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The Crayon Miscellany. By Washington | the pride, the leisure, and the stomach, reject
Irving. New York: George P. Putnam, Homer until they can comprehend him in the 155 Broadway.
original; until they can sit down, and without
thought of grammar or metre, read a book of This forms the ninth volume of Irving's work, him at once, as they would of Milton or Job, and contains a Tour on the Prairies, Abbots- rapidly, and with a vivid insight ; for short of ford, and Newstead Abbey; these works have that, they will never comprehend him; but for always been great favorites with the public, the inass of men, let us have perfect, literal and ihe beautiful manner in which they are translations, like those of our English Bible, now published, will add to their value.
and this of Dr. Carlyle’s. A very tolerable, though rather pedantic, prose version of Homer has been published at Princeton, in New
Jersey. To read this literal Dante, and the History of King Charles the Second of Eng. literal Homer, side by side with the literal
land. By JACOB ABBOTT. With engravings. Job! what an adınirable employment, how New York: Harper & Brothers.
enlightened and elevating !
An Autobiography and Letters of the Author of
“ The Listener," "Christ our Law," &c. Philadelphia : J. W. Moore, 193 Chestnut
street. 1819. History of the war between the Uniled States
and Mexico, from the Commencement of Ilostilities to the Ratification of the Treaty of Caroline Fry, whose works, say the publishers
The life of a pious and very talented woman, Peace. By John S. JENKINS, Author of have had a large sale in this country. We « The Generals of the Last War with Great Britain," &c. &c. Auburn: Derby, Miller,
are not acquainted with the works of the good & Co. 1818. 8vo.
and pious lady, but from a casual reading of
her autobiographical memoir, have conceived This work is a very full and tolerably well that she must have been a truly delighưul and written account of the war. It has the usual valuable member of society, and a worthy fol. accompaniment of portraits of the distinguished lower of the faith to which she devoted her generals, badly executed. It is a work calcu calm and innocent existence. ated for a ready sale.
Dante's Dirine Comedy, The Inferno. A literal
Typee; a Peep al Polynesian Life, during a prose translation, with the text of the original.
Fire Months' Residence in a Valley of the Collated from the best editions, and Explan
Marquesas. The revised edition, with a
Sequel. atory Notes. By John A. CarlyLE, M.D.
By HERMAN MELVILLE. New York: Harper and Brothers. 1849.
York: Harper & Brothers. 1849. 1 vol.
This is a very elegant edition of the popular Dante's Divine Comedy, so called only be work of Mr. Melville, with his own revisal and cause it ends happily, though it begins sadly, is
improvements. counted among the greatest productions of genius. The Paradise Lost, the Inferno, the Æneid of Virgil, the Iliad of Homer, and the Book of Job, are generally regarded as the grandest works of imagination in their class.
Selections from Catullus for the use of Classical The Drama indeed contends with the Epic;
Students. With English Notes. By G. and Shakspeare, Sophocles, and Calidas, stand
G. COOKESLEY, M. A., one of the Assistant upon the other equal summit of the glory
Masters at Eton. Revised, with additional smitten Parnassus, but only at an equal, not a
Notes, by C. A. Bristed, late B.A., Scholar grander altitude.
of Trinity College, Cambridge. New York: To make these wonderful works common in
Stanford & Swords, 137 Broadway. 1819. all languages has been the task of the most accomplished scholars. A wretched, we had The most elegant poems of Catullus, with almost said an inhuman pedantry, has forbid- the indecencies omitted ; very properly, we den currency to accurate translations of Ilo-think. Age, surely, does not sanctify obscer. mer, and had it happened that Dante were a ity, at least among the living ; why, then, college book, we might have been deprived of should antiquity ? Besides, if we have a tooth, this valuable translation. Let those who have l there is Moore and Byron, and Paul de Kock
and Madame Sand, and a hundred others, all | The Slalesman's Manual. The Addresses and in good plain English, or equally facile French. Messages of the Presidents of the United These moderns are much more obscene, States, Inaugural, Annual, anıl Special, from though not quite as gross as the ancients. 1789 to 1849 ; with a Memoir of each of the The talk of antiquity was very like the small Presidents, and a History of their Adtalk of Shakspeare's day, or the jests of lusty ministrations. Also, the Constitution of the bachelors in our time. Chivalry, refined by United States, and a selection of important Christianity, first made decency a rule, and documents and statistical information. Comforbade the sacrifice of modesty to wit. It piled from official sources, by Edwin Wilseems to us, therefore, both a chivalrous and a
Embellished with Portraits of the Christian, or in one word, a gentlemanly pre Presidents, engraved on steel, by Vistus caution in Mr. Bristed, to have omitted the Balch. In 4 vols. New York: Edward indecencies of Catullus in this critical and Walker, 114 Fulton-street, 1849. elegant selection.
Those of our readers who read only Tenny We are intimately acquainted with this work, son and Shelley, can have no idea of the and must speak of it in terins of unqualified manner and spirit of Catullus. Like nature's praise. It is not only a good Political History self, it combines simplicity, the result of severe
of the United States, froin the Inauguration of criticism, with extreme grace and lightness. President Washington to that of General Like nature, or rather like the music of Mozart, Taylor, but contains a collection of the Preor the canzonets of Haydn, seeming to affect sidential Messages, special and general, of all the sense only, it secretly raises and harmo- the Administrations, each prefaced with, and nizes the spirits. It fulfills the first great end followed by complete and clearly written hisof poetry-to please without debauching. It torical chapters of the most unquestionable breathes a harmless and benign complacency; accüracy. it smiles while it sings, is gay without effort, To the young politician this work is inwitty without point or edge, humorous without dispensable. It will richly reward his most severity.
attentive study. To be master of its en" Let us live, my Lesbia,” cries the sweet tire contents is to be as well informed as the heathen, “and let us love, and count the saws reading of one work can make us, in the policy of cross old fellows not worth a copper. Suns
and conduct of both the great parties. may set and rise again; but to us, when ourTo a lawyer's library the work is of the short day is ended, the long night comes with greatest importance. Every young men's cirits endless sleep. Give me a thousand kisses, culating library will need a copy of it. Every then give me a hundred, and then a thousand debating club, and every State Department will more; and then a second hundred; and after require it. these another thousand and a hundred'; and The politics even of the last year can rarely when we have kissed many thousand times, be gathered from newspapers. It is only by let us rub out the score, and never know, nor such histories and compilations as this, that let any envious fellow know, that there hare we are to be thoroughly informed and guided been so many kisses.” But now we have only to a just estimate of the present movement in metaphysics and the rights of man done inio the political world. The volumes are cheap, but verse; or, if a love sonnet is written, it gathers well printed and neatly bound, and adorned no cream by standing.
with really excellent Engravings of all the Presidents.
The Documentary History of the State of New Pathology and treatment of the Asiulic Cholera,
York. Arranged under ihe direction of the so called. By A. L. Cox, M. D, New York :
all that is necessary to be known for the treat
ment of an ordinary case of Cholera. . Having On turning the leaves of this collection, sent had personal experience of what are called the us by the courtesy of the Secretary of State, premonitory symptoms” of the disease, but we find a variety of interesting and important which are in fact the commencement of the dispapers, and ancient maps, relating to the early ease itself, we can recommend with full conbistory of New York. Among others might fidence the treatment prescribed in this Essay of be mentioned several papers relative to the Dr. Cox's. With common sense and a few orFrench military expeditions against the colo dinary medicines, any person of good habits nies, and a variety of statistical documents on may check the disease at the outset. To avoid population, trade, and manufactures, from violent exertion, whether of mind or body, and 1647 to 1757.
by the judicious use of camphor, opium and
brandy, one, or all conjoined, as herein direct to read this history, we should read it with a ed, to check the diarrhea in its first stages, microscope. The least flaw would strike us. seems to be all that is necessary. The disease The least bedizenment, or touch of patriotic is in the organs of the circulation, and its first rouge, pearl-powder or burnt cork, would raise and principal symptom is a rapid escape of the our critical spleen. It is the author's own watery part of the blood into the intestinal fault; we cannot help it. Come on my lads, canal. To prevent this escape by the use of says he, and I will show you how to write a astringents and narcotics is, of course, the good, plain, straightforward, history. treatment indicated. We commend the pamph The most curious symptoms of our modern let especially to the attention of our Western literature is perhaps the very prevalent affectareaders. Dr. Cox is good authority in New tion of simplicity and hardness, à la CarlyleYork.
ending, for the most part, in a rattling together of the Saxon dry bones of English, in a very un
melodious fashion. Surely, grace and kindlyThe History of the United States of America, ness
; a full and easy manner, are greater refrom the discovery of the Continent to the commendations of a writer, than a coarse, inOrganization of the Government under the solent, frowning style, whose very force deFederal Constitution. By RICHARD Hul- generates into impertinent quickness and hardDRETH. 3 vols. New York: Harper & Bro- ness, and which seems adapted for the torture thers, 1849.
and exasperation, rather than for the pleasure
and consolation of readers." As far as we have examined the first volume of this History, in a cursory manner, it seems to be a plain, direct narrative, written in a sharp and clear, but somewhat dry style, with The Hand-book of Hydropathy, for. Profesoccasionally a critical remark or å severe sional and Domestic use : with an Appendix stricture. The spirit of the author is that of a on the best mode of forming Hydropathic man fully satisfied that he is master of his sub Establishments; being the result of twelve ject and of the motives and principles of the years' experience at Graefenberg and Freimen whose actions he describes. His advertise waldau. By Dr. J. Weiss, formerly Diment is perhaps the key to his sentiments and rector of the establishment at Freiwaldau. intentions. “Of centennial sermons and Fourth From the second London Edition. Philadelof July orations, whether professedly such or phia : J. W. Moore, 139 Chestnut-street. in the guise of history, there are more than 1849. enough. It is due to our fathers and ourselves, it is due to truth and philosophy, to present for This is unquestionably the treatise of the Conce, on the historic stage, the powers of our water cure. We have seen none comparable American nation, unbeda ubed with patriotic with it for completeness and simplicity. The rouge, wrapped up in no fine-spun cloaks of ex- publishers inform us that already one large cuses and apology; without stilts, buskins, tin-edition is nearly exhausted, though it has but sel or bedizenment, in their own proper persons, lately issued from the press. often rude, hard, narrow, superstitious, and mis Of all theories of medicine, we esteem the taken; but always earnest, downright, manly Hydropathic to be the most innocent. It proand sincere. The result of their labors is motes cleanliness-a virtue which comes next eulogy enough; their best apology is to tell to godliness-it leads to a careful observance their story exactly as it was.'
of all the rules of diet and exercise, and it preAfter a declaration of so much literary vigor, | serves the constitution from the horrid ainroads we had almost said of so much moral ferocity, of quack purgatives and pills of all descriptions. the reader is to expect nothing but a hard, plain, Next to our own theory, which is to have no and fearfully " earnest" account of the actions theory, but to consider that practice the best, of our fathers. In ourselves, indeed, it breeds which is most successful, we prefer the hya feeling of critical responsibility. Were wel dropathic.