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to the eye of the stranger, as disfigure the of their present " calm repose, freedom scenery of his native country with a huge from restraint, and omission of convenunsightly square white box, or pine-board tional usages,” which he places in triParthenon, or shingle castle. We recom- umphant contrast with “the routine of mend to all about to build in the country follies and absurd ceremonies which connot to determine on their plan till they stitute the pleasures of a fashionable wahave looked into this volume,-of which tering-place.” “Whensoever,” he proin our next we shall probably endeavor to ceeds, with a stride of style which we give our readers some more detailed ac- shrink from attempting to follow with any count.
humble imitation of ours, “whensoever the whiz of the steam-engine shall have invaded the solitary grandeur of our
mountain defiles, then will the charms of The Mineral Springs of Western Virginia: our scenery and society deteriorate under
with Remarks on their Use, and the Dis- the ruthless hands of a utilitarian generaeases to which they are applicable. By tion.” WILLIAM BURKE. “Quamvis ut hoc mal. The other of the two makes a very nice lem de iis qui essent idonei suscipere and recommendable little volume. The quam me: ne quam neminem."--Cic. numerous cuts and illustrations are in New York: Wiley and Putnam. 1842. general neatly executed, and the whole 18mo. pp. 291.
typography is in very pretty style. But Pictorial Guide to the Falls of Niagara : A there is one of the plates against which we
Manual for Visiters, giving an Account protest with indignation---that of “the of this Stupendous Natural Wonder; Three Profiles.” They are thus desand all the Objects of Curiosity in its cribed: Vicinity; with Every Historical Incident of Interest : and also Full Directions for "From the Hog's Back, a singular phenomenon Visiting the Cataract and its Neighbor
is presented to view. It is that of three profile
figures of the human face, upon the rock under the ing Scenes. Illustrated by Numerous edge of the American Fall, so fully and clearly deMaps, Charts, and Engravings, from fined, that one can scarcely believe them to be the
work of chance, and not of the sculptor's art. They Original Surveys and Designs. The I
are of gigantic size, but well proportioned, and are lustration
situatel as shown in the engraving above. The
first or upper one represents a negro: the next, a J. W. Orr. Buffalo : Press of Salis
young and well favored man, of the European race, bury & Clapp. 1812. 18mo. pp. 232. and the lowest, an elderly and spectacled personage
of the same descent. They appear to be of the male
sex, and the features of each are singularly well A COUPLE of serviceable guide-books, to defined. They were first observed last season, and
are now regarded with no little interest. This
strange trio certainly exhibit a very remarkable age-with much convenient and useful coincidence of casualties." information, and not without entertainment; which latter quality, in the first- Now, in the first place, the upper face, named of the two, resides chiefly in the as represented in the plate referred to, calmly dignified magniloquence of style does not bear the most remote resemcorresponding to the classical stateliness blance to the features of a “negro;” and of the above title-page, and which we do in the second place, neither the plate nor not hesitate to pronounce the ne plus ultra the description bears any much greater of guide-book eloquence. It presents a resemblance to the reality. The three full and elaborate account of all the nu- are there given, as of about equal prominmerous springs usually classed together as ence and distinctness, the one immedi« the Virginia Springs,” and says that, ately under the edge of the fall—a sec« in no section of the civilized globe is ond half-way down the rock and a third there such a variety in the same space.” still lower. In the native rock the two The author laments their temporary de- latter are quite insignificant, appearing pression in value, as property, from the as but accidental indentations on what “universal declension of prosperity;" would seem the drapery of the huge chest but anticipates that they will become a above which frowns the dark massiveplace of cosmopolitan resort, and of im- ness of the upper face-the only one mense value in themselves and benefit to worthy of notice. This is indeed sublime; Western Virginia, as soon as times re- and it is unpardonable, that all its solvive, and the Legislature construct mac- emn grandeur should be frittered away, by adamized roads, to connect them with one who evidently has not seen it in the each other and with the surrounding great proper light, or has not understood or felt routes of travel. We should infer, how- it, if he has. This colossal face was obever, that he himself is rather disposed to served for the first time last year, through deprecate that, as a consummation not the occasional opening of the spray, by devoutly to be wished, from his praises the “ eye of genius” of a very distinguished
artist of this city, a lady, from whose by immoderate laughter, is issued by the sketches, taken on the spot, we make the above named publishers as fast as it appresent criticism. The features are won- pears, in monthly shilling parts. The derfully perfect, and nobly moulled into illustrations, of which there are two to an expression of eternal endurance,-the each number, are from the pencil of the brow, surmounted by the sheet of the author himself, under whose hand his own fall, beetling with a lowering frown over scenes of rich and rollicking Irish fun lose a straight and well defined nose-the lips nothing of their wit or drollery. It has compressed, but clearly and strongly chisel- reached its seventh part-and long may it led, the chin well proportioned and rounded be before it reaches the last. —and the whole outline of the face bowed forward upon the chest of the stony giant, as though beneath the pressure of the awful rush of waters which he seems The Fortunes of Hector O'Halloran and planted there by some primeval doom to his Man, Mark Antony O'Toole. By sustain.
W. H. MAXWELL, author of “ Stories Lord Morpeth's recent lines on the of Waterloo,” &c. Ilustrated by Dick great cataract, which are prefixed to the Kitcat. “ Faugh-a-Ballagh.” New volume, are not unworthy of quotation: York: D. Appleton & Co., 200 Broad
way : 1842. "NIAGARA.
“FAUGH-A-BALLAGH,” is the celebratThere's nothing great or bright, thou glorious Fall! Thou may'st not to the fancy's sense recall
ed and characteristic Irish motto, meaning The thunder riven cloud, the lightning's leap, “ clear the way!” It is a bold underThe stirring of the chambers of the deep, Earth's emerald green, and inany unted dyes,
taking, that on which Mr. Maxwell has The fleecy whiteness of the upper skies,
ventured, of flinging down the glove of The treat of armies, thickening as they come, Toe boom of cannon, and the beat of virum,
rivalry straight at the feet of the author of The brow of beauty, and the form of grace,
“ Charles O'Malley;" but he has done so The passion, and the prowess of our race,
boldly and bravely. He has brought forThe song of Homer in its loftiest hour, The unresisted sweep of Roman power,
ward on his stage a young Irishman, who Britannia's trident on the azure sea,
seems to be the full incarnation of the America's young shoul of liberty ! Oh! may the wars that madden in thy deeps, wild and warm genius of his country; he There spend their rage, nor climb th' encirclin
steeps ; And till the conflict of thy surges cease,
and a commission in the twenty-first FuThe Nations on thy banks repose in peace!"
sileers; and has fairly started him forth on the world as a soldier of fortune, which in general, as we need not to be told, signi
fies, in Ireland, as everywhere else, a solMexico in 1842: A Description of the dier of no fortune. The first three num
Country, its Natural and Political Fea. bers, all that have yet appeared, promise tures ; with a Sketch of its History capitally for the sequel; and though we brought down to the Present Year. To took them up with a pshaw! of impawhich is added, an Account of Texas tience at having to read them for an opinion and Yucatan; and of the Santa Fé Er- about them, we intend to read the future pedition. Illustrated with a New Map, ones as fast as they come out, for their New York: Charles J. Folsom; Wiley own sake, for the fun that's in them. & Putnam; Robinson, Pratt & Co. 1842. 18mo. pp. 256.
Multum in parvo-a very acceptable General History of Civilisation in Europe, compendium of information little known from the Fall of the Roman Empire to and much needed; in a plain and practi- the French Revolution. By M. Guizot, cal shape; comprehensive, yet not de- Professor of History in the Faculty of ficient in dictinctness of detail, and Literature at Paris, and Minister of brought freshly down to the present day. Public Instruction. Third American,
from the Second English Edition, with occasional Notes by C.S. HENRY, D. D.,
Professor of Philosophy and History in Handy Andy. By SAMUEL LOVER. New the University of the city of New York.
York: D. Appleton & Co., 200 Broad New York: D. Appleton & Company, way : 1842.
200 Broadway, 1842. 12mo. pp. 316.
This comical and popular story, over It is a good sign of a healthy public which the most solemn of sages will be taste to observe the call for a third edi*** *) make himself ridiculous to himself tion of these admirable Lectures of Gui
zot within so short a period ; and we are has been placed on our table. They well glad to learn that this work has been sustain Mr. Dewey's reputation for eloadopted as a text-book by numerous insti- quence, earnestness, benignity of spirit, tutions of Education. It is undoubtedly, and force of reasoning. for the period embraced within its survey, the most perfect model of philosophical history that has been produced. It will long remain a monument to the memory The Irving Institute-an English and Clasof the author, when the politician and his sical Boarding School for Young Gentlepolitics shall be forgotten. Professor men, Tarrytown, Westchester County, Henry has added some Notes, which con N. Y., William P. Lyon, A.M., and siderably enhance the utility of the vo CHARLES H. LYON, A.M., Principals. lume in the hands of the student, though 1842-3. we think he might with advantage have made them more numerous. Guizot pre- "The receipt of a pamphlet prospectus supposes an acquaintance with the events of this excellent institution affords an opof the whole European history of the portunity we are pleased to take advantimes, out of which he has himself ex- tage of, to recommend it to the attention tracted all their essence of meaning, as of all who would desire to place a son in constituting that history of ideas, princi- a spacious and elegant establishment of ples, and institutions, which it is his object this kind, on one of the finest sites on the to develope. When used as a school- unrivalled banks of the Hudson, as well in book, it would be a material aid that it point of salubrity of air as beauty of should be accompanied with illustrative scenery; and under the charge of gentle facts and details, and chronological sun- men highly qualified for their responsible maries of the various groups of events on duty, in character, talent, accomplishwhich the several portions of the work ment, and experience. The numerous are based. Professor Henry has, in gene- and strong testimonials of approbation, ral, done this so well, that we are tempted contained in letters from parents, (gentle. to wish that he had taken a larger view men of known competency to judge,) of the opportunity afforded to him as Edic which are appended to the prospectus, tor, and had carried it out to a greater amply confirm the opinion which, as we extent.
have here expressed it, is founded on personal acquaintance with the estimable Principals. They speak with especial
emphasis respecting the healthy mora) « Discourses on Human Life." By OR- influences and religious culture which,
VILLE DEWEY, Pastor of the Church of under the conscientious care and attention the Messiah, in New York. New York: of these gentlemen, their children have published by David Felt & Co., Sta- had the good fortune to enjoy. Mr. tioners' Hall, 245 Pearl, and 34 Wall Charles W. Lyon, formerly an instructor Streets. 1841. 12mo. pp. 300.
in the Grammar School of Columbia Col.
lege, besides various Addresses, &c., is WITHOUT any allusion to the peculiar also the author of a volume used in the views of the denomination, of which Mr. institution, entitled “ Contributions to Dewey is one of the most distinguished Academic Literature "_which has been ministers in the United States, we may generally noticed with favor by the safely commend this volume of sermons press. to all sects and classes of readers, for the high Christian philosophy and morality with which they are replete the com- We have a number of other books on forting views of life, the sustaining views our table, either received too late for exaof death, and the generally elevating and mination and notice in our present Numpurifying tendency which characterize ber, or necessarily deferred for want of such of them as we have yet had time to room, which will be suitably attended to read, within the few days that the volume in our next.
MONTHLY LITERARY BULLETIN.
SHERIDAN KNOWLES is said to be engaged
on a New Drama, founded on events lin The recent dearth in Literary Novelties, the history of America; an Indian prin
is, we are happy to find, about to be re cess constitutes the heroine of the piece. lieved by the speedy appearance of se Theodore S. Fay is sufficiently convaveral important works of interest and lescent to admit of his resuming his value; among these, the most promi literary labors; his new novel, it is nent will unquestionably be, the forth expected, will now shortly appear. coming work of Mr. STEPHENS, com Paulding has nearly completed a new prising his further Researches among work of fiction. The widow of the the Antiquities of Central America, lamented Tyrone Power is about to which are characterized by a far more prepare for the press the collected writstupendous grandeur than those already ings of that inimitable comedian and discovered. The author of the far author. famed “Glory and Shame of England," "A Peep into the Book of Nature,” is the has also nearly ready a new work, to title of a volume now in course of prebe entitled, “The Condition and Fate paration, and to be published during of England ;-a subject at the present the ensuing autumn. The design of moment of paramount interest, when, the work is to illustrate a great variety to the observing eye, the internal con of the phenomena of Nature in all dition of that powerful nation presents her multifarious works, by appropriate anomalies as conflicting as they are engravings, and by scientific explanaominous and alarming. These vol tions, expressed in a simple and perumes are designed as a continuation spicuous manner, so as to be easily and summing up of the argument comprehended by the young mind, for commenced in his former work, “ The which this volume is chiefly intended. Glory and Shame of England," which It will contain more than ONE HUNDRED created so much ado among all classes ENGRAVINGS ON WOOD, executed in the of readers. From a hasty glance at best style of the art. We have seen a portions of the MS., which differs ma few of them; and knowing the ability terially in character and scope from the of the author and artist to perform his preceding production, there is little labor well, we have no hesitation in doubt but its appearance will awaken highly commending this volume to pagreat and very general interest. A rents, not only as a rich holiday gift, single chapter merely is devoted as a but as a valuable acquisition to the reply to the charges alleged against library of any family. this writer by “ Libertas ;' the work, therefore, is far from being of a polemical cast, while it is characterized by even a more unsparing hand in its
ENGLISH. astounding developments. Two new works of a biographical charac- Mr. MILFORD'S “ Norway and its Lap
ter are also on the tapis, one, “ Me- landers in 1841, is now published. moirs of Printers and Booksellers who J. W. LESTER's new works, “ The Ombecame eminent Publishers, comprising nipotence and Wisdom of Jehovah," two a Historical Sketch of the Publishing orations; and “ Visit to Dovedale, DerBusiness in the United States.” It will byshire," was announced for the 1st of include much interesting statistical de- August. tail connected with our native litera- The Fourth Part of the “Graphic Ilusture and its purveyors, cotemporary and trations of Animals,” showing their utipast. By John KEESE, Esq. The other lity to man in their employments during work alluded to, which will range with life, and their uses after death, will the foregoing, is to be entitled, “ Me- shortly be published. moirs of American Merchants distin- Preparing for publication—"A Glossary guisherd for Enterprise, Success in Busic of the Symbolical Language of Christian ness, Moral Worth, and for their Libe. Art during the Middle Ages.” rality in objects of Public Charity, &c. Also, a very beautiful “ Chronological By Rev. J. L. BLAFE, author of a Ge. Chart of British Architecture," combinneral Biographic invonary,
ing, with the Genealogy of the Carin
try, and a Review of its Political and other Relations.- " The Two Dangerous Diseases of England, Consumption and Apoplery, their Nature, Causes, and Cure." By RowLAND EAST, Esq., Surgeon, &c. Now publishing, by subscription, in Four Quarterly Parts (each containing Eight Views),- “Sketches of Churches," drawn on the spot, and on zinc, accompanied by short descriptions. By H. G. RELTON. Part I. is now ready. " Soldiers and Sailors ;" or, Anecdotes, Details, and Recollections of Naval and Military Life, as related to his Nephews. By an Old OFFICER. The work is replete with interesting information, and illustrated with more than 50 wood-cuts, from the
designs of John Gilbert. The EARL of LEICESTER, better known as Mr. COKE, of Norfolk, author of several popular treatises on Agricultural subjects, died recently in London at an advanced age.
reigns of England, the most important
events in European history. The Rev. Dr. VAUGHAN has in prepara
tion a new work, to be entitled, “The Age of Great Cities, or Modern Civilisation viewed in relation to Intelligence, Morals, and Religion.” With Notes of a Tour through the Manufacturing Districts of Lancashire, &c., by W. COOKE
Subjects.” By the late Rev. Dr. MʻALL,
ably advanced. A new Historical Romance, by Mrs. HOFLAND, is nearly ready, under the title of " The Czarina."- A Treatise “ On the Unity of the Church.” By Rev. E. H. MANNING. " Memoirs of the late Francis Homer."- Dr. TRUMAN's new work on “ Food, and its Influence on Health and Disease,” - and Mr. HAMILTON'S “ Researches in Asia Minor, Pontus, and Armenia,” are also about to appear; in addition to which we observe the following :-“ Dora Medler, a story of Alsace. By Rev. C. B. TAYLER, author of “ Records of a Good Man's Life.”- “ Notes and Observations on the Ionian Islands and Malta," &c. Br Dr. John Day. A new volume by MAUNDER, entitled, “ A Treasury of Geography and History," uniform with the former series by this useful compiler.— A new novel, edited by the author of “ The Subaltern," under the title of “ Self-Devotion ;” but really written by the author of “The Only Daughter," and a translation of Kohl's valuable work on Russia, which last will be considered among the most acceptable works of its class in modern
times. The following have just appeared—“The
Art of Conversation, with accompanying Thoughts on Manners, Fashion, and Address. By Capt. ORLANDO SABERTASH.
" Belgium since the Revolution of 1830;” comprising a Topographical and Antiquarian Description of the Coun
Reformatoren vor der Reformation (Re
formers before the Reformation, especially in the Netherlands and Germany) is the title of a new and important work by the celebrated Dr. ULLMAN. The first volume, which appeared last year, contains, besides the lives of Joh. of Goch, Joh. of Wesel, with those of others who were collected around them, a most interesting Introduction, on the Necessity of a Reformation in the Church at large, and some ecclesiastical conditions in particular. At a time when distinguished members of the Protestant church so often and so fondly dwell on “the crimes of the Reformation,” a work of this sort may serve again to dispel the false impressions which such writers may have produced. The city of Berlin is about to be enriched with a collection of 845 Indian manuscripts, almost all in the Sanscrit, and containing the whole of the Vedas, which M. BUNSEN has purchased from the heirs of the late Sir R. CHAMBERS. The whole collection cost M. BUNSEN 1,2501.