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The volume now published verifies | original, abounding in sentences of what we have so briefly said. Some aphorismatic brevity, vividness, and of its discourses are truly great. Let pungency. The author displays great any reader turn to the discourse sympathy with the ethical spirit and headed, “ Uncharitable Judgments purport of the epistle, and cannot be Judged," or to “The Missionary consulted without profit ; but we Plea," and he will note the truth of lack the racy and angular force of the our remarks. The author says in his apostolic moraliste preface that he does not feel “warranted to send to the press for perpetuation and general dissemination either extemporized thoughts, or
COMMENTARY ON THE PENTATEUCH,
Translated from the German of Otto extemporized expressions of them,"
Von Gerlach. Edinburgh: T. and T. and he has acted accordingly. Few Clark. London: Hamilton, Adams, &Co. volumes of sermons display such mental powers and such mental This is a book for the general reader; peculiarities. It is refreshing as well is devout in its tone and evangelical as edifying to read it, though we in opinion. It contains little or nothing cannot but regret the footnotes which which is not already provided in orare generally disconnected with the dinary British commentaries. It is text, and being of a personal nature expository, not critical, and unlike manifest an egotism which probably most of the works issued by this enin a greater or less degree belongs to terprising publisher, is of comparaall men of Dr. Anderson's tempera tively little value to the scholar and ment. We cordially commend this the student. volume, and hope soon to see a successor to it.
1. CHESS PRAXIS: a Supplement to the
Chess Player's Handbook. By H.
Staunton. London: H. G. Bohn. 1860. THE WORDS OF THE RISEN SAVIOUR, and
2. MORPHY'S GAMES OF CHESS. With Commentary on the Epistle of St. James. Analytical and Critical Notes by J. By Rudolf Stier. T. and T. Clark.
Löwenthal. London: H. G. Bohn, 1860. THERE is something profoundly in THESE two volumes form a most teresting in collecting the “words of valuable addition to English Chess the Lord Jesus from heaven," and literature. The former brings up our the practical worth of the study sur knowledge of the science to the passes even the sublime attractiveness present day, in a clear and easily inof the theme. Lengthened commen telligible form. Mr. Staunton is dation of Stier is wholly unnecessary. certainly second to none in his power The student will discover the same of conveying chess instruction. It is minuteness of inspection, the same much to be regretted, however, that copiousness in research, the same he should have allowed certain private devout simplicity and spiritual pre matters to influence so evidently the cision which belong to his previous animus of this otherwise excellent volumes on the “ Words of the Lord book. The covert reflections continuJesus.” The “Commentary on the ally directed against Mr. Löwenthal, Epistle of St. James " belongs to and the attempts to depreciate Mr. another class of compositions. It is Morphy's play are in exceedingly bad the reproduction of a series of un- | taste. Why is it, also, that in a work written discourses delivered to the professing to complete the analysis of congregation. It requires a kindred the openings, there should be no genius to expound this invaluable and mention of an important defence to neglected epistle. We scarcely hope the Bishop's Gambit, introduce to see lectures in the style of the England (if not invented) by Mr.
Morphy? We allude to the third good enough, but the development » move in the defence, Kt. to K. B. 3. rather tedious and uninterestin Surely as used by such a player, it Weknowand recognise the characters was worthy of some mention.
but we care little for any of there Mr.Löwenthal's edition of Morphy's except Robert's young wife, . Games is an invaluable contribution however, very soon dies. By force to chess. The notes, partly compiled measures all is made smooth, even f: with the assistance of Mr. Morphy, I the ungrateful Cyrus, at last ; si are highly instructive, and furnish we are left to suppose and hope this: almost of themselves a complete he will settle down after his miseria treatise on the openings. The absence into the steady and happy head of personalities is also greatly to be family. commended.
“Mademoiselle Mori" is a the relating to that portion of the heart of Rome involved in the acor
Pius IX. It is essentially a plan AGAINST WIND AND TIDE. By Holme novel, and so, almost of nece** Lee. 3 vols. London: Smith, Elder,
eminently a failure as a work of & Co. 1859.
tion, if it be read as such. It must » MADEMOISELLE MORI: a Tale of Modern
a very good history, but alb. Rome. 2 vols. London: J. W. Parker & Son. 1860.
written with mach power, and 12: OLD FRIENDS AND NEW ACQUAINTANCES.
cations of great aesthetic feeling. ** . By Agnes Strickland, author of “Lives
certainly very heavy reading : of the Queens of England." London: sidered as a romance. Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. 1860.
Miss Strickland has publiska!
selection from her former omtr The lady who writes under what we tions to various journals, ani s * suppose to be the nom de plume of new sketches, under the title of *, Holme Lee has decidedly attained the Friends and New Acquaintanan rank of a popular favourite, and de Most of them belong to the free servedly so ; for although her works class ; and since they appean * are, neither as to artistic arrangement, have become so accustomed to > force of thought, or brilliance of ex authoress, in another and more att pression, approaching to the first rank
tive capacity, that we feel as the of excellence, they are pleasant read these tales, good as they are in t:-* ing, have generally a healthy ten way, scarcely add to her present *** dency, and never offend the taste tation. They are, however, ages qualities not to be predicated of the and should they be well rem ? majority of our novelists. “Against
writer promises another sene, Wind and Tide" will scarcely be trative of “Life and its larut considered, however, either the best especially in the Eastern (unt or pleasantest of her works. The We feel sure they will be welcom subject is not a grateful one ;-a pea a large class of readers. sant girl is wooed and won by a baronet, who appears subsequently to have another living wife. The subject of the work relates to the different
THROTGI TIE TYROL TO Tanah manner in which the unfortunate
Mrs. Newman Hall. Londo circumstances of their birth affect her
Visbet & Co. two sons, Cyrus and Robert Haw A MOST graceful and internet: thorne. The former rebels through volume of travels, as clear and out life against his position, and is i ling as the playful streams of use always miserable ; the latter accepts' breezy dawns that enchuntei and makes the best of it, and is authoress in her Tyrolese trip happy and prosperous. The moral is / chantment it must have been, for 1>
very spirit of these blithesome things | WORK AND CONflict; or, the Divine has possessed the writer and pho Life in its Progress : A Book of Facts tographed her page. There is no
and Histories. By the Rev. John
Kennedy, A.M. London: The Religious ambition in the volume; it is simply Tract Society. a vivid record of what was seen
Part I. contains the Soul's Work ; and felt in a brilliant summer holiday ; but this simplicity, this sunny
the World's Work ; Social Work.
Part II. contains Conflict with truthfulness, which makes you see
Sin ; Conflict with Despondency and and feel what the writer records
Doubt ; Conflict with Death." and revives, give a wonderful ani
These subjects Mr. Kennedy handles mation to the book. We do not
with his usual felicity and abundance criticise where we have so fully
of illustration Facts interest and enjoyed. We have clambered up the
instruct the general reader more than Klamme Pass, we have cogitated on
speculation. They are flesh and blood the ruins of the Amphitheatre at
arguments, and have a thrill about Verona, and swept soundlessly over the glittering water-streets of Venice,
them that moves when logic is power
less. So Mr. Kennedy, with a wise burnished with the gold of heaven,
reference to the wants of Christian in company with our fair authoress,
people, has made his book a book of and now part regretfully, but bearing
life. It is crowded with brief biowith us pleasant souvenirs.
graphies, which point and urge his moral well.
Corst CAVOUR : His Life and Career.
By Basil H. Cooper, B.A., of the Uni-
MODERN EUROPE: a School History.
By John Lord, A.M. 9th edition. Lon
don: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. 1860. This excellently got-up work extends from A.D. 1400 to the peace of Villafranca. It is exceedingly well adapted for the purposes of schools by its copious indices, table of contents, marginal references and dates, and the series of analytical questions added at the end. It may also with advantage be consulted by those older than schoolboys.
THE life and career of Count Cavour is likewise the history of the development of Constitutionalism in Sardinia, and this is the two-sided subject ably treated in this volume. The book is for the most part a translation, and as we recognise under the English garb a foreign friend we have recently met, we are happy to give our testimony, along with the translator's, to the high character and authority of the original.
The translation has been admirably done, the English is vigorous, idiomatic, and free from all that foreign flavour which renders many translations unpalatable to English taste. In this respect the work is a remarkable success, and reflects, we think, great credit on Mr. Cooper. The highest merit of a translation is not to read like one. A schoolboy can translate words ; only a scholar can transfuse living thoughts from a foreign language into his own.
A LIFE-LONG STORY; or, Am I my
Sister's Keeper. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. The history of a young zealous minister of the cross and of his bravehearted wife, who lost her patrimony by her marriage, and after his premature death, wore her strength out at embroidery work in order to support her two children and herself in one of the London suburbs. So stated this seems a meagre twice-told tale, but delineated by the clear-etching pen of the authoress, and the accessories wrought out with pathetic the people. In this he was great simplicity, it becomes a dramatic and assisted by the advantages be enjore! powerful picture. It is not the tale, “from immediate and constant inte however, that constitutes the chief course with the various authorize, interest of the volume, but the aside- and the most friendly reception kr passages where the womanly soul of the natives of every class." There the writer breaks out in lamentation is a most pleasant and readable to of the woes that overrun our Chris- | containing a vast amount of infarna tian land, describing with vehement tion connected with the presents and almost prophetic tones, the dition and prospective resources wrongs and misery-the blinding | these hitherto little-known islands tears and bloodless deaths, that waste Although these islands are a Spums and blast the helpless, oppressed, colony, the number of European tempted, fallen women of our large Spaniards settled here is very som towns, and imploring with an earnest indeed compared with the bats ness that must awake the stoney and mixed races. The entire pe hearted confessor of Christ to wit lation is supposed to be about he ness and work against those evils millions, of whom 1,757.52 as in trade and social life that wreak native Indians, paying tribute, me such woful consequences on the Weak 78,400 are mestizos and tenere and Fair.
tributaries. The reinainder, of whic the number is necessarily uncerta
are natives not under govern THE SIDEREAL HEAVENS. By Thomas inhabiting the mountains. The porn
Dick, LL.D. 6th Thousand. London: cipal part of these are Pagans, Ward & Co., Paternoster Row.
though there are many exceptis Dr. Dick has for many years been,
cases. For instance, in the Land perhaps, our most popular writer on
Mindanao, there are many Miska subjects connected with astronomy.
dans, " probably of Malayan desce: * The present work in its successive
The enmity between these and die editions cannot fail to sustain his
Spaniards is constant and dracle. very high reputation. The matter is
There is an interesting and good, and our knowledge of the
given in the chapter on - Papeles science brought up by it to the present
and Races" of some inhabitants : year. The illustrations are very
the remote mountainous res & beautiful ; and the whole forms a
Mindanao—"a race in the very k very cheap and valuable compendium
stages of barbarism, I cannot of starry science.
civilization, for of that they presen! no trace. They are said to west garinents, to build no houses, on dra
no food. They wander in the fu A VISIT TO THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.) whose wild fruits they gather brea, By Sir John Bowring, LL.D., F.R.S.,
and sleep among the branches of 2 late Governor of Hong Kong, H. B. M.'s Plenipotentiary in
trees by night. They have an China,
a &c., &c. London : Smith, Elder, & Co. 1859.
of government, no cbief, bo b
usages of any kind. I s onra In the course of a few weeks' holiday race who was brought for sale or from the cares of his colonial govern- | wild animal might have been, the ment, Sir John Bowring paid a short governor of Zamboanga." Yes visit to the Philippine Islands, during clearly and satisfactonly proud which it is evident his time was not these people are susceptible of contar wasted, but devoted with character- | vation, civilization, and Chnstate istic energy to observation of the i capabilities of the soil and climate, On Ethnology, Sir John holds and of the manners and customs of remarkable and certainly one
views. Instead of agreeing with the cocks in every house, at every corner, general tendency now in vogue, to at the foot of every tree, along the trace all varieties of mankind and of quays and shores, on the prows of language to one common origin, or | every coasting ship, and as if the (with some) to a few defined types, living were not enough, they are he goes so far as to imply that the sculptured, they are painted, and varieties now observed are few in charcoaled (not artistically), on every number compared with those that | wall for public admiration, and public originally existed ; and that the same admiration recognises the portraiture, is the case as regards languages. “I though the information is not placed believe there are more varieties of the there-as by the painter of old to human family than have hitherto announce "This is a cock.'” been recognised by physiologists, Tobacco constitutes the staple trade amongst whom no affinity of language here, rice is also grown very extenwill be found. The theories current sively, and sugar to some extent, but as to the derivation of the many the climate is not particularly favourvarieties of the human race from a able to general agriculture, being few primitive types will not bear specified in a Spanish proverb as examination. Civilization and educa “six months of dust, six months of tion will modify the character of the mud, and six months of everything." skull, and the differences between the Indigo and spices might be grown crania of the same people are so great to much advantage, but they are as to defy any general law of classifi neglected. The forest trees seem descation. The further back we are tined to form a considerable part enabled to go, the greater will be the of the riches of these islands. Gold distinction of types and tongues ; and is found here, and coal, but of inferior it will be seen that the progress of quality. The chapters on commerce, time, and commerce, and knowledge, education, and government are full of and colonization, has annihilated many instructive matter, and the most an independent idiom, as it has de valuable suggestions ; but they must stroyed many an aboriginal race be read entire to be appreciated. (p. 167.) One remarkable fact ad Altogether the work is most interestduced with regard to the wild races, ing and instructive, though largely is the great separation of the toes, made up of extracts and sentiments-enabling the foot to be used in great not always acknowledged-from other part as a hand. Were this proved to writers. It is also agreeably illusbe an original endowment, it would trated with good lithographs, and certainly go far to support the theory forms a valuable contribution to our of diversity of race. We think it knowledge of tropical countries with scarcely necessary, however, to state their associated habits and capabilities. that we in no degree acquiesce in our author's ethnology.
The established religion is that of the Romish Church. As to the wild THE POETICAL WORKS OF EDMUND natives and the Mahomedans De Mas
SPENSER; with Memoir and Critical
Dissertations, by George Gilfillan, in 5 advises that the Spanish Government
volumes. Edinburgh : James Nichol, should buy them and convert them!
104 High-street. and employ them in agriculture.
The great characteristic of the na This splendid edition of Spenser is tional manners and customs is strange now complete. It contains “every enough. Cock-fighting ; its preva line extant of the poetry of Spenser," lence is beyond all description. The and is presented in such a compenpassion for it is "a delirium, and no dious, attractive, and useful form, law can check the number or the dura that it cannot fail to become par tion of the fights : ... there are excellence the popular edition of