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4.—The Female Poets of America; with Portraits, Biographical Notices, and Specimens of their Writings. By THOMAS BUCHANAN REED. Fourth edition, with additions and alterations. Royal octavo, pp. 462. Philadelphia: E. H. Butler & Co. This volume is a beautiful specimen of American literature and art. It contains such selections from seventy-nine of the female poets of this country, as are among their choicest writings, and as exemplify the peculiar style of versification, and the prominent features of the mind of each, together with brief sketches of their lives. It is embellished with portraits of Mrs. E. Oakes Smith, Mrs. Sigourney, Mrs. O-good, Mrs. Embury, Mrs. Ellet, Mrs. Sarah J. Hale, Mrs. Welby, Mrs. Kinney, Miss Anne C. Lynch, and Sarah J. Clarke. It is printed on the finest paper, with clear and handsome type, and bound in the best style of the art. It is worthy of a prominent place among the most tasteful books of the season; not only for the nature and excellence of its contents, but for the attractions of its appearance.
5.-The Gem of the Season. A Souvenir for MDCCCLL, elegantly illustrated. New York: Leavitt & Co.
This is a large royal octavo volume of some two hundred and fifty pages. It has ten illustrations, elegantly engraved in mezzotinto by Sartain and others. The frontispiece, a portrait of Jenny Lind, from a daguerreotype, is regarded as a good likeness; the biographical sketch of " Nature's sweetest songstress" from the pen of Frederika Bremer, is in the happiest vein of that good and gifted woman. A higher object seems to have been kept in view than is usual in works of this class. The contributoins are not all original-they are, however, marked by great variety of style, and are uniformly of a high tone with respect to literary merit. The tales are interesting, and at the same time each is characterized by a well defined and useful moral purpose. The poetry, in the main, has an object far higher than the mere display of melodious rythm and polished diction. In sending forth his work to the public, the editor expresses the hope that his aim will be appreciated, and that the volume will be treasured up among the ornaments of the well chosen library, when its term of service in the boudoir and on the center table is completed.
6.-The Rose of Sharon: A Religious Souvenir for MDCCCLI. Edited by Mrs. C. M. SAWYER. Boston: A. Tompkins.
The eleventh annual volume of this modest and beautiful souvenir comes to us with all those features of taste and excellence, that in years past have served to render it a favorite with a large class of progressive minds. The illustrations, seven in number, will compare favorably with those of the last two or three years, which were decided improvements on those for several of the earlier years of its existence. The literary contributions are from some of our best writers, and although of unequal merit as compositions, every poem, tale, or essay, bears the impress of a fine taste, and a pure and elevated mind. On the whole, we regard the "Rose of Sharon" as among the finest and best gift books of the season.
Edited by Professor JOHN S
7.-The Iris: An Illuminated Souvenir for 1851. HART. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co. This splendid volume comes forth as entirely original. The eight leading illustra tions were executed in London, and are in the finest style of line engraving, by Mote Heath, Allen, aud Brown; with one exception they are upon subjects not before engraved in this country. There are, likewise, four illuminated pages printed each with ten different colors, and with a degree of brilliancy and finish seldom surpassed. The contents are entirely original, and many of them were contributed by the pens of some of our most gifted and popular writers. As a whole this beautiful book will hold a prominent place among the souvenirs of the season, and prove to be well adapted to please the most polished taste, and to gratify the most fastidious judgment.
8.-Christmas' Blossoms, and New Year's Wreath for 1851. By UNCLE THOMAS. 18mo., pp. 256. Philadelphia: E. H. Butler & Co.
This juvenile is a capital book for children and youth; it enters with a joyous spirit into their amusements, and enkindles their interest at the same time that it conveys excellent lessons of love and duty. It is published in an attractive style, and contains several fanciful and happy illustrations of youthful scenes.
9.-Poetry and Prose. By Mrs. CHARLOTT A. JERRAULD. With a Memoir by HENRY BACON. 12mo., pp. 440. Boston: A. Tompkins.
This is a narrative of a young woman, who endured many trials of hardships, but yet persevered in her efforts at self-cultivation and improvement. The volume contains, likewise, several of her poems and miscellaneous essays.
10.-The Gem of the Western World for 1851. Edited by MARY E. HOWETT. New York: Cornish, Lamport & Co.
The taste for annuals, if we may judge from the number published this year, seems to have revived with the improved state of the fine and useful arts. The books of this class for 1851 are unusually rich in all that constitutes artistic splendor; and by the term artistic we include printing, binding, paper, and engraving That these features of book-making have advanced to a high state of perfection, we need only refer to the volume before us, with its brilliant exterior, its snow-white paper, and its elegant engravings. The literary contributions, embracing a variety of tales, poems, essays, and sketches, display much taste, and a genuine appreciation of the "good, the beautiful, and the true." In short, the publishers have, with commendable liberality, done all that lay in their power to produce an elegant and costly souvenir for the "season of gifts," and they have been faithfu ly seconded by the gifted editress and her judiciously selected contributors, as well as by the clever artists, whose designs and well executed engravings serve to illustrate the "Gem of the Western World," and to render it worthy of patronage.
11.—Boydell's Illustrations of Shakspeare. Part 25. New York: S. Spooner.
These illustrations consist of the famous plates which were prepared in England some years ago, at such an enormous expense as to ruin the noble projector who undertook the enterprise. These plates have been restored to all their pristine beauty, and the superb impressions of this magnificent American edition are taken from them. The present number contains two gorgeous engravings, which are executed in the highest style of the art. Each is nearly eighteen inches by two feet in size. The first is an engraving of the Alto Relievo in front of the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, London." It represents Shakspeare seated on a rock between Poetry and Painting. The figures are exceedingly well designed and graceful, and the work of the artist is very fine and soft. The other represents the infant Shakspeare attended by Nature and the Passions. Nature is represented with her face unveiled to her favorite child, who is placed between Joy and Sorrow. On the right hand of nature are Love, Hatred, and Jealousy; and on her left hand, Anger, Envy, and Fear. The conception of this plate is truly grand, and the style in which it is executed cannot fail to elicit the highest admiration. The drawing and expression; the broad and powerful distribution of light and shade, and the richness and harmony of coloring, leave nothing to be desired; and the painter might, on the whole, be well content to rest his claims to a lasting reputation, on this picture alone. Of the merits of this work we cannot speak in too high terms; the admirable designs of the plates, and the surpassing excellence in their execution, place them in the highest rank of artistic merit. 12.-Proverbial Philosophy; a Book of Thoughts and Arguments, Originally Treated. By MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER, ESQ., D. C. L., F. R. S. From the last London edition. With Sixteen Characteristic Illustrations. Imperial octavo, pp. 391. Philadelphia: E. H. Butler & Co.
This is, without question, the finest and most beautiful of the numerous editions of "Proverbial Philosophy" which has yet been issued in this country. The type is large and clear, and the paper of the best quality; while the illustrations, of which there are sixteen, including a portrait of the author, and a view of his residence, are executed in Sartain's best style of mezzotint. It is superbly bound, and is one of the most attractive gift-books. The well known merit, and the appreciation of this work by the public; the charms of its verse, and the purity and excellence of its sentiments, render it an admirable testimonial of friendship or affection. Clothed in its present dress, which displays the excellent taste of the publishers, and the skill of the finest artists, it must rank among the choicest souvenirs. The same publishers have likewise issued an elegant 12mo. edition of this work, which is embellished with twelve illustrations. It contains likewise an essay "On the Philosophy of Proverbs," and copious notes on the text. This is printed and bound in a very handsome style, and will prove highly acceptable to those who are not disposed to incur the expense of the larger edition.
13.-Haw-ho noo; or Records of a Tourist. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co.
By CHARLES LANMAN. 12mo., pp. 266
These agreeable sketches, from the pen of Mr. Lanman, relate to scenes and occurrences in various parts of the country. They will afford much entertainment, as well as information in their perusal.
14.-The World's Progress; a Dictionary of Dates. With Tabular Views of General History. Edited by G. P. PUTNAM. 12mo., pp. 691. New York: George P. Putnam.
We are much pleased to see a book of this kind published. It is one of such a character as every man, who has the smallest occasion to refer to facts and statistics in the history of the world, will be gratified to possess. It aims to indicate, in brief and suggestive terms, the succession of the prominent occurrences and of the governments in the chief nations of the world, sufficiently to recall to the reader of history the full pictures of these events, and to enable him to classify them correctly in his memory. In the alphabetical part of the volume, the comprehensive and useful Dietionary of Dates, by Hayden, has been incorporated almost entire, with such additions relating to the United States as were necessary to its completeness. The tabular views have evidently been prepared with great care, and they are as full as was desirable for a portable volume for references, which should indicate all the great landmarks of history, in their order of succession, and show also what was going on at the same time in different countries. The value of such a work is too obvious to need comment, and it has been prepared in such a judicious manner as to adapt it to very general use.
15.-Beranger: Two Hundred of his Lyrical Poems, Done into English Verse. By WILLIAM YOUNG. 12mo., pp. 400. New York: George P. Putnamn.
This is a free translation from the French of Beranger by the accomplished editor of the Albion. It retains much of the spirit and vivacity of the original, and much of its smoothness and easy flow of versification. Beranger ranks as the first of living lyric poets. His verses frequently allude to circumstances and scenes with which the citizens of Paris must be familiar from the active part they have taken in them. In such instances these lyrics have doubtless produced an electrifying effect upon the populace. If, according to the expression of an eminent English writer, he that makes the songs of a people can exert the mightiest influence over their passions and purposes, no man in Paris can wield such a silent but tremendous influence as this great poet, whose heart throbs with the inspiration of liberty.
16.-Jamaica in 1850; or the Effects of Sixteen Years of Freedom on a Slave Colony. By JOHN BIGELOW. 12mo., pp. 214. New York: George P. Putnam.
When an editor turns author, the public will almost always be presented with a readable book. This is especially the case in the present instance. In these pages the author has endeavored to explain the causes of the stricken and prostrate condition of one of the most delightful, and formerly, one of the most productive islands in the world, and to indicate the processes by which, in his judgment, the laws of nature and of trade are providing for the ultimate restoration of its ancient prosperity and wealth. It presents a very graphic picture of the present condition of Jamaica, and will be read with satisfaction by all who feel an interest in the improvement of the social condition of man.
17.-A General View of the Fine Arts, Critical and Historical. With an Introduc tion by W. HUNTINGTON. 12mo., pp. 472. New York: George P. Putnam. This work is intended to diffuse a taste for the fine arts by gathering into a small compass, and making accessible to all that information which before was scattered through many large and expensive volumes. It is a comprehensive glance at the whole history of art, especially as exhibited in the lives of its most eminent professors, in all ages and in every department. At the same time it is clear, concise, and richly attractive in its details; and by its simple arrangement, its completeness, and the ease with which any class of art, era, or individual artist, may be referred to, it is rendered admirable for popular use. It is written general y in a pure and polished style, and evinces an earnest enthusiasm for the arts, and an extended knowledge of their master-pieces.
18.-The Home; or Family Cares and Family Joys. By FREDERIKA BREMER. Translated by MARY HOWITT. 12mo., pp. 449. The Author's edition. New York: George P. Putnam.
This is the first of the series of the charming works of Miss Bremer, the republication of which has been commenced in beautiful style by Mr. Putnam. The present volume is one of the finest of the series, and to those who have not read it no more acceptable work coud be offered. This edition will doubtless prove one of the best ever published in this country.
19.-The Queens of England. Being a Series of Portraits Designed and Engraved by the Most Distinguished Artists. Illustrated with Biographical Sketches. By AGNES STRICKLAND. Imperial Octavo, pp; 330. New York: D. Appleton & Co. This is one of the most splendid books of the season. It has evidently been prepared to please the most refined taste and love of the beautiful. It contains portraits of the most famous and accomplished of the English Queens since the reign of William the Conqueror. They are habited in the royal robes of their times, and designed and executed in the highest style of art. Here is the invinciple Margaret of Anjou; the imperious Elizabeth; the firm, yet affectionate, and resigned Katharine of Arragon; the beautiful Isabel of Valois, and the accomplished Victoria. The biographical sketches from the pen of Agnes Strickland, are most graphic outlines of their characters as queens, as women, and as mothers. The work is superbly printed and bound, and will rank among the most magnificent volumes that have ever issued from the American press.
20.-The Pathways and Abiding Places of our Lord. By Rev. J. M. WAINWRIGHT, D. D. With twenty engravings on steel. Quarto. New York: D. Appleton & Co. This elegant volume will be received with a welcome by every one who feels a sympathy in the localities of Palestine, and the scenes that were transacted there by the Savior. It consists of a tour by the author in that country, in which those places are chiefly noted which are rendered familiar to us by the records of the Bible. The illustrations are finely executed, and present us with a view of "Bethlehem," "Nain," the "Lake Tiberias," "Nazareth," "the Fields of Bethany," &c., &c, The narrative is written in a smooth and graceful style, and abounds in incidents of a very instructive and entertaining character, connected with the author's tour. As a gift book, this is one of the choicest of the season.
21.-A New Chart of Chemistry. By EDWARD S. YUMANS.
This is an ingenius and highly successful attempt to represent the leading facts and phenomena of chemistry to the eye by means of colored diagrams. It gives to this interesting and useful study the same advantages of illustration which are obtained by the use of maps in geography and astronomy. All experience unites in testifying to the superiority of the eye over the other senses as a medium of communicating vivid and lasting impressions to the mind; and in applying this principle, for the first time, to the science of chemistry, Mr. Yumans has the merit of giving simplicity and a new interest to a subject hitherto dry, difficult, and tedious. The science of chemistry is one of growing importance, and by means of this new aid its study may become much more popular. It is executed in a style highly ornamental, and is well fitted to attract the attention and excite the inquiry of children who cannot fail to acquire from it many valuable ideas. Every teacher should have a copy of this chart in the schoolroom. It is warmly commended by Professors Draper, Torrey, Hopkins, Chilton, Silliman, Gray, and the Hon. Horace Mann. Its size is four feet by five. Published by Yumans and Burdsall, 82, Nassau-street, New York.
22-The Gallery of Illustrious Americans. No 11.
The present number of this splendid production of American art contains a portrait of the late Rev. Dr. Channing. It is a very correct likeness, and beautifully executed. The biographical sketch which accompanies it is brief yet eloquent and glowing, and conveys a condensed but faithful outline of the character and genius of a morally and intellectually great man. We are happy to see how well this magnificent publication sustains its character, and how highly it is appreciated, both in this country and in Europe. The biographical sketches of Mr. Lester are models of their kind, and the artistic execution of the portraits is unsurpassed for faithfulness and skill by anything in this country.
23.-The Art Journal. Nos. 148 & 149. For October and November, 1850. London and New York: George Virtue.
This beautiful publication is itself an evidence of the perfection of the arts of design and engraving, of which it is the organ. It is not only embellished with some highly finished portraits, but with engravings of rare and splendid paintings, and with illustrations of the application of the taste of the fine arts to the forms of articles in constant use. The contents comprise a vast amount of information, and essays relating to subjects within its scope, which must possess great interest for all who desire to culti vate the taste for these fine arts. The November number contains likewise an engraving of Jenny Lind, from a bust taken in London.
24.-The History of Madame Roland. By JACOB ABBOTT, with Engravings. 12mo, pp. 304. New York: Harper & Brothers.
This is another of those beautiful little volumes forming a historical series, which is in course of preparation by Mr. Abbott. It is admirably adapted to the improvement of youth. The volume before us contains the life of Madame Roland, who was remarkable for her intellectual cultivation and the fortitude with which she sustained the heaviest temporal calamities. These features of her character are here very faithfully portrayed.
25.-The History of Xerxes. By JACOB ABBOTT. 12mo., pp. 302. New York: Harper & Brothers.
The feature of this work which entitles it to general circulation is, that those points of history are chiefly touched upon which involve the principles and causes of human action. The motives of conduct, the gradual developement of character, the good or ill desert of actions, and the connection of causes and consequences, both in respect to the influence of virtue and wisdom on the one hand, and of folly and crime on the other, are particularly dwelt upon. The work is chiefly designed as a text-book for schools, 26.-The Country Year-Book; or, the Field, the Forest, and the Fireside. By WILLIAM HOWITT, Author of "Rural Life in England." 12mo., pp. 423. New York: Harper & Brothers.
This work is the result of many years of enjoyment in the country and observation of life and scenery. It was intended by the author as a companion to the Book of the Seasons, which has so long enjoyed the favor of the public. It comprises an abundance of matter, illustrative of the pleasures and pursuits of life in the country, and it is written in a very agreeable and happy manner, and cannot fail to become a very general favorite.
22.-Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet. An Autobiography. 12mo., pp. 371. New York: Harper & Brothers.
This volume is represented to be an autobiography of one of the sons of toil, who improved every leisure moment, and every occasion, to cultivate his intellectual powIt is written in an interesting anecdotal style, and the writer appears to have been animated with a strong sympathy for the oppressed and the destitute of his countrymen. It presents many pictures of obscure life in England, which convey a strong impression of the hardships of the poorer classes.
28.-Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Thomas Chalmers, D. D., LL. D. By his son-in-law, WILLIAM HANNA, LL. D. Vol. 2. 12mo., pp. 547. New York: Harper & Brothers.
Dr. Chalmers was probably as eminent a man as the Church of Scotland has produced for a long period. The influence of his opinions is spreading in this country daily, for they are the fruit of the action of a strong and powerful mind. This book is the second volume of his memoirs by his son-in-law, which are to be completed in a third volume. The work presents as full and minute an account of this distinguished man as his warmest admirers can desire.
29.-The Choral Gift; or Lovers of the Deep. By EDWARD A. MCLAUGHLIN. 12mo, pp. 240. New York: J. C. Riker.
This poem is founded upon an incident, supposed to have occurred in connection with the destruction of the steamer Pulaski on her passage from Savannah to Charleston. A young lady and gentlemen were thrown near each other by the explosion, and the gentleman succeeded in placing his fair partner, together with himself, upon a fragment of the wreck, upon which they contiued three days and three nights. Mutual distress excited mutual sympathy, and they plighted to each other their vows, should Heaven send them deliverance. They were rescued, and subsequently redeemed their pledge. The poem is written with considerable vigor, and smoothness of versification. It is embellished with several illustrations, and bound in very handsome style, with some miscellaneous poems by the same author.
30.-Astrea the Balance of Illusions. A Poem delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Yale College, August 14, 1850. By OLIVER WENDALL HOLMES. 12mo, pp. 39. Boston: Ticknor, Reed & Fields.
This anniversary poem is far superior to productions of its class, and is marked by all that pith of thought and naivete of expression which are peculiar to its author.