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The Ladder of Gold; an English Story. By Robert Bell, Author of " Wayside-Pictures through France, Belgium, and Holland," &c. In - three volumes. Poems, Legendary and Historical. By Edward A. Freeman, M.A., and the Reverend George W. Cox, S.C.L. A Practical Treatise on the Cultivation of the Sugar-Cane, and the Manufacture of Sugar. By Thomas Kerr, Planter, Antigua.

Sacred Incidents, Doctrinally Coneidered and Poetically Described, 8co. is Psychologist. [This s rather a prospectus than a publication. It gives in a series of long arguments" an account of the author's religious opinions; which are orthodox, and which are to be developed in a religious poem on the scenes and incidents of " creation and sacred history."

" Segnius irritant animas cleanest' per aurem, Quam qute aunt mina subjecta

The recital of the poem (for the volumes are to be publicly recited), will therefore be accompanied by "two hundred and fifty pictorial representa-

tions" painted by celebrated artists after i designsce by the poet. This exhibi- tion of art and poetry combined is to take place a building to be erected for the purpose, hard by the great Exhibition for the Industry of all Nations. In order to complete the necessary funds, the author proposes to publish his poem by subscription, and to dispose of half of his share of the profits of his Intended exhibition, upon terms stated in a formal prospectus, that has accompanied Sacred Incidents.] Critical Remarks on Artie Logicce Rudimenta; with some Considera- tions as to the further. Improvement of Science. By a former Student of Christ Chiuch. object of this book is to sustain the study of logic by improving the Oxford text-book. For this purpose, the Latin of Althieh, or a modernized edition, is printed with numerous foot-notes by the author. These are some.! times suggestive of verbal corrections ; sometimes they are disquisitional, and take the character of a brief essay. The writer has adopted a plan which is the least laborious to himself, but it is the least effective, from the crude and disjointed manner in which his views are presented. He had better have published an edition of Aldrich improved by himself, giving his reasons for the changes in foot-notes; though this would not better have answered his purpose. To produce a reform in anything, the mind must be impressed in some way more telling than by isolated notes.]

An Analysis and Summary of Thucydides. With a Chronological Table of Principal Events, &c. By the Author of "An Analysis and Summary of Herodotua," &c. [This volume has been compiled with the same object and on the sameprin- ciple as the author's Analysis and Sunstnary of Herodottis. It exhffiits

the same merit of painstakingclearness and complete exhaustiveness of the text of Thucydides, with a judicious addition of matter useful, indeed neces-

sary, to the student It will be found advantageous to all who wish to read Thucydides beneficially, almost indispensable to such as are getting him up for any purpose.] Letters to Young Peo le. Byy the late Walter Augustus Shirley, D.D., Lord Bishop of Sodor and an.

[This publication originated in the attention produced by part of the corre- spondence in Bishop Shirley's Life. It consists of letters chiefly addressed to

hhe son and daughter ; and exhibits the writer in a very amiable, affection-

ate pious, and sensible light. Some of the epistles to his son, when he was well advanced at Rugby School, contain judicious advice on study and criti-

cal remarks on books. As a whole however, the letters are too domestic in their subjects to excite much general interest, except for a display of charac- ter in the writer.] Selections from the French Poets of the Past and Present Century, ren- dered into English Verse. By R. F. Hodgson, Bengal Civil Service. jAn importation from Calcutta, consisting of translations from some of the most celebrated French poets ; De Lamartine, Beranger, and Victor Hugo predominating. The verse is fluent ; but though Mr. Hodgson has aimed at "transfusing the ideas " rather than " translating the words," he often substitutes a paraphrase of his own for the meaning of the original, which

indeed he sometimes misses. It if, however, a creditable specimen of leisure hours in Bengal ; and as the originals are printed beside the translation, the volume is not without interest as a selection of French poetry.]

A Collection of Poetry for the Practice of Elocution. Made for the use of Ladies at the College in Bedford Square, London. [A selection of poetry, made expressly with a view to recitation especially to exemplify the practice of the inflexions." It chiefly consists of modern writers.] Handbook for the use of Visitors to Harrow-on-the-Hill; containing a Topographical and Historioal Account of the Parish of Harrow and the Grammar School, &c. Edited by Thomas Smith. [This is a good account of Harrow and its vicinity ; displaying more original research and information than is found in the mass of guide-books. But it is rather a topographical history than a guide : the information for a visitor who runs down by the North-western Railway might have been extended with advantage.] How to Lay out a Small Garden ; intended as a Guide to Amateurs in choosing, forming, or improving a place, (from a quarter of an acre to thirty acres in extent,) with reference to both design and execution. By Edward Kemp, Landscape Gardener, Birkenhead Park. [There is a good deal of useful information in Mr. Kemp's little volume, but is rather of a general than a particular kind; more fitted for a person who wishes to acquire the principles of land-gardening, than adapted to en-

able him at once to lay out his garden for . Small," however, in Mr. Kemp's idea, seems to be sufficiently large to require professional astiist- anee.)

On the Construction of Locks and Keys. By John Chubb, Associate Inst. C.E.

[The reprint of a paperread before the Institution of Civil Engineers. It treats of the ancient history of locks succinctly, more fully of the principal

modern inventions. The reading was followed by a discussion, in which the superiority of Chubb's locks was generally admitted. The paper is illus- trated by plates.] The Hunting Field. By Harry Hieover, Author of "The Stud," &c. [This book is addressed to young or intending huntsmen; it treats of the droice and management of horses, the best mode of riding in the field, and a variety of kindred topics. The information is conveyed with less di- dactic manner than is usual. The matter is thrown into the form of sketches and stories ; which impart liveliness and readableness to the book, but give it more the character of a series of magazine articles.]

The new editions of the week are all of some mark. The third edition of Dr. Latham's "English Language," so soon after the appearance of the se- cond, not only argues the merit of the work, but the attention with which philological subjects are now regarded. The present edition has been thoroughly revised, and enlarged with much additional matter. The fourth edition of Dr. Dick's "Sidereal Heavens" has also been revised, and an ap- pendix added, containing notices of recent discoveries, as regards the nebulas, the motion of the sun in space, and various other subjects. Mrs. Hemans's "Records of Woman" appears in a neatly elegant garb, at a cheap price.


Fraser's Eastern novel of The Khan's Tale is still cheaper—a ahilling.

The English Language. By Robert Gordon Latham, M.D., F.R.S., &c. Third edition, revised and greatly enlarged. The Sidereal Heavens, and other Subjects connected with Astronomy, as Illustrative of the Character of the Deity, and of an Infinity of Worlds. By Thomas Dick, LLD., Author of " Celestial Scenery." Records of Woman, and other Poems. By Felicia Hemans. The Khan's Tale. By J. M Fraser. (Parlour Library.)


The New Zealand Magazine. Published Quarterly. Noa. L and IL January—April 1850.


Salvation ; a Sermon, preached in the Parish-church of Crathie, Bal- moral, before her Majesty the Queen, Sunday, September 22, 1850. By the Reverend John Cumming, D.D.

An Inquiry into Al. Antoine D'Abbadie's Journey to Kafa, to dis-

cover the Source of the Nile. By Charles T. Beke, Ph. D., &c.