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SHAW'S ENGLISH LITERATURE -(Lately published.)
OUTLINES OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.
BY THOMAS B. SHAW,
SECOND AMERICAN EDITION.
WITH A SKETCH OF AMERICAN LITERATURE.
BY HENRY T. TUCKERMAN, Esq.
In one large and handsome volume, royal 12mo., of about five hundred pages.
Extra cloth, $1 15; half bound in leather, $1 25. The object of this work is to present to the student, within a moderate compass, a clear and connected view of the bistory and productions of English Literature. To accomplish this, the author has followed its course from the earliest times to the present age, seizing upon the more prominent “Schools of Writing,” tracing their causes and effects, and selecting the more celebrated authors as subjects for brief biographical and critical sketches, analyzing their best works, and thus presenting to the student a definite view of the development of the language and literature, with succinct descriptions of those books and men of which no edu. cated person should be ignorant. He has thus not only supplied the acknow. ledged want of a manual on this subject, but, by the liveliness and power of his style, the thorough knowledge he displays of bis topic, and the variety of bis subjects, he has succeeded in producing a most agreeable reading-book, which will captivate the mind of the scholar, and relieve the monotony of drier studies.
From Prof. J. V. Raymond, University of Rochester. Its merits I had not now for the first time to learn. I have used it for two years as a text-book, with the greatest satisfaction. It was a bappy conception, admirably executed. It is all that a text-book on such a subject can or deed be, comprising a judicious selection of materials, easily yet effectively wrought. The author attempts just as much as he ought to, and does well all that he attempts; and the best of the book is the genial spirit, the genuine love of genius and its works which thoroughly pervades it, and makes it just what you want to put in a pupil's hands.
From Prof. J. C. Pickard, IUinois College. or “Shaw's English Literature” I can hardly say too much in praise. I hope its adoption and use as a text-book will correspond to its great merits.
From A. B. Davenport, Esq., Brooklyn, N. Y. The work of Shaw and Tuckerman on English and American Literature par ticularly interested me. It is truly a multum in parvo. I know not where one can find so much information condensed upon the topics on which it treats as is to be found in this work. Either as a text-book, or for higher classes in reading, it is worthy of general adoption.
From Prof. J. Munroe, Oberlin College. I have examined it carefully, and value it highly. It fills a place not occupied by any other book with which I am acquainted. It will probably be introduced in this institution as a text-book preparatory to the study of English literature. TEXT-BOOK OF SCRIPTURE GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY-(Just Issued.) OUTLINES OF SCRIPTURE GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY; Illustrating the Historical Portions of the Old and New
DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SCIIOOLS AND PRIVATE READING.
BY EDWARD HUGHES, F.R.A.S., F.G.S.,
With twelve handsome colored Maps.
In one very neat royal 12mo. volume, extra cloth. The intimate connection of Sacred History with the geography and physical features of the various lands occupied by the Israelites, renders a work like the prezent an almost necessary companion to all who desire to read the Scriptures understandingly. To the young, especially, a clear and connected narrative of the events recorded in the Bible, is exceedingly desirable, particularly when illustrated, as in the present volume, with succinct but copious accounts of the neighboring nations, and of the topography and political divisions of the countries mentioned, coupled with the results of the latest investigations, by which Messrs. Layard, Lynch, Olin, Durbin, Wilson, Stephens, and others have succeeded in throwing light on so many obscure portions of the Scriptures, verifying its accuracy in minute particulars. Few more interesting class-books could therefore be found for schools where the Bible forms a part of education, and none, perhaps, more likely to prove of permanent benefit to the scholar. The influence which the physical geography, climate, and productions of Palestine had upon the Jewish people will be found fully set forth, while the numerous maps present the various regious connected with the subject at their most prominent periods.
Fronu Prof. Samuel H. Turner, N. Y. Theolagical Seminary, It appears to contain, in a compressod form, a vast deal of important and accurate geographical and historical information. I hope the book will have the wide circulation which its merits entitle it to. I shall not fail to recommend it so far as opportunity offers.
From Rev. Samuel Findley, President of Antrim College, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1854. We have long needed just such a book, and as soon as possible we shall make it one of the text-books of our college. It should be a text-book in all our theological institutions.
From Rev. Eliphalet Nott, President of Union College, N. Y., Feb. 20, 1854. Few more interesting class-books, where the Bible is used in Schools, can be found than the “Outlines of Scripture Geography and History;" and it will prove, in families where the Bible is read, a valuable auxiliary to the understanding of that blessed volume. It is therefore to be hoped that it will receive that patronage which it so richly deserves.
From Prof. E. Ererett, New Orleans, Feb. 20. 1854. I have studied the greater portion of it with care, and find it so useful as a book of reference, that I have placed it on the table with my Bible as an aid to my daily Scripture readings. It is a book which ought to be in the hands of every biblical student, and I cannot but hope that it will have a wide circulation To such as desire to borrow, I answer, “I cannot loan it, for I am obliged to refer
I o it daily!”
OUTLINES OF ASTRONOMY.
BY SIR JOIN F. W. HERSCHEL, BART., F.R.S., &c
A NEW AMERICAN, FROM THE FOURTH AND REVISED LONDON EDITION.
In one handsome crown octavo volume, with numerous Plates and Wood-cute.
The present work is reprinted from the last London edition, which was care fully revised by the author, and in which he embodies the latest investigations and discoveries. It may therefore be regarded as fully on a level ith the most advanced state of the science, and even better adapted than its predecessors, as a full and reliable text-book for advanced classes.
A few commendatory notices are subjoined, from among a large number with which the publishers have been favored.
From Prof. D. Olmstead, Yale College.
From Prof. A. Caswell, Brown University, R. I. As a work of reference and study for the more advanced pupils, who are not yet prepared to avail themselves of the higher mathematics, I know of no work to be compared with it.
From Prof. Samuel Jones, Jefferson College, Pa., May 28, 1853. This treatise is too well known, and too highly appreciated in the scientific world to need new praise. A distinguishing merit in this, as in the other productions of the author, is that the language in which the profound reasonings of science are conveyed is 80 perspicuous that the writer's meaning can never be misunderstood.
From Prof. J. F. Crocker, Madison College, Pa., May 17, 1853. I know no treatise on Astronomy comparable to “ Herschel's Outlines.” It is admirably adapted to the necessities of the student. We have adopted it as a text-book in our College.
From Prof. James Curley, Georgetown College, May 24, 1853. As far as I am able to judge, it is the best work of its class in any language.
From Prof. N. Tillinghast, Bridgewater, Mass., May 12, 1853. It would not become me to speak of the scientific merits of such a work by such an author; but I may be allowed to say, that I most earnestly wish that it might supersede every book used as a text-book on Astronomy in all our institu. tions, except perhaps those where it is studied mathematically.
We now take leave of this remarkable work, which we hold to be, beyond a doubt, the greatest and most remarkable of the works in which the laws of astronomy and the appearance of the heavens are described to those who are not mathematicians nor observers, and remlled to those who are. It is the reward of men who can descend from the advancement of knowledge to care for its dif fusion, that their works are essential to all, that they become the manuals of the proficient as well as the text-books of the learner.-Athenæum.