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HON. Edward McPherson, Clerk of the U. S. House of Representatives, announces that he has in press a "Political Manual for 1867," which will take up our political history where his last manual ended, July 4, 1866, and carry it down to April 1 of the current year, or the end of the present session of Congress. He has compiled it from official sources, promises that it shall be accurate and fair, and believes that it will be useful to men of all parties.
sold ten thousand copies of the half-guinea edition have now issued one at six shillings; of this three thousand copies were subscribed. Almost as large a number have been sold in the United States.
GERMAN COPYRIGHT.-At the end of 1867, according to a new copyright law passed some years since by the German Diet and agreed to by all the separate governments, all copyright which had up to that time been prolonged by special privileges ceases and becomes public property. The works of Schiller, Goethe, Wieland, Herder, Körner, and many other German classics that have up to the present year been the copyright of certain publishers, or the families of the authors, can then be published by any one, and already the announcements of cheap reprints are numerous. A publisher of Berlin advertises a series of the principal German authors, in very good print and on good paper, in volumes for threepence and sixpence each, e. g., 'Bürger's Poems" for sixpence, Jean Paul's "Siebenkäs" for one shilling, Vos's "Luise" for threepence.
"ECCE HOмO."-The demand for this book in England is still very great. The publishers having
Ir might puzzle Mr. Friedrich Kapp to mention a nation or tribe of men which has not given its great men indiscriminate and fulsome adulation. In an article on Washington's character, which he contributes to "The Historical Magazine" for March, he charges the fault upon Americans in the case of Washington, and somewhat severely animadverts upon it. Mr. Jared Sparks specifically he denounces for "falsifying the record of Wash-bers." ington's life and of American history." It is within his personal knowledge that Mr. Sparks suppressed some passages in certain autograph letters of Washington which Mr. Kapp has seen, and tampered with other passages, in order to make the hero appear are devoted as a Christian than he really wrt sant more conversant with the requirements of mon propriety. In one of the future articles promised from his pen, Mr. Kapp anay perhaps be more explicit both as regards Washington and as regards his New England biographer.-The Nation.
VICIOUS LITERATURE.-The London "Bookseller" publishes an article on "The Literature of Vice" -the penny and halfpenny romances of murder, statements are made: "As to the rate of remunerrobbery, seduction, and adultery-in which these ation received by the writers of these stories, we understand that two guineas for a sheet of eight pages is considered good payment, while in some few cases men are to be found who can provide enough writing to fill eight pages of close print, each number warranted to contain at least one murder, fire, shipwreck, or seduction, for fifteen shillings! On the other hand, two or three of the writers of these sensation stories are likewise their proprietors; and considerable sums are said to have been yearly netted from their sale in penny num
PRINTERS' READERS.-In France, the printers' readers, or, as they are there called, correcteurs, are held in esteem. They form a society, and meet once a year, and at the last gathering an interesting speech was delivered by M. Ambroise Didot, in which he passed in review the names of a number of learned men whose modesty and whose occupation caused them to be almost unknown, one of whom is said to have refused the Greek chair at Cambridge, preferring to remain a corrector for Plantin's press. M. Didot confessed that much of the credit given to the learned publications issued by himself and relations was due to the readers.
THE FOUNDER OF GEORGIA.-A new biography of General James Oglethorpe, described as "the founder of Georgia" (he certainly founded the cit of Savannah), is announced in London, to be written by R. Smith. He died in 1785, aged ninetyseven; and his name is familiar, out of American history, as one of the earliest and warmest friends of Dr. Samuel Johnson, having been one of the warmest admirers and patrous of his poem called "London," published in May, 1738. Boswell makes repeated mention of General Oglethorpe in his wonderful "Life of Johnson"-one of the latest,
CHARLES LAMB.-—Admirers of Charles Lamb, says the " Bookseller," will be glad to hear that Bell & Daldy, in republishing the "Essays of Elia," have restored many important passages which were sup-dated March 22, 1783, recording a visit by the pressed in previous editions. It is hoped they soldier to the sage-the former being in his will also add some of those charming essays which eighty-ninth, and the latter in his seventy-fourth have not hitherto appeared in his collected works, but which are well known to collectors of Eliana. This new edition, which will be the most complete one extant, is published by arrangement with Moxon & Co., the proprietors of the copyrights of Lamb's several works.
THE BRITISH DRAMA.-There has just appeared, in London, the first part of a "Handbook to the Popular, Poetical, and Dramatic Literature of Great Britain from the Invention of Printing to the Restoration." The author is Mr. W. Carew Haz'itt, grandson of the Hazlitt, critic and historian, who was the lifelong friend of Coleridge and Lamb.
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WALTER LOW, 596 Broadway, American agent for the London publishing house of Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, has received Part XIII. of Doré's Bible. The edition will be completed in about fifty-five numbers, published monthly.
LORD PLUNKET.-The Life, Letters, and Speeches of Lord Plunket, for many years at the head of the Irish bar, and Lord Chancellor of Ireland for a considerable time, edited by one of his sons, is advertised as nearly ready. An Introductory Preface is supplied by Lord Brougham, who is now in his eighty-ninth year.
VERDI'S NEW OPERA.-The subject of this work is "Don Carlos," gloomy and tragic enough, at all events. Its performance at the Grand Opera of Paris has not eventuated very successfully, though a critic says, "there is a scene of combination at the close of the third act which outdoes the 'Miserere' scene in Il Trovatore.' He seems to have an ineradicable love for dark and painful stories; and since he has become desirous of transforming his manner, as in Les Vêpres,' 'Simone Boccanegra,' 'La Forza del Destino,' so as to approach the complicated effects of German and French operas, which distinguish them from those in the elder Italian style, he has tried to give himself an appear ance of weight, thoughtfulness, and science which his works do not bear out."
"THE QUARTERLY REVIEW."-It is stated that Dr. William Smith, of Dictionary reputation, has been appointed editor of the "Quarterly Review." He is well qualified to succeed Gifford, Sir John Coleridge, Lockhart, and Elwyn. He is now 53 years old, and is Classical Examiner in the University of London, and also Classical Professor in New College. His first three Dictionaries form the " Encyclopædia of Classical Literature," and his latest work, completed in 1863, is, a "Dictionary of the Bible," in three large 8vo. volumes. Among his other and numerous literary labors is a good edition of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." The salary of the editor of the "Quarterly" is said to be about $7500 per annum. In the United States this periodical is sometimes mentioned as "The London Quarterly," which is a mistake, for there is a publication so called which is the literary organ of the Wesleyan Methodists, whereas Mr. John Murray's periodical simply is "The Quarterly Review."
"GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE."-It is said that the plot of "Mademoiselle Mathilde," the new serial tale by Mr. Henry Kingsley, commenced in the April number of Sylvanus Urban's old and famous magazine, will be partly laid in England and partly in Bretagne, during the eighteenth century, and that Dr. Johnson and some of his literary friends will figure in it.
A NOBLE TOURIST.—The Marquis of Lorne, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Argyll, having paid a hasty visit, last year, to the West Indies and the United States, has written a book about it, called “A Trip to the Tropics, and Home through America." This young gentleman is only in his twenty-second year, and the "Athenæum," noticing his book, says: "Not, therefore, that we may depreciate the author or his book, but that we may secure charitable judgments for both of them, we would have it remembered that this record of a run to the West Indies and the American continent is the work of a young head and fresh hand." In Jamaica, he (grandson of Mrs. Stowe's Duchess of Sutherland) evidently was under the influence of the anti-negro party. The critic from whom we have quoted above says: "In other respects the volume is a light and pleasant record of travel in
the western islands and in the United States. Lord Lorne saw a good deal of society, both in the South and in the North. His tone is good; without undue partisan feeling; and yet favorable to the great people with whom we have so many ties."
ABD-EL-KADER.-This famous Arab chief has dictated his autobiography to Col. Churchill, of the British army, and its early publication is announced.
M. DU CHAILLU.-Among the arrivals from Europe, at New York, by the Great Eastern, was M. Paul B. du Chaillu, whose " Explorations in Equatorial Africa" excited so much controversy among English and German naturalists a few years ago. He had found some strange animals in remote and unexplored countries, had observed and described their habits, and was suspected and accused of having drawn very largely upon his imagination. However, as was the case with Bruce, the explorer of Abyssinia, as time rolled on the truth of many of his statements was made clear from other evidence. M. du Chaillu has lately published "A Journey to Ashango-Land: and Further Penetration into Equatorial Africa," being an account of his second exploration in 1863-5, and a reprint in one octavo volume, with engravings and map, has just been issued by D. Appleton & Co., New York. His journey was precipitately ended by the accidental shooting of a native, from the consequences of which the whole party had to fly to the coast, barely escaping with life. Still, the book goes far to confirm many of its writer's most questioned early statements, especially those relating to the gorilla, an animal mentioned by Herodotus, and to the Fans, an African race of cannibals.
M. GUIZOT. "The Last Days of Louis-Philippe and the Revolution of 1848," is the title of a book just published in Paris by M. Guizot, who was Prime Minister of France early in 1848, when the folly of Louis-Philippe precipitated that second Revolution, which, like the first, thrust in a Republic as the stepping-stone to an Empire in France. This volume is the conclusion of Guizot's "Memoirs of his own Times," and an English translation will immediately be published in London. The ex-Premier blames Louis-Philippe very much, but himself not at all. Yet, had he advised his royal master wisely, the wreck and ruin of the House of Orleans might probably have been avoided.
Miss M. A. BRADDON.-It appears, from a controversy in the London papers concerning the republication of some of Miss Braddon's novels, with more than one noms de plume on the title-page, that she wrote as "Lady Caroline Lascelles" in the "London Journal," a weekly penny journal. Mr. Maxwell, her man of business, in a letter to the "Athenæum," says: "Next, as to the nom de plume of Lady Caroline Lascelles. This title was suggested by my late literary colleague, who was also at the time a writer in the 'Athenæum,' poor Sir C. He claimed a family F. Lascelles Wraxall, Bart. For five weeks the nom de right in the names. At the end of that time it was plume was adopted. discarded, and it was found that 'fine words butter no parsnips;' and the tale of The Black Band' was thenceforth published anonymously, and its publication, and that of the series of tales which succeeded, went on uninterruptedly for years."
ROBERT BROWNING.-The Professorship of Poetry in the University of Oxford being about to be vacated by Mr. Matthew Arnold, it was proposed to put Mr. Browning in nomination as a candidate. It appears, however, that no one can be elected but a Master of Arts of Oxford, whereas Mr. Browning was educated at London University.
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CHRISTINA ROSETTI.-This young English poetess has commenced a prose fiction, "The Waves of this Troublesome World: a Tale of Hastings Ten Years Ago," in the "Churchman's Shilling Magazine," a serious English monthly periodical.
JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE.-The historian of England from the fall of Wolsey to the death of Elizabeth (A. D. 1530-1602) has published ten volumes of that work, to the year 1573; yet finds time amid his severer labors to contribute to some of the English periodicals. These papers, collected in two volumes, will immediately be published in London, under the title of "Short Studies on Great Subjects." The whole of his history, as far as yet published, has been reproduced in this country by Scribner & Co., of New York, and has a large sale.
P. O'SHEA publishes "The Life of St. Dominic, and a Sketch of the Dominican Order," with an introduction by Archbishop Alemany.
SIR WALTER RALEIGH.-There was lately sold at a literary auction in London, a "Novum Testamentum Græcum," A. D. 1587, containing the autograph of Sir Walter Raleigh.
THOMAS HOOD.-In an autobiographical work by William Jordan, founder and for thirty years editor of the "London Literary Gazette," he mentions that Hood's "Song of the Shirt" was begun and so far proceeded with under the title of "Tale of a Shirt," before the ludicrous equivoque struck the intense mind of the author! Such a title certainly might have created the reverse of a grave associa
BEN JONSON.-There has just been sold, in London, the Aldine edition (A. D. 1576) of "Horatii Ars Poetica," which belonged to “rare Ben Jonson," and has his autograph and motto.
LEOPOLD VON RANKE.-In February, the friends of Von Ranke, historiographer of Prussia, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his receiving his Doctor's degree, which took place when he was twenty years old.
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"NEW AMERICA."-Mr. Hepworth Dixon's new work, thus styled, has gone into a sixth edition in London. In fact, it is "the book of the season." ." The new edition contains a new preface, in answer to the criticisms of Father Noyes; also a portrait of Miss Eliza Snow, Mormon poetess and Brigham Young's spinster-wife.
JEAN INGELOW.-This author, whose poetry has obtained great popularity in America as well as in England, is contributing to the "Sunday Magazine,' a London periodical, a series of sketches entitled "My Chosen Friends."
The Galaxy. April 15.
Waiting for the Verdict: Chaps. XII., XIII., and
Atlantic Monthly. April.
Church Monthly. March.
The Guardian Angel: Part IV. (0. W. Holmes). -The Restless (H. Rich).—Pioneering (Mrs. C. H. Dall).-The U. S. Sanitary Commission (Rev. E. Our Church and Civilization at the West (Rev. E. Hale).-The Haunted Window (T. W. Higgin- J. O. Scripture).-The Daughter's Mistake: conson).-Katharine Morne: Part VI. (Miss Palfrey). tinued.-Bryan Maurice; or, The Seeker: continued -Timon's Soliloquy (T. B. Read).-Considerations (Rev. W. Mitchell). Names of Churches and on University Reform (J. Fiske).-The Claudian Chapels. Twenty-eight Bishops vs. House of Emissary (T. Bacon).—Travel in the United States Bishops.-The Month for February.-The Month (B. Taylor).—Chester Harding (J. R. Lowell).-A for March. -Themes for Reflection. Boston: E. P. Familiar Epistle to a Friend.-Adelaide Ristori Dutton & Co. (Miss Field).-A Winter Adventure on the Prairie. -Reviews and Literary Notices. Boston: Ticknor & Fields.
The American Law Review. April.
The Law of Sales; Delivery.-John Marshall.—
Historical Evidence as affected by Time (Rev. A. Barnes).-Hodgson on Time and Space (G. S. Morris).-Irenæus and Infant Baptism (Rev. W. R. Powers). The Divine Names in the Hebrew Scriptures (Hon. E. Lord).-The Greetings of Paul (Rev. J. B. Bittenger).-Our Public Schools.-Notes on Recent Books.-Theological and Literary Intelligence. New York: W. Sherwood.
surrection of Jesus Christ (Rev. J. G. Adams).—
HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY.
History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the
India (E. Thomson, D. D.).-Fairbairn on Prophecy (H. Bannister, D. D.).-Methodism in Canada (Rev. J. A. Williams).-Educational Qualifications for the Ministry (Rev. B. H. Nadal).-Clark and Mattison on a Future State (Rev. C. T. Moss).-The Original Penalty of the Law (Rev. S. M. Merrill). -The Methodist Book Concern (Rev. J. Porter).— Foreign Religious Intelligence.-Foreign Literary Intelligence.-Synopsis of the Quarterlies.-QuarNew York: Carlton & Porter. terly Book-Table.
In these two volumes we have the third and fourth ones of the general history which are specially devoted to the reign of Elizabeth, the narrative being brought down to the year 1573. It is wholly supererogatory to commend Mr. Froude's labors. His research, his careful and lawyer-like analysis of facts, his independence of traditional opinions, and his vigorous style, have made a decided impression upon the reading public both of
Modern Italian Poets (W. D. Howells).-British Finance in 1816.-Charles Lamb and his Biographers (Adams S. Hill).-The New Jersey Monopolies (J. K. Medberry).—The Railroad System (C. F. Adams, Jr.).-Deaf-Mute Education (F. B. Sanborn).-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (W. D. Howells).-Lessing (James Russell Lowell).-Religious Liberty (C. E. Norton).—Critical Notices. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. The Baptist Quarterly. April.
Rebaptism (Kendall Brooks, D. D.).—Meaning of the Word кTIZIE in Romans viii. 19-23 (Prof. A. W. Arnold).-The Apostle Paul (Rev. Wm. Hurlin). -The Scriptural Anthropology (Geo. D. Boardman, D. D.).—The Fundamental Law of Christian Worship (Rev. J. Colver Wightman).-Open Commu
Universalist Quarterly. April.
Knowledge as an Instrument, an Ornament, and a Blessing (Rev. T. B. Thayer).-The Possibility of nion (Prof. G. D. B. Pepper). Philadelphia: Universal Salvation (Rev. A. G. Gaines).-The Re- | American Baptist Publication Society.
England and this country, and deservedly placed
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cilius, Second Lord Baltimore, and the Formative | foundations of our faith, discussed in the general Period of the Colony; Difficulties with the Vir- order in which they are presented in the Apostles' ginians, and those arising from the Civil Wars in Creed. The opinion is expressed in the IntrodneEngland; the Advent of the Friends, and their tion "that neither the public statement from the Influence; Boundary Disputes; Revolution of 1689; pulpit of Christian truths to mixed congregations, the Established Church and Presbyterianism; So- nor the religious instruction given to our young ciety during the Eighteenth Century, and Causes people, adequately meets the requirements of the which led to a Union with other Colonies in a day." It is sought here more especially to address Declaration of Independence; Sketches of the Pro- those in whom has been awakened a desire more prietaries. We are glad to see that a full index is clearly to understand the faith they hold, and who added to the volume. are inwardly perplexed with doubts and misgivings occasioned by the bold tone of recent historical criticism and by the assumptions of modern science. The subjects discussed and the lecturers are: Faith, by Riggenbach; Nature of God, by Gess; Sin, by Stäheln; The Old Testament Dispensation and the Heathen World, by Auberlen; The Person of Christ, by Riggenbach; Christ's Atonement for Sin, by Auberlen; The Holy Spirit and the Christian Church, by Preiswerk; Justification by Faith, by Stockmeyer; and the Immortality of the Soul and Eternal Life, by Stäheln. The names of some of these lecturers are familiar to English students, and the productions of all of them are marked by a logical style, depth of penetration, and discriminating analysis, characteristic not only of the thorough
theologian, but of a mind which meets rather than ignores intellectual and moral difficulties. The perusal of such well-reasoned discourses can scarcely fail to settle the unstable, and resolve those anxious until they land their perplexed possessor in callous questionings which are too often secretly harbored indifferentism or conscious despair. It is perhaps scarcely necessary to say that as a specimen of neat typography and admirable book-making the work presents those general characteristics of excellence which mark all the issues of Mr. Strahan's press.
Thrilling Adventures of Daniel Ellis, the Great Union
the date of his birth was in the midst of the Revo-
The Year of Prayer: being Family Prayers for the
Helena's Household: a Tale of Rome in the First
In this story the reader is placed amid Roman scenes and characters. The events are impressively narrated with much vigor of style; the trials of the early Christian professors are graphically portrayed, and a large amount of historical information is incidentally imparted.
A Tale of Two Cities. By Charles Dickens.
iv., 160. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson & Bros. This is the third volume of the "Author's American Edition" issued by the Messrs. Peterson. It contains sixty-four original illustrations from designs by John McLean.
The Prose Tales of Edgar Allen Poe. 2 vols. pp.
vi., 483; vi., 498. New York: W. J. Widdleton. These two volumes, each complete in itself, contain an entire series of the tales of Poe, detached from his other prose writings. The editor is justified in attributing the success and merit of these productions to their polished style, their rare ingenuity, and their strange union of the imaginative and scientific faculties. In constructive ability, and in the art of dealing with the marvellous, the best of them are scarcely surpassed by De Quincey. Mr. Widdleton has done well to collect them in this accessible form, and they cannot fail to be now more read than they have ever heretofore been. Sut Lovingood: Yarns Spun by a Natʼral born Dura'd Fool; Warped and Wove For Public Wear. By George W. Harris. pp. xv., 299. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald.
Some of these stories have been before the public for a long time. We recollect having had a hearty