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CELEBRA" ED ITALIAN ROMANCE.

D. Appleton f. Co. publish
I PRO MESSI SPOSI,

OR

THE BETROTHED LOVERS.

BY

ALESSANDRO MANZONI.

Two neat Volumes, 12mo. Paper cover, $1. Cloth, $1 50.

“This is a work of absorbing interest, with regard to the varied incidents which mark the progress of the characters who figure in it. The scene is laid in Italy, in the beginning of the seventeenth century, and the tale of the Betrothed, to whose union obstacles are continually occurring, gives a vivid picture of the state of society, moral, social, religious, and political, at that time. It is an admirable adjunct to history, furnishing a key to the strange events that occurred in the peninsula, during the prevalence of Spanish dominion there. Manzoni has here truly realized his quaint idea of history—true history, which analyzes society to its elements—'taking prisoners by force the Years of Time, already dead ; calling them to life, bringing them under review, and re-arraying them in battle array!' The descriptions in this tale are exquisitely beautiful, the moral and religious tone of a lofty nature, and the path of the actors is bestrewed with every possible variety of agitating matter—' battle, murder, and sudden death'—the bravo, or hireling assassin, the plotting monk, the venal and voluptuary noble, on one side of the picture; while maiden constancy, chivalric devotedness, simple truth, and civic virtues brighten the other. It is a work which has made a greater sensation in Europe than that of any other writer of fiction, since the publication of the Waverly series. We recommend it to the perusal of all who have leisure to lose an hour or so in the company of the accomplished author, amidst the exciting scenes of life in Italy two centuries ago."Southern Patriot.

“This far-famed specimen of Italian historical romance is here presented to us in an English form. The elegant simplicity of the style will render it popular, especially among the younger classes of readers, and its faithful but minute description of the famine, riots, and the plague in Milan, rival in force and pathos the pages of our own immortal Defoe. The story is of the most natural and touching character—the plot being the prolonged separation of the betrothed lovers just at the eve of marriage. The date is rather more than two centuries ago, and the work gives a vivid portraiture of that lawless age."'Bath Chronicle.

“We are delighted to meet with this masterpiece of modern fiction in a form which may render it accessible to the English reading public. The Italians consider · The Betrothed' the first fiction of the age, holding some affinity to the school of Sir Walter Scott, but surpassing his works in power and depth, as we confess it certainly does in moral design, The Betrothed’ is well translated and very handsomely got up; so as to be entitled by its dress to appear in the most refined circles, and by its intrinsic qualities to charm and instruct every class of readers."'-Tait's Magazine.

II.

D. Appleton fo Co.'s Publications.
MISS SEWELL'S WORKS.
MARGARET PERCIVAL:

A TALE. Edited by the Rev. Wm. SEWELL, B. A. Two vols. 12mo. paper cover $1. Cloth $1 50. Forming Nos. 23 and 24“ Appleton's Literary Miscellany."

We have read it from beginning to end with great interest, and trust we are wiser and better for the perusal, wiser at least in the knowledge of duty, and better in invigorated resolutions and hopes."

GERTRUDE:

A TALE. Edited by the Rev. W. SEWELL, B. A. 12mo. cloth 75 cts. paper cover 50 cts. “The author of this elegant narrative has unfolded a profound accquaintance with the human heart; and has successfully adapted her knowledge to the illustration of the various principles of female conduct, as developed in ordinary life. We know of but few books of this class which are more worthy of attentive perusal by young women, than Gertrude."'-Courier and Enquirer.

III.
AMY HERBERT:

A TALE. Edited by the Rev. W. SEWELL, B. A. One volume 12mo. Cloth 75 cents, paper cover 50 cents,

A sweet and graceful volume, written professedly for the young, which must give pleasure to all who peruse it. The author is a lady who should make herself known, so ibat her name, like those of Mrs. Hofland, Edgeworth, &c., might pass among families as a household word of endearment."

IV.
LANETON PARSONAGE:

A TALE.
Edited by the Rev. W. SEWELL, B. A. 12mo. cloth 75 cents. Paper cover 50 cents.

“Highly as we value both 'Gertrude' and ' Amy Herbert,' we prefer the present work to either of them. It professes to be a Child's Tale, and it is a tale of children; but it is also a tale of and for parents, few of whom might not improve in their fitness for that relation, by studying it diligently."

MISS M’INTOSH'S WORKS.

I.

TWO LIVES,

OR

TO SEEM AND TO BE. By MARIA J. M'INTOSH, Author of “Conquest and Self Conquest,” “ Praise and Principle,” etc. 1 vol. 12mo., paper cover 50 cts. cloth 75 cts.

“ The previous works of Miss M’Intosh, although issued anonymously, have been popular in the best sense of the word. The simple beauty of her narratives, combining pure sentiment with high principle, and noble views of life and its duties, ought to win for them a hearing at every fireside in our land. We have rarely perused a tale more interesting and instructive than the one before us, and we commend it most cordially to the attention of all our readers."'-- Prot. Churchman.

II.

AUNT KITTY'S TALES.

By Maria J. M'Intosh. A new edition, complete in one vol. 12mo. This volume contains the following interesting stories, “Blind Alice,”. “ Jessie Graham,” “Florence Arnott," “Grace and Clara, “Ellen Leslie ; or, The Reward of Self-Control.

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There are who ask not if thine eye
Be on them ; who in love and truth,
Where no misgiving is, rely
Upon the genial sense of youth :
Glad hearts ! without reproach or blot
Who do thy work, and know it not :

May joy be theirs while life shall last,
And thou, if they should totter, teach them to stand fast !

WORDSWORTH'S ODE TO DUTY.

FROM THE THIRD ENGLISH EDITION.

NEW-YORK:
D. APPLETON & COMPANY, 200 BROADWAY.

PHILADELPHIA:
GEO. S. APPLETON, 148 CHESNUT-ST.

MDCCCXLVII.

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LE SR OCT 8 1941

ADVERTISEMENT.

It is hoped that the following Tale may be looked upon as an attempt rather to represent characters as they really are, than to exhibit moral portraitures for unreserved imitation or avoidance.

In this respect it may perhaps differ from most publications of the same class, and though it may not possess their poetical beauty, it may perhaps have the advantage over them, that it introduces young persons to those scenes and situations of life, which are their actual sphere and trial.

Should this story meet with encouragement, a further history of the youthful actors may perhaps appear, presenting them in a more confirmed and developed stage of character.

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