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Roman Catholic Priest of Charleston, who undertook to defend their inspiration. The claim of infallibility is dwelt upon and refuted, and the uncanonical, uninspired character of the Apocrypha clearly proved. This topic, at least, possesses novelty; and as the whole gro and of controversy with Rome will have to be travelled over, the volume before us is opportune. It would be well for theological students and others to study this subject thoroughly, and we know of no other work so accessible, and at the same time so full and complete, as the one before us.
23-Life of Oliver Cromwell. By ROBERT SOUTHEY, LL. D. Philip Randolph a Tale of Virginia. By MARY GERTRUde. A History of the French Revolution; its causes and consequences. By F. MACLEANn Rowan.
These are four of the 18mo. volumes of the "Library for my Young Countrymen," in course of publication by D. Appleton & Co. There are five preceding these; the whole set making a very pretty present for the holidays, or for any other time. The Life of Oliver Cromwell is well written, but it is questionable whether Dr. Southey was just the man to write it. Philip Randolph is an exceedingly interesting tale of early times in our own country, when the whites were few, and exposed to the savage attacks of the aborigines. The story of Philip Randolph, the captive, is absorbing, and will, doubtless, steal away some moments of our juvenile bookworms. The French Revolution is of a higher order of writing than the preceding one, but to more advanced youth offers much useful and entertaining information. We think the author has executed his task well, and compressed the great facts and their relations within a suitable compass for a compendious history.
24.-The Complete Works of Mrs. Hemans. Reprinted from the last English Edition. Edited by her SISTER. In two volumes. New-York: D. Appleton & Co. Philadelphia: George S. Apple
We, of course, only need, in this case, to speak of the publishers' part. It is too late in the day to write a commendation of the works of Mrs. Hemans. Suffice it, then, to say, that D. Appleton & Co. have got up the volumes in beautiful style, and made them such that any lady would be pleased to accept them as a contribution to her select library.
25.-The Settlers in Canada. Written for Young People. By CAPTAIN MARRYAT. In two volumes. New-York: D. Appleton & Co. 1845. pp. vol. 1, 170—vol. 2, 179.
Captain Marryat has not been a favorite with us, and some of his books are objectionable on the score of moral influence: but these
volumes are wholly unexceptionable in themselves unless all fiction is to be rejected. The story is well conceived and well told. It is the tale of a family, which experienced great reverses of fortune, and after one of them removed to Canada, and cheerfully submitted to all the inconveniences of a new country and untried scenes. Mrs. Campbell, as here exhibited, is a whole-souled, confiding Christian, a woman of sound sense, great prudence, and uncommon discretion; just such a woman as every one must love; and her family all show the influence of her spirit and teachings. A pure Christianity reigns there, and also pervades the representations of these volumes. If Captain Marryat must write fictions, we could wish they were always as wholesome as this.
26.-Young's Night Thoughts-Moore's Lalla Rookh-Pollok's Course of Time. New-York: D. Appleton & Co. Philadelphia: George S. Appleton.
We are indebted to these enterprising publishers for these three miniature editions of these popular poems. They are very pretty cabinet or pocket volumes, handsomely bound and with gilt edged leaves.
27.-A Complete Greek and English Lexicon of the Poems of Homer and the Homerida, composed with constant reference to the illustration of the Domestic, Religious, Political and Military Condition of the Heroic Age; containing also an Explanation of the most difficult passages, and of all Mythological and Grographical Proper Names. From the German of G. CH. CRUSIUS: translated, with corrections and additions, by HENRY SMITH, Professor of Languages in Marietta College. Hartford: H. Huntington. 1844. pp. 552, 8vo.
This title page itself tells almost as much of the story as we have room to insert. Indeed to a scholar nothing more is needed. Yet it may not be out of place for us to remark, that Germany feels indebted to Crusius for this very superior Homeric Lexicon; and the United States must be under great obligations to Professor Smith, for making it accessible to English students of Homer in the orignal. The Lexicon is copious and constructed according to the best model. It contains all the words found in the Iliad, Odyssey, Hymns, and other small poems: it explains difficult passages, and gives all the proper names, with appropriate geographical and mythological illustrations. It is, indeed, a sort of commentary on the text, and furnishes more valuable matter expository of the poems of Homer, than can be found elsewhere, in so compressed a form. The execution of the work will, in all respects, commend itself to the taste of scholars.
Letters have been received at Munich, announcing the death of the celebrated traveller, Dr. Koch. After ten years passed in visiting various parts of Egypt, Dr. Koch penetrated into the interior of Africa.
A letter from Munich states that Dr. Schafhautl was, in the beginning of September, preparing to join the commission sent by the King of Bavaria to Pompeii, under the direction of Professor Gartner. The chief objects, to which the attention of this commission is directed, are the study of the Pompeian architecture, and, if possible, the discovery of the method employed by the ancients in their stucco work, for which it would appear they used no other ingredient than chalk.
Gervinus, of Heidelberg, is engaged in writing a critical work on Shakspeare, and has suspended for the present his "History of the Nineteenth Century."
The University of Bonn is now the favorite school for the princes and the high nobility of Germany. Accounts from Dresden mention, that the son of Prince John of Saxony (the future heir to the throne of that kingdom) is about to be sent to Bonn. Professor Dahlmann has signified his intention of remaining at that university, a circumstance which occasions no little regret in Heidelberg.
Letters received in Paris from Constantinople, dated July, contain some interesting information relative to M. Botta's recent discoveries at Khorsabad, near Nineveh. Eugène Flandin, an artist, has been sent out by the French government for the purpose of making drawings of the excavations which are actively going on. Botta has discovered two doors uniformly adorned with bas-reliefs: on one side is represented a colossal bull, with a human head, and on the other a human figure with an eagle's head and wings.
It is proposed to erect a bronze statue of the celebrated mathematician Laplace, at his birth-place, Beaumont en Auge, near Caen.
Recent letters from Algiers mention the discovery of some curious antiquities in the course of some excavations at Orleansville. The principal objects dug up are the following: a marble bust of a proconsul; several Roman weights in copper and bronze.
The sculptor, Mathia, of Berlin, who is at present in Rome, is engaged on a work which attracts the admiration of all lovers of art. It is called 'Cupid and the Dog;' and all who have seen it concur in eulogizing the
beauty and the graceful grouping of the figures. The winged god is represented sleeping, his head pillowed on his left arm, which rests on the back of a watch-dog, the emblem of fidelity. The group is executed in Carrara marble of the purest white. It is for the Duchess of Leuchtenburg.
Professor Foggi, of the University of Pisa, is preparing for publication, in Italian, an important work upon the poetry of the Bible, upon which he has been engaged for several years. It presents a complete development of the metrical system of Hebrew poetry, as well as of the poetical nomenclature which was employed by the ancient rhetoricians of the people of Israel.