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NEW EDITIONS. — An Exposition of the Creed. By John Pearson, D.D.

; revised and corrected by the Rev. Temple Chevallier, B.D. ; a new edition by the Rev. Robert Sinker, B.D. (Cambridge Uni- versity Press.)—This handsome octavo of nearly eight hundred pages presents us with a very carefully revised edition of Bishop Pearson's great work, which still retains its place as the standard text-book on the subject. Dr. Burton's edition, which is the one most commonly met with, has the inconvenient arrangement of putting the notes in a separate volume, a banishment which is not unlikely to lead to neglect. Here they are at the foot of the page, great pains have been taken to verify the references, and the edition is in every way worthy of a classic.—Belonging to a very different school of theology is The Natural Truth of Christianity. Selections from the " Select Dis- courses" of John Smith, M.A. Edited by W. M. Metcalfe. (Alexander Gardner.)—John Smith was one of the band of Cambridge Platonists, of which Whichcote, Cudworth, and Hales were more conspicuous members. John Smith was a pupil of Whicheote at Emmanuel Col- lege, Cambridge. In 1644, he became a Fellow of Queen's, having been appointed with seven others by the Parliamentary authorities, in the room of eight who had been ejected. He died eight years afterwards, at the early age of thirty-six. Mr. Metcalfe has prefixed to these selections a memoir and essay, in which he carefully appre- ciates Smith's theological and philosophical position.—We have also received a new edition of The Catechism Made Easy, by the Rev. H. Gibson. 2 vols. (Burns and Oates.)—Dr. W. A. Greenhill edits Sir Thomas BrOione's Religio Medici (Macmillan), having carefully restored the text to what the author may be supposed to have written. A notice of former editors (among whom James T. Fields, the American publisher, is perhaps the best known) ; and a list of edi- tions (none seem to have appeared between 1754 and 1831), are pre- fixed to the text. A full index is appended.—Classic Tales (Bell and Sons) contains reprints of Rasselas, The Vicar of Wake- field, Gulliv_r's Travels, and The Sentimental Journey, in one convenient volume, belonging to the series of " Bohn's Standard Library."—From the same publishers, we get a new edition of Legends and Lyrics, by Adelaide Anne Procter. The interesting introduction by Charles Dickens is prefixed. Miss Procter, refusing with rare delicacy to avail herself of her father's friendship with Dickens, had sent, under the nom de plume of " Miss Mary Berwick," a poem to Household Words. Its merit struck his attention, and it was accepted, and a request made for others, before the writer's identity was discovered. A very pathetic record of a fine nature which was wholly faithful to its very purest and noblest utterances, is this introduction. Of the Legends and Lyrics, it is need- less to say anything.—We have also before us two new editions of Lord Macaulay's Lays of Ancient Rome, with Ivry and The Armada (Longman) ; of The Elementary History of Music, by N. D'Anvers, edited by Owen J. Dullea (Sampson Low and Co.) ; Wholesome Houses, by E. Gregson Banner, C.E. (E. Stanford), "revised," with additions, notably of a chapter on " House and Railway-Carriage Ventilation ;" Gold and Silver Money, by Paul F. Tidman (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.) ; and the New Grantmar of French Grammar, by Dr. V. de FiVag, M.A. (Crosby Lockwood and Co.), this last being the "forty-fifth edition."