEW/CK'S Home, BROWN'S Edgar Huntley, COOPER'S Last of the Motif. cans, and MATCH'S'S Wild Irish Boy, form an ample variety of three-volume novels, whether we look at the subjects and scene of time fiction, or the age, character, and country of the writers. Besides which, there are upwards of twenty tales or novellettes by celebrated authors ; all contained in a single volume, with paper and letterpress looking better, bound up, than could have been expected.] Observations on the Disorder of the general Health of Females called Chlorosis ; showing the true cause to be entirely independent of peeps. liarities of sex. By SAMUEL Fox, Surgeon. [A novel view, and very important if correct ; but the subject is too purely medical to be adapted for discussion in our columns.] A Pinch—of Snuff: composed of curious particulars and original medotes of snuff-taking ; as well as a review of snuff, snuff-boxes, snuffs shops, snuff-takers, and snuff-papers ; with the moral and physical effects of snuff. By DEAN Salm', of Brazen-Nose. Fruit-Trees ; a Hand-book for Cultivators. Being a practical exposition of the art of pruning fruit-trees' showing the defects and difficulties Of modern practiee, with proposed remedies ; including advice and information, founded on long experience and extensive -observation. Bye Practical Observer.

Lore; a Play, in five acts. By JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES, Author of "The Hunchback," Skc. A. Practical Description of that Process called the Daguerreotype; (this process consists in the spontaneous reproduction of the e of na. tare, received in the camera obscure, not with their colours, but witk great nicety in the gradation of shades,) by M. DAGUERRE. Trans. lated by J. P. SIMON, M.D., a Native of France. [Another translation of M. DAG I: ERRE'S account of his invention ; which the translator has made to serve the purpose of advertising his profession of lecturer.] The Arew lYeather and General Abnanack, for the year of human re. demption 1840, being bissextile or leap-year, and the fourth of the reign of her present Majesty: containing the diurnal state of the weather, the rising and setting of the Sun, the full, change, quarters, age, right ascension, and declination of the Moon, occultations of the Planets, &c. By ALBERT KENCIIEN. [A rival to MURPHY.]


The Haileybury Observer. No. I. to No. IV. October 9—October 30, l839. [A weekly periodical got up by the students of IIaileybury College, in imitation of the celebrated Microcosm of Eton. The subjects already handled are morals, in the shape of essays ; faceti; poetry; and sketches of college society. Politics were admitted at first; but as a young Whigling gave tt, flaming panegyric on the "best Ministry we have ever had," (which we took for a satire,) and provoked a keen though moderate-toned reply, it-was deemed advisable for the Observer to shut his eyes upon all articles that discussed the characters of "living statesmen." The papers display respectable merit ; their writers of course showing to most advantage on subjects they are most familiar with. The best literary article is "Extracts from the Life of a Student," especially the examination-scene.] The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, by DANIEL DEFOE ; with a Life of the Author. Illustrated with three hundred Engravings on Wald from Designs by GRANDVILLE. Parts I., II., and 111. [A cheap pictorial edition of this most real of fictions. The cuts are numerous, clever, and spirited; but they have one capital defect in English eyes—Robin. son Crusoe is a Frenchman.] Standard Edition of Gulliver's Travels. Illustrated by GRANDVILLE', with Notes, by 'w. C. TAYLOR, LL.D., Trinity College, Dublin. Part H.

[In this part Gulliver leaves Lilliput and gets to Brobdingnag ; but we have only a first peep at the monsters, whose better acquaintance we shall make in the next. Meanwhile we may say that Gulliver retains his own stature, seeming a man of ordinary size among a race of giants : the barley shoots up like a grove of tall trees, and the bristling ears on the ground assail him like chevaux• de-frise, the stalks obstructing his path like fallen timber.] The Joiner and Cabinet-Maker. (The Guide to Trade.) [This tract conveys a general idea of what is expected from a joiner's apprentice, intermixed with some sensible directions for the general conduct of youth. It is not, however, equal in raciness or fulness to some of the previous numbers of the series.] Historical Sketches of the Old Painters. By the Authoress of "Three Experiments of Living." (Standard American Literature.) [A cheap reprint of an American book, consisting of the current anecdotes of great painters wrought up into scenes of fiction, with some cleverness, but too much in the namby-pamby style of " Annual" literature. " Romantic Sketches" would be its proper title.] The Illustrated Shahspere. Part VII.

The History of Napoleon. Part IX. The Animal kingdom, arranged according to its Organization. By the Baron CUVIER. Part 11.—" Mammalia."

Greece, Pictorial, Descriptive, and Historical. By CHRISTOPEUII1 WORDswoRTD, D.D. Part X.

Pictures of the French, drawn by Themselves. Parts VI. and VII. A Treatise of Civil Powers in Ecclesiastical Causes : showing that it IS not lawful for any power on earth to compel in matters of religion. By JOHN MILTON. Also, Extract from Milton's "Treatise of True Religion, Heresy, Schism, Toleration, &c., and his Sonnets to Cromwell and Vane. (Tracts for the People, designed to vindicate Religious and Christian Liberty. No. I.) The Lift and Opinions of Tristram Shandy. By the Rev. LAURENCE STERNE, M.A. (Smith's Standard Library.) Incidents of Travel in the Russian and Turkish Empires. By J. L. STEPHENS, t sq., Author of "Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petnea, and the Holy Land." •(Smith's Standard Library.) Knight's Patent Illuminated Maps. Scriptural Series. Part VIII.


Statement of Facts relating to Steam Communication with India, on the Comprehensive Plan. Treason in the Church : an intercepted Letter from O'Connell to a Member of the Common Council of London.