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fects, as well as the tone and tendency of thousand days) as common denominator, the whole work, remind us forcibly of A. and taking for numerators the correspondJ. Davis' Harmonia and Revelations. If it ing periods of the following planets, in this were not that he is quoted several times, order :-Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Planewe should incline to ascribe its authorship toids (averaged) Mars, Venus, Mercury. to him. Take a few miscellaneous ex- And the following triumphant conclusion tracts. Vol. I. The italics are ours :
is deduced :“ It is clear that animal instincts are "They" (the two series) “are identical, mathematically adapted to the countries not only in substance and value, but in the they inhabit.”—P. 61. - Ducks, geese,
process of formation. If all this does not and petrels are of the web-footed tribe, and tend to prove a comparative uniformity of principalize the birds”—P. 55. P. 90, ar- great things with smail, and to indicate gument is based on Josephus' assertion, as
one connected network of plan and system, endorsed by Berosus, that the grandsons of
what does?" Adam studied astronomy, and recorded ob
We don't see it. We are inclined to beservations on it. P. 101, we find the mud
lieve that no human mind but Barnum's dy statement that “the march” (of scien- can comprehend the herculean grasp which tific discovery) “ has been systematic, ac
dragged such a mermaid conclusion from cording to one plan, as it has in the devel
such fish-and-monkey premises. opment of every physical phenomenon from
Page 107. “Nutrition needs digestion, the germination and growth of a seed or
digestion needs circulation, circulation egg, to the formation of the globe. One
needs respiration, respiration needs air, air mind seems to have superintended the whole
needs water." train, in all its evolutions. All the various
Vol. II., p. 104, it is argued, first, that rays directly and unerringly converge
a convex lens has to be removed (to towards the grand focus of Unity."
a certain extent) from an object, in These sentences are the climax of a chap
order to adjust the focus upon such obter intended to prove an analogy of serial
ject; second, that the atmosphere has the development in the two diverse depart
properties of a convex lens; and third, ments of the Creation of the World on one
therefore in the margin), remove the hand, and human scientific discovery on the
(why not the lens ?) further off, other.
and a corresponding" (increased is meant) Chap. VII. almost begins with the follow
“intensity of heat will follow. Our atmosing—“The sphere, spheroid, ellipse, cone,
phere is dense enough for a little further cylinder, are aggregations of circles.
removal to cause a conflagration of . Hence, to the planets, stars and comets, a
the earth itself. Solar fire” (i. e. the sun's circular motion seems to have been most
rays when removed) “would burn a hole natural.”
through its equator." Non sequitur; for if a spherc moves
An equator with a bole burnt through naturally, as Mr. Hannibal Chollop would
it! Hence, if we wish to be warm, we say, “in a circ'lar direction," it follows
should go away from the fire. that a three-cornered thing would naturally
We refrain from gamboling further in move in a three cornered direction ; also,
the rich fields which our nameless author that Baron Munchausen did shoot off half
opens for animadversion. The book is so a bushel of snipe's legs, by firing at them
loose a bundle of rags that it is too much round a haystack ; both of which are ab
like child's play to tatter it further. surd.
-Mr. SEBA Smith, accompanying himPage 48. A series of fractions is stated
self with his famous straw auxiliary, or indicating the arcs of circumference of the rather doppelganger, Jack Downing, has stems of certain plants, which separate the
collected into one volume a number of insertion of their successive leaf-stems, the
short sketches, under the name of 'Way plants being named in the following or- Down East. Most or all of them we have der :-grass, grass (second species), rose- seen in periodicals heretofore ; several of bush and blackberry bush, willow, white
them are funny and spirited ; especially pine, common pine cone.
“Polly Gray and the Doctors," " Jerry Then, page 85-6, another series of frac- Guttridge” and “Seth Woodsum's wife.” tions, obtained by using the “ orbital The remainder are respectable ; some of period" of Neptune (assumed at sixty them, however, having the peculiarity of
tapering off in a disappointing manner, more valuable and readable, if it furnished without any perceptible catrastrophe. The fuller accounts of the domestic life of the book, to those who have not read it before, people—their manners and customs at their will on the whole prove entertaining. homes and places of business. The bistory
- The History and Poetry of Finger of the dispute between the Jesuits and Rings, by CHARLES EDWARDS, Esq., is an Capuchins is an instance-almost the only odd and heterogeneous collection of curious one-of the material to which we refer; scraps of information, from legend, song and it is the pleasantest part of the voland history, tracing the history and signifi- ume ;-not for its scandal, but for its inforcances of the ornament discussed, from the mation of significant details. patriarcbal times downward. Various col- -GRACE GREEXwood's Merrie England lateral matters of interest are likewise is a collection of old English legends, in pleasantly considered. That very rare a graceful and spirited style, and so told and graceful little poem, reported to be as to be entertaining to the little people, to Shakespeare's, to his mistress, Anne Hatha- whose pleasure and profit Grace seems to way, is given-of which, however, the dis- have devoted herself. junet morsel, “ Anne Hathaway, she hath - Day-Dreams by a Butterfly, is a s way,” is floating up and down the sea of work which we prefer to let speak for literature. And there are interesting and itself. We may just introduce it, however, justifiable digressions upon amulets and as a dactylic metaphysical poem, of about charms, even to the “mad stones " lately one hundred and thirty pages. stated to exist in Virginia, which extract The great question of existence is thus animal poisons froin wounds. A very investigated : slight formality, of style is here and there perceptible ; but it is a quality not
« Or live we in thee
And move? Life's great sea, inappropriate to the quaint researches of
A wave of thy being, roll on ? an antiquarian or virtuoso.
Do the stars sweep through - Brushwood Picked up on the Conti
The unbounded blue, nent, by ORVILLE HORWITZ, is a journal of
The scintils of thought from its throne ?" ocearrences in an ordinary European tour. The eternity of matter is affirmed in It contains not much that is new, some- rhyme, as follows :thing that is sprightly, and a sort of justification or apology for licensed gambling
“As we firmly hold
To the dogma bold, and prostitution wholly inexpedient, lati
That matter, if such has aye been, tudinarian and immoral, to say the least.
So, that it will be - Too many technical words are usually
To eternity, thought necessary in medical books, for the
By th' optics of reason is seen." profit of the generality of persons. Dr. Sundry other deep questions are treated JACOB BIGELOW's work, Nature in Disease, in the same style. We apprehend that is perhaps as free from those encumbrances
these two extracts will, however, enable 23 could be expected. It is a collection of our readers to judge whether the poem will discourses on various medical topics, some assist their investigations in mental and more and some less adapted to the purpose moral philosophy. Such studies are pills of the general reader ; but all distinguished for which a good gilding of rhyme and by the clear arrangement and lucid state- rhythm may be a pleasant vehicle to somement, which seem almost ex-officio, the body. privilege of skilful physicians. The most REPRINTS.—LADY Scott's novel, The interesting of all, is the paper on the Pride of Life, is ingeniously so contrived, Burial of the Dead ; which contains several that it is bard to say whether the authoress curious accounts of the opening of ancient wrote in sympathy with the sorrows she tombs.
describes, or in irony at the toady souls -Mr. CHARLES GAYARRE's History of that could feel such sorrow. We hope that Louisiana under the Spanish domination, very few Americans will understand the is a well written sequel to his former vol- book. We read it as a boat drives knockume on a preceding period. It contains a ing against a short heavy head seaconsiderable mass of matter extracted from thumped and thumped by shocks of sur: original documents; which renders it prise at the inadequacy of all the motives rather heavy. The volume would be much which all the way were stirring up mortal
grief and anger, breaking up families and English society. But the book is of a much killing men and women.
higher order, morally and artistically, than Observe :-Mordaunt Eveleyn, a young Lady Scott's. The characters are exceedman of “noble blood,” but not very ingly well drawn and distinguished. Violet wealthy-being allowed only four thousand is a true and lovely woman, operating upon dollars a year-marries a young woman her unstable husband, and her outrageously of surpassing beauty, and lovely character, proud sister-in-law, Theodora, by forces great artistic talent and intellectual cul- beautiful and womanly, unconscious and ture, superior indeed, in every way, to him- still, but powerful and sure. Her own self. And thereupon, the fool of a mother, trials and changes, and those of her relawhose life is deroted to sell her daughters tives, are very skillfully developed. The to lords and her son to a lady, in the book, although not of the intense kind, name of wife and husband ; and the bears evidence of very keen observation, foolish father wbose weak will has been and very true and careful thougbt; and as bent into the same channel; and the flip- a work of art, must rank very high. pant, stylish sisters, who are sold or to be There is one noticeable defect, in the sold, are hurried away into passions, whirl- management of the moral. This, which winds, paralyses of quenchless grief and was apparently intended to permeate the mortification. In order to cover their whole texture of the narrative, is stuck in shame, they plot; they lie; they take joy- in unassimilated, uncomfortable lumps. ful refuge under the pretence that the We come upon them as upon an nnexpected young lady is a nobleman's bastard ! “un- jolt; with a start and an " oh!" acknowledged daughter" is the delicate -PHILLIPS, SAMPSON, & Co. publish a fashionable equivalent. She herself is bru- neat volume containing the poems of Coltally sequestered from intercourse with her LINS, GRAY, and GOLDSMITH, under the edifather, mother and brother; tortured and torship of EPES SARGENT, Est. The handcompressed into the proper
some paper and open type render this a
very pleasant library volume. That marks the caste of Vere de Vere,"
--LITTLE, BROWN & Co.'s Aldine series of
the English Poets, edited by Professor and introduced to the titled relatives of her Child, is continued with WORDSWORTH'S husband, as a sneering-stock to spit their Poetical Works, in seven volumes. This fashionable venomous envy on; they had
set of books is of a very convenient size made other arrangements for the young for reading, and the typographical execuman.
tion is admirable. Are there such people-animals-in En- NEW EDITION.-We have received gland, and so many of them, that this is to second edition of Rev. C. KINGSLEY's powbe considered a portraiture of actual man- erful and suggestive novel, Hypatia. ners there? We had hardly supposed it. TRANSLATIONS.-Can the Saxon mind
*We repeat that it seems to us, that the properly value the Gaulish? We doubt it. story must seem as unnatural and uninte- We are willing to grant that French auresting to us this side of the Atlantic, as if thors possess excellences which we cannot all the agony and anger and sickness and Sec—that it is our blindness which has death, had been deduced from Mordaunt something to do with the failure-and that Eveleyn's marriage with a lady outside of it is only because ours is the Anglo-Saxon the pale of fashionable society, on account mind, that we prefer the productions of of having red hair, and always preferring Anglo-Saxon writers. Whatever may be gunpowder tea to young hyson.
the reason, such at any rate is the fact. --The central idea of Heartsease (by We remember, clearly enough the unsatisthe author of The Heir of Redclyffe) is
factory result of our studies in Berquin's the same with that of The Pride of Life ; writings for children. And Madame Guinamely: the experience of a wife, married zor's Popular Tales impress us similarly for her loveliness, into a sphere “above" now. Not that they are not well and graceher own. Perhaps novels of this species fully told ; not that they lack adventure, are a sign and outgrowth of the gradual or probability. But they are not agreeable, equalization which seems to be slowly su- in our judgment. For this we see two caupervening upon the stratified texture of ses, other than the inborn prejudices abovementioned. One is, that a book translated by SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON; which must for children, should be perfectly transmut- needs be very much more valuable than ed; should be rendered into the very pur- Professor Stewart's works alone. DOUGLAS est, simplest, and most idiomatic English ; JERROLD's Works, in 8 vols. Polynesian into children's English ; far away from the Mythology, and Ancient Traditionary slightest savor of French construction or ex- History of the New Zealand Race, by pression. Herein, though Mrs. BORKE, the SIR GEORGE GREY. A volume of the poet translator, has done well, she has not per- Gray's correspondence, edited by Rev. J. fectly succeeded. A second reason, which MITFORD. Scandinavian Adventures, a will perhaps better account for a man's dis- book of sportsman's experiences, by that like than for a child's, is this : that the capable narrator thereof, L. LLOYD. Life morality of French children's books is no- and Correspondence of Lord Metcalfe, by thing at all but sentimentality. The little WILLIAM KAYE. Dozens of books of discusfolks are exhorted to preserve their honor ; sion of travel and description, connected to respect their parents ; to respect them- with the seat of war in the south of Russia. selves; to be just to all ; and charitable Two curious volumes called, A Roll of the to the poor. But that is all. The strongest Household Expenses of Richard de Swinmotives, for instance, which are used in field, Bishop of Hereford, during 1289 Mrs. Sherwood's "Henry Milner ;" the re- and 1290; and Documents relating to the ligious motives; are almost totally ig- Priory of Penwortham, &c.; containing nored.
many details of prices and domestic matters For such reasons, we imagine that trans
at their dates. A translation by Mr. Cotlations from the French will hardly be a
trel, of Chevalier BUNSEN's book on very valuable or desirable addition to Eng- Egypt's Place in Universal History.' A lish juvenile literature.
book called Sonnets on Anglo-Saxon His-GOSTAT NIEritz is reputed the best of
tory, being about a hundred sonnets upon the German writers of children's books.
that period, of an unexceptionable characAnd Mrs. CONANT has translated his Plum
ter as to ethics, but rather solid than enterWoman into English. It is a respectable
taining. The authoress is Miss Any Hawkbook of its kind, as to plot and execution,
SHAW. A careful and studied work by J. but with no impress of very great talent.
T. WHEELER, on The Geography of HeroIts adventures spring, moreover, from
dotus. Good advice to the quarreling secthe crimes of adults, and those of a char
tions of the United States, from Dr. MARacter to which introduction, even in fic
SHALL HALL, in his Twofold Slavery in
the United States. Rev. F. D. MAURICE's tions, had better be postponed to as mature
Doctrine of Sacrifice, Deduced from the an age as possible. The Rat-catcher, written and translated
Scriptures. A complete edition of Lord by the same parties, is a somewhat elabor
BROUGHAM's Works, under his own superinated and completed version of the well
tendence. Professor Wilson's complete knova German legend of the Pied Piper of
works, edited by his son-in-law, Professor Hannelin. The legend has not gained very
Ferrier. A Third Gallery of Portraits,
by GILFILLAN. A translation, by RAWDON much in the extension. Some of the imaginations are a little crude and harsh. But
BROWN, of GIUSTINIANI'S Four Years at the such things should not be looked at with
Court of Henry VIII.; Mr. RuskIN'S
treatise on the Nature of a Gothic Ar. men's eyes; and the story will undoubtedly
chitecture. be an attractive one to the small people, in the pleasant English dress which Mrs. Co
FRENCH.-M. Du Couret under the name nant has put upon it.
of HADJI-ABD-EL-HAMED-Bey, has written a
voyage au Pays des Nian-Niams, who FOREIGN LITERATURE.- English. - We (the Niam-Niams) are a people in Central sce notices of the publication of the follow- Africa, with tails. M. DU COURET did not ing, among many books :- Sabbath Morn- reach their country, but found one of them ing Readings (on Leviticus), and Sabbath at Mecca, and examined his tail, and likeEvening Readings (on Luke), by Dr. wise presents a great mass of testimony, CsG : with prefaces of an angry char- which seems to establish the reasonableness, seter. The Collected Works of DUGALD or at least the possibility of Lord MondodSTEWART, edited (with additions and notes) do's long-ridiculed theory. M. CHARLES
Weiss edits Sermons choisis de Jacques Saurin. The powerful sermons of that staunch Protestant will yet repay a perusal. We also notice announcements of the publication of Heures en Prison, by Madame LAFARGE, the poisoner. The first volume of GEORGE SANDS' Histoire de ma Vie. A poem composed by COULDRETTE, in the fourteenth century, called Mellusine, relating to that celebrated fairy of Poiton ; and now edited by F. Michel, from MSS. in the Bibliothèque Imperiale. The sixteenth and last volume of M. DE SAULCY's expensive work, Voyage autour de la Mer Morte et dans les terres Bibliques.
THE FINE ARTS.
LANDSEER'S Twins. Hitherto almost our only public galleries of Art have been the windows of the print-sellers’ shops, and they have never wanted visitors. Those of us who have passed the establishments of Colman, Williams & Stevens, and Goupil-daily, for the last ten years, have had the opportunity of seeing in their windows the best works of the best artists, old and new-reproduced in copies and engravings, and to our citizens, these collections have been of no mean service. He who has neglected them, would have neglected the Louvre and the Vatican, had nature made him a Frenchman or an Italian ; and he who has learned nothing from them, or only looked to sneer, Las no true love for the beautiful in Art, but only follows with his censure or approval the dictates of fashion and convention. Of late, our advantages for the study of Art have been increased by the addition of a new feature to these establishments-the private exhibitions of the works of native and foreign artists—which have attracted so much attention among us during the last few months.
Williams & Stevens opened the season with one of Herring's pictures--a characteristic work of this well-known English painter of animals—which excited a great deal of attention. But a far finer pictureand one worth infinitely more as a teacher to Americans-is the “Twins," by Landseer, which has just been removed to Boston. It is a fine specimen of the mastera free, playful, unaffected picture, gladdening the heart with its truth, its simplicity
and its sentiment. The dogs seem to have carried off the larger share of popular praise-to judge by the tone of conversation in society and the notices of the pressbut we were most interested in the two lambs. It is easy to make noble dogs interesting, but to make lambs poetical and provocative of tender imaginations and delicate sentiment, is a task that hitherto has been the philosopher's stone” to poetsthe synonym of impossibility. The execution of this picture is a fine lesson to our animal painters, who bave hitherto worshipped too constantly with their faces towards Düsseldorf-Düsseldorf, at once the friend and the enemy of our national Art and artists—the foreign Delilah, whose scissors clip off all the hair of our young artistic Samsons whenever she can woo them to her side.
--ARY SCHEFFER's Temptation of Christ. Messrs. Goupil & Co. have also their little private Picture Gallery, where they are at present exhibiting a fine work by Ary Scheffer, one of the few truly great artists whom France can, boast. We say few, but those few are truly splendid names-as great men in Art as ever lived--as individual, as earnest, as original. This picture of Scheffer's embodies the passage of the Scripture narrative which represents Satan as saying—"All these will I give unto thee if only thou wilt fall down and worship me.” The two stand upon a point of rock which may well be, by the silence and depth of blue which invest it, the topmost peak of an exceeding bigh mountain. The composition is reduced to its simplest elements. The detail of the picture is the merest suggestion. The rock upon which Christ and Satan stand is no rock-the drapery which clothes Christ is no material-all the objects are typical, and only introduced because the story could not be told without them. The aim of the artist was evidently to express his idea of the constant position of Christianity with reference to the materialism of the world. Christ points to Heaven as the abode of Him whose love is his only desire. Satan points to the kingdoms of this world and the glory of them, as the highest reward he has to offer for faithful service; Christ is attired in ample vesture to express the severity of that worship which makes the spiritual beauty of the soul pre-eminent, to the neglect of the beauty of the body. Satan is naked-his form exhibiting the