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The Formation and Progress of the Tiers Etat or Third .Estate in France. By Augustin Thierry, Author of" History of the Norman Conquest," &c. Translated from the French by the Reverend Fran- cis B. Wells, Rector of Woodchurch, Kent.

The Chinese Empire : forming a Sequel to the Work entitled "Recol- lections of a Journey through Tartary and Thibet." By M. Hue, formerly Missionary Apostolic in China. In two volumes. Sonnets on the War. By Alexander Smith, and by the Author of "Balder" and "The Boman."

The Next of Kin ; a Novel. By Mrs. F. 1. Hall. In three volumes.

Sybil's Little Daughter; a Sequel to the "Gipsy's Daughter." By A. M. Grey. In two volumes.

Australia and its Gold-Fields : an Historical Sketch of the Progress of the Australian Colonies, from the Earliest Times to the Present Day : with a particular Account of the recent Gold-Discoveries, &e. By Edward Hammond Hargreaves, late Commissioner of Crown Lands in New South Wales. With a Map and a Portrait of the Author. [The original part of this volume is an autobiography of the author • con- taining an account of his emigration from New South Wales to Califlornia, on the announcement of the gold-diggings ; of his impression that gold would be found in his own colony, from the geological resemblances which he traced in the Californian gold-fields; of his return, his discovery, his ex- periences as a Government Commissioner, and his reward, 10,000/. The narrative is homely, but not without interest. This interest, however, will be greater by and by, when the public eye is sufficiently distant to take in the whole results; and Mr. Hargreaves's journey to the Lewes Pond Creek, his actual discovery, and his exclamation' "I shall be a Baronet!"—" Peerage or Westminster Abbey !"—with the promised knighthood to his guide, shall form a niche in history. Mingled with these remarkable facts are an exposition of the hollowness of the Reverend W. It. Clarke's claims to the discovery either practical or scientific, a full recognition of Sir Rode- rick Murchison's scientific merits, and a compilation about the history of Australia and of gold.] A Summer's Excursion in Neu; Zealand; with Gleanings from other Writers.

[Nearly a half of this volume contains colonization discussions, and histori- cal or geographical summaries, in which the facts are drawn from others, the author furnishing an indifferent commentary. The remainder consists of a journal of the writer's "Summer Excursion" to various settlements, appa- rently with a view to settlement himself. It is a commonplace account of the occurrences usual to a journey in New Zealand,—of slender interest, from the absence of any distinct object that the reader can follow, or any practical conclusion that he can draw.]

The Chinese Rebel Chief, Hung-sieu-tsuen ; and the Origin of the In- surrection in China. By the Reverend Theodore Bamberg, Missionary of the Basle Evangelical Society. With an Introduction by George Pearse, Honorary Foreign Secretary to the Chinese Evangelical So- ciety. [The author of the substance of this book is Hong-jin, a Chinaman,,_- who introduced himself to the late Reverend '1'. Bamberg, a missionary atHong- kong, professing to be a Christian convert flying from the persecution of the Mandarins. Ile further claimed to be a cousin or clansman of the rebel leader, from whom he first received the gospel light; and he seems to have induced his reverend patron to expend on himself and friends two hundred dollars, the story contained in this book being the security for repayment. Thus far, all is no doubt true enough. The narrative itself may be true likewise, but it looks like an invention, and a rather gross one ; an attempt upon the credulity of the person Hong-jin was addressing, so far as his knowledge enabled him to manage it. Some account of the story has already appeared in the Chinese and General Alissionary Gleaner.] Scientific Certainties of .Planetary Life : or Neptune's Light as great as Ours, with various other hitherto unconsidered Facts connected with the residences of Moral Agents in the Worlds that surround the Stars. By T. C. Simon, Author of "The Mission and Martyrdom of St. Peter."

[Scientific Certainties is a controversial work in answer to the essay Of the I-Ural:1'y of Worlds, published last year, which essay denied the probability of the planets being inhabited, or that "other planets circled other suns" ; the denial, it would seem, really resting on religious conclusions, though the argument took a scientific form. Mr. Simon is of a different opinion. He conceives that the stellar system is analogous to ours ; that is, the stars are suns surrounded by planets. He also considers that the planets, as well solar as stellar, may be inhabited by "intellectual creatures with material bodies." The book is not very attractive. The logical arrangement is de- fective. Mr. Simon begins with the remote question of the resemblance of the stellar to the solar system instead of opening with the more home ques- tion, Are our planets inhabited ? and then proceeding to the distant subject. The main cause of unattractiveness, however, is that the writer does not well grasp his arguments, or present them convincingly. In effect, too, though not in form, he overstates his case, and is inclined to represent what is only speculation or hypothesis as proved.] A Geographical Dictionary of the Holy Scriptures: including also Notices of the Chief Places and People mentioned in the Apocrypha. By the Reverend A. Arrowsmith, M.A., late Curate of Whitchurch, Salop. [This volume contain l a notice of all the geographical names mentioned in the Scriptures, "three alone excepted." It is a careful and painstaking book, judiciously planned and executed as regards scale, which is an import- ant feature in works of this kind. The reader will find it a useful book of reference, full of matter : the critical judgment is rather of the old school.] "The Disciple whom Jesus Loved" ; being Chapters from the History of John the Evangelist. With a preliminary Sketch. By James Macfarlane, D.D., Duddinestone. [A. series of sermons on the leading events of St. John's life ; in which Christ or Christianity is sometimes as prominent as what may be strictly called biographical illustration. One useful lesson is well impressed—that John above all the inspired writers, illustrates the desirable quality of Christian love, in opposition to the spirit of anger or persecution.] A Tour Bound my Garden. Translated from the French of Alphonse Karr. Revised and edited by the Reverend J. G. Wood, M.A., &c.; Author of the "Illustrated Natural History," &c. With one hun- dred and seventeen Illustrations by William Harvey.

[By means of a framework too artificial, Alphonse Karr carries his reader round his garden, exhibits the wonders of vegetable and insect life, occasion- ally relieved by a reference to birds. It is done with much skill and with French vivacity ; but the skill of the artist is too obvious, the vivacity is pushed too far. A good deal of extraneous matter is introduced, which we think would have been better away, not only as interrupting the sketches of natural history, but as slight in itself. A free reproduction would have been better than an entire translation. The volume is copiously illustrated with wood-cuts.]

Literary Papers by the late Professor Edward Forbes, F.R.S. ; selected from his Writings in the Literary Gazette.

[This effort to preserve mune of the fugitive criticisms of a distinguished na- tural philosopher is more successful than might have been expected. It may be objected to the notices, that they arc rarely either complete reviews of the book noticed or essays upon the subject of the book, being.indeed rather desultory—thoughts thrown out upon the subject, the writer, the work, or its cognates. The text of the notices is full of matter; both the text and the extracts quoted are readable : something of completeness is imparted by bringing together papers on similar topics.]

Hints on Shooting and Fishing, Ise., both on Sea and Land, and in the Fresh-water Lochs of Scotland; being the Experiences of Christopher Idle, Esq.

[Practical information is the character of this book. The writer does not waste time in encyclopedic directions to make what you had better buy, or in endeavouring to teach by precept what must be learned by example. His hints are much fewer on the direct practice of the arts, than as to where you should go, how you should manage yourself, and similar information. 'The manner is fresh and racy, from a mind possessed with original matter on a favourite subject, and throwing it out without much regard to literary rules.]

A Treatise on the Elements of Algebra : for the use of Schools and

private Students. By G. Ainsworth, B.A., and J. Yeats, F.R.G.S. [This elementary book of algebra is less a treatise than a series of exercises, with an exposition of their principles in the form of rules—in fact, a school- book. The compilers make honourable mention of the assistance derived from Grunert and other foreign writers.]

Mechanics and the Steam-Engine. For the use of Beginners. By T. Tate, F.R.A.S., &e. (Gleig's School Series.) The Battle of Inkerman, a Ballad ; with Balaklava, Alma, Sinope, &c. By a Retired Liverpool Merchant.

[The spirit which dictated the application of the profits of this book is supe- rior to that which inspired the verse: "the proceeds are to be applied to the Patriotic Fund."] The Wonderful Drama of Punch and ,Tudy, and their little .Dog Toby. With Illustrations.

The reprint of Mr. Henry Rogers's controversial and critico-biographical articles in the Edinburgh Review has been so well received as to induce the publication of a second edition, with considerable additions. The author and his publishers Messrs. Longman have printed an octavo edition of the new papers, to range with the former publication. The same publishers have also sent forth a new edition of Mr. Bode's Ballads on Herodotus : a fact which, like many similar facts, is an answer to those who talk of this not being a poetical age, no demand for poetry, &c. Find but the poetry, there will be no lack of purchasers. In the category of belles lettres, is also a neat reprint of Cooper's " Wyandotte " for Bentley's Standard No- vels; and a new translation of Grimm's. Fairy Tales, from Messrs. Rout- ledge.

Of a more practical character than the above is Mr. Thom's established annual the Irish Official and Dublin Directory ; and the "Treatise on Prac- tical Mathematics" in Chambers's Educational Course,—the two volumes of which are now compressed into one.

Essays, selected from Contributions to the Edinburgh Review. By

• Henry Rogers. In three volumes. New edition.

.Ballads from Herodotus. By J. E. Bode, M.A., late Student of Christ- church. Second edition, with four additional Pieces.

Wyandottd ; or the Hutted Knoll. By J. Fenimore Cooper, Esq., Au- thor of "The Pathfinder," &c.

Home Stories, collected by the Brothers Grimm. Newly translated by Matilda Louisa Davis. Illustrated by George Thompson.

Thom's Irish Almanaek and Official _Directory, with the Post-office Dublin City and County Directory, for the year 1855. Twelfth annual publication.

Treatise on Practical Mathematics. (Chambers's Educational Course.) Pleasures, Objects, and Advantages of Literature. By the Reverend

Robert Arts Willuott, Incumbent of Bear Wood. Fourth edition, re- vised.

The Heir of Selwood. By Mrs. Gore, Author of "The Money-Lender," &e. (The Railway Library.)


The Monthly Honts_Review. No. I.

The Scottish Gardener. A Magazine of Horticulture and Floriculture. No. I. New series.


Parker's Church Calendar and General Almanac/c, for 1855.

The Poultry-Keeper's Pocket Almanac/c, and Diary of Proceedings in the Poultry-Yard, 1855. By the Editors of the "Poultry Book."