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assured mastery of every subject which he handles. ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and “The Black Cat,’ are stories in totally different styles, showing versatility of power, but affording only a glimpse of the rich resources of his invention.”—Lady's Book.
“In No. 2, which is composed of miscellaneous tales, by Poe, we are favored with some fine specimens of the genius of that author, who takes so high a stand among our American fiction writers and poets. A glance at some of the tales convinces us that Mr. Poe's exuberance of fancy disÉ. itself in these, as in his previous writings. It is well for our pub
ishers that the fountains from which they can draw, like those of our author's mind, are inexhaustible.”—JMerchant's JMag.
No. III. LETTERS FROM ITALY. Letters from Italy. By J. T. HEADLEY. 1 vol., beautifully printed, 50 cts.
“Mr. Headley is essentially an artist. . He does not copy but he paints. He professes to report to us not so much Italy as his views of it. The scenes he sketches are vivified by the hues of his own emotions. The spirit of philosophy and of poetry is in him; or rather, we should say, he is in the frame of his mind a poet, for the true poet and true philosopher are identical, and no man can be the one without being also the other. His letters breathe the air of the sweet South—the spell of the land of music and of painting is upon him ; he has caught its inspiration, and it has made 'lim eloquent. But he loves wisely. The natural beauties of the clime, he wonders of art which almost live and breathe beneath that blue sky, he memories that hallow every footstep, do not throw him into convulsions, nor do they blind him to the degradations and deformities, physical and moral, into which the people of that land have fallen. If we linger over these letters longer than is our wont, it is because it is a better book than it is our lot often to review.”—London Critic.
“This is a pleasantly written volume, thrown off in a genial spirit, and abounding in brilliant sketches of manners, and picturesque descriptions of scenery.”—Graham's JMag.
“We are strongly impressed with their merit.”—Rover.
“On the whole it is very amusing, and sufficiently creditable to stand in the Library of American Books.”—Smith's Weekly Vol.
“If there be a more delightful series of Letters extant, we have never seen them. The style of the writer is easy, graceful and spirited. His power of description is of the highest order.”—Cincin. Herald.
“The work before us is decidedly the best, in its line, that we have met with for a long while. True, some of the scenes which the author depicts have often been handled by tourists; but never in a more graphic and interesting style. There are no attempts at filling up—no description of trifling or unimportant features in the scenes, manners or customs of Italy, but faithful and spirited narrations of such things only as are calculated to arrest the eye and exercise the mind of an accomplished and intelligent writer. We had marked a number of passages for extract, but are prevented, by a press of other matter, from giving them to-day. We can safely recommend the work, as a whole, to the patronage of all classes.”—Brooklyn Eagle.
“Mr. Headley's Letters are daguerreotypes of Italy and her people. We know of no more vivid or faithful portraitures of the common people of Italy, their character, modes of life, peculiarities, &c. Mr. Headley is a keen observer, a good describer, and possesses a joyous, hoping, loving spirit.”—JV. Y. Daily Tribune.
“Headley's Letters from Italy are racy, vivid, and poetical.”—JWew Orteams Bee.
“These letters must please generally, but to those who have enjoyed the privilege of passing over the same ground and moving amid similar occurrences, they are very valuable. They are truly American, and although we hold to the most extended catholicity on the book subject, a catholicity esteemed heterodox, we are glad to see foreign countries described in domestic phrase, and to enjoy the description the more by means of the comparisons and illustrations of an intelligent countryman. If the selections of the publishers continue to be made with the same taste and discrimination, they will do much towards forming an American Literature.”—Evening Gazette.
“These Letters are very graphic and interesting.”—JV. O. Picayune.
We defy the most stupid of readers to tarry by the way in the perusal of Mr. Headley's letters; for he manages, some how or other, to be in a constant eddy of excitement, at the top wave of some stormy or tumultuous event. In the description of these he is at home. His style is quick, glancing, apprehensive–admirably suited to sustain an interest in the description of a wreck, a storm at sea, or mountain incidents; and particularly energetic in a battle-scene.”—JV. Y. Courier.
“Headley's Letters from Italy, are the production of an evidently highly cultivated young American, who has visited that “classic land,’ and sympathized alike with the beautiful and grand, the lively and humorous objects, that passed before him. . He seems to be an acute observer of men and things, as well as a faithful delineator. . The work is full of lively interest; and, considering the fact that so much has been written of that ‘land of art and song,’ we think it worthy of the highest praise in that the writer has described so many new and interesting objects. The description of Rome is the best we have ever seen, not excepting those found in the most successful Journals of English travellers in Italy. The impression, on reading parts of it, is, that Italy has never before been described.”—Hunt's Mer. .Mag.
THE FRU ITS AND FRU IT TREES OF AMERICA :
Or, The Culture, Propagation, and Management, in the Garden and Or chard, of Fruit trees generally, with descriptions of all the finest varieties of Fruit, native and foreign, cultivated in this country.
1 thick vol. with several engravings, $1 75; or a splendid edition in large 8vo. (to match the Author's other works), $2 50.
“It is with feelings of more than ordinary gratification that we announce the appearance of this invaluable work. We are sure that none of our readers will be in the least disappointed with its contents, notwithstanding the high expectations which have been raised by the known abilities of its author. A deliberate examination of the work enables us to say, without hesitation, that it is by far the greatest acquisition placed within the reach of American cultivators of fruit which has ever appeared.”—The Cultivator.
“Downing is a standard writer on this subject, and this is one of the best of his works. Need we say more to recommend it *—Cincin. Atlas.
“Thousands of our citizens, we both hope and believe, will rejoice at the appearance of this volume, and make haste to possess it, for we cannot too soon avail ourselves of instruction from one so qualified.”—JW. Y. Com. Adv.
“At length we have the gratification of announcing this long expected work, and from a perusal of it, we can say, that nothing compared with it on the subject of Pomology has yet been published in the United States. This work will unquestionably now become the standard pomological work of this country; for the great care bestowed on the different kinds, arrang: ing and connecting numberless synonyms, and giving accurate outlines and descriptions, will make it a safe guide.”—American Agriculturist.
“This is the most valuable of all the books which Mr. Downing has contributed to the higher departments of our rural literature, and it is the most charming book of the season. Some idea may be formed of its com: pleteness from the fact of its containing a list of no less than 490 sorts of apples. Mr. Downing claims the right to talk about fruits and trees from having been born in “one of the largest gardens, and upon the banks of one of the noblest rivers, in America;” everybody will concede the right since he has shown himself so competent to his task.”—Broadway Journal.
“This is a valuable practical work, and every orchardist and every fruitgrower should possess himself of its stores of information.”—U.S. Gazette