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Herder, J: G. v. Sämmtliche Werke; hrsg. von B. Suphan. 4 v.

Heyse, P. Das Ding an Sich und andere Novellen. (Vol. 12 of his Gesam. Werke.)

"Graceful and elegant stories, written in the most musical German. They are all sad, and are all psychological studies." Ath., Feb. 8.

Hirth, G: Der Formenschatz der Renaissance. 2r Bd.

Hodgson, S. H.

The philosophy of reflection; in three books. 2 v.

"The most important contribution to British philosophy since Ferrier." Sat. rev., Aug. 31.

"Put before the world not merely as containin the highest flight in the realm of philosophical thought to which the author has attained, but as presentin the definite results, woven together in systematic form, to which his earlier works, Time and space' and 'Theory of practice', were a propædeutic. He now feels entitled to speak of my philosophy', and he means by that not merely the manner of viewin the universe which commends itself to him as true, but a distinct system of metaphysic with a method and principles of its own, layin the foundations whereon may be built up what he calls a constructive branch of philosophy, that will give such solutions as are possible in the nature of things to the ultimate questions wherewith thought is busied."- Ath., Aug. 10.

"The peculiar feature of his view of metaphysic is neither to identify it with ontology on the one hand, nor with mere logic on the other. Metaphysic on his showin is a little of both doctrines because it is not exactly either. His metaphysic is ontology because it is the study of the nature of existence. But it is not ontology, because, far from assuming any absolute or self-supportin character in existence, it holds that existence is only the objective aspect of what in its subjective aspect is consciousness, and that these two aspects, though distin guishable, are in truth inseparable."— Acad., Sept. 7.

Holyoake, G: J. History of co-operation in Eng

land; its literature and its advocates. Vol. 2. The first co-operative society started in 1844 with £28 worth of provisions; the Co-operative Wholesale Society sold goods last year to the value of nearly £3,000,000. "Mr. Holyoake in his quaint and forcible style tells the story well."— Acad., Aug. 10.

Howitt, W:, b. 1795, d. Mar. 3, 1879. The book of the seasons; or, The calendar of nature. For obituaries of Howitt see Acad., Ath.

Jordan, H. Topographie der Stadt Rom.

2 v.

"This work is characteristically German in its high grade of scholarship, familiarity with existin materials on the subject, and we may add, in a scepticism occasionally excessive, and is worthy of study as the only recent thorough comprehensive German work in its own sphere. Jordan speaks with great respect of De Rossi and Lanciani, but descends on Parker's Archæology of Rome (still in course of publication) very severely. While the reader of this book may be disappointed at being forced to realize how surprisinly little we know of the ancient city, how very imperfect most of the existin topographical material is, and what a mass of useless polemics and obsolete or demonstrably false theories has to be removed, leavin but a small heap of wheat by a mountain of chaff, he will be paid by the residuum of indubitable, strictly tested fact. Nation, Aug. 1.

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Kennedy, Capt. A. W. M. C. To the Arctic Regions and back in six weeks; a summer tour to Lapland and Norway; with notes on sport and nat. hist.

"It is only by courtesy that the journey described here can be called Arctic. The account given of the trip is simple and unpretendin, and contains a great deal of information likely to be valuable to travellers, sportsmen, and naturalists. There is no attempt at fine writin, tho the pages devoted to the Laps and the reindeer are really interestin." Nation, Oct. 3.

"He is on all occasions intelligently inquisitive. He

'draws' the farmers, the peasants, and the fishermen as to their pursuits and special knowledge. We find him a well informed cicerone when we accompany him to the stores of the merchants who sell a little of everythin that is likely to find customers in those latitudes. He is somethin of an archæologist; his knowledge of natural history and his likin for it give the book its greatest charm. We know no writer on the natural history of Scandinavia, with the exception perhaps of Lloyd and the 'Old Bushman', who has told us more that we care to know about Norwegian beasts, birds, and fishes."- Sat. rev., Aug. 3. Kiepert, H: Lehrbuch der alten Geographie. Kym, A. L. Das Problem des Bösen. Latham, Dr. P: M. Collected works; with memoir by Sir T. Watson; ed. by R. Martin. Vol. 2. (Vol. 80 of the New Sydenham Soc.) Latham, R. G., M.D. Russian and Turk from a geographical, ethnographical, and historical point of view.

Lie, J. The barque Future.

"Quiet family story of Finland; relates the fortunes of a little girl who is rescued from a wreck and kept for years in ignorance of her true parentage; interestin details of manners, customs, dress, etc., of the Finns; story opens 1807."

Linton, Mrs. E. L. Our professor. (Harper's ser.)

MacGregor, Col. C. M.

Narrative of a journey through Khorassan, and on the N. W. frontier of Afghanistan in 1875. 2 v.

"Col. MacGregor, of the Bengal Staff Corps, has lon been known beyond mere military circles as an officer of exceptional intelligence and energy. He is a practical surveyor, a strategist of no mean order, a keen observer, and last but not least, he is gifted with tact, temper, and a thorough knowledge of Eastern character. If any one cares to know how so promisin an opportunity for acquirin valuable information regardin the present theatre of the Eastern Question was lost thru sheer bureaucratic supineness, he will find the melancholy tale unfolded in the present work. The most important part of his journey lay thru the towns and districts of north-eastern Persia, a region which events are combinin to briŋ into political prominence. The author owes the readin public another book on his subsequent journey, in Capt. Lockwood's company, thru the Desert of Baluchistan, but we look with far greater interest to the recorded result of his labors in Afghanistan, where he is now actively employed." Ath., March. 8.

Macmillan's magazine, Mar.

"A very full number. Apart from Prof. Paley's reply on the question of the 'Age of Homer', there are papers of more or less interest on Burns, Lamb, and Shelley. Mr. Andrew Lang's charmig ballade, To Theocritus in winter', shows the author's command over the exceptional difficulties of the form chosen."Acad., Mar. 15.

Macquoid, K. S. The awakening; a tale of English life. (Harper's hf.-hr. ser.)

Mantegazza, P. La mia tavolozza.

A collection of detached thoughts and sentiments, more or less commonplace. 3 v.

Masterman, J. Worth waiting for.

"Most stories that introduce Indian life, or, indeed, life in any foreign land, have about them a highly instructive tone which goes far to spoil their interest, but Worth waitin for' is an exception. It has a natural yet thoroughly original plot, but its chief cleverness lies in the faithfulness and reality of some of its characters." Acad., Aug. 10.

Nineteenth century, Mar.

"The notable articles are Prof. Clifford's abstruse paper on The universal statements of arithmetic'; the curious essay in which Prof. St. George Mivart tries to extract religious and even Catholic doctrine from his speculations on The meaning of life; and the amusin and equally curious article which Prof. Galton calls 'Psychometric facts'."- Acad., Mar. 8.

The character y is not used in the present number. Subscribers to the List are requested to communicate to me by writing or orally their approval or disapproval of the Spelling Reform in general and of the slight changes adopted in the List.

Allen, G. The color-sense; its origin and development. (Eng. and for. philos. lib.)

"His process is that of inductive generalization. The theory of the work is stated by the author as follows: "That the taste for bright colors has been derived by man from his frugivorous ancestors, who acquired it by exercise of their sense of vision upon bright-colored food-stuffs; that the same taste was shared by all flowerfeeding or fruit-eating animals; and that it was manifested in the sexual selection of brilliant mates as well as in other secondary modes, such as the various human arts'. While the work was in preparation a German, Dr. Magnus, published a work maintaining that the color-sense of mankind was a late historical acquisition whose beginnings were hardly so far away as Homer's time. Mr. A. R. Wallace, in his book entitled 'Tropical nature', attacked vigorously Mr. Darwin's theory of sexual selection, which was founded in great part upon the ground of a love for pure colors existing among the lower animals. The appearance of these works induced Mr. Allen to go carefully over his work anew; but he has not abandoned his views. He still maintains that the color-sense of mankind dates back to the earliest days of our race, and that a modified form of the sexual selection theory is tenable, notwithstanding the ingenious and powerful attack of Mr. Wallace. The author's argument is tersely summed up in the following propositions: 'Insects produce flowers. Flowers produce the color-sense in insects; the color-sense produces a taste for color; the taste for color produces butterflies and brilliant beetles. Birds and mammals produce fruits; fruits produce a taste for color in birds and mammals. The taste for color produces the external hues of humming birds, parrots and monkeys. Man's frugivorous ancestry produces in him a similar taste; and that taste produces the final results of human chromatic arts'." Noticed in Sat. ren., March 15, p. 337.

See a review and reply by Wallace in Nature, Apr. 3, p. 500-505.

Archief voor Nederlandsche kunstgeschiedenis. le deel.

Audisio, G. Della società politica e religiosa al secolo XIX.

Bacon, T: S. The reign of God not the reign of law'; a way to decide the debate between science and religious faith.

Bailey, J.M., ("the Danbury News man"). England from a back-window; with views of Scotland and Ireland.

Balzac, H. de. Correspondance, 1819-50. 2 v.

"These letters show that the first, tho, of course, by no means the whole secret of Balzac's power, was transcendent industry and concentration, which have never, perhaps, been surpassed by a man of letters. 'I am now

working for twenty hours a day', he writes on one occa-
sion."- Spectator, Jan. 11.

Banzole, O. de. Monotonie; versi.
Baths and bathing. (Health primers, no. 6.)
Becker, B. H. Adventurous lives. 2 v.

Contents Vol. 1. A princess of the first empire [Mme. de Talleyrand]. Saint-Germain. Cagliostro. Casanova. - Bonneval. John Law. — William Caxton. -Odd members of Parliament. 2. Ville-Hardouin. Joinville. Rubruquis. Marco Polo. Mandeville. - A wandering Jew [Rabbi Benjamin of Tudela]. — A travelled Moor [Ibn Batuta]. A learned ambassador [Busbee]. The last of the Valois. - A free-lance [Sir John Hawkwood]. A buccaneer [Sir Henry Morgan]. - William Dampier. - Some eminent pirates.- Barentz and Heemskerck. - A fine old English gentleman [William Windham]. -A saint of the revolution [Térézia Cabarrus].

Beerbohm, J. Wanderings in Patagonia; or, Life among the ostrich hunters.

"Of the Tehuelche Indians, Mr. Beerbohm gives us an interesting account. These people are, according to the author, in general intelligence, gentleness of temper, chastity of conduct, and conscientious behavior. immeasurably superior, not only to the other South-American indigenous tribes, but also, all their disadvantages being taken into consideration, to the general run of civilized white men'. They have a remarkable facility for picking up a language, and grasp new ideas in quite an extraordinary manner. They set no special value upon wealth, personal independence being most jealously cherished." Spectator, Feb. 1.

Berti, D. Vita di Giordano Bruno da Nola.
Besant, W., and Rice, J. 'Twas in Trafalgar's
bay. (Harper's hf.-hr. ser.)
Buerstenbinder, E., (pseud. E. Werner).

high price; from the German.

At a

Campbell, G. J. D., Duke of Argyll. The Eastern question, from the treaty of Paris, 1856, to the treaty of Berlin, 1878, and to the second Afghan war. 2 v.

"Full of relevant facts, of powerful and lucid criticism on those facts, and of political inferences which seem to us almost as certain as the facts themselves." - - Spectator, Feb. 15. Cantacuzene, Princess O. In the spring of my life; tr. by E. Klaus.

Caro, E. Le pessimisme aux 19e siècle.

"Il est impossible, de mettre au service d'un bon sens qui n'a rien de vulgaire plus d'esprit, de grace, d'ironie légère et discrète. Et puis, ce style est plein de charmes. M. Caro ne se le dissimule pas: son étude a plus de curiosité psychologique que d'utilité pratique; et, en effet, cette philosophie du désespoir ne sera jamais en Europe qu'une philosophie d'exception. Combien en estil, aujourd'hui, qui se persuadent que l'existence est un malheur et que le néant vaut mieux que l'être. Leopardi, Schopenhauer, et Hartmann sont les trois grands pessimistes qu'interroge et que réfute tour à tour M. Caro. Rassurons-nous done, et voyons avec lui dans ces cauchemars un accident momentané, qu'il explique par plusieurs raisons ingénieuses et vraisemblables. exposant ces rêves de malades, il en montre l'inanité. Il fait voir surtout ce qui relève la vie, pretia vitæ, comme dit un ancien; enfin il nous réconforte en nous présentant le travail, l'effort généreux, le devoir accompli comme portant dès maintenant avec eux leur récompense." Rev. pol., 23 nov.


Church, Mrs. F. M. Out of his reckoning.
Cole, J. R. The horse's foot and how to shoe it.
Continental tour, A, of eight days for forty-four
shillings; by a journeyman.

"It is in no sense a guide-book, and tells one nothing
about the places visited.
There are no novel specu-
lations, social or otherwise. And yet the book is
simply delightful. It brings us face to face with the
holiday mood of an honest man, whose observant eye
and thoughtful mind make the most of the pleasures
which change of place and life afford him, even among
the least interesting scenes." Spectator, Feb. 15.

Cooper, K.


Cooper, T. Men of the time; 10th ed. Cowper, W: The diverting history of John Gilpin; with drawings by R. Caldecott.

"Mr. Caldecott has a larger humor than Mr. Crane; he looks more at what is real; he revives a fine old English world of rosy-cheeked men and maids. His rival prefers the quaint and slim French figures of the years just before the Revolution, who move modishly in the fashionable minuet."- Sat. rev., Dec. 21.

Crane, W. The baby's bouquet; a fresh bunch of old rhymes and tunes.

"If this delicately illustrated little book were really meant for babies, we should be obliged to protest. It is a great deal too good for them."- Spectator, Nov. 30.

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"Pendant 40 années M. Burty n'a cessé d'augmenter son trésor. Il n'a supprimé que certaines exagérations, certaines violences où est nécessairement entraîné, dans le feu de la bataille, tout artiste très discuté. Entre


les apôtre de la ligne et les enthousiastes de la couleur la lutte a été vive, comme on sait: Delacroix, en qui tout était véhément, ne devait pas être un des moins ardents sur le champ de bataille. Mais ce qui m'a surtout frappé dans ces lettres, c'est la bonne humeur et la sérénité rarement altérées du peintre. Il a ses préventions et ses antipathies d'artiste, ses grosses colères quand on le discute et surtout qu'on le condamne; mais ce sont de courtes explosions, et puis c'est fini. Ce qui me

plait encore dans ces aimables lettres, c'est que nous ne trouvons pas toujours l'artiste. Il n'y a pas pour Delacroix de plus nobles préoccupations que celles de son art, mais il y en a d'autres." Rev. pol. et lit., 4 jan.

"In the mass of æsthetic criticism the century has produced there are no pages more profound and brilliant than his articles on art. Of fine writing they contain none. He has his subject at his fingers' ends. He is able to impart a clear understanding of the work under examination, because he has pierced the deepest import of the artist's conception, and perfectly realized the means by which it had been worked out. His style is vivid and picturesque. In these unstudied utterances is contained enduring evidence of the warmth of his friendship, his delicate courtesy, his vivacity, his genial philosophy, and his devotion to all that was noble in art and literature." Ath., Jan. 18.

Dennys, N. B. The folk-lore of China, and its affinities with that of the Aryan and Semitic


"Mr. Dennys expounds, not only that the Chinese have been credited with more rationality than they really possess, but also that their superstitions run to an unexpected extent parallel with ours. If the Chinese folk-lore may equal ours in its poetry and its epics, it is not outdone in its nonsense. How, without apparent connection with each other, such beliefs should at once be found in the farthest east and the extreme west is puzzling." Acad., Oct. 19.

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"Very amusing as well as instructive. The first impression to be gathered would be that the popular superstitions of the Chinese and the English are extremely similar, but that these superstitions have a prac tical dominance over the life of the Chinese, such as, within the historical period at least, they have never even approached in relation to the practical life of the English. But there is more difference, we suspect, between the nature of the Western and the Chinese folklore than Dr. Dennys admits. The purely uninter

esting and arbitrary, in a word, the grovelling side of superstition, as distinguished from the imaginative, or humorous, or tragic side, appears to take up a far greater proportion of the Chinese folk-lore than it does of our own. The myths of China are astonishingly deficient in poetic element." Spectator, Mar. 16.

Desjardins, E. Géographie historique et adminis

trative de la Gaule romaine.

T. 2: La

"M. Desjardins a tracé le tableau de cette histoire presque merveilleuse d'un pays assimilé au bout d'un siècle à la nation conquérante, désapprenant sa langue et oubliant ses dieux pour parler l'idiome et adorer le panthéon de ses vainqueurs. Les Romains avaient détruit sentiment national en développant l'autonomie des cités provinciales, en substituant la patrie municipale à la patrie nationale. La commune avait tué la patrie: la bonne administration de l'empire romaine fit le reste. Ce brillant tableau résume les résultats de la conquête: l'histoire même de cette conquête forme l'objet de ce 2d volume. M. Desjardins ne se borne pas à refaire le récits bien connu des campagnes de César; il décrit l'ethnographie de la Gaule, les divisions territoriales et Vorganization politique des peuples gauloises; il résume

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"A severe student may smile at some of the pages, but Mr. Dixon makes everything vivid and picturesque, spares all troublesome crudition, and offers the plums of learning on the most attractive dish that he can mould. The picturesqueness of English history has been greatly overlooked, to the detriment of historical knowl edge. The vastness and intricacy of the constitutional problems which England has worked out with steady persistency tend to absorb the attention of historians, and make them omit mere personal considerations. Yet there is no real reason, as Mr. Dixon abundantly shows, why Englishmen should look abroad to see the rapid alternations that attend individual effort." — Athenæum, Dec. 7.


"The first really exhaustive work upon Windsor was written in 1853 by Messrs. Tighe and Davis, under the title of Annals of Windsor'; and this is founded upon The Annals' is learned, but dull to a degree. 'Royal Windsor' is eminently a popular work, bristling with anecdotes and amusing sketches of historical characters, and charmingly devoid of any dry details which might interfere with the full development of the author's fancy. His style is a most remarkable one. It is a kind of burlesque upon the peculiar mannerisms and affectations of all the great historians of the day. Sometimes the story is told in the strange, semi-comic manner of Carlyle, occasionally the author breaks off into a grandiloquent passage which reminds us of the stately periods of Mr. Freeman, and the work as a whole is framed after the school of Mr. Green, whose aim is to convey to read. ers by the high coloring and imaginary conversations the soul rather than the superficial part of history." Spectator, Dec. 7. Dyer, Rev. T. F. T. English folk-lore. Frothingham, O. B.

other discourses.

Visions of the future, and

Geikie, C. The English Reformation: how it came about, and why we should uphold it.

"Few recent contributions to religious literature have met with a more cordial acceptance than The life and words of Christ'; and 'The English Reformation' exhibits the same qualities of comprehensive research, sound judgment, picturesque treatment, and vigorous style. Recent investigations and the publication of state papers from the Rolls Office have furnished the historian with new points of view and much fresh illustrative material. Of all this new material, and of considerations to which modern German research has given a special importance, Dr. Geikie has availed himself to the full; and his account of the Reformation in England is at once the freshest, fullest, and most readable that has yet appeared. The object of the work is quite as much controversial as historical. Dr. Geikie's principal aims in writing it were evidently- first, to discredit utterly Romanism and the Papist pretensions; and, secondly, to arrest, and if possible defeat, those Romanizing tendencies in the Church of England which he sees in the so-called 'Ritualism' of the day."- Appleton's journal, April. Gill, Mrs. D: Six months in Ascension; an unscientific account of a scientific expedition.

An account of Mrs. Gill's stay on the barren volcanic island of Ascension, a naval station about midway between Africa and S.-America, where Mr. Gill had gone to determine the sun's parallax by observations of Mars. "The chapter on the Kroomen and their religion and customs will be valuable to the ethnologist; it shows the same quick perception and ready tact of description which characterize the rest of the book."- Internat. rev. "Unaffectedly natural."- Ath.

Gottschall, R. von. Der neue Plutarch. 6. Th. 6. Erdmannsdörffer, B. Der grosse Kurfürst. Pauli, R. Arthur Herzog von Wellington. Baerenbach, F: von. J: G. von Herder. Althaus, F: Graf J: Russell.

Goulburn, E. M. Life, letters, and sermons of Bp. Herbert de Losinga.

"The life of a Bishop of the English Church during the twelfth century, while the battle of Hastings was yet freshly in men's minds, and the First Crusade was summoning warriors from far and wide. Not only of extreme interest and value in an historical point of view, as bearing upon the annals of his country, but as affording in many of his letters glimpses of home life and education rarely to be found elsewhere. This is specially the case in his epistles to his young pupils."

"Dean Goulburn and his friend have spent ten years in shovelling together a congeries of rubbish awkwardly collected from second-rate dictionaries and cheap books of reference till 900 pages of closely printed matter have been piled up - ponderous, dense, confused, enormous.

The book is inconceivably silly, superstitious, and ignorant; the editors do not appear to have ever heard of Mr. Freeman's Norman conquest' or Sir Francis Palgrave's 'Normandy and England'. They quote Harpsfield and Bale and the Magdeburg Centuriators as of equal authority with Bartholomew Cotton or the Saxon chronicle."- Ath., Mar. 29.

Hale, L. P. Plain needlework, knitting, and mending.

Hare, A: J. C. Life and letters of Frances Baroness Bunsen.

"An English heiress, Miss Waddington (b. 1791, d. 1876), afterwards wife of Baron Bunsen, a celebrated German writer and diplomat; wrote 'Memoirs of Baron Bunsen'; her influence as a Christian woman was widespread, her friendships with eminent people extensive; the story of her surroundings, vicissitudes, aims and endeavors, told mostly in her own words through letters, and by Mr. Hare, her friend, the well-known author of 'Memorials of a quiet life"."

Hay, M. C. A dark inheritance. (Harper's hf.-hr. ser.)

and others. Lady Carmichael's will and other Christmas stories. (Harper's hf.-hr. ser.) Contents. Hay, M. C. Lady Carmichael's will. Robinson, F. W. Romance on four wheels. - McCarthy, J. The commander's statue.

Hayward, A. Selected essays. 2 v.

He has

"Mr. Hayward enjoys a high degree of celebrity in the London world as a talker and a raconteur, and his essays bear the stamp of a man who, during half a century, has been familiar with the most noteworthy people and most interesting English society, and whose memory is an inexhaustible fund of anecdote and illustration. picked out here more than a dozen of the articles contained in his earlier volumes, and the readers of these will confess to a lively desire to make acquaintance with those he has omitted." - Nation, Dec. 26. Hertz, H. King René's daughter; a Danish lyrical

drama; tr. by T. Martin.

Hill, D: J. W: C. Bryant. (Amer. authors.) Hinton, J. Chapters on the art of thinking, and

other essays.

House that Jack built, The; one of R. Caldecott's picture-books.

See the note under Cowper.

Huxley, T: H: Hume. (English men of letters.)

"Mr. Huxley has evidently immersed himself in Hume's leading ideas, yet without any sacrifice of the power of critical insight. This process of intellectual self-immersion, while it accounts for the clearness and ease of the exposition, is the cause of the chief error of the book - namely, the attempt to further develop Hume's doctrine by bringing it up to the level of present ideas. It abounds in passages of well-directed force, and of genuine humour.' James Sully, in Acad., Feb. 22.

"It is no matter for regret that Prof. Huxley has devoted only two chapters to narrating the life of Hume, and eleven chapters to an explanation of his philosophy. In Dr. John Hill Burton's admirable biography one may read all that is known of Hume; but a clear and certain

guide to his philosophy is not to be had, and we say so without forgetting Mr. Green's voluminous prefaces to his edition of Hume's philosophical works."- London times, Feb. 5.

Kirby, E. A., M.D. Phosphorus as a remedy for functional disorders of the nervous system induced by over-work, etc.; with formulæ and direction for treatment. 4th ed. Lamson, Mrs. M. S. Life and education of L. D. Bridgman.

Le Goff, F.

Life of Louis Adolphe Thiers; tr. from unpublished ms. by T. Stanton. "For the American public, to throw light on the present crisis in France; biography, many anecdotes, a connected view of French political history for 50 years; a defence of the unity of Thiers' political life. M. Le Goff is a French Conservative-Republican writer; he knew Thiers personally, and is thoroughly conversant with the history and politics of France; 20 pages of appendices, statistics, etc. Translator adds notes on French politics, customs, and characters mentioned." Poems of places. America;

Longfellow, H: W. Middle States.

Markham, A. H. The great frozen sea; voyage

of the Alert, 1875-6.

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Contents. La comédie chez soi; com. Une éducation; com. M. Rousseau; com.- Comédiens et diplo mates; com. - Gloire et amour; com. grecque. — Le récit de Théramène.- La soubrette de Clairon; com. Le prix de famille; com. enfantine. "Infèrieur dans le drame à Alexandre Dumas et à Victor Hugo, dans la comédie à Dumas fils et à Emile Augier, Méry a son genre de mérite à part; s'il y a trop de caprice et de fantaisie dans son théâtre, en revanche la forme est toujours soignée, le vers fluide et d'une richesse de rime surprenante. Dumas disait que les rimes de Méry n'étaient pas seulement riches, qu'elles étaient millionaires. Son Théâtre de salon' a rassemblé quelques bluettes, trop menues pour être exposées sur la scène." Larousse. Dict. univ. Théâtre de salon. 2e éd.

Contents. Après deux ans; com. La coquette; com. Aimons notre prochain; parabole. - Le château en Espagne; com. - Etre présenté; com. La grotte d'azur; légende napolitaine. Une veuve inconsolable; ou, Planète et satellites; com. L'essai du mariage;


Meyer, Mrs. B. Aids to family government; or, From the cradle to the school, according to Froebel.

"Founded on the teachings of Froebel and Richter. An excellent book, tolerably well translated, but dealt with atrociously by the printer and proof-reader.” Middleton, C: H: A descriptive catalogue of the etched work of Rembrandt.

Morris, L. Gwen; a drama in monologue; by the author of the 'Epic of Hades'.


"The sole difference in form between the two poems is that while in 'Maud' we hear the story from only one of the two persons concerned, in 'Gwen' we hear it from both, each speaking in the absence of the other. several points the resemblance is very close indeed; so close that it may safely be assumed that, without 'Maud' 'Gwen' would never have come into being. poem really is full of beauty; and the author of the Epic of Hades' is one of the best of living poets in the second rank." - Athenæum, Feb. 8.

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Nichols, G: W. Pottery; how it is made, its shape

and decoration; with a full bibliography of standard works upon the ceramic art and illust.

"Covers the whole ground from the digging of the clays till the finished object is ready for market; de. scribes the different methods of making and decorating in different countries famous for their potteries; gives tables of colors, with their chemical constituents, and the chemical as well as artistic effect of their combination." Library table, Mar. 30. Northcote, J. S.

Epitaphs of the catacombs; or, Christian inscriptions in Rome during the first four centuries.

Oliphant, Mrs. M.O.W. Dress. (Art at home ser.) Within the precincts.

Perez, B. Etude de psychologie expérimentale; les trois premières années de l'enfant.

"An excellent study of human development on what one may call Darwinian lines. It is a series of careful and well-considered observations on the natural history of the children of civilized European parents. We may assume that all the subjects observed were the children of persons of a certain standing and culture; but whatever hereditary differences may be due to ancestral education and refinement probably do not come out until a much later time, or at all events may be neglected in the present rough state of our knowledge. M. Perez has, it would scem, a rather extensive acquaintance with small children. He begins with the first evidences of sensibility to the influence of the outer world, and goes on to the appearance of the passions in a rudimentary form. The next topic is 'motricité', the development of motions both reflex and voluntary. Under the head of imagination we have a rather miscellaneous list of notes, including the beginnings of dramatic play. On the point of generalization, M. Perez differs from the opinion of Max Müller and Taine, that no general ideas can be formed without words. We pass on to the more complex feats of reasoning and language. M. Perez has some excellent remarks on the folly of repressing the mental growth of children by too much supervision; he counsels a 'vigilant and benevolent neutrality, not occasional despotic interference'. The last chapter deals with the rudiments of the moral sense, and lands us on the threshold of adult psychology." Mind, Oct.

Reid, Capt. M. The giraffe hunters.
Reuter, F. An old story of my farming days, Ut

mine stromtid; tr. from the German by M.
W. Macdowall. 3 v.

"Proves how excellent the book is in itself, and that Reuter's tales are not wholly dependent upon the conditions of dialect and local color." - Ath., Dec. 14.

"A delightfully quaint and in some places pathetically tender story."- Acad., Dec. 21.

"Herr Reuter describes the country folk of Mecklenburg in much the same way as MM. Erckmann and Chatrian describe the country folk of Alsace and Lorraine. He is at home with all the joys and sorrows, the cares and labors of their everyday life. He paints a pastoral picture, but it is the picture of an artist who has spent his days among shepherds and farmers, not of one who has merely wandered among them on a tour in his search of the picturesque." — Sat. rev., Dec. 14. Reybaud, Mme. H. E. F., wife of C: A thorough

bohemienne; tr.

"Character study of a young girl, the daughter of a French mountebank; her father's death brings her under new and refining influences, as the inmate of a French country house, where she is received as an equal." Richardson, B: W. Health and life. Romana, L. Ornamento nobile per ogni gentil


Ruskin, J: Notes on his coll. of drawings by

Turner, exhibited at the Fine Art Soc.'s galleries; also a list of [his] engraved works; with plates.

Selkirk, J. B. Ethics and æsthetics of modern poetry.

The 1st, 4th, and 6th essays are reprinted with slight alterations and additions from Blackwood's magazine and the Cornhill.

"Mr. Selkirk's criticism is generally sound, and some. times unexceptionably good; but his illustrations drawn from modern poetry are comparatively few, and confined almost entirely to the works of well-known poets. There was room for ample comment and detail which the essayist seems to have missed.". Spectator, Mar. 1. "One page carries you with it, and contains some freshness of thought; the next and the next seem to go on thrashing out the old idea, or repeating illustrations which are not always vivacious. Mr. Selkirk's essays reflect very clearly the flux and reflux of taste in the mind of a cultivated man who likes to reason about the metaphysics of poetry. Most of us probably have our hot and cold fits about this or that poet of the day, and probably the majority come back, as Mr. Selkirk seems to do, to contented pleasure in the earlier works of Mr. Tennyson." - Sat. rev., Nov. 16. Shakespeare, W: Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet; ed., with notes, by W. J. Rolfe.

Streckfuss, A. F: K: Castle Hohenwald; a romance; after the German, by Mrs. A. L. Wister.

"German story of people of rank; scene laid in Saxony; time the Franco-Prussian war, which is a motive in the story; plot turns upon the love affairs of several young couples."

Springer, A.

Raffael und Michelangelo.

"The chief merit of the work is the clear and vivid manner in which these two great artists and their creations are represented to us. The author displays a thorough knowledge of the times and people, joined to a nice understanding of the individual minds of his heroes; and the vigorous and beautiful language harmonizes with the wealth and clearness of the thought. A number of careful illustrations give additional value to the book.” — Acad., Mar. 16.

Torelli, A. Schegge; versi.

Vallery-Radot, R. Journal d'un volontaire d'un an au 10e de ligne. 7e éd.

"Crowned by the Academy, and is illustrated by M. P. Philippoteaux. A work full of interest and amusement. The author was one of those young men who, being obliged to leave whatever profession they were following to serve in the army for a time, are fortunate in being able to reduce that time to a year by enlisting under the title of volunteer and paying 1500 francs." Sat. ret., Dec. 21.

Villari, P.

Vol. 1.

Niccolò Machiavelli e i suoi tempi.

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"Not, of course, that his style is equal to that of his fascinating prototype; but in the essentials of a book of this kind in that closeness of observation which is born of the loving eye in the power of giving, by an instinctive selection of physiognomic details, a picture far beyond the efforts of the mere word painter, who has to rely solely upon the cumulative process s0 much now in vogue he is the equal of the Selborne rector, perhaps his superior.” -Atheneum, Mar. 1.

"The Southern county' is Wilts in the south of England, where life is still primitive. With its infinite variety of rural attractions, it is made a very paradise for wild animals of all kinds. Wild life' is, perhaps, even a more delightful book than 'The gamekeeper at home'." - Lit. world., Mar. 29.

Zeller, Dr. E. Plato and the older Academy; tr. Zoega, G. Li bassirilievi antichi di Roma, incisi da T. Piroli, colle illust. 2 v.

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