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The East. Sketches of Travels in Egypt and the on its first appearance we entered into a solemn reHoly Land. By the Rev. J. A. Spencer, M.A., solution never to read, and now we cannot refuse to

do so, the stimulus offered is so very considerable. originally published by Putnam, of New York, and republished by Murray, London, is thus favor. Washington Irving's Copyright. The following ably noticed by the Athenæum :

we believe to be a correct statement of the sums The modest unassuming title of this book affords paid by Mr. Murray and his father for copyright to

Mr. Washington Irving: no adequate suggestion of its intrinsic worth. It is written with so much earnest truthfuluess, and evinces so intimate an acquaintance with the eru

Bracebridge Ilall dite labors of previous writers, that its place may be admitted beside works of higher pretensions and Companions of Columbus recognized merit. The author informs us, that when he left the United States, he had no intention to Abbotsford and Newstead extend his travels beyond the European continent; Legends of Spain and being, therefore, in many respects unprepared

£9,767 100 to undertake a work on the East, he does not pre. tend to original learned disquisitions or critical dis. Had these works been recently written, not one sertations. He declares bis sole aim to have been farthing of copyright money would have been to deal plainly, candidly and earnestly with all that paid for them in England under the law, as lately came under his observation. Notwithstanding this explained by the Lord Chief Baron; but we shall disclaimer, Mr. Spencer's intelligence and excellent see before long what a Vice-Chancellor and the Lord scholarship overcome every disadvantage ; and his Chief Justice of England have to say on the subject. mind being unbiassed, his opinions and sentiments Why is it that Government does not take up the on many points of interest possess an originality subject of an international copyright,-for which the rarely to be found among travellers over those well | American public seems as ripe as our own l-Athetrodden tracts. Mr. Wallis's Glimpses of Spain, (an American Latter-Day Pamphlets. --Jesuitism. Edited by

work,) published by HARPER & BROTHERS, and Thomas Carlyle, and printed by HARPER & Brorepublished by Low, London, is rather tartly re- THERS, gets roughly handled by the critics, of viewed by the Athenaeum :

which the following from the Athenæum is a rea. We see no sufficient reason for bringing Mr.

sonable specimen : Wallis hither for publication. He adds nothing This is-we are thankful for it-the last of the the matter of our knowledge of Spain; his manner series of Latter-day Pamphlets. Now that they are is not so exquisite as to make precious the hasty finished, the aim and object of their writer in issugleanings of a very limited excursion :-and bis ing them seem as much a mystery as ever. Stripped fretful ebullitions, where there could be no fair mo

of their grotesque jargon, they offer no great novelty tive for stirring up any bitter sources, cannot of of doctrine,--no very fresh form of bigotry,--certhemselves recommend his book to English readers. tainly, so far as we are able to comprehend them, The productions of foreign genius or wisdom may no new and wondrous revelation such as those who always be sure of finding due welcome in this coun- wait for signs and wonders had expected. The try; nor shall we the less readily appreciate them favorite doctrine of “ work or hang" was already on account of anything sharp or even severe against familiar to the world in Mr. Carlyle's favorite story us that they may contain." But we cannot extend

of Francia; the deification of brute power had found this allowance to works the mediocrity of which is suficient utterance in bis well-known “squelch goes not even made pungent by a seasoning of ill-will the rat!" In fact, the new heresies in matters of toward those who are asked to buy thein. If we faith, work, and hero-worship—to say nothing of are to receive inferior books from the United States, history, politics and prisons-were all as well known we may fairly require that they shall at least pre- to the erratic youth of this present generation as sent themselves, not with airs of cavil and offence, nightmare, indigestion, and other of the ills that but with the graces of good humor and good man. flesh is heir to. Dressed up in somewhat worse ners, to which, shall we add, good spelling i

English, a little more extravagant in their terms,

with generally less beauty in the contortion and Stella and Vanessa. From the French. By La dy less strength in the nodosity, these pamphlets are Duff Gordon, is characterized as a “ delicately substantially “Sartor Resartos,” “Chartism," and

“ Past and Present," over again. Mr. Carlyle has touched piece of heart-history” by the Athenæum.

given the world a good scolding, pedagogue and The Daily News says of it:

pedant fashion,--that is all. We do not say the Who can escape his fate? Here is a book which world does not eminently deserve a scolding, but

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there is no denying that this administration in Cam- so, he makes pictures of all the subjects he writes byses' vein has done it little good. It has laughed upon; and had he painted as he has written, or used when it was to have trembled,—held its sides, his pencil equally well with his pen, two more dewhen, according to the design, it should have bent lightful volumes, to any lover of Greece it would its knee. We think Mr. Carlyle is badly informed be difficult to name. With an evidently refined if he imagines that these monthly explosions have taste, and a perfect acquaintance with the ancient alarmed the people of England, or in any way history of the country he travelled through, and shaken the isle from its propriety. We suspect the the ever famous characters that made its history Latter-day Saints--some of whose doings we chro- what it is, his descriptions combine most pleasingly nicle in another column-will make a greater sen- together the past with the present. He peoples sation than the Latter-day Pamphlets.

the scenery with the men whose deeds give to ihat

scenery all its interest; and whether on the plain of The Early Conflicts of Christianity. By the Rev. Marathon or the site of Delphi or the Acropolis, he

W.J. Kip. Originally published by APPLETON & has a store of things to say of their past glories, Co., New York, is thus spoken of by the Literary and links together, with great artistic skill

, that

which is gone with that which remains. By the Gazette :

scholar and the man of taste the volumes will be The book is easily written, in the ornate and read with no little delight, as they abound much flowing style now common to transatlantic ora- more with reflections and sensible observations, than tory; but there is no point in the composition, lit- with the common-place incidents of travel. tle grace,--and although elaborate attempts are made to paint pictures, no success is achieved. Howitt's Year Book of the Country, published in There is nothing in these “Early Conflicts” wbich

London, by COLBURN, and about to be reprinted by could induce us to advise Mr. Kip to carry the cam

HARPER & BROTHERS, New York, is noticed by the paign into the middle ages and modern times, as he threatens to do on proper encouragement being af

Athen aum, as follows: forded.

The “ Year Book of the Country” is at once wel. Rural Hours. By Miss Cooper. 2 vols. Original: ically, picturesquely various. We cannot doubt its

come to read and goodly to see. It is richly, poet. ly published by PUTNAM, New York, and reprinted having a welcome as wide as its range of contents, by Murray, London, is highly spoken of abrond. as cordial as the love of man and of nature It is thus noticed by the Athenaum:

which every line of it breathes. The illustrations

are excellent.” This pleasant book is said to be the maiden production of the well-known American novelist's daughter. Germania; its Courts, Camps and People. By We have hitherto been treated to no minute pictures

the Baroness Blaze de Bury. 2 vols. 8vo. Pub of such life and nature from the other side of the At lantic as are here exhibited. Mr. Audubon gave us

lished by COLBURN, London. the wonders of the wilderness, Mrs. Clavers sketch

To give an idea of the scope and variety of ed the oddities of life in a new settlement, -the the contents of this work, comprising so many sister of Mrs. Howitt in “ Our Cousins on the Ohio,” | curious disclosures concerning the various Sove--and Mr. Headley in his “ Adirondack,"--have se- reigns and Courts of Europė during the recent verally and variously contributed stores to that trea revolutions, it need only be mentioned that among sury out of which imagination can conjure up visions the countries visited by the distinguished auof transatlantic places,—but Miss ooper's year-book thor will be found Prussia, Austria, Hungary, Ba. fills a niche which none of the pen-and-ink painters varia, Saxony, Servia, Styria, the Tyrol, Hanover, aforesaid have occupied. She chronicles village, Brunswick, Italy, &c. To enumerate all the distinwood, and meadow life,-tells how spring wanes

guished personages with whom the writer had interinto summer, and autumn is followed by winter, in

course, and of whom anecdotes are related, would districts where nature is not so wondrous nor man

be impossible, but they include such names as the SO“ unhewn” as in the scenes selected by the writers

Emperors of Austria and Russia, the Kings of Prusenumerated. Her entries remind us in their poeti- sia, Hanover, Bavaria, and Wurtemberg, the Count cal feeling and gentle perspicacity of Gilbert de Chambord (Henry IV.), the Queens of Bavaria White's. Miss Cooper's allusions to books, too, and Prussia, the ex-Empress of Austria, the Grand though not very numerous, are of good quality and Duke of Baden, the Archdukes John, Francis, and in good taste.

Stephen of Austria, Duke Wilhelm of Brunswick, Picturesque Sketches of Greece and Turkey. By Countess Batthyani, Madame Kossuth, &c. Among

the Prince of Prussia, Prince John of Saxony, the Aubrey de Vere. 2 vols. BENTLEY.—This work is the statesmen, generals, and leading actors in the commended by the New Monthly Magazine, in this revolutionary movements, we meet with Radowitz, style:

Von Gagern, Schwarzenberg, Bekk, Esterhazy, the

Ban Jellacic, Windischgraz, Radetzky, Welden, The contents of these volumes answer per- Haynau, Wrangel, Pillersdorf, Kossuth, Blum, Gor: fectly to the title. Wbatever the author sees he gey, Batthyani, Pulzky, Klapka, Bem, Dembinski, picturesquely describes; and so far as words can do | Hecker, Struve, &c.

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