« PrécédentContinuer »
uonal movements of modern times.
atarlarid with French phrases which take away in Her Majesty's service, executed in chromolithoauch from the pleasure of reading what he has to graphy, with a well-written explanatory text, by Robert
dr. The matter contains nothing of importance French Mc Nair, late assistant secretary and librarian =hich is ses, and Mr. Lynch appears to as to have to the Army and Navy Club. The author's object in xen bat very slightly into the nature and habits of issuing his work-which is published in monthly 5s. chose among whom he spent his pleasant holiday. numbers-was to render the people familiar with the
The History of the Ti-Ping Revolution. By Lin-LE. heroic deeds of their soldiery; and this he does by a 2 Fols.) – Towards the close of the year 1831 a pictorial and literary treatment of his subject that is (amnese dynasty was proclaimed in the Celestial Em. every way commendable. After giving the flag of pie, and a set of religionists theretofore known as each regiment, he details the special devices of which sod-worshippers, relinquished that title for the im. they consist, and tells the story of the valorous deeds erial designation Ti-ping-tien-kwoh. Sui-tshuen achieved by the men who bure and followed the flags
29 at the same time elected Emperor by the enthusi. in every field, from Blenheim and Malpaquet lo usuc melanation of his followers, and a vast organi.
Waterloo and Sevastopol. The design is original, zadja väs effected for the espulsion of the Manchoo and the execution of it is admirable. dy Basty. In Englanil this organization is known as The three parts already issued of Eramples of Le Tscoping rebellion; but in Chin itself it was
Chinese Ornaments, consist entirely of chromolitho. regarded by Asiatie millions, from Mongolia to the
graphs, selected by Mr. Owen Jones, from objects in soatbera extremity of the Empire, as a lawful and the South Kensington Museum and other collections ; by stempt to replace Tartar supremacy, which jaies ir um 4.D. 1611, bv a native and inore intelligent
to be followed, we presume, by an explanatory text, as rale. The progress of the rebellion, and its suppres
examples of porcelain, shawl-borderings, carpets, wall.
papers, &c. These elaborate and unique designs will 10 by aid of English and French iroops, are events
be found of great assistance to art-students and -eil know. The history of the inner lite of the Ti-pun boterer, has never been revealed to us with
pattern-draughtsmen. They are executed in fac.
simile, su tar as concerns colour and form, and are Baything like wcuracy. It is true we have had partial remarkable for the grace, beauty, and elaboration. szeoants furnished to us by English inissionaries, who, The Chinese in this, as in other departments of art, Szing in the rebels a confederation of Chinese Chris. sans, bare endeavoured to convince us that the
seein to have early discovered that the mission of janbłing doctrines of Sai-tshuen were
ornament was not to directly imitate nature, but to
a protest against idol-worship. But little real, trustworthy,
make natural förins subserve the purposes of the anpauliced information to establish this view was
designer. Thus, all their examples are flat, and received by us from the partisans of either side. The
without shalow; and where flowers are introduced, trisayonaries favoured one party; our civil and mili:
there is no attempt made to slavishly copy the dis. tary anthonties supported the pretensions of the
position of such things from actual objects, but all other. Here, at length-not, however, without very
are blended into what may be called a conventional out siderable leaning in isvoar of those whose history
style of decoration. In Chinese and Indian art-orna| ae has undertaken to anite-Lin-le (probably a celestial
ment, we never find such nachronisms as our manu. eapouisa for Lindley) gives us a very interesting
facturers are too often guilty of-no figures of dogs, and, as far as we can test his authenticity, a very
lions, or bears for hearth-rugs; no reproductions of acearate account of one of the most important na
pictures like Rosa Ponheur's Horsefair, twenty times
repeated, for a wall-paper; no raised and shadowed The work is
the visitor fancy he written in eecordance with instructions received from
figures on carpets to make the leaders themselves of the great revolution. It
is trealing on an uneven surface; but instead, a geo
metrical arrangement of flat forms, which are pleasing wild description of its leader, Hung-sui-ishuen, and econtains a complete history of the movement; & de.
to the eye, without unnecessarily overbearing the si chels; the nise, progress, and circumstances of
orilinary and proper furniture of the apartment. | the revolt; and a general review of its bearing and
Though published in guinea parts, these "Examples ini bence, ast only upon 360 millions of Asiaties, but
of Chinese art," should speedily find their way into pa the gene al interests of Great Britain, and
every school of design in the kingilom. especially upou its trade relations with the Chinese Lapire. The author exhibits feelings of sympathy
Recoileclions of the East by a Subaltern.- There
They for the Ti-puns. He gives a very clear account, not
is a good deal of fun in these sketches.
memento for those who have seen Ouly of their ains, but furnishes an admirable descrip. service in India, and will give their friends and tund be feople themselves, derived from an inter- the public who have not visited the East, a better bure sabelently long to enable him to speak with idea of the life of an English soldier at some remote withanity. The battles fought, the towns taken, the station in Bengal or Bombay, than they can obtain Skiernes dette red, the deleats experienced, the cruel is safered, are all clearly and vividly painted ; and
froin many big books on the subject. The drawing is the desta and religious life of the people are also
never very excellent; but the artist has selected salient
points for representation, and thus places before us, o loun vu neat objection to the narrative is the
willing to believe its true author's Heren of his opinion, that the Imperialists
in a suggestive manner, a complete picture of Indian military life. There are twenty-four sketches. In
He is the first we see the subaltern newly arrived. Blev to disadvantage when compared with his late nende The eiunples he gives, innumerable as they
surrounded by obsequious natives; a regiment of kre, da satbaar ont his statements; for the Imperialists
mosquitves, deliberately overlooking his attendants,
make a charge on him; and the sun, big, sly, and all countries are liable to the charges brought against
invariably the military, who in obtrusive, seems to enjoy the scene, promising him. the troops of the Chinese Emperor. The civilians he
self intimate acquaintanceship hereafter with the un. beguntered, secording to his own confession, were
bronzed European, whom he appears to welcome. free from the blame attaching to the soldiers, against
Then follow various representations of the pains, who be 18 so justly wrath. The work does not con.
pleasures, and pastimes, inseparable from AngloBoli to military and political questions : il deals
Indian life, some of thein extremely humorous. freely with the social life of the Chinese, especially of
Among these we have "the Battalion on the March," we Ti fangs, and gives much interesting information
in which nothing appears but the tops of the mens' urding the character, customs, and position of one
heads and a forest of bayonets, the whole of their the snost interesting races on the earth. Episodes
bodies being surrounded with dense balloon-looking a very romantic character, and personal incidents
clouils of dust; "the Cricket Club" at play, and after elrentarons travel abound; and, cum grano salis,
five “overs," in the latter of which situations, poor BE meummend these two volumes to all who are dis
"long field off" lies his whole length along utterly *** to make themselves acquainted with the subject
exhausted, poor "point" is regaling himself with soda. 1 .ch the author treats. Numerous chromo-litho.
water, and the whole field presents the appearance
more of a scene of defeat tiian of a cricket field on Rape and wool engravings of good character illus
which the engagement is to be renewed. estas lards, rudong, and flags of every regiment Tu Colours of the British Army, consist of figures of
“the Departure" of the regiment ! At last we
Eshilikost in ubat we are
to hot be reters are
Late the work
is very happy, The number of the fair sex -and these not very fair-being in the ratio of two to the whole
Tug BOOKSELLER, FEB. 28, 136T. subaltern, still harassed by the inexorable mosquitoes, Du Chaillu's Journey to Ashango-Land (8vo. Murray, and pursued by the inevitable sun, who gives himself 21s.) is in many respects a more attractive book than the nirs of one completely disgusted with the evasion his " Explorations in Equatorial Africa." Going over of the islander, who for a year or two has done nothing the ground again, and making a further penetration but curse him for his unwelcome but abundant at- into that hitherto terra incognita, M. Du Chaillu is tentions.
enabled to correct some of his former speculative The Illuminated Crest Book; or, Repertorium for opinions, to strengthen many of the assertions which Monograms and Crests, consists of a series of designs in his critics most violently assailed-especially as outline, to be filled in and illuminated by hand, regards the habits of the formidable ape, the Gorillaaccording to fancy, and the crests or monograms
and to confirm the accuracy of bis position as respects inserted in the spaces left for them. The plan is so the distances travelled during his various excursions obvious, that no text is necessary beyond half a dozen into the interior. Before setting out on his second lines of direction for the amateur illuminator; and African journey, Du Chaillu went through a course of now that the art of illumination and the study of instruction in the use of scientitic instruments, to heraldry have become fashionable, there is little doubt enable him to fix positions by astronomical obser. but that the Crest Book will obtain hosts cf purchasers. vations and compass bearings, and to ascertain the
T'he Fine Arts Quarterly Review has reached the third altitude of hills; he was also initiated in the art of number, which completes its first volume. Its literary photography, and took with him a complete photoand artistic contents fully bear out the promise with graphic apparatus; but these and
of his which its proprietors set out, namely, to present meterological instruments he unfortunately lost at an readers with the best kind of literature on art topics, early stage of his wanderings. The advance of the adequately illustrated. Following an elaborate review traveller in scientific knowledge is shown in this of Messrs. Crowe and Cavalcaselle's "New History of volume by an improved map of Asbango-Land, and Painting in Italy" is an exhaustive paper on the various interesting sketches by pen and pencil of the Westminster whole-length portrait of Richard II.,
characteristics of the country through which he with Mr. Schart's wood engraving of the original in travelled, and the people by whom it is inhabited. the Jerusalem Chamber, frum“ Markham's History Remenbering that Du Chaillu makes no pretence to be of England," and tracings from the portrait itself, considered a scientific observer, but rather--like Bruce showing the effects of recent restorations; then we and Livingstone, Toutchard and Leichardt
an explorer have Part IV. of Mr. Wallis Lloyd's account of the in strange lands, with a greater desire to study human Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Cartoons, with various wature and zoology than to make ninute observations illustrative engravings on wood and steel; Studio on botany or geology, it is wonderful to find how Talk, notices of recent books, and a description of the numerous are the objects which engaged his attention, fine chromo.lithograph from Leonardo da Vinci's and how acute thai attention always seems to have "Last Supper;" altogether a very attractive and been. Though frequently exposed to danger from the well-written number.
savages among whom he journeyed, and at last comNature and Art, is a Shilling Monthly, devoted to the pelled to make a precipitate retreat from Ashango discussion of numerous topics, which may be sup: Land-during which, indeed, he lost two copies of his posed to interest the educated classes-music at home journal-he may, upon the whole, be said to base and abroad; the curiosities of botany; sketching from been well received by the barbarous tribes of Equatorial nature; literature and art in their higher aspects; Africa. Nor is his narrative without its lighter and essays on current topics; the progress of art educa- more amusing features. Ladies to whom the chiguon tion, &c.; the whole illustrated in the best style of and its possible dangers are subjects of interest will chromolithography, photography, and wood-engraving. learn with surprise that this monstrous fashion of The ninth monthly issue for February contains a good wearing the hair is common ainong the women of pen and pencil skeich of the Atlantic Yacht Race, a Ishigo, a barbarous tribe of Western Africa. There, clever article on Carols and Valentines; the second
whose principal articles of dress are s row chapter of Mrs. S. C. Hall's pretty story of“ Bizz and of beads and a plaintain leaf, shave their heads in her Foes," and several other attractively written front, and cultivate all their remaining hair into a papers.
tower of woven tresses, which sticks out horizontally,
obliquely, or perpendicularly, according to the taste of
shaving their eyebrows and pulling out their eyelashes,
however, a harmless and peaceable people;
each man content with one wife ; in which respect
polygamy, and slavery are the most notable domestie
knob or a bead at the end of each! These fashionable
they forin a decided contrast to the natives of Ashange
He not treads upon more
Lilere!ure and its Professors. By Thomas PURNELL. affords us incidentally an opportunity of acquainting
When (Bell & Daldy, 7s. 62.) – Mr. Purnell's volume takes ourselves with the moral aspect of the times. high oan), and discusses such topics as the posi. will men who should be classical scholars cease to detion of men of letters, their place in Parliament, preciate Euripides for the purpose of extolling the their mission as teachers, literary hero-worship, criti. severer grandeur" of his predecessors ? cism the province of the anonymous, and descriptive
The Political Writings of Richard Cobden. 2 vols., 8vo. literature with much power of argument and no small
(W. Ridgway. 24s.)-Mr. Cobden was one of those eora ID and of langnage--never tridling with his subject, who, although they occupy high rank in the opinion bai stating his opinions in a straightforward, earnest, of their contemporaries, exercise by far a greater and evident.y sincere manner, that is very attractive. indirect influence than they are able to accomplish by Adopting Thackeray's dictuin, that the profession of political action. This is much to say of the man who literatare is to be respected, not from any sentimental tenderness to authors, bat in ju-t such measure as its
was the chief agent in repealing the corn laws, and followers make it, and themselves, worthy of respect,
reforming our tariff. But it is eminently true in
Coblen's case, Day by day, certain notions that he be parsaes the argument to its natural end, and shows
entertained and discussed with his friends, or urged bax and why modern littérateure so often fail to make gond their position in the world as men, citizens, and
on the platform and in the press, with that earnest statesmen, while at the same time they delight the
incisive style, of which the unadorned orator was a world by the scintillations of their genius and the
master, gradually gained ground; and, whilst they brightness of their fancy. Though we differ from Mr.
were met at the time with a persistent and determined Parvell in many important particulars—as, for
opposition by men who conscientiously disapproved instance, when he tells ns in an authoritative manner,
and disliked their tendency, it is now clear that the the literatore has degraded step by step, till at
views he advocated were sound, and have in a great length it has become synonymous with writing, anul
degree been assented to by the opponents of his whole
life. every person who describes current events, or reports
His notion of the balance of power, of Colonial mother's speech, claims to be a man of letters "—yet
government, of the treatment due to Ireland, of Indian bis sereral chapters are so freshly written that we
affairs, of military and naval organization, are all now Canoot but respect their writer. After discussing the
admitted to have been the result, not only of a pa. prouident festares of his subject, and touching,
triotic spirit, but to contain more than a modicum of lightly and pleasantly , the main characteristics of
truth. The doctrine of non-intervention, advocated Dodern literature and its professors, he proceeds to
by Cobden, at one time thought by statesmen to be not examine the pretensions and claims of such men as
only dangerous, but, detrimental to the best interests of Giraldas Cambrensis, Montaigne, Roger Williams;
our country, is now so generally believed in, that any Steele, Sterne, Swift , and Mazzini, in their several
ministry which endeavoured to bring the country into characters of teachers, essayists, wits, and patriot.
war for such a cause as that we espoused when our
troops were sent to the Crimea, would be forced from nevertheles holis bis footing firmly; and, coming dangerous gronnd, but he
office upon their proposing active interference. after Thekeras, disensses the literary merits of
Even in the case of Denmark, when our interference i Steele and his friends with some judgment, thoug!
would have been more appropriate, and by virtue of a
semi-promise of assistance we had raised the expectamate of Sterne, whose "delicate relations with
tions of aid in the weaker power, no aid was given,
because the nation had learned to see the evil conscwomen" be generously excuses in virtue of the hu. msarist's cand var and pleasant frankness. Occasion.
quences that would ensue from our interposition. It
had come to the conclusion, that our duty in conti.
When he says, in his essay on eriticism, " The best books in every
nental disputes or Trans-Atlantic civil war lies in that there are grave saulis to be found in all books, or language abound in the gravest faults," does he mean
strict neutrality. Cobuen, indeed, thoroughly appre
ciating the spirit of the English people from whom he that the gravest of faults are to be discovered in the
sprang, was able to anticipate their wishes, and, pos. best of books? We cannot think he means to say that
sessing the instincts they themselves possessed, but the worst books have the fewest faults and the best
in a greater degree, was able to predict the course of the greatest number. These, however, are but slight
conduct they would hereafter pursue. The two volumes discrepancies in a volume in many respects a notable
now before us, dedicated by his widow to the friends one, and the publication of which will at once assure
of the late statesman, will exemplify these remarks. 13 sataor a respectable and enviable place in the world
The First consists of“ England, Ireland, and America," of letters,
the well-known brochure on “Russia," and three letters
(addressed to a clergyman) and designed to compare CAICA CLASSICOREM. Sophocles: The Electra,
the situation of 1793 with the time at which they were Purowa. --Last month we noticed with approval
written. England, Ireland, and America," pubthe appearance of the Clarendon Press Series, and to
lished in 1835, is the first literary production of day we introduce to our readers the first of a selec.
Mr. Cobden. Those who read the work at the time, tion of Greek and Latin writers under the above
ignorant till long afterwards as to the authorship, titles. All the authors commonly read are to appear
speak in high terms of the effect produced on them in the series with an English commentary, available
by its perusal thirty-two years ago. The author at that not only for classical students of the Universities,
early period surveys subjects from a point of view also for the higbest forms of the public schools. The
in which they are now generally regarded. He saw Electra of Sophocles is the first that has reached us,
the importance to Ireland of Trans-Atlantic packet and the reason given for the selec:ion is, we think, stations on her own shores; he pointed out that the Falid Calike the Chcephoræ of Æscylus, the
existence of slavery in America would hereafter “serve Electra , in accordance with a practice introduced by
to teach mankind that no deed of guilt or oppression its ethos, possesses an independent unity, and has,
can be perpetrated with impunity, even by the most apparently , neither prelude nor sequel. And, in addi
powerful ;' he gave also in this work his first con. tuon to this , the play itself has many advantages to re
tribution to the literature of free trade. In“Russia," ommend it for the honour it has received. Dindorf's
he advocates reforms in the Foreign policy of Eng. well known text has almost invariably been followed
Jand, proportionate to the changes that have been in the edition. The type is clear, and the notes are
effected in the principles of domestic policy, founding varied and judicious. The introduction gives an inter
his arguments upon the insane alarm created in this osting account of the origin of the myth on which the country in 1836, by the belief entertained of a coming drana is founded. The Pelopid story is traced in its
Russian invasion. “ 1793 and 1853," is on a subject bustorical growth, as it appears in the Hiad, in the germane to the preceding—the anticipated French in. Odygey, in early fragments, and in Pindar. We vasion in the latter named year, and is very lucid and lifer from the writer in his notion that little is to be logical in its facts and arrangement. The Second puted by placing the Chephore and the Electra volume contains the writer's views on international ter presented to as beside the Electra of Euripides. maritime law as affecting the rights of belligerents We think there is much to be gained from the com. and neutrals; on the subject of Indian wars and the parison. Not only is it interesting to discover how manner in which they are got up; a defence of him. 180 minds artistically treat a similar subject, but it self from the attacks made on him for resisting a war
ally Mr. Parnell is somewhat obscure.
THE BOOKSELLER, FEB. 28, 1867. (Russia), which is now regarded as a "colossal blun. Musings about Men, Compiled and analytically arranged der;" and concludes with an historical episode, en. from the Writings of the Good and Great. By HENRY titled, “ The Three Panics," in which the author with SOUTHGATE. (Ward and Lock. )-Like the compiler's argument and humour, facts and faucies, exposes the previous volumes—“Many Thoughts of Many Minds," absurd alarms to which the country has been periodi. and What Men have said about Women" this cally subjected. Not only the admirers of Richard is a collection of extracts, in prose and verse, from Cobden, but all who feel interest in domestic and numerous sources, some of them familiar and easily foreign politics, will derive advantage from the study accessible, others recondite and comparatively un. of these writings of the Manchester manufacturer.
All the quotations refer more or less to man, Lessons from the l.ife of the Late James Nisbel, Pub. and his virtues, vices, propensities, occupations, &c.; lisher. A Study for Young Men. By the Rev. J. A. and though a certain sort of alphabetical arrangement WALLACE. (Edinburgh : Johnstone & Hunter.)-In has been adopted in the headings to the several pasthis interesting volume, the son-in-law of the well. sages, the absence of an index or table of contents known publisher seeks rather to place before young makes it difficult for the reader to understand the men an example of stedfast perseverance and piety plan or system of classification employed. Large use than to present a complete biography. Though most has been made of the works of Shakespeare, Byron, of the important events in the life of Mr. James Pope, Addison, and other well-known writers ; bat as Nisbet are freely recorded, it would be impossible, in no reference is made to the play, poem, volume, or the limits of so small a volume, to do full justice to chapter, whence the particular quotation is derived, his activity in business, and his faithful perseverance the book is of less value to the student than it might in an immense variety of good works. Born in 1785, have been, though it will certainly aid the general at a small farm-house in the neighbourhood of Kelso, reader in storing his memory or filling his commonhe came early to London, and, in his twenty-fourth place book. Most people would like, possibly, to know year, commenced business as a bookseller in Castle. something about Ward, Nash, Rothschild, Rowland street. In the course of time he was admitted to the Brown, Trap, Tynman, and Gilpin, and to be referred freedom of the city, and was elected Renter-warden of to the books in which the quotations here made from the Stationers' Company. When his reputation as a these writers are to be found; and when they see publisher of religions books was thoroughly esta- “Disraeli" after a prose passage, they may, perhaps, blished, he succeeded in buying the premises in be curious to know whether the scrap was written Berners-street, where the business has been carried by D'Israeli, or Benjamin his son. These shorton for nearly half a century. Here he not only con. comings should be amended in a new edition; but the ducted a large and profitable publishing business, but book as it now appears is one that displays Mr. Southconnected himself with numerous charitable and phi. gate's industry and taste to considerable advantage. lanthropical societies, nearly a hundred and fifty thou. It is elegantly produced, with full.page illustrations, sand pounds pessing through his hands as contribu. engraved on wood, from drawings by John Gilbert, tions more or less obtained through his own influence, Harrison Weir, and Birket Foster. in addition to munificent subscriptions from his own purse. His amazing energy and activity of character
Navigation. By JAMES PRYDE. (Chambers.)- This enabled him to get through a vast quantity and
volume will, give the student a very complete variety of business in connection with charitable in
knowledge of the theory of Navigation. The language stitutions; and he was known to hundreds as a hos.
employed is uniformly simple, and although the author pitable and warm-hearted friend, and to the public as
has aimed at being as concise as possible, he is always one of the most worthy of tradesmen.
clear in his explanations and expositions. Not only Lancushire Folk-Lore, Illustrative of the Superstilions,
does he give all the problems required by the practical Beliefs, and Practices of the People of the County
navigator, with the rules for solving them, but he sup: Palatine. Compiled and edited by John HARLAND,
plies the demonstrations of these rules, together with F.S.A., and T. T. WILLIAMSON, F.R.A.S. (Warne &
a very extensive list of illustrative examples, so that Co., 6s.) – Hitherto Lancashire was without adequate
his treatise, though composed primarily as a text-book record of its folk-lore, or superstitious beliefs, and
for schools, contains much that will be of essential practices of the people. These, handed down from
service to the practical mariner. It has the merit,
moreover, of being complete in itself.
plane and spherical trigonometry have been intro-
duced; the rules of right-angled 'plane trigonometry, each other, in the pursuit, and personal communica
and for the various cases of oblique-angled plane tri: tion having been established between them, they
gonometry, are deduced and illustrated by examples agreed to combine their respective collections. Hence wronght out at length, and followed by exercises for the present volume. The first part comprises notices
practice; and then follow the problems in navigation, of superstitious beliefs and practices. We have an
which depend on these rules, and which, if worked account of the Lancashire alchemists and astrologers,
out, cannot fail to render the stndent thoroughly of boggarts, ghosts, and haunted places; of charms
acquainted with the subject he is studying. Nautical and spells; of the popular demons; of divination, of
astronomy; the latitude and longitude; the method of miracles, and of miraculous stories ; of omens and
clearing the lunar distance, and of finding the longipredications; of witches and witchcraft. Part the
tude by lunar observations; the use of the barometer; second is devoted to local customs and usages at
weather forecasts ; the law of storms, are all treated, various seasons of the year; of eating and drinking
and have been lucidly explained. Although the work customs; of birth and baptismal customs; of be.
is, as we have intimated, designed by the author trothing and bridal customs; and of local funeral
chiefly as a text book on theoretical navigation, this customs. Whilst, however, the work is sufficiently
volume contains a great deal that will be of importance comprehensive in aim and scope, the subject is not
to the practical seaman. The national colours worn very elaborately treated. There is no attempt made
by merchant vessels of different countries, to give the matter unity by artistic treatment. Some.
the commercial code of signals for the use of all times we have paragraphs of only a few lines; some.
nations, are emblazoned ; exercises are given on plane, times paragraphs of several pages; but there is con. traverse, parallel, current, great-circle, and middle catenation attempted. We have about three hundred
latitude sailing; the use of the sextant, and of the items all classed under general headings, and quite
other instruments used in navigation, is tanght
; independent of each other. This, perhaps, is the
diagrams of a ship's sails and of her spars and rigging most useful plan, as it will enable the reader to refer are given; and a comprehensive glossary of nantica at once to the subject he seeks, and gives him the
terms is appended, which will enable the ordinary opportunity of omitting the portions in which he feels
reader to make himself familiar with the strange
language of our“ sea-dogs." The work is one of the
various archæological publications. It is a most remarkable literary features of the present day:
as well as
best of the educational course, of which series it form:
(Nutt.) - Transla
This, no doubt, is very much the effect of mere
fashion; bat we are inclined to think that there is a while many of the smaller pieces are suitable for deeper cause than mere fashion at work in the scrap book, extracts, or recitations. maller, and that productions of this kind form a Micah, the Priest-Maker; a Handbook on Ritualism. necessary phenomenon of a state of things to which By T. BINNEY. (Jackson and Walford.)-The atten. Renan allades shen he says. “ Le caractère du XIXième tion of the author having been drawn to the manner me sièk c'est la critique." The tendency of the scholar
in which certain clergymen perform the services of seems no longer, as formerly, to seek in the great the Church of England, he prepared a series of dis. masters of literature inspiration for great original courses on the subject, which he delivered to his own Furka; bat to look upon the worthy exposition of congregation, and now, with a few additions, publishes them as a higher object than the production of in. as a volume. The work is important as a discussion ferior imitations. But whatever may be the part of on Ritualism from a Nonconformist point of view; the author, it is the duty of the critie to look, not so and sets out by instituting a comparison between minch at the object of such works, as at the perform. Micah (the man of Mount Ephraim, mentioned in ite. We must take for granted that the aim of Judges xvii., as having set up a priest for himself, and translation is to bring before the minds of those to a house of gods) and the modern Ritualists. Micah's bom the original is a sealed book the nearest religion consisted, says Mr. Binney, “in a blind and proach to its spirit and form of which a translation
superstitious veneration for the outward and visible o be capable. The only means that the critic has in Divine worship; and in depending for spiritual of dealing this is by comparison with the best of grace (if he ever thought of that) on ceremony and other translations, and by examining that before him ritual.
Micah was a Ritualist
Many as an independent poem ; for, unless it is good, and far better men than he have, in all ages, attached even great in this respect, be may be very certain that superstitious importance to the forms and accidents it does not represent Euripides. To enter into a de: of religious service.
It is well known that tailed criticism, comparative and grammatical, would there has appeared of late in our own land a great be to bremstep our limits. We content ourselves with saying that the translation before us seems in these
and sudden revival of ritualistic practices--things i ressats to be farly and accurately done.
which it was supposed the Protestant Reformation
As & poem, we shouli say that the work is almost too correct and
had destroyed, and which it had long been thought leelarate to fairly represent Euripides. We say this
the Church of England repudiated. The resurrec
tion of the dead past is, in all circles, the constant wità deference, knowing what different views are tertained as to the debateable land between the
subject of conversation. It furnishes articles for every Estrelines of literal and imitative translation. Perhaps
newspaper. It is advocated and defended, or attacked it will be safer to point out, as concisely as possible,
and disowned in books, sermons, pamphlets, tracts a fea of the merits and def-cts about which there can
innumerable. It is our duty to understand what it is,
what it means, bow it came about, what it is doing, be to two opinians
. In the first place—and this is a great meril-lhe translation is very exact.
and wbat is to be done with it." And thus in several While
chapters he discusses the scriptural authority for, and ters word and phrase appears to be rendered, come idea of the exactness with which the text is adhered
present legality of, the adoption of vestments by Proto may be obtained from the circumstance that while
testant priests; the nature of the revived doctrines, the elitwa of the Medea" before us is divided into
and their real or assumed basis in the English Prayer 1419 verses , the translation of Mr. Cartwright consists
Book; the office of the priesthood, and the doctrines af Do Dore than 1458-a most noticeable fact, when
of absolution and confession; the real presence, bap. tism, &c.; arriving, finally, at the conclusion that, if
“ instead of men making priestly pretensions, and into English without being diffuse. In the second i piace, the versification is artistic and pleasant to read
indulging in ridiculous imitations of Roman Catholic -20other great werit in a translator of Euripides.
ritual, we had amongst us" a ministry of true and But no reader of the poem will, we think, fail to
faithful followers of Christ and His apostles, " people thai, taken altogether, Mr. Cartwright hardly
might be instructed as to what Gol's truth really is,"
without the necessity for a New Reformation. sufficiently soars 1rom the mere translator to the | pries, and we doubt if any one who is not himself &
Credibilia ; or, Discourses on Questions of Christian Jaceful and subtie poet can properly be the inter:
Faith. By the Rev. JAMES CRANBROOK. (Fullarton
& Co." The following sermons," says the author, in preter of one of the most graceful and subtle of all a modest and deprecatory preface, “make no pretenfuels.
sions to literary excellence. They were written ex. Kaziwaza, Steamers, and Telegraphs; a Glance at their temporaneously for my ordinary ministry, and were Haceal Progres and Present State.' (W. and R. Cham- never intended for publication. The style is adapted ber:-Founded upon a previous volume by Mr. to spoken discourses; and needs the intonations, George Dodd, this is a graphic account of the rise and forth of the railway and telegraph systems, with
pauses, and emphases of the voice to help out the
meaning. I have allowed myself to be persuaded to Dapit notices of steamboats as the successors of the old
publish them, however, by the hope that the method 52.ing teases, the whole brought into harmony
with of stating Divine truth employed in them may help to the present advanced state of science and mechanism, sustain the faith of those who feel perplexed by the
applied to our chief means of locomotion and inter- many doubts modern criticism has called into excons unexin, Though by no means an exhaustive istence." The sermons were preached by the author trestise
, enough is said to make the reader familiar at Edinburgh, at intervals spreading over a year's with the pecnlarities which distinguish the methods
ministry, and are at once argumentative and con. by which bocomotion and telegraphy are rendered vincing, showing the writer to be an earnest thinker, ssatiable and profitable to their promoters,
and an eloquent expounder of gospel truth. Saltste is admirably illustrated with views of the prin; Up and Down the London Streets. By MARK LEMON. 2. fal great engineering works of the present day, and (Chapman and Hall.)-The Editor of Punch has done aiter exeh division is given a tabular account
of the well to reprint his papers, with the illustrations, from topless made during the half-century from 1815 to “ London Society;" for a more genial series of chapters
; a well-compiled index adding to the value of on a well-worn subject, it has not been our fortune *** work as a book of reference.
lately to peruse. Though containing nothing that frutic Songs and Wayside Musings. By J. R. may not be found in the pages of Cunningham, Knight, WITHERS. Fourth Edition. (Darton & Co.)- The Timbs, and other London historians, to whom, indeed, sther modestly disclaims any pretension to the Mr. Lemon acknowledges himself indebted, these vendeur of the epic, the wit of epigram, or the tender: chapters on the London of the past and present, are **** of the elegy; he thinks no " thoughts that burn," written in a pleasant. gossipping vein, that cannot but 1:19.099 no songs that " take the prisoned soul, and be attractive to all sorts of readers. Those who take their had it in elysium;" nevertheless, he writes with a cicerone arm-in-arm through the highways and bye. } et's pen, and often, with his gentle undersong, ways, recalling past days and their belongings, and not bokens terories of youth and summer fields that by any means ignoring present days and their im. tot men would willingly forget. The “ Dream of provements, will certainly not regret to find, that hery Staart," the most ambitious poem in the Though he is not archeological, he is always enterbo'yme, is tull of tenderness rhythmically expressed ; taining and in high spirits.