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fectation of vitality and intensity. Redfield Potter, Philadelphia, has issued a large octavo has issued an excellent American edition. of more than a thousand pages, entitled The
| Religious Denominations in the United States. A very entertaining story has been published
from the pen of Rev. Dr. Belcher. It gives the by Carter & Brothers, bearing the title of Fitz
| usual outlines of denominational government herald; or, the Temptation. It is a translation
and creeds, and also a preliminary sketch of from the German with emendations, and its
Judaismi, Paganism, and Mohammedanism. A lesson, most impressively presented, is that
large portion of the work is made up of such neither innate principle, nor careful training,
anecdotes and general and miscellaneous matcan enable the heart to withstand temptation
ter as will render it readable among the people, without the observance of the Scripture precept,
while detracting perhaps from the favorable “ Watch and pray." This house is deservedly
estimate of critical readers. It is interspersed noted for the substantial worth and elegance
with a superabundance of pictures. of its publications. Its juvenile books especially appeal, as all such works should, to Redfield, New-York, continues the series of the eye of the reader; the present volume is Simms's works. The last volume laid upon our really beautiful in all respects.
table is The Scout. We have heretofore given Gould & Lincoln, Boston, have published a
our estimate of Simms's writings. The mechan
ical style of this edition is, like all Redfield's work entitled The Beller Land ; or, The Believer's Journey and Future Homema tribute from the
publications, substantial and elegant. pen of Rev. Mr. Thompson, of Roxbury, Mass., Griffiths & Bates, 79 John-street, have started to his people, on leaving them for Europe. a new magazine, to be devoted to nautical After some delightful essays on the “passage," | affairs: it is entitled the Nautical Magazine and “ way-marks,” &c., of the way, the mass of the Commercial Review. The first number is filled volume is made up of dissertations on the with valuable articles on its peculiar topics. recognition of friends in heaven, children in The whole number makes a fine appearance, heaven, beauty of angels, activity in heaven, and begins bravely for these hard times, when the resurrection body, &c. The book is replete so many periodicals are disappearing from the with good and consoling thoughts.
literary ranks. The same publishers have issued a translation | Carlton & Phillips, Nere-York, have issued a of Rev. Mr. Grandpierre's Glance at America. I really elegant reprint of Mrs. Owen's Heroines Mr. Grandpierre is a distinguished French of History. It is an able defense of woman Protestant clergyman: he traveled in this against those Voltarian satirists of the sex, who country lately, and writes in these pages the accuse it of possessing neither of the masculine impressions of his visit: they relate mostly to attributes, “ideas nor beards;" and consists of our religious and educational interests, and are some of the most striking examples of female very complimentary, though somewhat meager. heroism in history. These examples are clasHe writes for his own countrymen, not for us, sified under the heads of "Jewish,” “Classical," and his book has little interest for American and “Modern Eras." They extend from Jael readers.
to Marie Antoinette. The engravings, eight in One of the very best Sunday School Hymn
number, are exceedingly fine. No house in Books which has come under our eye is a
the United States excels Carlton & Phillips in compilation edited by Rev. Dr. Kidder, and
wood illustrations. recently published by Carlton & Phillips. The
Glorious John Milton would be only worthily hymns are numerous and well classified ;
bound in solid gold and precious gems; but they are not too long; there is little or none
as these decorations, however befitting, would of that pettyism with which children's books
make him inaccessible to ourself, and the rest are often and wretchedly spoiled, and which in
of mankind, in these present hard times, we are poetry begets a taste for doggerel. It provides
glad to see Phillips e Sampson's beautiful edifor all possible occasions, and is a fine model
tion of the blind old bard. The liberal type book of the kind.
and fair paper of the present volumes will do Forelers & Wells are already out with their much to prevent the poet's misfortune in any Almanace — Hydropathic and Phrenological of his, we hope numerous, readers. The poems, for 1855. These annuals are always replete including his great works, the miscellaneous with valuable information on various subjects, ones and the sonnets, are prefaced by “Mitas well as peculiar information on their special ford's Life of Milton," with copious notes and topics.
addenda. A fine steel engraving of the poet
ornaments the volumes. The Living World, is the title of a monthly periodical, edited by E. D. Babbitt and C. T. The same publishers have also issued, in simMorse, and published in New-York, Cleveland, ilar style, Goldsmith's Poems and Essays, with and Cincinnati. It is arranged on a new and “Aiken's Memoirs and Critical Dissertation on comprehensive plan, consisting of the very his Poetry," and an “Introductory Essay" by cream of the news and statistics of commerce, Tuckerman. Those of our readers who are education, religion, literature, the fine arts, about to purchase copies of these English clasinventions, and discoveries. Each number con sics, cannot supply themselves with more admitains sixteen long pages, or forty-eight columns, rable editions at the same expense. There are being of the size of the usual dollar works, now several rival editions of the series of British while its terms are only fifty cents a year. It poets issuing in both this country and England is cheap enough for the million, and elegant -none of them excel that of Phillips & Sampson enougb for the choice few.
| in mechanical excellence.
English copyright and American Authors-De Quincey find the mates to, and then you would be dis-Gray's Elegy-Rev. Mr. Rule's Historical Works
appointed. De Quincey now resides at LassAcademy of Inscriptions-Thiers-Dr. Akers--Cardinal Wiseman on the Corruptions of Popular Liter
wade, a romantic rural village, once the resiature -- Madame George Sand -- Ancient Price of | dence of Sir Walter Scott. Books-Literary Labor--Wisconsin School FundPopular Education in the United States.
The original MS. of Gray's exquisite “ Elegy The decision of the House of Lords on foreign
in a Country Church-yard," to which we recopy-right, giving to American works in England
ferred in our last number, has since been sold only the same advantages which English writers
for one hundred and thirty-one pounds—thirtyhave in this country, and establishing the same
one pounds more than Mr. Penn, of Stoke Pogis, rule in regard to all countries, has had notice
gave for it, some ten years ago. The purchaser able effect on the London trade. We learn
was not an autograph collector, not a dealer, from the London Literary Gazette, that in re
not even a Yankee, not even an English noblegard to foreign music, on which the question
man. Will the reader believe it ?- the purlatterly arose, a reduction of price by one-half
chaser was a poet, Mr. Robert Charles Wrightis announced. Messrs. Boosey and Sons have
son, writer of the Fine Arts' contributions in issued a catalogue of the principal works affected
Aris's Birmingham Gazette, and author of a volby the decision, including some of the most
ume of poems, entitled “The Trance." For popular operas of the day. In general litera
Gray's poetical notes Mr. Wrightson paid down, ture, the activity of republishers is chiefly shown
says a London paper, proudly and at once, new in regard to American books. Mrs. Stowe's
and crisp Bank of England notes, with an air “Sunny Memories” had recently appeared in
of well-justified delight, that he had become the two formidable volumes, Messrs. Low and Co.
possessor of the original MS, of one of the bestcounting on the absence of rival editions, as
known poems in the world ; in short, that he sole possessors of the copyright in England.
was a person to be envied. As soon as it was known that the exclusive The Rev. William H. Rule, one of the editors property could not be validly held, the pub of the Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, and aulishers had to announce an edition at eighteen thor of the “ Brand of Dominic," has just got pence, with sixty illustrations, to meet the out a new work bearing the title of "The Third rivalry of Messrs. Routledge, who announced a Crusade: Richard I., Caur de Lion, King of cheap edition of the book. Other publishers | England." This is said to be the first volume have since printed still cheaper copies, and we of a series of historical subjects, which will come observe an issue commenced, to be completed prehend many of the most eminent personages, in six penny numbers. Of more important and nearly all the leading events from the American works, such as those of Prescott and twelfth and thirteenth centuries down to the Bancroit, the removal of the restrictions on re- present time. Each volume will be a distinct printing involves more serious injury to the original history; and the volumes, when compublishers who had made arrangements with pleted, are intended to represent, consecutively the authors. Mr. Bentley is the chief holder and fully, the principal phases of social and reof the now valueless English copyright of this ligious progress from the barbaric age of the higher class of American literature. Thus, Crusades to that in which we live. then, for want of an honest copyright law, our authors are to suffer both at home and abroad
The French Academy of Inscriptions et Belles -the genius of the country is to be sacrificed | Lettres has printed an account of its literary to the cupidity of its publishers. .
operations during the first half of the present The veteran De Quincey, after being neglected
year. Among other things, it has brought out
the second part of the twentieth volume of the by his own country for years, finding consola
collection of writings of foreign sarans on erution meanwhile in "feeding on the daintinessdite subjects: it has published another volume, of his own thought," and albeit on opium too, the third, of the account of national antiquities; is fast becoming a “ living classic"-thanks to
and it has made progress with the literary histhe appreciation of American publishers. The
tory of France, the collection of French hisEnglish monthlies and quarterlies begin to
torians, and the collection of historians of the abound in critiques upon him. He seems yet
Crusades, &c. to be in good vigor. A late writer describes him as one of the smallest-legged, smallest í M. Thiers is occupying the leisure which bodied, most attenuated effigies of the human | ejection from political affairs affords him, in form divine that one could meet in a crowded | writing his book on Italy and the Fine Arts in city during a day's walk; and if one adds to the Sixteenth Century. M. Villemoin is comthis figure clothes neither fashionably cut nor pleting the second volume of his “ Souvenirs fastidiously adjusted, he will have a tolerable Contemporains," the first of which created great idea of De Quincey's outer man. But his brow, sensation in Europe. As to the less distin. that pushes his obtrusive hat to the back of his guished portion of the literary fraternity in head, and his light gray eyes, that do not seem Paris it is still doing nothing, and in conseto look out, but to be turned inward, sounding quence is still in frightful distress; but some the depths of his imagination, and searching of its more energetic members are trying to out the mysteries of the most abstruse logic, establish three or four partly literary partly are something that you would search a week to satirical periodicals.
The Rev. Peter Akers, D. D., has completed a / authoress, be one of the most extraordinary work on Scripture Chronology, which is about works in existence. The newspaper proprietors to be published by Swormstedt & Poe, Cincin- esteem its popularity so highly, that they have nati. It will make an octavo volume, and is paid Madame Sand $20,000 for the copyright. said by those who have examined the manu
Price of Books among the Ancients. What an script to throw some new light on the import
immense reduction has been made in the price ant subject of which it treats. Dr. Akers con
of books by the invention of the art of printing! tends, with some European critics, that the
It is recorded of Plato, that although his paterChristian Sunday is the day of the original Sab
nal inheritance was small, he bought three bath. His work has employed his studies for
books of Philolaus the Pythagorean for ten years.
thousand denarii, nearly $1500. We are also We have lately referred to the Elucational informed that Aristotle bought a few books beExhibition, got up in England, under the au-| longing to Speucippus, the philosopher, for three spices of Prince Albert. It was attended with Attic talents, a sum equivalent to about $2800. a course of lectures, among which was an extra St. Jerome also ruined himself by purchasing ordinary one by Cardinal Wiseman, on “ The the works of Origen. Home Education of the Poor.” Taking his illus
Literary Labor.—The American author, Altration from France, he gave an account of the
cott, has written one hundred volumes, Wesley recent proceedings of the government of France
wrote thirty octavo volumes, Baxter wrote in reference to the popular literature of that
several hundred volumes, and Lopez de Vega, country. He explained (according to the re
the Spanish poet, published twenty-one million porter of the Times) how it had been carried on
three hundred thousand lines, which are equal for three hundred years by colportage--how an
to more than two thousand six hundred and sixty nually from eight to nine million volumes, va
volumes as large as Milton's Paradise Lost! La rying in price from one cent to twenty, had
pez de Vega was the most voluminous of writers. been thus distributed-how little, in the lapse
But it is not the quantity so much as the qualof ages, this literature had changed or been im
ity of literary matter that insures immortality; proved—and how, at length, the government
for long after the millions of Lopez de Vega's of the present emperor had resolved to inquire
lines are buried in oblivion, the few simple into the character of the works thus circulated,
verses of Gray's Elegy will live to delight manwith the view of prohibiting such as it con
kind. sidered noxious or foolish. On the 30th of November, 1852, a commission had been ap
Wisconsin has & school fund of one million. pointed, and, in consequence, the colporteur was
dollars, and lands which, when sold, will increase required to have a stamp of permission on every
it to five million dollars. There are three thoubook that he sold. The publishers had also
sand school districts in the state ; one hundred been invited to send in their publications to be and five thousand and eighty-two dollars were examined, and approved or rejected. The num
expended last year for teachers' wages. During ber of works in consequence submitted had been | 1853, the number of children in the state beseven thousand five hundred : and of them tween the ages of five and twenty years, was three-fourths had been refused permission to one hundred and thirty-five thousand five hunbe put in circulation. He asked the meetins dred, of whom one hundred and eight thousand to imagine, with such a result, the state of the three hundred, or nearly four-fifths, attended literature infecting every cottage in France, not school. Five years ago, of seventy thousand five for fire, ten, or twenty, but for the last three
hundred and sixty-seven children, only thirtyhundred years. Many of these books were
two thousand one hundred and seventy-four, or filled with superstitions, and the exploded fal- less than one-half, attended school. lacies of astrology were still preserved in them Alabama.-The legislature of this state has as scientific truths. A great void had been
recently passed an act “to establish and maincreated by the withdrawal of these works, --and
tain a system of free public schools," and has the question had arisen, how that was to be
appropriated two hundred and forty thousand filled up? The government had at first trusted
dollars annually for that purpose. to the exigency of the demand for a supply; and subsequently, finding that it did not come,
Texas has established a permanent school had entertained the proposition of instigating
fund of two million of dollars. men of real genius to prepare works on history, There are in the United States about sixty on agriculture, on elementary chemistry, and on thousand common schools, which are supported other suitable subjects; but it had been con at an annual expense of nearly six million dolsidered dangerous thus to enter on a competition lars; more than half of which is cxpended by with the ordinary book trade, and the matter the states of New-York and Massachusetts. was still under consideration. This disclosure
By a recent vote of the House of Commons, of the extent of colportage in France is quite
two hundred and fifty-one to one hundred and surprising. Our own country is fast imitating
sixty-one, Dissenters are admitted to study at the example.
the University of Oxford. The motion was Madame George Sand's “ History of her Life” merely to the effect that no oaths or subscripis about to be published in one of the principal tions be necessary, except the oath of allegiance, Paris newspapers. It is to fill altogether five to any person matriculated at the University. volumes. It is of course expected with the The difficulties in the way of graduating, howliveliest interest, and if it imitate the frank ever, are not yet entirely removed, as the oaths ness of Rousseau's “Confessions,” will, from and subscriptions to the thirty-nine articles are the genius and the adventurous career of the not dispensed with.
Irts anÙ Sciences.
Great Invention in Printing - The Telegraph-Erics- far as Alexandria, in order from that point to
son's Caloric Engine - Flowers - New Reaping reach India and Australia ; and thus shall Machine-Didron-Artificial Quinine.
Shakspeare's Ariel fulfill his promised feats. ONE of the most important announcements! While announcing these important move since our last bulletin of scientific news, is
ments onward, we regret to say that the sazfrom Paris. It promises a revolution in print
guine announcements of the New-York press reing. This marvelous discovery, as our Eu
specting Mr. Ericsson's caloric engine have failed. ropean papers pronounce it, is nothing less than
The apparatus has been finally abandoned, and the power of producing, instantaneously, copies
is to be taken out of the ship bearing his name, of engravings, lithographs, and printed pages,
steam-boilers being substituted. From the bewith such minute exactitude that the most
ginning this result has been foreseen by pracsearching investigation, even by a microscope,
tical and scientific men, notwithstanding the cannot distinguish them from the originals.
| alleged complete success of the experiment. The modus operandi is not described, and is, in fact, it is stated, kept a profound secret by the Our transatlantic papers report an interestinventor, who is a M. Boyer, of Nismes; but it ing discovery-interesting not only to our fair seems to resemble the operation of lithography. readers, but to men of science-by a distinguishAs a specimen of his art, M. Boyer is represented ed artiste in flower-painting, Madame Leprince de to have produced, in less than a quarter of an Beaufort, for preserving flowers. By her art, hour, a reproduction of a sheet containing, first, not only flowers, but trees, can be embalmed; & page of a Latin book, published in 1625; the tree remains always green, and the flower second, a design from the “Illustrated London retains its color and brilliancy: the process is News," of April, 1854; third, a page from a re- instantaneous. Thanks to this discorery, the cently printed biography; fourth, a page of a ladies can always have real flowers for their book printed in 1503 ; fifth, an engraving of the bonnets and coiffeurs, and also for the vases in façade of a palace; sixth, a specimen of gothic their appartements; but what will become of the characters. All these were, it is alleged, imi- poor artistes in artificial flowers ? tated with such extraordinary minuteness, that
It is claimed, with a great flourish of trumneither the eye nor the microscope could detect
pets, that a Frenchman has recently succeeded the difference of a letter, a line, or a spot, be
in perfecting what the English and Americans tween them and the originals. A great number
have so long sought to perfect, and failed-a of copies can, we are told, be struck off from
reaping-machine. In two hours and a quarter the stone employed, and the expense is alleged
this machine, it is said, cut two acres of wheat, to be extremely small, fifty per cent. at least for
with only one horse and three servants; it did printed works, and more for engravings. If
not leave a straw behind; it gathered them all there be no exaggeration in what is stated,
in bundles, and left them on the ground ready M. Boyer's discovery will effect an extraordinary
to be tied. With a relay horse they can cut revolution in the printing and engraving pro
ten acres per day-the work of ten cradlefs and fessions : with it neither print nor book can
a multitude of reapers! It is also said that possibly be protected from piracy. It is not
eight other reapers of French invention, and a denied that he has already produced fac-similes
quantity of thrashers, will figure at the Paris of rare old engravings and books.
Exhibition in competition with those which may We have heretofore referred to the prospect be brought from abroad. Harvest hands were of a submarine telesraph from this country to scarce, this year, in France, on account of the Europe. This great instrument is to be still extensive recruitments for the war, and the further extended in the old world. It has lately preparations for war, and an impetus has therebeen announced in one of the leading French | fore been given to labor-saving inventions, which papers, that after a serious study of the matter, it is to be hoped will not be subject to reaction. a convention, in which the ditferent powers in
M. Didron, the author of the “ Iconographie terested have taken part, has been concluded
Chrétienne," has been authorized by the French for the establishment of an electrical communi
Minister of Public Instruction to proceed to cation which will unite the European continent
Italy, in order to study the ancient Christian with Algeria by crossing the islands of Corsica
monuments of that country which have relation and Sardinia. The submarine telegraph from
to his subject. He is to visit Rome, Florence, England to France is to be continued by land,
Ravenna, Venice, and Milan. Two draughtsand after crossing Nice and Genoa, will reach
men have been appointed to accompany him. Spezzia, at the bottom of the gulf of that name. The new line will start from that point, and Two manufacturing chemists have presented after crossing the island of Corsica, will pass to the French Academy of Science sealed papers, by Sardinia to the coast of Algeria, near Bona. each containing a specimen of artificial quinine, From that place, if it be thought necessary, it which they had made by different processes. will be continued as far as the Regency of Tunis. The pathological qualities of the substance are The works necessary for the accomplishment of to be tested, and if they are found satis:actory, the first part of this plan will be completed in the discovery is certainly important. It will two years from the date of the promulgation of obviate the necessity of importing the bark of the law. At that time the line will be prolonged the cinchona-trees, from which alone has the by the shore of the Mediterranean in Africa as great tonic, thus far, been extracted.
KING, THE SCULPTOR. 66 UTOW palpable,” says a late writer, patience, wisdom, benevolence of that
N1 (Rev. H. W. Bellows,) the pro- | Providence, which keeps his own gifts half found design entertained by Providence, hidden, half revealed, that they may be of awakening and educating man's soul received with the best advantage of his through the necessity under which he creatures, while he strictly subordinates lies of subduing and regulating the ma- | the natural world to the spiritual discipline terial world." And in this adaptation of and moral victory of his rational offspring." the outer world to the inner and higher The same divine mind has also provided wants of man, he well remarks,“ we the proper stimulants for the culture of behold the grandest and most glorious the imagination and the taste. As al: proof of the being of that God, that won the concealed capabilities of the natural derful designer, whose plan, as it opens, world to add to the comforts of the race shows an infinite forecast—and of the are so many heavenly invitations and even