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The Land and the Book; or, Biblical sonal interest of the original narra

Illustrations, drawn from the tive is maintained, and its copious Manners and Customs, the Scenes illustration of the identity of usage of and the Scenery, of the Holy ancient and modern Oriental life. Land. By WILLIAM M. THOMSON, Dr. Thomson was for many years D.D., forty-five years a Missionary a missionary at Beirut, and has train Syria and Palestine. 3 vols, versed repeatedly, as have few tra8vo, illustrated. New York : vellers, the region which he deHarper & Brothers. Toronto : scribes. To his keen powers of William Briggs. Price $9.00 the observation he adds a vividness of set.

description and piquancy of narraNo name

more frequently tive that make his books very charmmentioned, or with higher commen- ing and instructive reading. dation by dragoman or guide dur

One of the most conspicuous ing our tour in Palestine, than that features of the book is the number of Rev. Dr. William Thomson. He and variety and excellence of its enknew the country from Beersheba gravings. These are drawn from to Baalbec better than any other photographs of the living object or man, and during his five and forty natural scene, and strike one not so years of missionary life in the east, much as a representation as a real: he had traversed almost every part of ity. Of these engravings, many of the country over and over again, and

them full-page, there are no less made an almost lifelong study of its than 417, with large folding-maps. antiquities and customs as illustrat- Much as we may long to visit those ing Holy Writ.

sacred scenes, most of us must be It has been well said that the best content with the descriptions of commentary on the Bible is the Land others. For stay-at-home travellers of the Bible. Hence Renan calls we know of no book which offers Palestine a fifth Gospel. A thousand such a satisfactory substitute for a side-lights are thrown upon the sa

personal visit as Dr. Thomson's

• The Land and the Book." cred page by the immemorial and unchanging customs of the Holy

There are few more appropriate or Land. This land possesses a per

useful presents for a pastor or Sunennial interest to every Christian day-school superintendent or teacher mind.

than these noble volumes. The Of the many books on Palestine, in every respect the same as the edinone have met with such marked tion sold at $6.00 per vol., except success and deserved popularity as

that there is a little less gilding on Dr. Thomson's “The Land and the the binding. Book.” Since the first appearance, over thirty years ago, it has run

London. Ву

WALTER BESANT, through many editions and has had author of “ All sorts and Condian immense sale. But no previous

tions of Men,” “Fifty Years editions will compare with its magni

Ago," etc., with illustrations. ficent re-issue-in three stately octa

New York: Harper Brothers. vos, sumptuously illustrated-by the

Toronto: William Briggs. Octavo, Harper Brothers. This is practi

pp. xvi.-509. Price $3.00. cally a new book, re-written and with This is not a history, nor a guide all the discoveries and researches of book, nor a story, although it com. recent travellers and of the British bines the best features of all three. and American Palestine Exploration It is a picture of the greatest city in Societies incorporated. Yet the con- the world during different periods of versational charm and direct per- its growth. It is founded largely By FRANCIS PARKMAN, illustrated engage his attention. To such Mr.

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upon original studies of ancient engravings, of which there are about chronicles, and the best bibliography one hundred and fifty, are of exceedof London.

ing delicacy, more like copper etchBy a judicious exercise of the his- ing than xylographic work. toric imagination, the author makes the dead past live again, and pre- Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra. A Tale sents a series of kodac pictures, as of the Roman Empire in the Days it were, showing old London, its of the Emperor Aurelian. By busy streets, odd buildings and WILLIAM WARE, author of “Rome eager citizens at work and at play. and the Early Christians." Boston: It is that quaint, mediæval life, with Estes & Lauriat. Toronto: William its strange costumes and customs, Briggs. Price 3.00. which is presented as in a living

This is a new edition of that fine kaleidoscope. We see the merchant old story which recounts the advenon 'Change, the chapman in Cheap- tures of the noble Queen Zenobia, side, the priests and monks and friars who, in the third century, reigned in church and abbey and convent, the civic festivals of Guildhall and royal stately city of Palmyra--the Tadmor

with true imperial sway, in the pageants of Westminster, the procession of the Garter King at arms,

built by Solomon in the wilderness

-the brave woman who defied a the mace-bearer, the lord mayor and aldermen, the river with its boats

Roman army, and who was tinally and barges and peopled bridges and dragged as a captive at the chariot crowded shore, the grim tragedy of wheels of the Roman conqueror.

The Rev. William Ware, who has Newgate and Tyburn and the more dreadful burnings of Smithfield, the given such viridness to his story of

* Rome and the Early Christians," preachings at Saint Paul's cross, the fife and tabor, tumblers and dancers exhibits in this volume the same of Vauxhall, the many-coloured life ation, and tine skill in the delineation

fine exercise of the historic imaginthrough many centuries of the

of character. The conflict between greatest city the world has ever seen.

Christianity and paganism in the far It is a fine subject, and Mr. Besant, who knows his London

East is well represented. The book better perhaps than any man living, fanciful, ideal pictures, bụt with a

is admirably illustrated, not with has made good use of it. pounds the striking theory and

score of photogravures of the stusustains it with cogent argument, pendous architecture of that ruined that after the Roman occupation, for city in the heart of the desert, four hundred years, London, which including also some to whose fidelity had attained a population of pro- Baalbec, the city of the worship of

we can bear witness, of the city of bably 70,000 lapsed into solitude

the sun. and became a waste of crumbling

Probably the world never walls and grass-grown ruins. The

saw a more stately temple than that new civilization of Saxon, Roman,

at Palmyra, the ruins of which

extend for a distance of 1,500 yards, Plantagenet, and Tudor times was

nearly a mile long. The holiday an entirely original development. To a tourist from a new country

binding is very attractive. like Canada, the past of London is

The Oregon Trail. Sketches of more interesting than its present. It is its ancient churches, monuments,

Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life. and civic buildings that especially

by Fred. Remington. Boston :

Little, Brown & Co. Toronto : Besant's book will be well-nigh

William Briggs. Octavo, pp. xiv.indispensable. Even old Londoners,

411. Bound in leather, full gilt. and there are many of them in

Price $4.00. Canada, who think they know the great city well, will, we doubt not, “ The Oregon Trail” was Parkfind much that is of intense and man's first book. Nearly fifty years novel interest in this volume. The ago he made his first acquaintance series of clear and cogent chapters,

He pro




with the then wild west, with its The delicate fancies of the author Indian life, almost untouched by remind one of the grace of Charles civilization and uncontaminated by Lamb and Washington Irving, with the white man's fire-water, vices and a deftness of touch peculiarly his diseases. That journey was Park

The fine vein of humour, and man's initiation into his life-work. the subtle allegory which run through He was to devote the succeeding these sketches, is very charming. The forty-five years to telling the story gentle satire with which he laughs at of the conflict for a continent. He himself in the “Castles in Spain,' has rendered to Canada a debt and the tender pathos of “Family which never can be paid by his Portraits” and “Our Cousin, the great historic works on that pro- Curate,” are worthy of embodiment longed struggle for one hundred and in this elegant form. It is enough fifty years between the French and to say that it is one of the most English, for the possession of that artistic issues of the Franklin Square vast area now chiefly included in Press. The gray silk binding is very our grand Dominion.

elegant. We shall take occasion at an early date to present a complete review of The Genesis and Growth of Religion. these noble works. His publishers

The L. P. Stone lectures for 1892, deem the completion of that life

at Princeton Theological Semintask a fitting occasion for bringing

ary, New Jersey. By Rev. S. H. out an edition de luxe in all the glory

KELLOGU, D.D., of Toronto, of heavy cream-laid paper, sumptuous illustration and unique binding.

Canada, author of “ The Light

of Asia and the Light of the It need only be said that the

World,” “A Grammar of the illustrations by Frederick

Hindi Language and Dialects,” Remington, who has caught the

etc., etc. New York : Macspirit of savage life, character,

millan & Co. Toronto : William costume, and incident better than

Briggs. any other living man, to show that the engravings are of the highest During his too brief residence in order of merit. The peculiar buff Canada, Dr. Kellogg won the wellleather binding, with its quaint deserved reputation of a preacher Indian totems and other designs in and thinker of marked ability and crude colours, is adınirably suited to originality. We have had the pleathis memorial volume.

sure of reviewing in these pages, his

previous book on • The Light of Prue and I. By GEORGE William Asia and the Light of the World.”

Curtis. Illustrated from drawings The present volume is marked by
by Albert Edward Sterner. New the same philosophical insight, the
York: Harper Bros. Toronto : same force of expression.
William Briggs. Price $3.50.

he discusses the following important This elegant volume is a very topics : " What is Religion?” beautiful souvenir, by the accom- “ Religion and natural descent, plished editor, for many years, of fetishism and animism, “ Herbert Harper's Wetkly, and the genial Spencer's ghost theory.” Under this occupant of the “Easy Chair.” It is head he shows that Mr. Spencer's a veritable edition de lure. The theory is really a begging of the broad margins which leave room for question, and is inadequate to the wandering beyond the limits of account for the idea of God as a the printed page of the very fine and Cause and as a Moral Governor. delicately cut engravings, and the Our author then develops his photogravures of beautiful aquarelles, theory of the true Genesis of combine to make it one of the most religion, the subjective factor being elegant books of the season. It is the very constitution of man's seldom that author and artist so nature, the objective factor the admirably co-ordinate in their work. revelation of God. Two valuable

In a

chapters treat of the development idea of divine inspiration. Let us of religion, which is not inconsistent always look for the hidden meanings. with supernaturalism and the his- Let us rejoice that the inspired word toric facts regarding the order of contains emphatically more meaning religious development.

He con

than human writers ever dreamed. cludes with a chapter on

“ Shemitic This series of books will be a Monotheism,” showing the superior monument, not merely of the learnconceptions of the divine in the ing and industry, but of the spiritual Shemitic, and especially the Hebrew insight and discernment of a great writers.

and good man. It is not merely The book is very handsomely a book for students and theologians, printed, and will be a pleasing sou- it is emphatically “The People's venir of the pastor of St. James' Bible.” Square Church, who, in the providence of God, is recalled to his

English Compound Words and important work in India, that of

Phrases. A Reference List, with translating the oracles of God into

Statement of Principles and Rules. the tongues of the native races.

By F. HORACE TEALL, author of The

The Compounding of English People's Bible. Discourses upon Holy Scripture. By JOSEPH

Words,” and Department Editor

Vol. PARKER, D.D., London.

of Funk & Wagnall's Standard xvii., Old Testament,

Dictionary. Cloth, 8vo, 311 pp.

HoseaMalachi. Octavo, 456 pp., cloth,

$2.50. New York, London, and

11 Richmond street west, Toron$1.50. New York and 11 Rich

to : Funk & Wagnalls Company. mond street west, Toronto : Funk & Wagnalls Company.

This book will prove a valuable

aid to writers, printers, teachers, With this book Dr. Parker com

and in fact to all sorts of people, inpletes the larger section of his great

cluding business men, corresponwork. It comprises that very inter

dents, and others who wish to write esting division of the Old Testament, clearly and correctly in the English the twelve minor prophets. Two

language. The book is unique, more books of the New Testament only are wanting to complete the treating a phase of language that is

a continual source of annoyance, series, making in all twenty-five and giving in shape for instant use volumes of “Parker's People's Bible." To few men has it ever

the decisions of the author as to been granted to prepare so compre

form, together with guiding rules

based upon a close, careful, and hensive a commentary on the whole Word of God. Dr. Parker says, “I

scientific study of the subject. have only been an instrument in the

Mr. Teall is the first scholar, so hands of God.”. He has preached far as we know, who has made a regularly through the Bible, and his detailed comparative and inductive experience is that congregations are study of the compound forms found not averse to systematic and exposi- in our literature, and who has fortory preaching He counsels his mulated the principles therein exjuniors in the ministry to adopt the emplified. His work shows extreme same method, and to covet to be- care throughout, and provides a come biblical expositors.

ready answer, from his practical Speaking of the higher criticism, point of view, for any question as he says that biblical exposition is no

to compounding or non-compoundlonger an affair of technical grammar ing of words. alone. “I am confident, that mere The mere recording, in a handy literalists who confine themselves to collection, of forty thousand set pedantic parsing, and who lock up terms, as given in this book, is of the prophets in centuries as within great advantage, whether or not one cells, can never represent the whole accepts all the compounds given.

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