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ARVINE'S CYCLOPEDIA OF ANECDOTES OF LITERATURE AND THE FINE ARTS. Published by Gould & Lincoln. Boston.
This is an admirably arranged work. The brevity of the chapters or divisions renders the titles more abundant and the variety of the anecdotes more apparent. No. Four is before us,and is very rich in anecdotal matter touching authors and books, friendships and the comicalities of all sorts of life or trying to live. The work is very handsomely printed, and is a credit to the compiler and publishers. Twenty-five cents per No.
NEW WORK, by Rev. E. H. Chapin.
J. S. Redfield, of New York city, announces as in press, and probably to be issued at the same time of this No. of the Repository, a new volume from Br. E. H. Chapin. It is entitled "Characters in the Gospels as illustrating phases of Character at the Present Day." We had the pleasure of reading the first part of this book from the proof sheets, and are sure it will be received with great favor. It has graphic portraits.
LONDON LABOR AND LONDON POOR. By Henry Mayhew. Published by the Harpers; on sale at B. B. Mussey & Co.'s, Boston, Cornhill. Nos. 13, 14, 15.
The Christian Register says of this work just the right word, and here it is:
'Mr. Mayhew's researches, through the first two or three numbers of his publication, seemed to us among the extraordinary undertakings of the age; but we had no conception of the immense mass of his materials, or of the scope of his design. His work is swelling into one of the most marvelous monuments of home-wonders in the world. Layer after layer of concealment is laid off, and right in the centre of civilization and Christendom a theatre of mystery, romance, suffering, shame, neglect and nobleness, is thrown up into the light, more intensely interesting to the true lover of his kind than all the dishumed curiosities of Pompeii or Nineveh."
THE "Book Trade" in speaking of the new publications in the United States for October last, says the whole number was 237. Of this number 44 were works of a decidedly religious character; and of the whole number 32 were composed by female authors. We think these two latter facts will surprise many.
COME once again, ye happy days,
When Christmas had a chime from heaven, And hallowed were my childhood plays
By sweetest hopes in Jesus given.