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Economic Interpretation of History (The). By Bey, who is by all odds the most entertaining
Edwin R. A. Seligman. The Macmillan Co., New person in the book. There is interesting York, 5x734 in. "166 pages. $1.50.
exposition of zenana etiquette, gossip, bicker Reserved for later notice.
ings, and jealousies, and an unusual view is Economics of Forestry. By Bernhard E.
given of its tyrannical hold over its lord and Fernow, LL.D. Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New master, who had been commonly considered York. 5x742 in. 520 pages. $1.50, net.
as the oppressor and never the oppressed Reserved for later notice.
The relation of Turks, Armenians, and Kurds Ethics : Civil and Political. By David Allyn
is pictured in not quite the ordinary way. Gorton, M.D. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. Historical Introductions to the Rolls Series, 544x8 in. 237 pages. $1.50, net.
By William Stubbs, D.D. Collected and Edited by Familiar Studies of Men and Books. By Rob- Arthur Hassall, M.A., Longmans, Green & Co. ert Louis Stevenson. 2 vols. Illustrated. Herbert
New York. 6x9 in. 534 pages. $5.
History of Over Sea (The). Done into English Mr. Stevenson's most characteristic papers ; by William Morris.' With Decorations by Louis the two small volumes, printed from an unusu- Rhead. R. W. Russell, New York. 8x104 in. 28 ally clear and effective type, on good paper, with illustrations, form one of the most con
It is unfortunate that this very attractively venient and altogether satisfactory editions
made thin quarto was not published earlier. of the essays, sketches, and studies which In its text, its illustration, and is binding it has yet appeared.
is emphatically a high-class holiday book,
written in delightful English and sumptuously First Book of Forestry. By Filbert Roth. dressed. Of the class of prose writings to
Illustrated. Ginn & Co., Boston. 514x712 in. 291 pages. 75c. (Postage, 10c.)
which “The History of Over Sea" belongs it The early association of the author of this is only necessary to say that they are written volume with the well-kept forests of Germany,
in that archaic English which Morris could his subsequent observations in the widely dif- use as well, probably, as any man of his genfering forest districts of our own country,
eration, and that they represent the romantic his years of experience in teaching the
side of his mind, his love of the mystical. The science, are all evidenced in a book which is
decorations for this volume are furnished by not only elementary, but practical to every
Mr. Louis Rhead, and the cover design is forester or student of forestry. The work is
strongly suggestive of Persian book decoraat once valuable as a text-book for schools, as
tion. a manual to be kept in country homes, and as How to Sing (Meine Gesangskunst). By Lilli a comprehensive work for any one's reading. Lehmann. Translated from the German by Richard Fortunately for the layman, the author ex- Aldrich. Illustrated. The Macmillan Co., New presses himself in non-technical and conver
York. 52X734 in. 281 pages. $1.50, net. sational language. The illustrations, while
To most readers the fact that this book was interesting, hardly match the value of the
written by Mme. Lehmann, whose identificatext.
tion with a number of Wagner rôles has made
her known almost personally to thousands, Flowers of Song from Many Lands: Being will give to it a real interest in spite of its
Short Poems and Detached Verses Gathered from Various Languages. Rendered into English
technical character. A large part of the volby Frederic Rowland Marvin. The Pafraets Book
ume is taken up with careful and minute Co., New York. 7x1042 in. 138 pages.
instructions, illustrated with diagrams. The The list of poetic fragments in this collection reviewer cannot help thinking that Mme. Lehincludes couplets, quotations, and somewhat mann has attempted to do through the medium longer selections from the German, French, of the printed page what can be done only by Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Scandinavian, Green- oral instruction. Nevertheless, the general landic, Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Sanscrit, sanity that is apparent in her fundamental Phænician, Assyrian, Latin, Greek, Chinese, principles is worth the attention of those who Japanese, Ashanti, South Sea Islands, and cannot find the details in her work very illuOsage Indian literatures. Each specimen, minating: She has little respect for the singer says the collector, who in many cases is trans- who yields to indisposition.” “ If you wish lator also, is characteristic of the soil and to sing only when you are in good form," she climate whence it was taken.
remarks, "you must excuse yourself ninetyFordwell Graham. By W. June Arlington.
nine times out of a hundred.” Some of her Allen, Lane & Scott, Philadelphia. 519x8 in. 414
advice she would probably modify, if not pages. $1.25.
reverse, in dealing with pupils of certain temHis Excellency's English Governess. By perament. On one point her views are worth Sydney C. Grer. L. C. Page & Co., Boston. 5x73%
quoting. She is roundly-and, in our view, in. 367 pages. $1.25.
soundly-opposed to the artificial division of In vivid presentation of life in the Orient lies the voice into three registers. “It will be the fascinating quality of Mr. Grier's novels. much more correct," she suggests, “to call The heroine, a young lady of beauty, culture, every tone of every voice by the name of a and high social standing, becomes the femi- new additional register, for in the end every nine guardian of Azim Bey, the ten-year-old tone will and must be taken in a different son of Ahmed Khemi Pasha, and takes up position of the organs, although the difference her residence in that gentleman's harem. She may be imperceptible, if it is to have its is not welcomed by the Pasha's mother, that proper place in the whole." A few anecdotes lady having a mind' to poison the poor little and reminiscences give a readable quality to
the earlier pages. Behind the entire book is easy enough in temper to take in a great deal the authority of one whose mastery of the art of humor, and to comment upon those charof singing in the song recital as well as upon acteristic customs and habits which, while the operatic stage places her among the fore they escape the attention of the formal hismost singers of our time.
torian, are full of significance. The book
contains more than a hundred illustrationsHudson River (The): From Ocean to Source. reproductions of photographs, engravings,
By Edgar Mayhew Bacon. Illustrated. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 612X 10 in. 590 pages.
and drawings by Mr. Bacon, and with some $4.50, net.
very interesting reproductions of paintings by Mr. Bacon, the author of this handsomely Boynton, Weir, Casilear, and Seavey. Each made volume, has long been a devout student volume is accompanied by sectional maps of of the scenery, history, and legends of the the river in a slip which will be of value to region through which the Hudson River flows.
those readers who like to follow with the eye His - Chronicles of Tarrytown," published
the country about which they are reading. some time ago, was the first fruit of his inves- The book is eminently readable in style. Its tigations, and bore evidence of his qualifica- only serious defect is its uncomfortable weight tion, by reason not only of familiarity with the in the hand. material with which he dealt but of vital Introduction to the Talmud. By M. Mielziner, interest in it, to become the recorder and his- Ph.D., D.D. Funk & Wagnalls Co., New York. torian of the Hudson River country. For
51/4*8'in. 297 pages. $2, net. his book is both a record and an impression. As Christianity in its formal aspect has rested He describes, in effect, nearly the whole more on the great doctors of the Church than course of the river; but he does it in connection on the New Testament, so has Judaism rested with its chief historical points and its personal on the great doctors of the Synagogue more associations. He conveys the physiognomy
than on the Old Testament. This is still true of the country, so to speak; he tells its early of Judaism, though there have been earnest history in an informal and engaging fashion, pleas lately for that return to the ancient and he associates it with the men who have Scriptures which is so significant of the relived near it, and with the events which have forming Christianity of to-day. But to undertaken place at its different points. Beginning stand Judaism as it is, and why it is what it is, with the exploration of the river by the English- one must know something of the Talmud, just man Hudson, in the Dutch ship Half Moon, as one who would understand certain aspects under the authority of the Dutch East India of Christianity must know something of the Company, he traces the gradual ascent of the early Church fathers and of the fathers of river and its slow settlement along either bank
Protestantism. The large attention now given from New York to Troy. Disclaiming any
to Biblical study has drawn increased attenattempt to make the historical narrative con
tion to the Talmud for its value in questions tinuous, Mr. Bacon has so woven together of Biblical exegesis and criticism. "It is, inthe different chapters in the settlement of the
deed, a vast mine of learning and of speculariver country and the incidents connecting it tion, much of it antiquated, but also with much with different localities as to make a story precious metal embedded in unserviceable which has unity if not continuity. He writes material. Professor Mielziner has facilitated not only of the oldest New York, but of the the comprehension of an intricate subject by newest New York; and the interest of his producing the first comprehensive work of its sketch proves that he has an eye for the many kind in our language. It is enriched by a artistic effects about the metropolis which are
copious bibliography of works in special often overlooked. He gives a very interesting departments of Talmudic lore. Readers who account of the festivals and pageants which have some knowledge of Hebrew will find it have taken place in New York. He describes more valuable than others. the early settlers in the Hudson Valley; the
Letters to Washington and Accompanying early navigation, with the great changes which Papers. Vol. V., 1774-1775. Published by the sowere introduced with the appearances of ciety of the Colonial Dames of America. Édited by steam upon the river. He groups the incidents
Stanislaus Murray Hamilton. Houghton, Mifflin & and history of the Revolution ; he has two
Co., Boston. 6x9 in. 288 pages. $5, net. delightful chapters on “ The Land of Irving” Life and Repentaunce of Marie Magdalene and the literary associations of the Hudson ;
(The). By Lewis Wager. (The Decennial Publi.
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Chicago Press, Chicago. 6x9 in. 91 pages. towns, and of many other aspects of his subject, not too heavily, and with a strong infu
Manual of Zoology (A). By Richard Hertwig.
Translated and Edited by J.'S. Kingsley. From the sion of tradition and anecdote, much of which
Fifth German Edition. "Henry Holt & Co., New will be new to most readers; for Mr. Bacon York. 534x82 in. 704 pages. has evidently put behind the work thorough In a scientific aspect this is a splendid work. examination of the sources of local history. Professor Kingsley has edited, with modificaThe value of this handsome quarto does not tions permitted by the author and with added depend solely on the attractiveness with which illustrations, the treatise which holds in GerMr. Bacon has invested the whole subject; it man schools the foremost place in its field, is a kind of foot-note to the more conventional and has thus adapted it to the requirements histories, because it throws light upon the life of American students beginning the subject. and habits of the earliest settlers. It is a Professor Hertwig is more admirable as a study in Dutch civilization in the New World, scientist than as a philosopher ; perhaps it is severe enough in intention to be accurate, but well that he very seldom philosophizes in the present work. He confesses frankly enough given to the world much interesting and valu that the secret of life is inscrutable, the goal able information concerning Spanish history sought by science in the physical basis of life politics, and society. Actual conditions in is indiscernibly distant,” yet he does not Spain from the actual traveler's standpoin hesitate to approve " the attempt to explain may be obtained with greater color and vivid life as the summation of extremely complicated ness from such works as Miss Bates's “Span chemico-physical processes.” These processes ish Highways and Byways," Mr. Jacacci's are doubtless essential to the manifestation “On the Trail of Don Quixote," above all of life, but it is quite a jump to infer from this from Baron Davillier's L'Espagne." The that their summation is essential to the exist- chief merit of the present volume is in its ence of life. These processes go on destruc- explanation of recent conditions ; such as the tively in a dead organism. What is it that sets appallingły phlegmatic national spirit in the them going constructively in a living organism? face of the loss of a hundred thousand men Memorable Places Among the Holy Hills. By
who fell during the recent insurrections and Robert Laird Stewart, D.D. The Fleming H. Revell during the more recent Spanish-American
Co., New York. 5x8 in. 250 pages. $1, net. war; and such as the loss of Spain's great Availing himself of the explorations of recent colonial possessions, involving the abandontravelers and discoverers as well as of his ment by a hundred thousand colonials of own, Dr. Stewart has made a book of real their former homes and their return to the interest to readers of the Bible.
mother country. Yet there is much valor, Perseus and Andromeda. Retold by Richard probity, and generosity in the individual SpanLe Gallienne. Ilustrated. R. H. Russell, New York.
iard, and these qualities as indicated by our 512X812 in. 54 pages.
author are as admirable as ever. The illustraA free translation from Ovid, but amplified tions are interesting and would well illustrate and treated in a poetic spirit. Reproductions the text had they been better placed.. The of the Vatican Perseus, of Cellini's Perseus, picture of the Cordova mosque looks belated, of Burne-Jones's Medusa, and of the Vatican twenty-five pages after the author had finished Minerva make interesting illustration.
his description of Cordova and was claiming his Reminiscences, Musical and Other. By Fanny reader's attention with Madrid and the Esco
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square finds its space in the chapter on SegoThe persons, eminent mainly in artistic cir- via, while not until we are in the midst of the cles, who are the subjects of the various chap- chapter on Saragossa are we favored with a ters, are widely various, as may be indicated view of the Escorial. by the names of Liszt, the Marquise de
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Purves, D.D., LL.D. (The Presbyterian Pulpit, cated in the sub-title.
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their collection in this volume. To him intelThe present volumes begin the series. Of ligence, ethics, and ästhetics are inseparable their authors, Dr. Richards, recently succeed- from theism. The scientist, the moralist, the ing Dr. Babcock in the Brick Church, New artist, if whole-minded, must be theists. His York, is less widely known; but for freshness chapter on “The Unity of Moral Dynamism” and power it would be hard to find better ser
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