Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

should seek to learn from them why Ireland with its wet weather and bad inns is the most delightful of all

countries for a holiday.” – Athenæum, Dec. 3. Jefferies, J: R: The toilers of the field.

“It is as an observer of things rather than of men that the author won his fame; it was in this that he ex. celled and the public judgment has recognised luis excellence. The present and past history of the labourer's cottage find in these pages a record so truthful, so detailed, and so fairly stated, that they may well be quoted in days to come as an abiding witness to the state of the rural poor in the later Victorian era."

Spectutor, Dec. 17. Jefferson, T: Writings of T: Jefferson; coll, and

ed. by P. L. Ford. Vol. 1. Keely, R. N., Jr., and Davis, G.G. In Arctic seas;

the voyage of the “Kite;" with the Peary

expedition; with the Log; illust. " The records show that exploration over the inland ice with a small and suitably equipped party is less difficult than had been anticipated, and offer ihe pros. pect that inuch more may be done in Greenland in this way than might hitherto have been boped for." — Na.

lion, Dec. 29. Kirschbaum, J. Der Mensch denkt, Gott lenkt;

Schauspiel in 5 Akten. Latimer, drs. E. W. (in full Mrs. M.. E. W.).

France in the 19th century, 1830-90. "She inay be commended for a fair degree of skill in working what she has gathered into a connected nar. rative which has not the patchwork appearance of the average book thus made up, but is really an agreeable and useful contribution to the literature of the subject."

- Critic, Jan. 7. Leland, C: G. Etruscan Roman remains in popu.

lar tradition. “We have the creator of Hans Breitmann in the character of a witch.finder; and not only has he found witcher, but when found he has made an excellent note of them. Indeed, he has persuaded them to reveal their magical secrets, their spells and their incan. cantations, and these he now gives to us writ in choice Italian' with a peat metrical translation of his

own." - Academy, Dec. 17. Loftie, W: J: The Inns of Court and Chancery;

illustrated by Herbert Railton. " Mr. Loftie's account is lively, comprehensive and readable, and he relates their histories, architectural, historical, and social, with a zest which cannot fail to carry his reader along with him." - Athenæum, Nov.

26. M., E. Days in clover; by an amateur angler.

“ His good humour, his genuine delight in nature, his unaffected acknowledgment of his own lack of skiliare all of them infectious, and make his essays much more inviting than those of many more pretentious authors.”

Athenaum, Nov. 12. Mabie, H. W. Essays in literary interpretation.

" Mr. Mabie is conscientious and philosophical but his touch lacks lightness and his artistic sense seems heavily liandicapped by his moral sense."

Literary world, Dec. 31. McCosh, J. The method of divine gorernment,

physical and moral. 1851. Malleson, Col. G: B. The refounding of the

German Empire, 1848-71. “ Deserves praise for its clearness and conciseness; and if the paris denling with the military operations are better than the political portions of the book, it is only fair to say that there is a greater abundance of material for the writer to work upon in treating of the former. The narrative of the resistance offered by Clam Gallas to the advance of Prince Frederick Charles is specially good, and so is the account of the battle of Gravelotte." - Athenæum, Dec. 10.

Marsh, A. E. W. Holiday wandering in Madeira.

“Mr. Marsh enjoyed the country and the climate thoroughly as his bright account suttices to show. His book is prettily illustrated from photographs that give an excellent impression of the scenery." – Sut. rev.,

Dec. 31. Meredith, G: Poems: The empty purse; with

odes To the comic spirit, to Youth in mem

ory; and verses. Mocles. The thousand and one days; Persian

tales; ed. by J. H. McCarthy, 2 v. “ Next in importance to the Mille et un nuits'intro. duced by Gallard is the Mille et un jours,' translated by François Pétis de la Croix. Mr. McCarthy has writ. ten an admirable uninstructive story book in very fair English. It would have been better if he had noticed in his modest preface that he had only included in his collection about two-thirds of the tales. But he has made his selection judiciously, and tills up with great skill the unavoidable rifts which he causes in the origi.

nal." - Sat. rev., Nov. 12. Montgomery, D: H: The beginner's American

history. Nash, T: The unfortunate traveller; or, The life

of Jack Wilton; with essay on the life and

writings of T: Nash by E. Gosse. “ Very few pieces of the class and time are likely to find so much favour with readers of the present day as

this rare and curious work.” - Sat. rep., Jan. 14. National Conference on University Extension.

Proceedings of 1st ann. meeting, hield in
Phila., Dec. 29-31, 1891; comp. by G: F.

James.
Oliphant, Mrs. M. O. W. The cuckoo in the nest.

“ May be described as a one-character novel; but that one character is presented with such searching truthfulness, and such tine dramatic realism, that the book is worthy of a place beside the most brilliant of its

predecessors." - Spectator, Dec. 3. Pain, B. Stories and interludes.

* The stories themselves are not much, and their set. ting is of an order made common place by countless generations of nursery conceits; but, through all we can distinguish a mind of no common order, and of which in the future much may be expected.” Sat.

rep., June 25. Pellew, G: Poems; ed., with introd., by W: D.

Howells. Powell, Lieut. B. F. S. B. In savage isles and set

tled lands; Malaysia, Australasia, and Poly

nesia, 1888-91. " He writes agreeably, and his volume is redeemed from the reproach of mere globe-trotting by his tighting experiences in New Guinea, and his intimate ac. quaintance with Queensland. Undoubtedly he gives us a deal of valuable information as to the enpabilities and

prospects of Queensland.”. Sat. rev., Nov. 19. Rhodes, J. F.

History of the U. S. from the compromise of 1850. Vol. 1, 2. "His views, whether we agree with them or no, are so widely based upon the study of contemporary material that no one can treat them lightly or challenge them without reflection. It is already certain that if he shall live to complete his task we shall have a noteworthy and valuable addition to our solid literature." - Ni.

tion, Dec. 29. Rives, A.

Barbara Dering; a sequel to The quick and the dead. "'Though the story has little plot interest save of the domestic kind, that interest is strong and well sustained. After Barbara Dering, Miss Imélia Rives' severest critics may reasonably expect really notable work.” Academy, Dec. 31.

Robinet, J: F. E. Centenaire de 1789; Danton,

homme d'état. 1889. Salt, H: S. Animals' rights, considered in rela

tion to social progress; with bibliog, app. " There is no shirking or hesitancy in Mr. Salt's very far-reaching consideration of man's duties towards an. imals, domesticated and wild, and the so-called ' princi. ple of animal rights.' We do not think it is possible to set forth the dificulties that attend the definition of that principle or the nature of the rights of animals more clearly. Mr. Salt is as fully sensible of the obstacles to a practical realization of his ideal of man's relations to animals as any of his opponents may be." - Sat. rev.,

Dec. 10. Schem, A. J. American year-book, 1859. Vol. 1.

1860. Schlitter, H. Die Reise des Papstes Pius vi nach

Wien, und sein Aufenthalt daselbst; ein
Beitrag zur Gesch. der Beziehungen Josefs

Il zur Römischen Curie.
Sharp, A, M. History of Upton Court, Co. of

Berks; and of the Perkins family; comp.

from ancient records. “ Carefully compiled, and admirably illustrated, and may prove of great service as a local history." – Spec

tator, Dec. 17. Stearns, F. P. The real and the ideal in litera

ture. " Mr. Stearns is an advocate of idealism in all direc. tions of art production, and his treatment is always thoughtful and occasionally profound.” Literary

world, Dec. 31. Stoddard, R: H: Under the evening lamp.

" Mr. Stoddard's object is biographical rather than critical. llis conclusion after studying these lires seems to be expressed in the preface when he answers the question, Why among poets are so many called and so few chosen, by saying that many are not called or called only by their own vanity and ambition."

Literary world, Dec. 31. Sydney, W: C.

Social life in Eugland from the Restoration to the Revolution, 1660-1690. “Is not inferior in value and interest to his 'England and the English in the 18th century. The latter hall of the book deals with life in London, all phases of which

are realistically painted.”. Critic, Jan. 7. Symonds, J: A. Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti;

based on the archives of the Buonarroti fam.

ily: with reprod. 2 v. “ His knowledge of Renaissance history and literature is vast, and his competence as critic and investiga. tor is undoubted, He has, besides, had access rarely granted, to the Buonarroti archives, and has thus been able to throw much new light on many points. He has Avoided Grimm's fault of wide excursion into general history, and has kept his hero constantly in sight. He has, where possible, used the language of Michelangelo himself and ofliis contemporaries, thus securing greater vividness of delineation even at some expense of con. tinuity of style. His Life' is an admirable and solid work, and one must be a very profound student of the subject or a very reckless writer to questiou his conclu.

siulis on all matters of fact," – Nation, Dec. 8, Thomson, J. P. British New Guinea; with illust.

and

app: " The greater part of the substantive work is occu. pied with the explorations of the present Administra. jor, Sir William MacGregor, and particularly with his conquest of the so.called Alpine regions of the island, and luis ascent of Mount Krutsford, and Mount Victo. ria. But the mountain region does not monopolize the book. There is a good deal to be said about the na. tives; and there are some very wise remarks upon the duties of a civilized nation in respect of the lands of a newly softled country. This is a subject which will bear

discussion at considerable length,and in the case of New Guinea, it is a question of the moment. We are apt to forget that quite quietly this new territory is coming under the order and regularity of a Colonial Govern.

ment." - Westminster review, Dec. Urie, Barony of, Scotland. Court book. 1604-1747;

ed., with notes and introd. by Rev. D. G.

Barron. (Scottish Hist. Soc.) Varigny, H: de Experimental evolution ; lectures

delivered in Edinburghi, Aug. 1891. (Na

ture ser.) " He sets forth a number of curious facts which provide a basis for the study of variation, and suggest the methods for experimental formvism. The experi. ments can, the author points out, be made on any ani. mals and plants, and in any country. What is required for their execution is an institution of some sort spe. cially devoted to this line of investigation. This insti. tution should possess rather extensive grounds, a farm with men experienced in breeding, agriculture, and horti. culture, and a proper laboratory. Of course, money will be necessary, but M. de Varig'iy is sanguine enough to believe that the canse of science will not fail through

lack of funds." - Westminster review, Nov. Ward, J. H. Life and times of Bishop White.

(Makers of America.) “He has no idea of having it said of his book as some snid of Dr. McConnell's * History of the Episcopal Ch.' a year ago, ' An enemy hath done this.' 'And so the litile things he would rather his ecclesiastical progeni. tors should not have said or done he passes over airily, often at the expense of vivid characterization. Neither are the 'dramatis personæ nor the ‘mise-en-scene' any. thing like so vivid as in Dr. MeConnell's book. But those who have not read the former will be the more de. frauded of their right to know the men and things of Bishop White's period in habit as they actually were."

Nation, Dee. 22. West, A. F. Alcuin, and the rise of the Christian

schools. (Great educators.) “ The work is conscientiously done, and it gives a good picture of the life and work of a great scholar at ihe beginning of the era of light and learning in which we now live."

Literary world, Dec. 31. Wilkinson, J. J: G. The African and the true

Christian religion, his magna charta; study

in the writings of Swedenborg. Williams, W. Appleton's northern and eastern

guide, with maps; complete guide to the

Middle States, Canada, etc. 1853. Wister, O. The Dragon of Wantley; his rise and

his downfall; a romance.
“ Contains the fine old legend of Derbyshire con-
verted into a sort of story for children of a larger
growth, and a limited sense of humour, It is readable,
and the cuts are not without a good deal of cleverness."

Athenæum, Nov. 20.
Wright, T. Life of W: Cowper.

" As a collection of facts about Cowper it will be found interesting, but as a biography of the poet it is

far from satisfactory.". Spectator, Dec. 17. Young, A. Tour in Ireland, 1776-79; ed. with

introd. and notes by A. W. Hutton, with

bibliog. by J; P. Anderson. 1891. 2 v. " We have all heard him quoted as an authority: we honour him at second-hand, but no more. Considering the way in which historians and economists have made use of him, it is quite amazing that a century and twelve years have passed without a reprint of his whole tour. His other works have attracted more attention. Yet the book before us practically went through three editions in the year of its publication, 1780. The negleet is probably due to the great mass of detail, the careful notes on farming, and the agricultural statistics." Westminster review, Dec.

Sat. red.,

Abbey, Rev. C: J: Religious thought in old Eng.

lish verse. " Gives in a very small compass summaries, descrip. tions, criticisms, and what not, of a vast number of writers extending over a period of 1100 years. The positiveness of the statements to which Mr. Abbey commits himself about the Arthurian romances, their date, their authorship, ete., might make the youthfullest of critics stand aghast. Almost the sole value of the book must, we fear, be said to lie in the citations which are extremely numerous, and though constantly too brief, supply a good deal of matter of religious or

semi-religious verse.” – Sat. red., Nov. 26. Adler, F. Moral instruction of children. (Internat.

educ. ser.) “ The author begins by discussing the general ques. tion of moral education in the public schools and comes to the conclusion that owing to the wide divergence of opinion and practice in religious matters such educa. tion must be conducted on a non-religious basis. The book has many good points and its earnesiness of spirit and clearness of style will add to its usefulness."

Critic, Jan. 21. Aitchison, Sir C: Lord Lawrence. (Rulers of

India.) “No subject of importance has been entirely omitted. And while there has been a full acknowledgment of the labours of Mr. Bosworth Smith, and others, the events in which Lawrence took part are related with a distinc. ness, a due sense of their relative importance, and a technical and departmental knowledge which renders

searching criticism unnecessary.” – Sat. red., Dec. 31. Allan, W: The Army of Northern Virginia in

1862 ; with introd. by J: C. Ropes. “ The book is distinctly and manifestly written from the Confederate standpoint and shows on almost every page the bias peculiar to the author's education and sympathies. But by far the greater part is made up of details in regard to which there can be no debate, and we can follow his clear descriptions, and enjoy his calm and temperate tone with unmixed satisfaction."

Nation, Feb. 2. Andrews, W. Bygone England; social studies

in its historic byways and highways. • The material is drawn from rare or little read books and old periodicals, and many are the subjects of inter

est introduced in this chatty book."-Sat. rev., Sept.24. Annales des sciences psychiques. Astronomy and astro-physics. Baillie, R.

Letters and journals, 1637-62; ed. from mss. by D. Laing, 1841, 42. 3 v. Banister, H: C.

Lectures on musical analysis. 2d ed. rev. 1888. Banks, G: N.

Across France in a caravan; account of a journey from Bordeaux to Genoa

in the “Escargot,” 1889-90. " Brightly chronicles an original and adventurous enterprise, and is very graphically and humourously illustrated. The travellers, snugly quartered in the house upon wheels were independent of the indifferent accomodatious in the provincial inns, and the French folks of all classes were not only civil but cordial, though their very natural curiosity was sometimes ob.

noxious." - Sat. rev., Jan. 21. Barbara, C:

L'assassinat du Pont-Rouge; La faute d'Irma Gilquin. 1881. " Remarkable book." - Claretie in "Shudder in Lite.

rature." North Amer. rer. Barnum, Rev. S: W. Vocabulary of English

rhymes. (1876.) Barrett, F. Out of the jaws of death. 2 v.

* Though the characters have hardly the air of being drawn from life, they are striking and consistently sus. tained throughout.” Westminster rev.,

Jan.

Bertrand, A. La Gaule avant les Gaulois ; d'après

les monuments et les textes. 2e éd. 1891. Biblia.

“ The only monthly magazine devoted to archeology

and all oriental research." Black, H., C. Notable women authors of the

day; biog. sketches. “Twenty ladies are included in this list, and we are not only told all about the way they live and move and have their being but are given portraits of them. There is not one of them who does not live most delightfully, and apparently upon the fat of the land. But there are as many notable omissions as notable authors in the

book." Critic, Jan. 21. Boston. Maps. Boston and vicinity, 1893. Brémont, A., D., comtesse de. The great compo

sers. (World of music,)
The great singers. (World of music.)
The great virtuosi. (World of music.)

" Well-known facts are presented in attractive form ; there may be, at times, a little tall.talk, but the style is fresh, and the estimates and appreciations of the au.

thoress are frequently just." Academy, Jan, 14. Brightwen, Mrs. E. More about wild nature.

" The success of Mrs. Brightwen's fresh and unaf. fected 'Wild nature won by kindness' has led her to repeat her experiment. She has nine or ten new pets to iell us about, and their adventures are no less amusing than those of her earlier friends."

Dec. 31. Buxton, E: N. Short stalks; or, Hunting camps,

north, south, east, and west; illust. " Mr. Buxton is a busy man who works hard even in his holidays. Fortunately, he had free command of money, and all his arrangements were luxuriously planned, although he sought his pleasures in efforts and privations. There are few keener all-round sportsmen, and his narrative is perfectly candid. If he relates his successes with pardonable pride, he never draws a veil

over his failures." - - Sat. rev., Jan. 21. Cardella, G. A king's daughter; a novel. 3 v.

" The leading idea is the distinction between exces. sive liking and love. Although the story is of the kind which the reader knows from the first will come all right in the end, it is.decidedly interesting.". - Sat.

rev., Jan. 30, 1892. Carnot, L. N: M.

Correspondance; pub. avec notes hist. et biog. par Etienne Charavay.

Vol. 1. Aug. 1792 – Mar. 1793. ** This collection of Carnot's letters must form an. indispensable part of every library which professes to collect books bearing upon the history of the French

Revolution." -- Academy, Nov. 12. Carpenter, E: From Adam's Peak to Elephanta ;

sketches in Ceylon and India. • The sketches of scenery, temples, etc., are above the average, but the scenes have often been sketched be. fore, and in this case they only serve as ground work for the anthor's main object, viz., discussion and specu. lation on matters religious and political. He is an ar. dent disciple of socialism, and considers all political and social phenomena in the light of its peculiar doc.

trines.” – Athenæum, Jan. 7. Chamouin, J: B. M..

Collection de vues de Paris prises au daguerréotype; gravures. (186-?] Chester, E. The unmarried woman.

" She treats with judgment and ability of the advan. tages and disadvantages of these unmated ones. Draw. ing her illustrations from life she shows what the rights, privileges, and duties of women are under given conditions, leaning to the opinion of Frances Power Cobbe that much is due to one's self, and that sacrifice is no more demanded of the unmarried one than of her wedded sister." Literary world, Jan. 14.

The great

[ocr errors]

Chuquet, A. J.J. Rousseau.

" The chapter on the 'Nouvelle Héloïse'is, we think, the best thing we have read on that very variously judged book; and the vindications of the main points in the famous Discours of 1750 is very acute and competent. It is necessary to have read a great deal of Rousseau litterature to be aware how much kuowledge M. Chuquet has put together in a cursory and unpretentious manner; and we fear we must add that those who have read mont Rousseau literature will be most agreeably surprised at the good sense with which he refuses to be blinded either by the foibles of the man to the genius of the man of letters, or vice versa.” – Sat.

rer., Dec. 31. Coleridge, C. R. Hanbury Mills; a study of

contrasts. (1872.] Colomb, Rear- Adm. P. H., and others.

war of 189-; a forecast; illust. “ Is full of useful warnings conveyed in pleasant style by men of the highest competence." - Athenæum, Jan. 7.

" The authors have toiled to produce a complete, fi. nal, and exhaustive specimen of the kind. They have let it all go in, from Bulgaria to New Caledonia, war. balloons, torpedoes, electric-lights, lance-rifles; no ex.

pelse has been spared." – Sat. rev., Dec. 31. Corey, A. D. 1866-91; a memorial. Cox, H.

Coursing; Falconry, by G. Lascelles. (Badminton lib.) " His chapters on the Waterloo cup and on the breeding and management of greyhounds are excellent specimens of how to place clearly before the reader the results of observation and experience.” – Athe

naum, Dec. 24. Crépieux-Jamin, J. Handwriting and expres

sion; tr. and ed. by J: H. Schooling, with facsim. reprod. of handwritings of men and

women of various nationalities. " A novel feature is a formidable table of general and particular graphologic signs, neatly laid out with a gemblance of statistical accuracy delightfully mislead. ing. A sort of treatise on human nature is here im. posed on the reader with all the gravity of Aristotle,

but lacking his logic.". .Sat rev., Feb. 4. Cumming, C. F. a G.

Work for the blind in China ; showing how blind beggars may be

useful scripture readers. (1887?] Dapper, 0. Description de l'Afrique; cont. les

noms, la situation, et les confins de toutes

ses parties, etc.; trad. du flamand. 1686. Dedham, Mass. Town Clerk. The early records

of the town of Dedham, 1636-59; a com-
plete transcript of book one of the general
records, with the Selectmen's day-book, be-
ing vol. 3 of the printed records; ed. by D.

G. Hill.
Douglass, R. K. Chinese stories.

** Professor Douglass shows himself to possess in a high degree the art of telling stories, even Chinese sto. ries, so as to make them interesting, though lacking al. most the elements of the sensational fiction of nine

teenth century Europe." - Atheneum, Dec. 31. Dowling, R. A baffling quest; a novel. 1891. 3 v.

" The best novel he has written since. The mystery of Killard.' There are one or two capital characters and a dozen or more thrilling situations; but the book is made what it is by one of the simplest, and yet most ingenious plots we have had since the death of Wilkie

Collins." Spectator, Feb. 27, 1892. Evetts, B. T. A. New light on the Bible and the

Holy Land; account of recent discoveries in the Eust; illust.

Flagg, J. B. Life and letters of Washington All.

ston; illust. " He shows little ability to write of Allston's somewhat frigid art with anything of a judicial spirit. One may yet welcome the book so far as it gives the facts of Allston's life in more detail and in more convenient form than was previously the case, and for the excel. lent reproductions of Allston's more important compo

sitions." Literary world, Jan. 28. Foote, Mrs. M.. H. The chosen valley.

" That American life and Western life can be made picturesque and interesting in fiction is freshly evi. denced by this story told with Mrs. Foute's accustomed

charm and style." - Literary world, Jan. 14. Fry, E. N. L.

A Scots thistle. 2 v.
“ A book which is of brightness all compact. The ab.
dacious Lady Maggie Graham is a creation that is fall
of vivacity to the fingertips, and Bell's two aunts, the
Misses Wardlaw, might have stepped out of Cranford."

Spectator, May 28, 1892.
Galton, F. Finger prints; illust.

" The author of 'Heredity,' and 'Natural inheritance" has published another work of extraordinary interest and minute research which seems allied to the same sub. jects. The tiny ridges observable in the texture of the skin, especially on the tips of the fingers, form them. selves into patterns of sufficiently definite shape to be printed off, and finally tabulated for the purpose of

identification of persons." — Sat. rev., Jan. 14. Gerardi, F. Intorno alla statua di Bolivar, opera

del prof. P: C. Tenerani; discorso. 1845. Gosse, E. W: The secret of Narcisse; a romance.

Nothing can be simpler than the plot of the story; its attraction is to be found in the author's graceful and delicate workmanship, and in the poetical feeling which runs like a vein of gold through his pages. While it will probably disappoint the lover of sensa. tional fiction, no critic is likely to quarrel with its tone

or style." – Spectator, Jan. 14. Gyp, pseud. Monsieur le Duc. 8e éd.

" A continuation of the history of Monsieur Fred," and is marked by the same vein of humour, keen and slightly cynical."

Westminster ret.,

Jan. Harland, M. (pseud. of Mrs. V.H. Terhune.) The

story of Mary Washington. " The slightness of the biography is redeemed and made interesting by her graceful touch and genuine ep.

thusiasm over the subject." - Literary world, Jan. 28. Howard, Maj. Gen. 0. O. General Taylor. (Gr.

commanders.) “ By personal visits to the battle-tields of Mexico he has been able to make the history of the battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, Monterey, and Buena Vista both interesting and intelligible to the ordinary reader. The portion of the book which relates to Taylor's pres.

idency is subordinate." Nation, Jan. 5. Howitt, W: Jack of the mill; a fireside story. Jacobs, J. Tennyson and “In memoriam ;" an

appreciation and a study. “ A tabulation of the false rhymes, a chart of the ar. gument, an identification of borrowed or suggested passages, a summary of what the poet tells us of Ar. thur Hallam, and similar matters compose the study. The poetry is left to take care of itself."- Nation, Jan.

26. Joret, C: Des rapports intellectuels et littéraires

de la France avec l'Allemagne avant 1789;

discours. 1884. " Tres intéressante étude. ... Elle a porté la lumière sur un point de l'histoire littéraire demeuré dans l'ombre, elle s'est attaquée à un petit problème négligé jusqu'ici et en a donné ce que les mathématiciens appelleni ube solution élégante. La lecture en est à la fois attrayante et instructive." - Rerue bleue, 8 mars, 1884.

King, Capt. C: A soldier's secret; a story of the

Sioux war of 1890; and An army Portia ; novels. “ Everyone having a friendly interest in Uncle Sam's small force of regulars will be grateful to this author for his efforts to correct the unjust and unfounded pre. judice instilled into so large a proportion of the Amer. ican people by the malicious fabrications of reprobates driven from an honorable service by its effective pro. cesses of self purification. The story shows this mis. representation in a proper light and thus bas a more laudable object than merely entertaining, though it is not less fascinating than the other well-known stories

by the same author.” – Critic, Jan. 28. King, G.. Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, sieur de Bien

ville. (Makers of America.) The first part of the biography is mainly the narrative of discovery, adventure, and settlement; the his. tory of Bienville's administration follows, and the be. ginnings of French occupancy in Louisiana. The au. thor shows care and painstaking in what must have

been a difficult task.” Literary world, Jan. 28. London, St. James Parish, Clarkenwell. True

register of all the christeninges, mariages, and burialles from 1551; ed. by R. Hoven

den. Vol. 4. 1891. Macaulay, J. Across the ferry ; first impressions

of America and its people; with introd. 4th

ed. 1887. McGill, W. M. The western world ; poem founded

on facts recorded of the Revolutionary war,

with descr. of Amer, scenery, etc. 1837. Mahan, Capt. A. T. The influence of sea power

upon the French Revolution and Empire,

1793-1812. 2 v. " It has fallen to an American naval officer to give what we have no hesitation in describing as the first ad. equate demonstration of the controling part played by the English navy in the great revolutionary wars of which the campaigus of Napoleon and his schemes of universal conquest were only the later part.”

Sat. rev., Jan. 21. Mariette, A: E:

Outlines of ancient Egyptian history; tr. and ed. by M., Brodrick. “For the English voyager up the Nile, and the so. journer in winter quarters in Egypt a most companion.

able book." Saturday red., Jan. 21. Mason, G: C. Annals of Trinity Church, New

port, R. I., 1698-1821. 1890. Matthews, B. (in full J. Brander). Cheap books

and good books. 1888. Meredith, G: Modern love; with foreward by F.

Cavazza. 1891. Merwin, H. C. Road, track, and stable; chapters

about horses and their treatment. “ Considering the result now reached in this country by the careful breeding up in trotting horses, we agree with Mr. Merwin that it seems absurd that we should now be importing from England hackneys for driving wbich do not surpass in looks and action the horses of many of our trotting families, and are inferior to them

in speed and road qualities." Nation, Feb. 23. Meynell, A. Poems.

" A chaste and exalted, albeit a limited loveliness of idea, joined with a rare sense of rhythm and a singu. Jarly delicate technique, are among the more obvious merits. They are mellifluous in the extreme, but their sweetness never cloys; nor from beginning to close sball you find one commonplace cadence." - Academy, Jan. 21. The rhythm of life; and other essays.

" Always clever, and occasionally witty, the essays are not unspotted from affectation, nor w bolly innocent

of acidity. Here and there you shall find a piece of keen intuition, a flash of incisive criticism ; bui for the more part, the effect is over-apparent, and the meaning of hardly sufficient importance to justify the bewilder: ing superstructure of words heaped upon it.” – Acad.

emy, Jan. 21. Minet, W: Some accovnt of the Hvgvenot fam

ily of Minet, from the coming ovt of France

at the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. " The editor has made a skilful use of the scattered memoranda, diaries, and letters in his possession, so as to enable the various members of the family to tell their story, as far as possible in their own language, The nucleus of the volume is the recently discovered Relation' of Isaac Minet, which gives an interesting ac. count of his escape from Calais after the revocation, and his subsequent fortunes in Dover. In his letters are many references to quaint customs of both the fam. ily and ihe business life of the last century.”- Nation,

Dec. 15. Naville, E: The festival-hall of Osorkon 11. in

the temple of Bubastis, 1887-89. (Egypt

Exploration Fund. Memoir.) Normand, C. Exploration artistique et archéolo.

gique; la Troie d'Homère. (L'ami des mon.

et des arts.) Old England for ever; or Spanish cruelty dis

played; wherein the Spaniard's right to

America is examined, etc. 1740. Oliphant, Mrs. M. O. W. and F. R. The Victorian

age of English literature. 2 v. “After reading the book carefully through, we cannot say that we have detected any noticeable instance of critical ideight, of really individual appreciation of literary merit or defect, such as we should have antici. pated from a lady of such eminent ability and sound judgment as Mrs. Oliphant. The book is simply a piece of bookmaking, and as book-making goes, it is not a first-rate specimen of that possibly serviceable trade." - Atheneum,

Jan. 7. O'Neill, H. C. Devonshire idyls.

"Sketches of country life in North Devon some fifty years since, marked by truth and simplicity, and a

quiet yet penetrative pathos." - Sat. red., July 23. Parkes, Sir H: Fifty years in the making of Aus

tralian history. 2 v. “ Refers exclusively to New South Wales." – Athe. næum, Dec. 24.

" Might have been re-christened Autobiography of

Bir Henry Parkes." – New review, Jan. Paske, C.T. Myamma; a retrospect of life and

travel in lower Burmah; ed. by F. G. Af.

lalo. “ Not only deals with the more characteristic inci. dents in the life of an officer on active service, but faithfully reflects the prevalent tone of feeling of the time. As the jointlers mechanism of the narrative ram. bles on, dealing often with trivial, but often, too, with interesting matter, one is suddenly brought up by a good piece of description, as of scenery, or of a camp in the jungle with its accessories of the night fires, and picturesque groupings, and starlit skies, and rippling watere. We have, too, various hairbreadth escapes from tigers, sharks, and Indian mutineers." Athen.

@um, Jan. 21. Payn, J. A stumble on the threshold.

“ A very interesting story, and one that excels in clever contrast of character and close study of individu. alism. Extremely pleasant are the sketches of univer.

sity life." — Saturday review, Jan. 14. Petiscus, A. H. The Gods of Olympos; or, My

thology of the Greeks and Romans; tr. and ed. from 20th ed. by K.. A. Raleigh, with pref. by J.. E. Harrison.

« AnteriorContinuar »