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The English church in the 18th century. 2 v. "Bears evidence of many years of reading and thought before the task of writing began. His chapter on "The evangelical revival', with that on 'Church fabrics and church services', and indeed nearly the whole of the 2d volume, will attract the interest of general readers as well as of historical students. The subject of 'Church cries' and that of 'Church abuses' are dealt with, while Mr. Abbey has supplied an essay of great interest upon the sacred poetry and hymnology of the century." -Sat. rev., Feb. 8.

Bagehot, W. Literary studies; with a prefatory

memoir. 2 v.

Bain, A. Education as a science. (Int. sci. ser., v. 25.)

Bewick, T: Select fables of Esop and others.

"Bewick in Saint's edition of 1784 (from which this present is a reprint) was far from having reached the incomparable skill he afterwards displayed both in design and in engraving. Still there is a simplicity and directness about these cuts which brings them close to the childish apprehension, while some of the brute figures and not a few of the landscapes are among the best that Bewick ever executed; and, in all, the fulness either of incident or scenic detail, is quite beyond the meaningless wash of modern draughtsman's background. The text is antiquated in the sense of being too elevated for the very young, but, as Mr. Pearson undertakes to prove in the preface, it is probably Goldsmith's." - Nation, Nov. 28.

Bianchi, N. Carlo Matteucci e l'Italia del suo tempo.

Bismarck-Schoenhausen, O: E: L., Fürst v. Bismarckbriefe, 1844-70. 2e Aufl.

Blackburn, H: Illustrated catalogue to the National Gallery; foreign schools, with notes.

With 250 spirited illustrations that serve at least to recall to mind the composition of the pictures, and act as a memento of their characteristic styles, etc. Boardman, G: D., D.D. Studies in the model

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"Includes a facsimile of the latest Russian official map of Central Asia."

"In a series of short yet elaborate essays he surveys the whole field of Central Asian politics, examining in the first volume the position of Russia in Turkestan, the condition of her army, its ability to invade India, and a variety of other topics which the newspapers daily sug gest; and, in the second, reviewing our position in India, our policy towards Afghanistan, Persia, and Russia, and the progress of events in each country down to the fall of Candahar. There is hardly anything that one would like to know about the region between Calcutta and Orenburg that cannot be found in Mr. Boulger's book." Exam., Apr. 12.

Boyesen, H. H. Falconberg.

Broglie, Prince A. de. The king's secret; the

secret correspondence of Louis xv. with his diplomatic agents, 1752-77. 2 v. Browning, O. Modern England, 1820-74. (Creighton, M., ed. Epochs of Eng. hist.) Busch, Dr. M. Count Bismarck in the FrancoGerman war, 1870-71; tr. from the German.

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Life of Edward the Black Prince.
Life of Sir Walter Ralegh.

Creighton, Rev. M. Life of Simon de Montfort. The Tudors and the Reformation, 1485-1603. (Epochs of Eng. hist.)

Daudet, E. Daniel de Kerfons; confession d'un homme du monde. 2 v.

"Signalons aussi le portrait du duc de Gramont-Caderousse, qui fit tant parler de lui, il y a quelques années. Il est peint sous le nom de Jacques de Chanzay." Polybiblion, jan. '78.

Davidson, E. A. Pretty arts for the employment of leisure hours; with illust. Deleuze, J. P. F.


Practical instruction in animal

Du Camp, M. Les convulsions de Paris. T. 2: Episodes de la Commune.

Duncker, M. W. History of antiquity; from the German by E. Abbott. Vol. 2.

Fischbach, F: Ornamente der Gewebe. 3 pts.

"A collection of patterns of stuffs all of medieval or early Renaissance designs, and of Italian, Spanish, German, Flemish, French, and Oriental — that is, Indian, Persian, and Saracenic - designs. No such rich and varied collection of these designs, nor in such numbers, has ever, we believe, been offered to the public, and they will be found of great use to the modern designer and architect. The colors are well given, and gold and silver are employed whenever the original design calls for them."- Nation, Dec. 19.

Fothergill, J. M. The antagonism of therapeutic
agents, and what it teaches.
Franklin, A. Les anciens plans de Paris. T. 1.
Freytag, G. Soll und Haben.

"The best account of the habits and manners of the E. and N. E. parts of Germany will be found in a novel in three volumes, 'Soll und Haben', by G. Freytag, admirably translated by Mrs. Malcolm, and published under the title of 'Debit and credit'. It has merits of a high order, besides graphic descriptions of everyday life, and forms a marked contrast to the common run of German novels." A. Hayward in his Sel. essays, v. 1. Fuller, J. F. John Orlebar, clk.

"Some of the most interesting of our social problems are treated in a bright, racy, humorous manner. This is done chiefly by means of talk." Acad., May 11.

"The author of 'Culmshire folk' at one step took rank amongst the leading novelists. ... 'John Orlebar, clerk' is, however, a most distinct advance upon 'Culmshire folk'." Westminster rev., July, 1878. 5 v.

Gherardi del Testa, conte T: Commedie. Gladstone, W: E. Gleanings of past years, 184378. 4 v.

Contents. Vol. 1. The throne, and the Prince Consort; the cabinet, and constitution. Death of the Prince

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Consort; address, Manchester, Apr. 23, 1862, bef. the Assoc. of Lancashire and Cheshire Mechanic's Institutes. Life of the Prince Consort. Court of Queen Victoria. The county franchise, and Mr. Lowe thereon. Postscriptum on Last words on the county franchise. Kin beyond sea. 2. Personal the county franchise. Wedgwood; and literary. Blanco White. 1845. Bp. Patteson. address at Burslem, Oct. 26, 1863. Macaulay. Memoir of Dr. Norman Macleod. 3. HisTheses of Erastus and the torical and speculative. The courses of Scottish Church establishment. 1844. Influence of authority in religious thought. 1876. matters of opinion. 1877. Rejoinder of authority in The 16th century arraigned matters of opinion. 1877. before the 19th. 1878. 4. Foreign. 1st, 2d letter to the Earl of Aberdeen, on the state prosecutions of the NeaExamination of the official politan government. 1851. Farini on reply of the Neapolitan government. 1852. the states of the Church. Germany, France, and England. 1870. The Hellenic factor in the Eastern problem. Montenegro. 1877. Aggression on Egypt and Freedom in the East.

Homer. (Lit. primer.)


"What is needed in a primer of Homer or Shakspere or Dante is such comment as would naturally accompany a viva-voce translation or reading to persons who are wholly ignorant of the poets, such an elucidation of framework, characters, spirit, and the times as is essentially necessary to a real understanding of the poetry, or greatly facilitates the study of it. Mr. Gladstone's Homer is in many respects a model of such work. It is unencumbered with superfluous learning; it is not, like Professor Jebb's 'Primer of Greek literature', a shorter dictionary. To give the youth, who each year open Homer afresh, some notion of him beyond battlefield and dictionary, to show him as the beginning of a literature which never rivalled its founder, as the teacher of ideal living in manly and womanly ways who has never been surpassed by later observers, is a work which much needed to be done, and this little volume comes the nearest to accomplishing it of anything that we have It is accurate in its portraiture, clear and simple in its lines of thought, and full of suggestions which an active mind, interested in intellectual and literary things, will follow out for itself." - Nation, Aug. 29. Gotti, A. Vita di Michel Angelo Buonarroti. 2 v. Goujon, J. Der grosse Louvre-Fries. Grandi, O. L'abbandono; romanzo contemporaneo. Guerini, F. Bianca Romualdi. 2a ed.


"A pretty little novel." Hackländer, F: W:


Behind blue glasses; tr. by M. A. Robinson. (Harper's half-hour ser.) Haeckel, E. H: History of the evolution of man; a popular exposition of the principal points of human ontogeny and phylogeny; from the German.

Hale, L. P. Designs in outline for art-needlework. 2d ser., with instructions in drawing, tracing,


Hamerling, R. Aspasia; ein Künstler und Liebesroman aus Alt-Hellas. 2e Aufl. 3 v.

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The sorrow of a secret. Hay, M. C. "A Devonshire idyl. Some of its descriptions of pastoral and farm life and of the wealth of field and orchard, tho less extended than those of R. D. Blackmore in 'Alice Lorraine' and 'Lorna Doone', fairly rival them in the amplitude and luxuriousness of their coloring." Harper's mag., March.

Howard, W:, Ld. Selections from the household

books of Ld. W: Howard of Naworth Castle. Jenkin, F. Healthy houses; adapted to American conditions by G: E. Waring.

3 v.

Junia; by the author of "Estelle Russell". Kay, J: Series of portraits and caricature etchings; with biog. sketches and illust. anecdotes. New ed. 2 v.

Knox, F: W. John; our emigration and commercial intercourse with the Celestial empire.

Lee, H: The militia of the U. S.; what it has been, what it should be. Bost., 1864.

Lessing, J. Altorientalische Teppichmuster des 15.-16. Jahrh.

"A collection of patterns of Oriental rugs and carpets, drawn for the most part from the paintings of Italian, Flemish, and German masters, Bellini, Carpaccio, Ghirlandajo, Van Eyck, Holbein, and others, with a few Italian examples of tarsia-work (wood inlay) and of marble and stone wall-diapering from Italy and from Assyria. The plates are handsome and large, the treatment being scientific rather than pictorial; the local colors are given with as much accuracy as German eyes aided by the crude art of the chromo-lithographer can compass, and the outline of the patterns is strongly defined, a result neither aimed at nor accomplished, as every one knows, in the fabrics themselves." Nation, Dec. 19.

Longfellow, H: W. Western states, Macdonnell, Mrs. A.

Poems of places: America, Southern states.

Quaker cousins.

"The story is in admirable harmony with the refinement and self-restraint shown in the characters. The scene is laid chiefly in and about a north-country manufacturing town, to which the Quaker cousins are brought at the death of their parents to live with a prosperous Mrs. Macuncle, the master of large iron-works. donnell's work is not powerful, but it is good work, There is a never disfigured by ignorance or bad taste. healthy tone about it, and the book is pleasant and interesting." -Ath., Mar. 22.

Macquoid, K. S. Elinor Dryden.

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Maginn, W: Odoherty papers; annot. by Dr. S. Mackenzie.

"For more than a quarter of a century the most remarkable magazine-writer of his time was the late W: Maginn, LL.D., well known as the Sir Morgan Odoherty of Blackwood's magazine, and as the principal contributor for many years to Fraser's and other periodicals. The combined learning, wit, eloquence, eccentricity, and humor of Maginn had obtained for him, long before his death (in 1842), the title of The Modern Rabelais. His He had magazine articles possess extraordinary merit. the art of putting a vast quantity of animal spirits upon paper; but his graver articles which contain sound and serious principles of criticism are earnest and well reasoned." - Dr. R. S. Mackenzie,

"The prompt, copious, erudite, and funny pen of Maginn."-H: T. Tuckerman. Markham, C. R. The Hawkins' voyages during the reigns of Henry VIII., Elizabeth, and James I., with introd. (Hakluyt Soc., v.57.) "In the voyages of the Hawkinses, famous mariners of the time of Elizabeth, we have one of the most delightful and instructive books that the Hakluyt Society has published. In reading these simple records we are transported into a world of customs, ideas, and morality that has become very strange and almost incredible. Their piety is that of men who practically lived the life of the children of Israel in the book of Judges. They owed obedience to the Queen's Majesty, but from the evidence of these uncourtly logs it is manifest that they really lived under a theocracy; under the The Hawkinses were as eager government of God. tradesmen as any of our time, and one of them, Sir John, was the founder of the slave trade. There is not in the account of his voyage a word of pity for the blacks who were kidnapped by force of arms, and yet it is easy to see that Hawkins was not cruel. The barbarities of the Spaniards and of the Inquisition excite in him and his contemporaries an unaffected indignation." - Sat. rev., Feb. 22.

Minghetti, M. Stato e chiesa. 2. ed.

Minto, W: D. Defoe. (Morley, J. Eng. men of letters.)

The difficulty of dealing popularly with Defoe lies in this very fact that the book on which his fame rests forms an entirely insignificant episode in the immense literary activity of its author. Defoe was 58 years old when he wrote 'Robinson Crusoe', and is known to be the author of some 250 books and pamphlets as well. The rest of his writings are known only to students of literary or political history; 'Robinson Crusoe' passes thru the hands of everybody. Mr. Minto has realized He has these difficulties, and has boldly faced them. avoided controversy and discussion, has resisted the temptation of trying to estimate Defoe with reference to the politics of the time, has abstained from forcing on his readers any one-sided conception of Defoe's character, and yet, by means of an apparently simple and artless narrative, has managed to produce a decided impression of the qualities and conditions which made Defoe what he was." Ath., Mar. 29.

Mocatta, F: D: Jews of Spain and Portugal, and the Inquisition.

Un heureux coin de terre Saint-Bouize et Couargues. "L'âge d'or est démonétisé, et le bon vieux temps a fait son temps. Nous sommes plux heureux que nos pères; nos fils seront plus heureux que nous. Chaque jour amène son progrès, et ceux qui vivont dans deux mille 'Un heureux coin de ans verront de belles choses. terre' est un tableau en raccourci des progrès accomplis depuis soixante ans dans le Sancerrois. En 1817 paysans affamés, point d'industrie, point de commerce, aspect sauvage d'une contrée presque aussi inculte que ses habitans. ... En 1878 partout le bien-être, l'aisance, les mœurs douce et polies, l'instruction làrgement répandue. La nature elle-même semble transformée. Là où l'œil était attristé par des landes stériles, brillent soit les épis dorés, soit la vigne se chauffant au soleil." Rev. pol. et lit., 26 oct. Morley, H:

Montalivet, comte M. C. B. de.

English plays. (Cassell's Lib. of

Eng. lit., v. 3.)

"A series of analyses of typical and characteristic plays, with abundant extracts, arranged in chronological order, and accompanied by brief biographies of the dramatists as they succeed each other on the stage of life. It is more than a series of specimens, especially in that it is philosophically planned, and is historical in its method; it is much more than a mere catalog. It does, in fact, for the whole long line of English dramatic literature what Charles Lamb did for the Shaksperian period in his 'Specimens of English dramatic poets'. Lamb gave but little more than extracts with his own fine criticism. Professor Morley, as we have said, sets his specimens in a narrative of the plot of the play from which they are taken. His criticism is not as acute or as searching as Lamb's; but it is unpretending, direct, and, in the main, admirable. His style is simple and suffi cient, his knowledge of his subject is evidently first-hand, and he writes with real liking for the drama. No better general view of English dramatic literature from its rude origin to its final wasting away if, indeed, it has wasted away - no better introduction to the study of it, be recommended than this volume of Professor Morley's." Nation, Feb. 13.


Pack, Col. R. Sebastopol trenches, and five months

in them.


"It may be urged that this is a worn-out story, but it is well and freshly told The book is compiled from notes made on the spot, and may, therefore, be accepted as trustworthy evidence. How damning that evidence is to our system of military administration if such a muddle can be called a system the reader will see." - Ath., June 1.


Parsons, T. The mystery of life, and other papers.
Contents. The mystery of life. Trust. Sacrifice.
-The Church in the wilderness. Suffering. Tempt.
Discourses of our Lord. -
ation. False witness.
The cherubim.

Pattison, Mrs. E. F. S., wife of Mark.

sance of art in France. 2 v.

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Pike, J. S. The new Puritan, New England two hundred years ago; some account of the life of R. Pike.

Platel, F., (pseud. Ignotus). Portraits. Plato. Dialogues; tr. into Eng., with analyses and introd., by B. Jowett. 2d ed. 5 v. Powell, F: York-. Early England up to the Norman conquest. (Creighton, M., ed. Epochs of Eng. hist.)

Ravenshaw, J: H: Gaur; its ruins and inscriptions; ed. with add. and alt. by his widow. "The ruins of Gaur became at an early date familiar to English residents in Bengal, whilst their vast extent, and the mystery attaching to stupendous mounds and fragments of elaborate architecture, hardly visible thru the growth of forest trees and jungle, stirred the imagination, especially in a country so generally devoid of ancient buildings as Bengal. The ground at Gaur covered by signs of town occupation is little short of twenty miles in length. The book before us is likely to remain the book on Gaur till Gaur shall find its Schliemann. The book is substantially that of the late Mr. Ravenshaw, who, while magistrate and collector at Malda, made photographs of Gaur and the appendant cities, and notes to illustrate his pictures. His widow has had good aids in the late Mr. Henry Blochmann and in Mr. Arthur Grote. Blochmann has recently carried to the grave with him a vast store of lucid learning. The views are beautiful photographs, admirably reproduced in perma. nence by the Woodbury process. The architectural illustrations justify Heber's observation that the Patans built like giants, and finished their work like jewellers. The preparation of encaustic tiles, which play a great part in the decoration of some of the edifices, is now a lost art, not only in Bengal, but in all India east of Sind; the richly moulded panels of terra-cotta are now as little known." Athenæum, Jan. 11. Redgrave, S.

Dictionary of artists of the English school. New ed.


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"Essays on the common objects of India insects, trees, frogs, squirrels, Indian servants, the Indian seasons, etc. They treat unhackneyed subjects with quaint humor and with remarkable literary skill and taste. Izaak Walton would have enjoyed them immensely, and White of Selborne." Acad., Apr. 13. "Charming little word-pictures of Indian life and Indian scenery. From these slight sketches a most vivid impression of everyday Indian life may be gath ered, and in the most romantic country in the world even everyday life is full of picturesqueness." Exam., Apr. 6.

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Shedd, W: G. T., D.D. Literary essays.



Contents. True nature of the beautiful and its relation to culture. - Influence and method of English studies. - Ethical theory of rhetoric and eloquence. istics and importance of a natural rhetoric. of language and style to thought. Scientific and popular education. - Intellectual temperance. — The Puritan character. The African nature. Coleridge as a philosopher and theologian. - Confessions of Augustine. "Written, 1844-59. Each of these essays may be read with pleasure for the lucidity of its style and the amplitude of its illustrations, and with profit for its accumulation of varied knowledge. We have, however, been specially impressed by those on the nature of the beauful, on English studies and intellectual temperance, and on S. T. Coleridge." - Harper's mag., Dec. Simon, J. The government of M. Thiers, Feb. 8, 1871 - May 24, 1873; from the Fr. 2 v. Skelton, J: Essays in romance and studies from life.

"The graceful writer who has gained an entrance into many of the most delightful corners of our memory under the name of 'Shirley' is scarcely second to any in his generation. The new series of the Essays of Shirley' include a powerful and vivid sketch called 'The passion of Martin Holdfast', two or three studies of fisher-life and manners on the northern coasts of Scotland, and a story of love and punishment from the Lagoons of Venice, which, tho the earliest, is perhaps the best arranged and compacted of all. The author has chosen his title well, for it would be inappropriate to assume for these imaginative sketches the discursiveness and freedom of which are among their chief charms the character of tales." Spectator, Nov. 30.

Smyth, R. B. The aborigines of Victoria; with

notes rel. to the habits of the natives of other parts of Australia and Tasmania.

"The author, when he was appointed, 16 years ago, Secretary of the Board for the Protection of the Aborigines, commenced collecting information respecting the customs of the people who had formerly owned the soil of Australia, and making accurate drawings of their weapons and ornaments."

"If there are people who still believe in the simplicity of savage life, Mr. Smyth's work will undeceive them.

Here are 1000 pages filled with details about the society, politics, religion, war, and art of tribes who are supposed to be almost the lowest examples of humanity. The Australians certainly are not far advanced in 'culture', as Europeans reckon advancement, but they have already established a most curious and complex system of society; they employ simple but ingenious weapons; in art they have some native taste and power of execution. The practices of savage life, senseless

as they seem to us, had all some rational origin in men's theory of the world in which they found themselves. Now, when a custom has once become well established, it dies very slowly; it goes on living in new conditions, and in a somewhat different form. Some of the customs of savagery are retained by the non-progressive classes, and dwindle into folk lore'. Some are consecrated and adorned by the priesthoods of advancing civilization." The reviewer proceeds to give instances of this by comparing rites of the Australians and of the Scotch, French, Hindus and Greeks, ending: "We trust to return in a later article to the art, war, weapons, and politics of the Murri, as they call themselves. Perhaps it is already pretty plain that civilized people are only Murri who have had many advantages in education." — Sat. rev., Mar. 22.

Sparkes, J: C. L. Hand-book to the practice of pottery painting. (Harper's half-hour ser.) Stecchetti, L. Nova polemica; versi.

Postuma; canzoniere. 5a ed.

Stevenson, R. L: Edinburgh; picturesque notes.

"His style speaks for itself; it is captivating, and irritating; it keeps the attention awake; it sketches a picture; in two words, it is never commonplace; it retains an accent of the quaintness of a time of leisure." Sat. rev., Jan. 25.

Streckfuss, A. Castle Hohenwald; tr. by Mrs. A. L. Wister.

"The types in these German stories are oddly old. fashioned; the villain, the lover, the eccentric man, the traitor, are wrought by a fixed pattern which has been laid aside for some time by English-speaking folk. The story is involved with the Franco-German war, but it does not modernize it." - Nation, April 24. Tancock, O. W.

England during the American and European wars, 1765-1820. (Creighton, M., ed. Epochs of Eng. hist.) Thackeray, A. I., now Mrs. Ritchie. Da capo.

(Harper's half-hour ser.)

Out of the world, and other tales. Contents. Out of the world. -To Esther. merry. Sola. Thevet, A. tique. farel.

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Les singularitéz de la France antarcNouv. éd.; avec notes par P. Gaf


"Depuis assez longtemps déjà fort recherchées par les bibliophiles. Renseignments curieux sur l'essai de colonisation tenté par la France au Brésil, et aussi sur le origines canadiennes et les premières années de la prise de possession de l'Amérique par les Européens. Il enrichit son volumes de gravures. Pour cela, il appela les meilleurs graveurs de Flandre. Les bois de la première édition semblant à M. Gaffarel être de Jean Cousin: il y reconnait sa manière à la fois large et expressive, sa science anatomique et son burin spirituel. Thevet n'est pas un maître en l'art d'écrire. Sa phrase pénible, embarrassée, chargée d'incidentes, alourdi de citations, fatigue l'ail et l'esprit. Son étalage d'érudition improvisée est le plus souvent suspect. Enfin, lorsqu'il décrit ce qu'il a vu de ses propres yeux, il a une fâcheuse tendance à l'exagération. En le lisant dans l'édition nouvelle, on est averti des erreurs ou des exagérations par des notes toujours savantes et souvent piquantes."- Rev. pol. et lit., 16 nov. Tytler, S., (ps. for Miss Keddie). Scotch firs.


"In a certain cool, passionless analysis and calculation of motives, and, as the result of this, in her manner of presenting a character rather by gradual elaboration than by a few rapid touches, the author of 'Scotch firs' bears some resemblance to George Eliot. Her humor, too, like that of the great analyzer, is more of the head than of the heart."- Exam., Aug. 10.

"The latter story is well told; the first has not enough pleasant people to float the story agreeably to its end.” Sat. rev., Oct. 5.

"The 1st is a well told tale, and the characters are racy of the soil. The 2d narrative, that of a Free Kirk minister's visit to London, and the change of his views on the subject of the stage, is equally well imagined." — Ath., July 27.

Weller, A. History of the Washington family. Whipple, E. P. Some recollections of R. Choate. (Harper's half-hour ser.)

"Two marked changes appear upon the surface of our literature during the last few years; we may perhaps say three. One is not very important, tho it is significant, it is that in what might be called good society pessimism has very visibly colored much of our novel. writing. Mr. Herbert Spencer's philosophy may be split in two; a very good Christian Theist may walk off with one half, and a fighting Atheist with the other. Schopenhauer cannot be treated in the same manner, but half of him is readily translated into a liberal cynicism tempered with epigram, which is perfectly good form; the translation has taken place; and our novels show it. Another change lies in the fact that tho, as we have before remarked, there is a lull in the higher speculation, there is an increase in the number of tentative books in theology and religious criticism. Another change, slight but real, exists in the marked increase of the tendency to personal satire or caricature. This is in part a result of the success of Mr. Mallock's New Republic'." Contemp. rev., April.

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"I have one reason for not wishing, and two reasons for wishing a reform. 1st. I have spent the past fifty years of my busy life in learning to spell a few English words with tolerable correctness, and if a change is now made, all that time and labor will go for nothing. It would be a moral satisfaction to me to know that other human beings in future ages are to suffer the same tribulation in learning to spell that I suffered. I have no objection to a change on the sentimental ground that it would disturb the noble old English language'. For language ought to be the servant of a person, not the person the servant of the language. 2d. If the reform can make letters into instruments of precision, then I am in favor of reform. 3d. If the reform will save time in writing or printing, as it seems to promise, then I am again in favor of reform." - A school-teacher.

"Allow me with all respect to enter my earnest protest
against the new spelling [in the Library journal], such
as catalog, honor, alfabet, biografy. Why try to spoil
the traditions of a language which, from its highly com-
pound construction, is the most perfect in existence?"-
Lord Lindsay, Pres. of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The English language, on account of its composite
nature, is the best in the world. Let us preserve it. The
English spelling, on account of its complexity, is the
worst in the world.
Let us. What word does
logic require here, preserve or reform? - C: A. C.

Adams, Rev. H. C. Wykehamica; a history of
Winchester College and commoners.
Airy fairy Lilian; by the author of "Phyllis", etc.
Alden, W. L. The canoe and the flying proa; or,
Cheap cruising and safe sailing; with illust.
(Harper's half-hour series.)
Arndt, E. M. Life and adventures; comp. from

the German; with a preface by J: R. Seeley. Arnold, M. Mixed essays.

"The main principles Mr. Arnold insists upon are these: The inevitable future is democracy. The many are continually growing less and less disposed to follow and to admire, and the few, that is, the aristocracy, are continually becoming less and less qualified to command and to captivate'. Now, this is not only a fact, but one we should have foreseen long before, for it is only an example and assertion of that principle of expansion which is a law of nature. Mr. Arnold insists with much gravity and even with pathos, how democracy, instead of being, as it might be, the salvation of the race, may be the end of progress, if in the new conditions the ideals of life and conduct are less high and less beautiful than of old, and if the arts and other refining influences not bearing immediately on practical life he suffered to fall into disuse and dishonor. The single historical sketch in this collection is the paper on Falkland, whom Mr. Arnold considers a greater and more tragic personage than Hampden. In the essay on Mr. Stopford Brooke's 'Primer of English literature' Mr. Arnold has expressed, as tho casually, some of his own estimates of many of the English poets, and he has balanced praise and blame in a peculiarly adroit and even amusing fashion. A distinguished contemporary of Mr. Arnold's said of the paper, when it first appeared in the Nineteenth century', that Mr. Brooke had been told he had written a most charming book, only unfortunately he had said nothing in it which he ought to say, and put in everything he ought to have left out. Throughout


the essays the reader will notice the tone of perfect gentleness and moderation which gives Mr. Arnold's work a charm that is absolutely unique. But the moderation is so universal that the reader begins to distrust it after a time as much as he would distrust rhetoric. It is a saying of Mr. Emerson that a man teaches what he is.


One feels that these essays are Mr. Arnold, and that the lesson they convey as a whole is more precious than any single principle expressed throughout them. It is a lesson of courtesy, gentleness, and toleration. After the noisy din of angry polemic this ever gentle voice is welcome to the weary ear." Athenæum, March 8. and Autographic mirror; autographic letters sketches of illustrious and distinguished men of past and present times. 4 v. Bain, A. Education as a science.

"The publication of Mr. Spencer's work in the year 1861 marked an epoch in the history of educational science, and the appearance of Mr. Bain's volume on education in a series of works devoted to scientific subjects, marks a new epoch, and a fresh starting-point.”. Examiner, March 15.

Balaguer, V. Historia politica y literaria de los trovadores. 2 v.

"Of great literary interest. It is the first of a series of volumes which will eventually include more than 300 biographies of poets. In the first part, which has just appeared, the language of the troubadours and their influence on European countries are critically studied." Athenæum, Dec. 28.

Blake, M., D.D. History of Franklin, Mass. Bright, J. F. English history for public schools.

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"It is more amusing than most novels, while it contains more material for thought than is to be found in most books of double the size. Mr. Butler is a writer who, altho professedly ignorant of all science, yet possesses 'scientific imagination' and logical consistency to a degree very rarely found among scientific men. Mr. Butler's book is so full of strange fancies and witty conceits, as to have led some readers to look upon the whole as an elaborate jest. Beneath this sparkling surface there is, however, much solid matter, and tho we can at present only consider the work as a most ingenious and paradoxical speculation, it may yet afford a clue to some of the deepest mysteries of the organic world." Nature, March 27.

Campagnola, H. Pilaster-Malereien in der Kirche St. Giustina zu Padua.

Chaucer, G. The parliament of foules; ed. with introd., notes, and glossary by T. R. Lounsbury.

Church, R. W. Dante, an essay; added, a trans. of De monarchia, by F. J. Church. "The translation of De monarchia adds greatly to the value of the book. But the essay is not to be swallowed whole. It is dogmatic and preceptorial rather than critical, in the usual sense, tho, of course, it contains fine criticism." Contemporary rev., Feb. Claretie, J. Le troisième dessous. 5e éd.

"Cette nouvelle œuvre de M. Claretie est plus creusée et plus fouillée que ses ainées; le style en est incisif et nerveux. L'auteur du Troisième dessous' a observé attentivement et fait une peinture vraie. Cette œuvre est ce que M. Claretie a fait de plus vigoureux. Quelques longueurs et quelques langueurs,

mais la trame du récit est plus serrée que d'habitude et que le style est d'une limpidité moins fluide."- Rev. pol. et lit., 4 jan.

Conant, H. S. A primer of Spanish literature. (Harper's half-hour series.)

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