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the vagaries that we may be disposed to ascribe to his singular assumptions, was an immense soul, greatly in advance, on many points, of his contemporaries, and only just now beginning to be appreciated as a thinker in the most exalted sphere of human thought. No one, we think, will take the trouble to read his philosophical works, without coming away from them deeply impressed by the reach and grandeur of his generalizations. Mr. Jones should not have attempted to take his measure, without a much longer study, than he has, apparently, given to the subject. He is more at home among our great English worthies, whom he has studied 'con amore, and with better means of getting at their greatness.

We confess to a partiality for the Essay. It is one of the most agreeable forms of writing; having none of the labored ponderousness of the Treatise, and being less superficial than the newspaper. It admits of a large variety in connection with a general unity of place. With nine readers out of ten, a well-constructed essay will find favor, when the more elaborate book will be thrown aside. The essay fills up a thousand interstices of time, when the mind, guided by the active interests of life, feels incompetent to the task of more serious and sustained reading. Indeed, it ranks next to poetry, as an occupation of desultory hours, and produces much of the same genial and enlivening effect. Who can estimate the value of such collections as the Indicator, and Companion, of Leigh Hunt, in this respect? Or of the Table-Talk," and other similar works, of Hazlitt? They are like pictures, which one hangs about his room, or keeps lying on his writing table, always at hand, and a single glance at which calls up a world of pleasurable emotions.


We thank Mr. Jones, therefore, for his frequent contributions to this species of literature. Whether his books, so quietly put forth, will make an impression on the American mind, in its intense practical absorption, and be swallowed at once in the surges of public excitement, we cannot say; but we are satisfied that there are many thoughtful readers, scattered over the land, who will receive his labors with a feeling of welcome, which is sometimes more cheering to the author, than more sounding praise, and even the substantial tokens shared with publishers.

Letters on Astronomy-Addressed to a Lady. By DENISON OLMSTEAD, LL. D., Professor of Astronomy in Yale College. Harper Brothers.

The form of letters appears to be, as the author of the volume suggests, peculiarly applicable to the transmission of instruction, in the noble science of which the volume treats. It is well illustrated with numerous engravings, and the style is clear, and peculiarly adapted, as a class book, for the use of High Schools and Academies.

Schiller's Revolt of the Netherlands-Trial and Execution of Counts Egmont and Horn, and the Siege of Antwerp. Translated from the German of Frederick Schiller. By the Rev. A. J. W. MORRISON, M. A. Harper Brothers. This admirable history forms No. 21, of Harpers' New Miscellany. The emancipation of the Netherlands from the Spanish crown, was the great feature of the 16th century. The subjugation of the Netherlands was the rock on which the power of Spain was split. Philip II., the most powerful of its sovereigns, threatened the independence of Europe, through his ambition and warlike resources. Like other tyrants, he found in a distant, and comparatively weak nation, an obstacle on which all his efforts were expended in vain. The story of his fruitless efforts, and the manner in which the virtue and fortitude of a people, weak in natural resources, resisted the utmost power of Spain, in the zenith of its glory, is told in the glowing colors of a romance, yet with singular fidelity and truth.

Rural Cemeteries of America. By JAMES SMILIE, Esq. R. Martin, 29 John-. street, New-York.

Three numbers of this admirable work, illustrating with great fidelity of pen and pencil, that noble place of sepulture, Greenwood Cemetery. The publication is in numbers, each containing three beautiful line engravings, with the descriptive text, for the low price of 50 cents each number. When we reflect upon the fidelity of the views, the beauty of the engravings, and the costly style of execution, it becomes matter of surprise that the work can be afforded so low; and in

that fact, we have a guarantee that it can never be sold for less than the subscription price. Future numbers will contain views of Mount Auburn, Boston, Laurel Hill, Philadelphia, and the cemeteries of other cities. To the numerous holders of lots at Greenwood, and the friends of those there buried, it is pleasant to contemplate the beautiful spot where they repose.

Spaniards and their Country. By RICHARD FORD. Wiley & Putnam. This book forms No. 84 of the Library of Choice Reading, with the high merit of which the public are acquainted. The present publication purports to be the first part of a work on Spain, by the author of the Handbook of Spain. It avoids politics, and sketches very agreeably the topography, features of the country, national manners and peculiarities. The author is, however, very evidently a good example of your genuine English "snob," and is apparently one of those accustomed to "drink brandy and water, and damn the French." A class distinguished for a most thorough self satisfaction in relation to the entire superiority of England and the English, and a good natured sort of toleration for the poor creatures who are happy elsewhere. Like all English books on the peninsula, frequent appeals to the "wonderful despatches" of "the duke" are to be found. It does not seem to occur to this class, however, that those "wonderful despatches" contain a wonderful deal of nonsense, and that the opinions of "the duke" are, generally speaking, of but very little value; nevertheless, he is appealed to on all occasions as if he had made the peninsula. As an instance, the scarcity of provisions is proved by the letter of the all providing duke" to Lord Hill, wherein he states, “If you mean to dine, you had better bring your things with you, as I shall have nothing here." A most" wonderful despatch," certainly. Nevertheless such is the material, which, aided by the dissensions and treachery of the French marshals, the English have continued to make a greater man (on paper) of smaller materials than any other nation. Apart from this true spirit of snobism, the work is lively and of considerable interest. The following description of the pigs of the province of Estremadura, is an example of the vein of humor which runs through the book:

"The pigs during the greater part of the year are left to support nature as they can, and in gauntness resemble those greyhound-looking animals which pass for porkers in France. When the acorns are ripe and fall from the trees, the greedy animals are turned out in legions from the villages, which more correctly may be termed coalitions of pigsties. They return from the woods at night, of their own accord, and without a swine's general. On entering the hamlet, all set off at a full gallop, like a legion possessed with devils, in a handicap for home, into which each single pig turns, never making a mistake. We have more than once been caught in one of these pig-deluges, and nearly carried away, horse and all, as befel Don Quixote, when really swept away by the far-spread and grunting drove. In his own home each truant is welcomed like a prodigal son or a domestic father. These pigs are the pets of the peasants; they are brought up with their children, and partake, as in Ireland, in the domestic discomforts of their cabins; they are universally respected, and justly, for it is this animal who pays the rint;' in fact, are the citizens, as at Sorrento; an Estremenian man is quite a secondary formation, and created to tend herds of these swine, who lead the happy life of former Toledan dignitaries, with the additional advantage of becoming more valuable when dead."

Songs and Ballads. By SAMUEL LOVER. New-York: Wiley & Putnam. This is a third edition of these highly popular songs, corrected by the author, and is the only collection recognised by him as complete. It contains the songs of "Handy Andy" and "Treasure-Trove," as well as all from “ Irish Evenings." The whole are so decidedly popular, as to make but the mention of their publication, in a small neat volume, in the style of Wiley & Putnam's Library of Choice Reading, necessary to ensure its sale.

together with the cause of the present New-York: Wiley & Putnam.

The Potatoe Plant, its uses and properties, malady. By ALFRED SMEE, F. R. S. The calamity which has overtaken the potatoe plant in all countries, particularly in those where it is most depended upon, through the influence of a strange malady, makes a work of the kind before us, of peculiar interest at the present time. It is illustrated with 10 lithographs, representing the plant and the disease incident to it. The prevalent disease is ably and carefully investigated, and all in our agricultural country should possess themselves of the work.

The Early Jesuit Missions in North America. Translated by Rev. WILLIAM Ingraham Kip, M. A. Wiley & Putnam, New-York.

The Jesuit missionaries were the earliest pioneers of Christianity and civilization in the western wilds of our country. Whatever opinions may be entertained with respect to the principles of the order, no dispassionate person who reads these volumes can deny, that the struggles and sufferings of these men rendered them worthy apostles of the glorious cause they had espoused.

The work is compiled and translated from letters written by several members of the mission to their respective friends-embracing a period of 35 years, and the first bearing the early date of 1722. During this period, it may be well imagined, they had many exciting adventures with the Indians, which would form ample materials for a thrilling romance. These, however, are told in a simple, minute, and matter of fact style, that carries conviction with it; and whilst rendering the work more instructive, reflects still greater credit upon the labours and spirit of the missionaries.

The struggles of several of these pious men were crowned by martyrdom— the last and best evidence of their faith in the doctrines they had undertaken to disseminate. Altogether, the work forms a valuable and interesting addition to the library of the above extensive publishers.

Hutton's Book of Nature; Revised and Improved. By Rev. J. L. BLAKE, D. D. Harper Brothers.

This small volume contains a microscopic view of the great works of nature in the formation of the earth and its inhabitants, the sea and its occupants, as well as the great solar system and the wondrous worlds of which it is composed. It is so arranged, as to impart correct ideas of those great features of the universe to the young in an amusing manner.

The Principles of Science applied to the Domestic and Mechanic Arts, and to Manufactures and Agriculture. By ALONZO POTTER, D. D. Harper Brothers.

This work contains a great deal of useful matter, and also much that is of injurious tendency. As far as the principles of science are explained and adhered to, it is commendable; but the introduction of an electioneering tirade of that celebrated charlatan, Nicholas Biddle, as a chapter on American iron, is far from being instructive to the judicious, although it may make the unthinking laugh at the exhumation of such exploded theories. The enumeration of the amount of silk, wines and iron imported into the country, as the sums expended in extravagance, when they are but the medium of payment for farm produce sold abroad, was a singular instance of impudent quackery in one, who ruined thousands of widows and orphans by taking their money and giving them promises.

S. S. S. Philosophy. By the Author of "Kate in Search of a Husband." Lowell, Mass.: Merrill & Heywood.

This is a collection of the writings of one whose novels of " Jessie's Flirtations" and Kate in Search of a Husband," have been exceedingly popular; and the interest is not diminished by the fact that they are the production of an "American factory-girl," a personification of that Yankee versatility to which the manufacture of "aphorisms and aprons," satinets and sentences, checks and chapters, webs and wisdom, are alike facile.

The Pleasures of Taste, and other Stories. Selected from the Writings of Miss Jane Taylor. By Mrs. SARAH J. HALE. Harper Brothers.

This is an admirable selection, guided by the acknowledged taste of Mrs. Hale, from the popular writings of Miss Taylor, for the instruction and amusement of youth of both sexes.

Pictures of Early Life. By Mrs. EMMA C. EMBURY. Harper Brothers.

A collection of tales, by Mrs. Embury, highly interesting and instructive; and of a character which should place it in the hands of youth, as well to instruct as to interest and amuse.

Specimens of the Poets and Poetry of the Ancients. By WILLIAM PETER, A. M. Carey & Hart, Philadelphia.

This is a noble selection of the best English translations of the Greek and Latin poets-affording specimens of each from Homer, 950 years before Christ, to Avienus, at the close of the 4th century-a scope of near fourteen centuries. A little biographical sketch of each poet is also prefixed to their respective works; the whole forming a most agreeable collection of the peculiar poetry of the ancients, upon whose minds the circumstances of Paganism, a southern climate, and the position of woman in the social circle, produced results widely different from those wrought out in later years by the progress of Christianity, the growth and influence of chivalry, and their joint efforts in raising the condition of the female sex. Bearing these circumstances in mind, there is much in the ancient authors to afford the greatest pleasure. The volume before us, containing a selection of them by a gentlemen of taste, is a desirable addition to every library.

Chaucer and Spencer. In two parts. Wiley & Putnam.

These two volumes form Nos. 25 and 26 of the Library of American Books.— Part No. 1 consists of selections from Spencer's Fairy Queen, by Mrs. C. M. Kirkland; and Part 2, selections from the poetical works of Geoffry Chaucer, by Charles D. Deshler, Esq. Mrs. Kirkland informs us, in her preface, that her motive in thus re-producing the works of Spencer has been solely to extend the acquaintance of the American public with their beauties; and to this end the selections have been made with especial reference both to subject matter and poetical merit, the spelling being modernised wherever such a change would not injure the thyme and rhythm. It is certainly a great acquisition to every library, to have an American edition of the great English poet. What Mrs. Kirkland has done for Spencer has Mr. Deshler performed for Chaucer, whose admirers are fond of honoring as the founder of English poetry.

The Treatment of Insanity. By JOHN M. GALT, M. D. Harper Brothers,

This volume comprises a compilation from all the most eminent writers on the treatment of insanity in all its diversified forms. A majority of the writers whose matter is here quoted have never been before published in the United States.The volume forms, as it were, a condensation of the experience of the most eminent men of all countries, upon a malady in which more perplexing contingencies arise to the practitioner than perhaps any other, and as such is a most valuable aid.

The American Poulterer's Companion. By C. N. BEMENT. Harper Brothers.

This is a most useful work. The author, Mr. Bement, was, for many years, the landlord of the American Hotel, at Albany; and his large experience comes eminently in aid of his natural disposition for writing upon domestic fowls. The present is the fifth illustrated edition, which has appeared in two years.

The Lives of Columbus and Americus Vespucius. With Engravings. Harper Brothers.

This neat little volume is the first of a series, of the lives of distinguished persons, adapted to the understanding of the young; and it is well begun, with those whose fortune it was to "call a New World into existence."

Pictorial History of England. Harper Brothers.

No. 16, of this immensely valuable production, has appeared, and its publication goes on regularly. It is a work which should, by all means, be possessed by the people at large.

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