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The Pupils of St. John the Divine, by the Dr. Vaughan's Daily Prayer Book, for the use author of the “Heir of Redclyffe,” forms No. 1 of families (Jackson, Walford, ard Hodder), is of Messrs. Macmillan's “Sunday Library,” a intended to supply devotions for twelve weeks, series of books, by eminent writers, to be issued separate prayers being provided for the morning in monthly parts and quarterly volumes. The and evening of each day; with others for special story, of which we have here the first portion, is occasions. The Doctor suggests that a portion of written in Miss Yonge's best style-a style, it Scripture should be read previous to each of the need scarcely be said, that is exceedingly attrac- services, and indicates a number of passages, tive. The scene is laid in Ephesus in the fifty- which, possessing an amount of completeness in fifth year of the Christian era ; and so far as we

themselves, are fitted for the purpose. The can perceive, the main incident of the story will volume is well printed, in a bold, clear tyre, turn on the overthrow of the Temple of Diana- and is handsomely bound. which great work is described with great skill

Three Legends of the Early Church. By --and the subjugation of her worship to that Christopher J. Riethmüller. (Bell and Daldy.)professed and taught by the Apostles. In the war against heathenism Paul is a prominent

These poems, are founded on traditions relative

to the "Flight of St. Peter" from the persecutions actor; and in the foundation of the Church at

of Nero the Roman Emperor; the " Dirgein the Ephesus, we are introduced anew to Timotheus

Catacomb,” in which St. Peter and St. Paul and Titus, and obtain a vivid picture of the state of society in the great Grecian city. In

were confined on their apprehension ; and “St.

John before the Latin Gate." As pictures of the troductory to the narrative, we have an account

remote past, when the early Christians were subof the birth, etlucation, and conversion of St. John; and then comes a description of the first

jected to all manner of terrible persecutions, these

versified forms of the old legends possess a value great real persecution of the Christians, followed

quite independent of their claims as poems. They hy the arrest of St. Paul at Nicopolis, and the last days of Peter. The action of the story is

make no pretension to controvert any matter of here transferred to Jerusalem ; and presently we

fact, but simply tell the stories as they exist, find Ignatius Theophorus--"the child-like saint”

and are preceded by prose accounts of the two

great persecutions of the Christians in Rome, up --among the pupils of St. John. The illustration by Mr. E. Armitage is hardly so happy in

to the period when they found an unfitting and

affecting close in martyrdom. As poems, these design as we should be led to expect from an associate of the Royal Academy.

legends possess considerable merit; though they The Year of Praise. Under this title, Messrs.

profess to have “nothing whatever to do with

the results of historical criticism or the opinions Strahan have published four editions of a collection of hymns, with tunes adapted to the Sun.

of any school of theology." days and holydays of the Christian year, by

Walks and Homes of Jesus. By the Rer. Dr. Alford, Dean of Canterbury.

Daniel March, D.D., of Philadelphia. (Hamil

. Earl Nelson's Family Prayers make their

ton and Adams. ) -Having himself traversed the appearance in a fourth and cheaper edition ;

paths made sacred by the footsteps of Christ, some alterations and additions, intended to make

through Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum the work more useful, having been effected.

Bethesda, Tabor, Jericho, Bethany, and Jerz From Messrs. Rivingtons, we have a new edi.

salem, and noteil the natural features of to tion of the Imitation of Christ, printed upon a

country, Dr. March describes them by aid a slightly toned paper, with red border-lines, and

the Scripture narrative, and illustrates them by rubricated throughout : one of the most elegantly

many apt and useful lessons. Published with printed editions-numerous as they are—of this

the sanction of its author, and handsomely printed popular work. The printers, who have shown

on toned paper, by Mr. Knight, oi Bartholomer unusual taste in the production of this volume,

Close, the volume, with its neat engravings and deserve mention : they are--an Edinburgh firm

good binding, seems equally adapted for San. new to us by name---Messrs. Muir and Paterson. day Readings and for presentation.

Messrs. Rivingtons are a little late with The Natural History of the Bible. By H. B Flowers and Festivals, a useful little book on Tristram. (Society for Promoting Christian the floral decoration of churches, by Mr. W. A. Knowledge.)-The main object of this yolune Barrett, whose directions are good, and will, no is to illustrate, in as popular a style as neel be, doubt, be followed by many of our young lady every allusion to natural history which ocenrs in readers at Easter, and by many more next the Scriptures by the actual condition of the Christmas. Should a second edition of the work country, and by the character of its existing pro be then cailed for, Mr. Barrett will be able to ducts, both zoological and botanical. For this get some friend to revise his derivations, and special purpose the author spent nearly a year distinguish the legendary portion of the book in the Holy Land, accompanied by Messrs. B. from that which is true.

T. Lowne and E. Bartlett, of the Zoological The Rev. J. H. Blunt, editor of the “Anno. Gardens, as botanical and zoological collectors

. tated Book of Common Prayer,” and anthor of The result is a highly useful and, in some that excellent little volume, “ Household Theo- respects, unique work, containing observations logy,” has prepared a Key to the knowledge and on the physical geography, the geology, the Use of the Book of Common Prayer. In this he meteorology, the fauna and the flora of Palestine has given not only the history of the Prayer and its neighbourhood, illustrated with more Book and its several portions, but has also sup- than a hundred engravings. Young Biblical plied a complete rationale of the Divine Service. students will find this book valuable to them. This work, although a considerable advance as not only are the animals and plants of the upon that of Archdeacon Berens—which in Séripture familiarly described, but many alho point of learning cannot be compared to this, i sibns, hitherto but half-understoord, are mule still seems to want the warm and affectionate phin and easy by the light of modern investi za tone which characterised the Archdeacon's vo. tion and recent research. The two indice: lume-the-art of putting things,” being an passages quoted, and subjects mentioned-w!

art" in which Mr. Blunt has not yet taken his greatly assist readers in comprehentling tib Vaster's degree.

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AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS Book. --- Snow nor put k in place of c. Though Mr. Sprouts is Bound. A Winter Idyl. By John Greenleaf sometimes rather amusing, his wit has not the Whittier. (Boston, U.S. ; Ticknor and Fields). same spicy flavour as that of the Americau on

-Having achieved a deserved success in New whom he has founded his style. | England, and indeed throughout the whole of the Told in the I'wilight; or, Short Stories for

United States, Mr. Whittier's charming Idyl now Long Evenings. By Sidney Daryl. (Jacksou, appears in all the glories of beautiful printing, Waltord, and Hodder.)-Several of these pretty aulmirable paper, wonderfully minute and graphic little stories for children have already made a illustrations, and appropriate binding--the best public appearance in the pages of " Aunt Judy's specimen Gift-book produced in America ; we Magazine” and “Merry and Wise.” Young had almost said the best book of its kind which readers will, however, welcome “Joey the has passed through our hands during the present Tumbler, ”

's Cousin Fanny,

and “Little Thy theme of the Idyl is probably Johnny, " in their new and handsome dress, familiar to many of our readers. A family in an more warmly now than if they were complete American forest, snow-bound in their wooden strangers. Mr. Daryl has the faculty of writing house, and whiling away the time till a thaw attractively and picturesquely; and his stories shall give them liberty to visit their next-door have the recommendation of not being either neighbours, half a dozen miles or so away ; their dreary or unlikely. Little Johnny, with his various occupations; the digging themselves a crooked back and crutch reminds us of Dickens's passage to the barn ; the freeing of the prisoned 6. Tiny Tim ;" and Joey the Tumbler, of Gardanimals; the games and stories by the roaring | ner's Court, Bermondsey, is a thorough little fire that makes a summer within, while all is gentleman, though he is only a “super” in a frost and snow, and dreary waste without ; the Whitechapel pantomime, and his father a re(lay dreams of the narrator ; the homely duties turned convict, afraid of the police. of the other members of the household; the Sterne's Sentimental Journey through France, gradual breaking-up of the snow, and the return and Italy; to which is added Yorick's History of the glorious sunshine, -all this, and much of a Good Warm Coat and a selection of his more, in flowing verse, that speaks of the liberty Letters to his Wife and other persons, is issued that loves the fields, and mountains, and valleys by Mr. Tegg in a neat duodecimo, with a meof a land but yet only half-won from the pri- moir, appropriate frontispiece, and engravings. meval wilderness. The specialty in the pro- The Tale of a, T'ub, written for the Universal duction of this volume wilí, however, be found Improvement of Mankind, by Jonathan Swift, in its illustrations, which have beeu engraved on Dean of St. Patrick (Tegg), appears in a cheap wood by Messrs. A. V. S. Anthony and W.J. form, with a memoir, the Author's Apology, and Linton, from drawings by Mr. Harry Fenn, who explanatory notes by Wotton and others. To visited the scene of the poem, in order to tho- this is added Swift's Battle of Books, both trearoughly realize its local colouring and peculiar tises cleverly illustrated with engravings by character. Nothing in the way of wood en

Swain. The works of Swift and Sterne will graving can be more truthful than the rendering always retain their position among the English of the pines and other forest trees in some of classies, and every new edition of them may be these pictures, which in their accuracy of lysked on as a certain, though moderate, success. detail, breadth of perspective, delicacy of tint, School-days at Saxonhurst. (Edinburgh: A. and thorough finish, present a contrast by no

and C. Black.)-“One of the boys" tells us, means flattering to the wretched black and white in true schoolboy fashion, full of life, with here pen-and-ink drawings and rough, ungainly en- and there a slight—the slightest-touch of pathoz, ravings with which many of our best English of which he seems more than half-ashamed-of show-books are illustrated. A portrait of the the sayings and doings at " Saxonhurst,” which author

appears in the title-page to this volume, was no common pedagoguish, birching, parlourwhich is an excellent specimen of printing, boarder place, but a sort of college, with a dozen executed by Messrs. Welch, Bigelow, and Co., masters and accommodation for two hundred of the Cambridge University Press a press of boys. To boys who have been to Marlborough which Boston men may well feel proud, for there or Rossall, this recital of the romps, games, mis. is none superior to it in all the States--and we chiefs, barrings-out, and tights-with one sa! suspect but few in this country,

episode of an expulsion, of course of the wrong Mr. Sprouts, his Opinions (Hotten) is a re- boy--will seem familiar enough ; to others, who reprint of the articles by Mr. Richard Whiteing have not matriculated in public schools, these in the Morning Star. The idea attempted to be stories of school-life will possess all the charm conveyed in these chapters is not new, nor is of novelty; while all will take interest in the it very well carried out. Mr. Sprouts, having events of a stirring narrative, told well enough heard that a gentleman has passed himself off as to pass for truth, illustrated with characteristic it “casual” pauper, thinks that he, a coster- sketches by the juvenescent pencil of Phiz, monger, might disguise himself as a gentleman, Culje's Care and the Three Siouts (Ward and go into society, and see for himself how the Lock, and Tyler) are two stories of the Ameri"pper ten thousand behaved. He visits grand can Civil War, one being a continuation of the houses in Belgravia, Saturday concerts, Mansion other, and both apparently of transatlantic House banquets, Parisian fêtes, the Houses of origin. Carl, a young Dutch boy, and his friend Parliament, political meetings, and whitebait Pomp, a negro, go through such a number of dinners.

His opinions” of these, and other strange adventures, are engaged in so many resorts of wealth and fashion, and of the persons startling incidents, and take part in such remarkfrequenting them, are given in the most vulgar able escapades and fiery encounters, as must tongue” in the most atrocious spelling. Indeed, recommend them to all hero-loving boys; for. in this, and in some of the “* Artemus Ward" class inore outrageous young dare-devil than Carlof books, the wit consists mainly in bad spel- albeit on the right side of the contest, according ling-phawks for forks, for instance, and kum- to Unionist views-it is scarcely possible to fortabt for comfortable, and

Mr. imagine: a young gentleman who to a noble as a man of some culture, might have independence of the peculiarities of the English known that unlettered people do not in their language adds a familiarity with warlike weapons writing usually substitute thel Greek ph for j; that is, to say the least of it, prodigious !

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The Treasures of the Earth (Warne) is a popi?. on fine paper; they are bound in bright cloth, lar account of mines, minerals, and metals, with with gilt edges; they have all illustrations anecdotes of men who have been connected with coloured in a neat and pretty style, and they their discovery and adaptation to the wants of are severally sold at a shilling :- Theodora's mankind in all parts of the world, by William Childhood ; or, The Ou House at Aychours, an Jones, F.S.A. The subject is interesting from attractive story for girls, which enforce the every point of view; and, next to the actual lessons of patience and forgetfulness of self. possession of gold, silver, and precious stones, consideration for the failings of others, and perhaps an account of how they are dug from the tender love of home.-The Li!!! Miner, a Ger bowels of the earth and prepared for commerce man story of a lad brought up in a mining is of the greatest importance to inquiring minds. village, by religious parents. One day he founi In the several chapters of this volume we are a knife and various articles, and, because be initiated into the mysteries of gold finding, with knew of no owner for then, considered thea. a passing reference to the alchemists and the

his own. From this wrongful and secret 81philosopher's stone. Then we learn all about propriation of this property of another aris silver, iron, copper, lead, coal, salt, &c.; with various complicatious, which, however, end numerous interesting episodes in the lives of happily at last, when Otto, the little miner, Stephenson, Trevethick, Fairbairn, Humboldt, comes to fully comprehend the value of the and others, and various quaint stories concerning motto that honesty is not only, under all cirless well-known men, and curious revelations as cumstances, the best policy, but the only true to the manners and customs of miners, ancient principle of life.-A Queen, a pretty story for and modern ; the employment of the divining. girls, translated from the German of Madame rod in the discovery of metallic deposits ; the Ottalie Wildermüth, the moral of which is tha: modes in which lead, tin, copper, zinc, &c., are every home is a throne when a good mother sita brought into a marketable condition; the dangers within it, and that the love of the household is a of fire-damp and choke.dainp in coal-mines ; the crown of rejoicing worthy the winning and the uses of the safety lamp; the method of prospect- wearing.--Charley Clement ; or, a Boy Frieni, ing and gold-washing in Australia, and anecdotes a tale illustrative of the fact that strength o: concerning the dangers incident to mining of all will and boldness of determination are only kinds, and the indomitable perseverance which valuable to a boy when united to gentleness has overcome apparently insurmountable diffi- obedience, and a thorough devotion to duty. culties-making up a volume which, to lads at These four books belong to a series of thirty least, is certainly as entertaining as a novel, similar volumes, all containing interesting stonia especially as the several chapters are illustrated ---several by the author of the Wide, Wate in a graphic and pleasing manner.

World, and all adapted for young scholars asi Popular Readings in Prose and l'erse, Vols.

the junior members of a household. IV. V. Selected by J. E. Carpenter (Warne).

Lizzy Johnson; or, Mutual Help.-In th:

pretty domestic story illustrated with tr These two handsome volumes of extracts from our best authors, issued by Messrs. Warne,

capital engravings-girls will learn how much

better it is to practise the goodwill that m*: complete the series. All that concerns the extracts themselves may be said in a sentence,

out of mutual esteem and helpfulness, the

nurse the selfish desires which seem to build --they are remarkably well adapted for public reading or recital, being neither too long nor

as by nature, to every uncultivated mind.

One of the curiosities of the season is the too short, too grave, nor to gay; many of them original, and all of them good. We may add

Pilgrim's Progress, with thirty-two calcarel that the selections are so arranged that, while

illustrations, bound in cloth with gilt eben the whole set forms a very compact body of

for eighteen pence! agreeable reading, each individual volume is

The prettiest Toy-book of the season is, with complete in itself. With respect to

out exception, the Robin's Christmas Eve-te

paper, printing, and binding,, we may safely observe

rature, design, and execution being all equam

good. Such of our readers as have young free that they are all the best of their kind. To Mr. Carpenter, we believe, belongs the credit of

will do well to procure copies without delay, i.. having originated the publication of books espe.

this is really a work of art, pleasing alike to and cially adapted for Penny Readings.

Messrs. Warne also publish a number MESSRS. WARNE'S MINOR PUBLICATIOxs. pretty books, illuminated texts, reward caria At the head of “Books for Children,”-not

&c., intended for the instruction and amis

ment of young children. Among these are ta toy-books for infants, (which we noticed last

Victoria Toles anal Stories, consisting of eaze month) —we may place a volume prepared by

packets, sold at a shilling each, --every packi Dr. Dulcken, entitled ou Friends anıl Vein

containing from four to forty-eight complex Friends, consisting of a large number of tales, fables, and “emblems” in prose and verse, pro

stories, and each story illustrated with @

gravings by Dalziel and others. These liste fusely illustrated with capital woodcuts. Here

books, in stiff paper covers, printed in blue we have a version of the goose with the golden

and gold, are intended for Sanday-seb? eggs, in rhyme; a versitied form of the old

rewards and teachers' presents. For those German legend of Claude Hopper, here called

younger children there “Hans iu Luck”--the simple swain who changes

Alphabet, in golden letters and colours his bag of money for a horse, his horse for a

pictures ; packets of hymns, iluminate cow, his cow for a pig, his pig for a goose, his

curtes, bijou texts, the Lord's Prayer, t. goose for a grindstone, which he is glad enough

Ten Commandments, and other oraameett at last to drop into the river; the story of the Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, and scores of

books, printed in colours, and sold at sige:

packet. School teachers know the diti i other delectable tales.

of providing reward-books altogether free trus The four following books are uniform in size, sectarian bias; buty so far as we can ** price, and general appearance ; the size is Messrs. Warne have provided a series i 18mo; they each consist of 128 pages, printed in this respect is entirely unobjectionable

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THE MAGAZINES.

to the times of Plato, and Scottish "wut" The People's Magazine now appears as

to Hierocles, the Alexandrian philosopher, who monthly, with a new editor, who announces his

lived five centuries before the Christian eraintention to entirely “enlarge its scope, and,

altogether, the best and most amusing bit of while amply providing amusing and instructive

"padding” we have lately read. One example literature,

In to give to the work a “distinctly

of an old joke revived is very funny: religious tone, in accordance with the doctrines

reviewing the Campaigner at Home,” the of the Church of England.” Thus we have

Examiner quoted a passage which its author a sermon by the Bishop of Lincoln, to be

cited as an example of sad rustic ignorance. A followed by one by the Bishop of Rochester;

friend of his, a clergyman, meeting a little girl, story, entitled “ Contrast ; or, the

asked her whose child she was, to which she Schoolfellows, which we are told will be

replied, “A child of wrath ;” and, on being "interesting, yet free from low sensationalism ;”

asked where she was born, said simply, that she articles on natural history, papers on sani

was born in sin." This grim joke, Dr. Doran tary and physiological subjects, scientitic notes,

informs us, actually appeared in the Examiner poetry, &c. all of an educational or reli.

itself, forty or fifty years ago, having probably gious tendency. In future numbers we are pro

been invented by Leigh Hunt. The Argosy mised essays and treatises on Church history,

is now edited by Mrs. Henry Wood, which, parish organization, co-operative societies, and

with her son as proprietor and publisher, has self-improvement classes, with a series of "Com.

much improved, and seems to have taken a ments on the Book of Common Prayer.” In

new lease of popularity. addition to woodcut illustrations, the new num:

Broadway has very discreetly discarded the ber has a chromo-lithograph, after Mr. Millais'

meretricious wrapper in which it first appeared ; picture of “ Little Red Riding Hood.” A litho.

it is also better printed, and on better paper, but graph, in black and white, of Sir Edwin Land

we think that its contents require to undergo a seer's well-known “Pet,'' —a little girl feeding a

somewhat similar process before “ Broadway tame fawn,-forms the other full-page illustration

becomes a fitting guest for “Fifth Avenue. to the number. The substitution of lithography for

One .valuable paper, stitched in at page 344wood engraving is a noticeable fact ; and as Mr.

"Practical Suggestions concerning the Selection Vincent Brooks is the lithographer, it is un

of a Sewing Machine for Family Use”-does not necessary to say that these pictures--for such,

appear in the list of contents. indeed, they may be truly called-are really

Beeton's Dictionary of Geography : a Universal works of art.

Gazetteer, containing in all upwards of Twelve The new number of the Contemporary Review

Thousand distinct and complete articles, illustrated contains an article by Mr. Reginald Stuart Poole,

by Coloured Maps, Ancient, Modern, and Biblical;

with One Thousand engravings of the Capital which may be regarded as a reply to that in the Quarterly, upon the “Talmud”.

Cities of the World, English County Towns, the

a paper which has excited great attention in religious circles.

Strong Places of the Earth, Courses of the prinIn the same number we have also an article from

cipal Rivers, and Localities of general interest the pen of Professor Maurice, on the Irish Church

(Ward, Lock, and Tyler), appears in its first Establishment. These, with the other contri

sixpenny part. It is to be completed in twelve butions, make a more than usually attractive

monthly parts ; and, as far as this first number number of this erudite journal.

will allow us to judge, fully bears out the proThe City Press informs us that a new penny

mise of its title-page--the present section having weekly paper, to be called The Rock, is to be

maps of Asia Minor and Abyssinia, and twelve started in January, and that "its leading fea

pages of engravings, separately printed on toned tures will be independence of political party,

paper. The text, in a clear, new type, seems opposition to Romanism, Rationalism, Ritual

to be carefully and accurately compiled. ism, and all false doctrine, heresy, and schism.'”

The Play-Hour (Laurie) is a neat little threeThe Chromolithograph, Part I., 2s. od., pub

penny monthly, designed for the perusal of the lished by Mr. W. J. Day, of Cockspur Street,

younger branches of the family, containing contains fifteen pictures printed in colours by

music, fiction, natural history, and miscellaneous the lithographic process, and a considerable

articles of an amusing character. quantity of interesting and instructive reading

La Mode Ilustrée is making the tour of the on decorative art and cognate subjects, -- The

world --now in the Bazaar in Germany, now in French Exposition, the Art of Wood Carving,

the Bazaar in America, and in this present JanuHints on Painting in Water Colours, Flower

ary in our own London, it takes a new form. The Painting, Figure Drawing, Illumination, &c. ; in

four large fashion plates, with descriptive letteraddition to an Art Story, Art Gossip, and Literary

press, are to be published monthly, at eighteenNotices--altogether, a very novel and acceptable

rence, by Messrs. Asher & Co., under the title magazine. An ingenious method of mounting

of The Toilettes. thechromo-lithographs has been adopted, whereby

The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, for injury from folding or rolling them has been January, has two novelties which will be avoided, and at the same time affording the

admired by all ladies--the “Heraldic Arms of amateur a ready means of removing from the

the principal States of Europe,” with all their paper without inconvenience the particular sub- gorgeous blazonry, printed by Silberman, of ject he intends to copy.

Strasbourg ; and a sheet of Comic “Invitation The Argoxy for January contains the third Cards” by the same printer; in addition to the and fourth chapters of Mrs. Henry Wood's in- “plates of fashions,” sheet of working patterns, teresting and well-written story, * Apne Here

and other attractive features ford,” illustrated with one of those intensely Good Words commences the new year with a black and white engravings, which seem fashion- good programme. The author of “John Halifax, able in spite of their ugliness; a pretty poem by Gentleman," contributes a love story; Alfred Miss Rosetti; an irresistibly comic sketch, called Tennyson, a poem,“ The Victim ;” Dr. Vaughan

* Shaving the Ponies' Tails ;” and an article and the Dean of Canterbury, theological papers ; by Dr. Doran, on “Old-new Jokes,” to which while George Macdonald and Charles Kingsley tlle veteran essayist traces Hibernian witticisms have each a copy of verscs. Mr. Ralstone intro

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