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Rome.” Her Majesty, having been attracted to sional poem, or the social sketch in a magazine, some of the sketches which appeared in the Illus found in him an able commentator. And he was trated News during the Crimean war, employed always conscientious. If he gives us a sketch of him to paint for her the principal events of her French society, the whole tone is French ; if he is reign, and he consequently produced, under these treating an incident in the time of the Cavaliers, he distinguished auspices, “The Queen Presenting pays scrupulous attention to the minutest details; if Crimean Medals to the Troops at the Horse he delineates modern life among ourselves, we seem Guards,” “The Marriage of the Prince of Wales to breathe the social atmosphere of our own times. at Windsor," and other works of the series, which In all his pictures or sketches he displays truth in are well known to all. His art, it will be seen, apprehension and conscientiousness in execution, for was manifold, and manifested itself in various which in many other favourite artists of the day we directions; but it is as an illustrator of books that have to look in vain. Take, for example, the pichis name is most frequently mentioned. In this ture before us--a real scene of every-day life. Any capacity he was highly esteemed and largely em one who has read the story will at once see that the

In vigour, in fidelity to his subject, and characters of the two persons before him have been in the tone of the composition, he was equally accurately seized and clearly represented. She happy: He did really illustrate his author ; often, would not listen to her husband; she knew her indeed, with his pencil supplying characteristic power to wound, and did not scruple to use it. touches which supplemented the author's meaning "Josh's loving heart was at her feet, and she and made clear what had been obscure. He thus stamped on it with all her might.” In her we are performed important service as an interpreter. A clearly presented to one of those women who derive reference to the beautiful volume of his “Remains," comfort from the belief they are martyrs ; in him, which, thanks to the courtesy of several pub one of those men whose hearts ache whenever they lishers, the Messrs. Cassell and Co. have just been venture upon a mild attempt at reproving. See, enabled to issue, clearly shows this. The work is too, the details of the picture-nothing is scamped an epitome of the artist's labours as a book-illus or overlooked. We know we are at the “ White trator. It contains specimens of his manner in Greyhound” in the presence of its master and every direction. Several tales by living writers, mistress. The admirers of Mr. Thomas have in some classic poems, established fictions, the occa this volume a worthy souvenir of his genius.

ployed. In

BEAUTIFUL-LEAVED PLANTS." A few years ago somebody bethought him that cent introduction from the fields and gardens of if we could not have flowers in our gardens all the India, China, and Japan; and in very few cases year round, we might at any rate have that which has it been found impossible to grow them in the constitutes the main charm of flowers-beauty of open air, our climate indeed proving unexpectedly colour and variety of form. With the introduction favourable to their successful propagation.

The of Beautiful-leaved Plants be.

three or four pages of text gan a distinct phase in the

appended to each plate will history of horticulture, and

be found ample for all purthey are now considered al

poses of description and idenmost indispensable in every

tification; while for those well-ordered garden and con

who are wishful to cultivate servatory ; not to the exclu

specimens of these plants, Mr. sion of, but supplementary

Hibberd provides sufficient to, the old-fashioned gera

instruction in terse and comnium and the graceful fuchsia.

paratively untechnical lanMr. Hibberd has figured and

guage; the result of the comdescribed all the new plants

bined work of author and of this description not hith

artist being a really delightful erto noticed in any other

book. work. The volume is sup

The Calathea Veitchiana plementary to that published

has a noble leaf, sumptuously in the same series a few years

coloured, green and purple ago. Since then, the cultiva

predominating ; it is, howtion of Ornamental-foliaged

ever, a rare plant, and only and Beautiful-leaved Plants

met with occasionally. Others has been so successfully stu

figured in the volume, or died that we have now nearly

some of them, are to be found two hundred additional plants

in a large number of modern and shrubs from which we

green-houses; they are reared may select; so that, whatever

as easily as flowers, and may the season, there need be no

be kept in leaf all the year lack of bright colours and

round, so that at those times graceful forms. In the volume

when conservatories would before us each new plant is

otherwise be bare and unshown complete in miniature

sightly for want of flowers, -as in the example here intro

a gay and cheerful appearduced-and also by a leaf or

ance may be kept up; every leaves in their natural colours

variety of colour may be proand dimensions. Those who

CALATHEA VEITCHIANA.

cured, and even in the depths are unacquainted with the

of winter the place may be character and peculiarities of these plants will be made to look like a series of rich bouquets. Mr. surprised to discern what a wealth of tint and out Hibberd is careful, not only to figure the new line is attainable. Many of these plants are of re plants, but to supply all needful directions for their

cultivation ; and thus we have a book which is * New and Rare Beautiful-Leaved Plonts. By Shirley

equally an ornament to the drawing-room and an Hibberd, F.R.H.S. Royal 8vo. (Bell and Daldy.)

assistant to the practical gardener.

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ADAMS’S SACRED ALLEGORIES. * Few religious tales have taken such a hold upon or as affording us a field of contemplation altotheir readers as the Allegories of the late Rev. gether removed from the present world. The William Adams; by many they are regarded as former view has been principally adopted in The the best that have appeared since the days of John Shadow of the Cross,' the latter in "The Distant Bunyan. They are written with great honesty ' of purpose, and such is their nature that we wish These, however, were not so successful as the them to be true, and would fain believe them last two : perhaps because their religious teaching

Of the four contained in this volume the was more pronounced. The last of the series, best is “The Old Man's Home.” The scene is published shortly before the author's death, is that laid in the Isle of Wight, near Bonchurch. A from which our illustration is taken, “The King's harmless lunatic has escaped from the asylum, and Messengers.” A rich merchant at his death left narrates his past life and future prospects in such immense treasures to his four sons, of which the guise that we are led to suppose them true of this eldest, whose portrait is here given, had the diviworld, when in reality he is speaking of the next. sion. He divided it in such a manner that his

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PHILARGYR RECKONING HIS RICHES. His wife and family had gone “home” many brothers, although receiving largely, never quite 1 years before, and he was still on the road. Some understood the principle upon which it was divided.

keepers coming up, hurry the old man off to the He went on heaping up riches. The second asylum, where the narrator visits him, and learns brother thought to make himself a name by buildmore of the wondrous journey--but not from the ing a tower. The third tried to obtain applause old man's lips ; they were sealed : he had gone by his ostentatious almsgiving. The fourth reto his home. As we have said, the scenery is tired to an obscure part of the city, where he every natural :—there is no doubt that much of the old day appeared to become poorer— but only seemed man's character was drawn from nature also, to become so. His riches had been sent away by perhaps during some of Mr. Adams's visits to various Messengers of the great King—the lame, Hanwell.

the blind, and the halt. He had laid up a store of The first in order of publication was “The freasure where no moth could corrupt, and where Shadow of the Cross;” the second, “The Distant no thieves could steal. Hills.” In his preface the author says: “Two dis- The author reposes under the Shadow of the tinct views may be taken of our position in the Cross in the old churchyard of Bonchurch, a place Church upon earth. We may either regard it as which will sooner or later be swallowed up by the enabling us, by the light that shines upon it from sea ; and few persons go to that part of the island above, to pass in safety through the trials of life ; without paying a visit to the spot--a spot beautiful

in itself, hallowed by the author's grave, and still Sacred Allegories. By the Rev. William Adams, M.A. New Edition, with Illustrations from original Designs by

more hallowed by its reminiscences of “ The Old Cope, Horsley, Pa!mer, Birket Foster, and Geo. Hicks.

Man's Home.” 4to. (Rivingtons.)

THE UNIVERSE: THE INFINITELY GREAT AND THE INFINITELY LITTLE.*
When Dean Swift, with whom such a fact would the connection between creatures too small to be
have special significance, wrote the verses -

visible and the most highly organized beings; and
So naturalists observe a flea

between these, again, and the dominating forces of
Has smaller fleas that on him prey,

the universe, form the theme of his work. M.
And these have smaller still to bite 'em,

Pouchet may be described as the interpreter of the
And so proceed ad infinitum, -

latest results in natural history, botany, geology,
he recorded what daily observation and the dis- and astronomy. He describes his work as not a
coveries of modern science amply verify. M. learned treatise, but a simple elementary study,
Pouchet, the latest exponent of this universal law, conceived with the idea of inducing the reader to
traverses the whole realm of nature, and, in illus- seek elsewhere a more profound knowledge of the
tration, unrolls before us its varied wonders. He subject. But to a large number of readers the

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Neptunt's Cup.
shows us the laws of that family of globes of which contents of this volume will, we suspect, be at
the sun is the centre and vivifying power ; and re- once new and startling. The plan of the work is
veals what, till the discovery of that marvellous simple. He begins with a description of the in-
agent, the microscope, had been hidden from ob. visible world, and gradually proceeds to that of
servation. The same processes, the same results, the most imposing phenomena of the universe.
belong to all. The transmutation to which every- The Animal Kingdom, the Vegetable Kingdom,
thing-the infinitely great and the infinitely little- Geology, and the Sidereal Universe, form the
is liable ; the interdependence of thing upon thing; great main divisions, and these are subdivided

into books and chapters, proportioned to the
* The l'niverse ; or, The Infinitely Great and the In.

interest and importance of the several subjects.
finitely Little. By F. A. Pouchet, M.D. (Blackie and

| The first books, revealing the marvels disclosed
Son.)

by the microscope, describe the smallest class of

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organisms-the Infinitely Little ; and the actions, The Great Schools of England. By IIoward habits, and productions of these invisible creatures Staunton. (Strahan.)-Mr. Staunton has proare fully explained. Then follows an account of duced a work which will be warmly welcomed by insects, of birds, and animals, in which the latest these classes of persons-by the "old boys” of facts are interwoven with curious anecdotes. “The the several great schools of England, by parents Vegetable Kingdom” is an elaborate survey of about to select one of these schools for their sons, the anatomy, physiology, germination, and migra and by all educationalists throughout the world tion of plants. Under the head of “Geology, who wish to make themselves acquainted with we have a popular résumé of that science, with institutions, and a system of education which has especial reference to the wonders of the earth, its no parallel out of this kingdom.

volcanoes, earthquakes, strange fossils, glaciers, schools are ten-Eton, Winchester, St. Paul's, I deserts, &c. ; and, finally, we have two books de. Merchant Taylor's, Charterhouse, Harrov, Rugby,

voted respectively to the “Sidereal World” and Shrewsbury, and Christ's Hospital, and of these the “Solar World,” in which we find embodied | Mr. Staunton gives a full and lucid account. He the most recent researches of our astronomers. A divides his subject into three parts. In the first curious chapter on Popular Errors," in which the place he gives an historical survey of the school monsters and superstitions of pre-scientific times are from its foundation to the present day, noting disposed of, terminates this entertaining volume. succinctly the changes it has undergone anıl the M. Pouchet, who possesses the art of placing improvements recommended ; he then devotes a before his reader the most obscure facts in attrac chapter to statistical and miscellaneous informative guise, is at home in all these sciences. He is tion, such as the constitution of the school, the never vague, but writes with a distinctiveness, a governing body, the scholars, the masters, the

clearness, and a picturesque vigour, which, we course of studies, the customs and practices of the | must add, have been ably preserved by the trans place; and, finally, he supplies a list of the

lator. Nor do the literary merits of the volume alumni who have achieved eminence in the world | exceed the artistic. The 343 wood-cut illustra as statesmen, warriors, men of letters, churchmen,

tions, as works of art and as pictorial representa lawyers, or otherwise. This last division will be tions of the objects described, are equally meri. of interest to others, besides those who have been torious. In their production time and cure seem to connected with the schools. The percentage of have been lavished. A large number of them distinguished men in all departments who have could not be excelled by steel plates, so softly, been educated at one or other of these celebrated delicately, and transparently have they been l endowed schools, is surprising. In Mr. Staunton's worked. Our specimen represents a sponge which pages we alight upon famous names whom we forms a colossal vase, to which the name of never imagined had the advantage of being edu* Veptune's Cup” (Raphidophora Patera) has cated at these schools, and the author, by supplybeen given. It is erected solely by myriads of ing biographical notes, enhances the value of his polypi ; and although no organ is to be detected,

work.

The original scheme of the volume comit is classed by naturalists among undoubted prehended only the ten Great Endowed Schools i animals, and even figures with members of the of England. In compliance, however, with animal kingdom. In this cut the artist has numerous requests, Mr. Staunton has appended a i adapted himself to the end in view.

In style

brief account of the four chief modern Proprietary and treatment, and in the manner in which it Schools-Cheltenham, Marlborough, Russell, and has been produced, “The Universe deserves Wellington, which have almost attained the dignity high praise. It will create in the young, and enjoyed by the ten. An account of Dulwich foster and extend in readers of ripe age, a taste College-rapidly becoming one of our most imfor natural science ; and as a presentation book, portant educational establishments — and brief the Season has not produced a more splendid notices of the endowed Grammar Schools of volume.

England and Wales, complete the volume.

LES PIERRES, ESQUISSES MINERALOGIQUES. * Here is another volume from the French press, the appearance of life on its surface, and the similar in character to others already noticed. changes it has experienced during geological ages 1. Simonin has invaded the domain of the geologist, down to the present day. Then follows a descripthe mineralogist, and the metallurgist, and reveals tion of the coal and iron mines of France ; and, to us its wonders just as the authors of “The next, concluding the first part, a slight sketch L'niverse” and “ The World of the Sea” reveal of “Les Pierres du Globe,” arranged under to us the marvellous facts which respectively came the heads of

“ Carbon, “ Metallic Subwithin their scope. The work does not profess to stances,” “ Building Stones,” “ Precious Stones," be profound, not even to be purely scientific, but “ Earths and Salts," “ Petroleum and Subterit does profess to be, above all things, interesting, ranean Waters.” The second part treats of mines and we think M. Simonin has not failed in his and mining industry, and, like the preceding, comobject. If “Les Pierres ” will not be of much prises four chapters--“ The Gold and Silver Deservice to the professional geologist and mineralo posits of America,' “ The Marble Quarries of gist, it will fully satisfy the needs of that large İtaly,” “The Iron Mines of Elba,” and “The Coal class which desires to inform itself of the pro Mines of Central France. As will be seen, M. perties, history, and location of the most important Simonin occupies a wide area, and in travelling species of the mineral kingdom. The book is over the ground he gives a clear and intelligible divided into two parts, the first treating of stones, account of what is passed on the route. He wisely separated into groups, and the second giving a selects those points which are capable of amusing history and description of certain stones. Under as well as instructing those who follow him, and the one heading we have, after an introductory thus secures for himself attention from first to last. sketch of the subject generally, an account of the Much assistance in the understanding of the work origin of the earth, its subsequent condition till is furnished by the illustrations. Of these, 21 are

chromo-lithographs or coloured plates, and 91 Les Pierres, Esquisses Minéralogiques,

woodcuts. All of them are creditable specimens

Par L. Simonin. Paris : Hachette et Cie.)

of art, and however defective, in the eye of the man

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of science, some of the coloured ones may be, they shadows is a noonday sun. The scenery, and the form very acceptable aids to the true comprehen- circumstances of such an incident, are, we believe, sion of the text. The woodcuts-some inserted accurately represented, and the illustration affords in the text and some full-paged-are, with hardly not only a specimen of the well-drawn and carean exception, artistic productions of a high order. fully-executed cuts which profusely adorn the

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