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11.-The Balloon Travels of Robert Merry and his Young Friends over various

Countries in Europe. Edited by Peter Parley. pp. 312. New York :
H. Derby.

It was a very felicitous idea of the indefatigable and ever-welcome Peter Parley, to send his young readers in the car of an imaginary balloon over the most interesting portions of Europe. Mr. Robert Merry and his young friends start, or rather soar from Boston, and get birds'-eye views of portions of Ireland, London, Paris, Madrid, and many other places of wonderful celebrity. And as they sail along, or stop to pay brief visits, Mr. Merry and his companions converse most pleasantly of the sights which meet their eyes. In fact there is scarcely any object of interest in Europe which is not remarked or explained in the most familiar and fascinating manner. It is a volume that should be in the hands of every boy and girl in America. The engravings are very beautiful. Floreat Peter Parley ! 12.- Tales of ou Flanders. Count Hugo of Craenhove and Wooden Clara.

From the Flemish of Hendrik Conscience. pp. 93. Baltimore : Murphy & Co.

There is a freshness and raciness about the stories of Hendrik Conscience which will be very attractive to all lovers of fiction. His tales have strong distinctive points of interest, which lay hold of the sympathies of the reader and sustain him in a state of deep and permanent interest. There is a truthfulness in the pictures in the two tales contained in the present volume which is perfectly delightful, and each of them may be read by the most modest without a blush, and by the most fastidious without a scruple. Writing in a language familiar to comparatively few, Conscience owes to his own merits alone the American and European reputation he now enjoys. 13.-Annual of Scientific Discovery; or Year-Book of Facts in Science and Art

for 1856. Edited by David A. WELLS, A. M. pp. 390. Boston : Gould & Lincoln.

In these closely-printed pages is to be found a wonderful variety of information respecting the most important discoveries and improvements in mechanics, useful arts, natural philosophy, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, zoology, botany, mineralogy, geology, geography, antiquities, &c. ; together with a list of recent scientific publications, a classitied list of patents, obituaries of eminent scientific men, and notes on the progress of science during the year 1855. Mr. Wells has performed his laborious duty admirably, and presented us with such a work as must commend itself favorably to the consideration of every mechanic and man of science. The arrangement is excellent, and a copious index adds greatly to the value of the volume, which is embellished with a very good portrait of Richard M. Hoe, Esq. 14.—Memoir of the Rev. John Moore. With Selections from his Correspondence

and other Writings. By John G. Adams. pp. 360. Boston: A. Tompkins. Mr. Moore was a Universalist preacher of considerable note, in Concord, N. H., where he died suddenly, in February, 1855. The great respect in which his character and talents were held, led to the publication of this memoir, which is carefully and impartially written. Prefixed to the volume is a finely engraved portrait of its subject. 15.-Sermons. Chiefly Occasional. By CHARLES LOWELL., Second Minister of

the West Church, Boston. pp. 329. Boston: Ticknor & Fields.

These sermons are specially marked by the fervent piety and profound theological learning of their venerable author. And they are withal so stamped with simplicity, that the humblest reader cannot fail to comprehend them. A fine and characteristic portrait of Dr. Lowell adorns the volume.

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16.-Men and Times of the Revolution ; or, Memoirs of Elkanah Watson. In

cluding Journals of Travels in Europe and America, from 1777 to 1842, with his Correspondence with Public Men, and Reminiscences and Incidents of the Revolution. Edited by his Son, Winslow C. Watson. pp. 460. New York: Dana & Co. To

every American this volume cannot fail to be one of surpassing interest, narrating, as it does, with singular clearness and graphic power, the various eventful scenes through which the subject of this memoir passed, in one of the most stirring periods of the world's history. From the age of nineteen to near the close of his life, which was extended beyond four score years, Mr. Watson was in the habit of recording his impressions of men and incidents, as the events occurred, and that period embraced the epoch of the war of independence. In Europe and America he was, in the inidst of the scenes of this pregnant era, an intimate associate with many of the individuals who impelled or guided the great changes, and a vigilant observer of the occurrences connected with their development. The extraordinary and perilous journey of Mr. Watson, in the crisis of the Revolution, from Massachusetts to Georgia, is full of interest, as narrated by himself in his letters and journals, as are also his European experiences. But what may strike many as not the least interesting feature of the volume, will be the descriptions of places and traveling, three-quarters of a century since, as compared with the magic changes that characterize the present period. 17.-Aspen Court. A Story of our own Time. By SHIRLEY BROOKs. pp. 504.

New York : Stringer & Townsend.

This is a capital English novel of society, as good as anything Dickens has produced. Club life, low life, and lady life are all admirably drawn, and the best of it is, there is no caricature. It would be impossible, in a few lines, to disseet a work of this kind, or to give the plot. Enough to say that there are wild young men, rascally lawyers, aristocratic young gentlemen, and no end of ladies of all descriptions. The story goes on swimmingly to the end, in which Death and Love struggle who shall be the victor. The character of Carlyon is finely drawn, and betrays a practiced hand. As a true picture of London society, as it is, we do not know anything so good as “ Aspen Court." 18.- Appleton's Cyclopedia of Biography. Embracing a Series of Original

Memoirs of the most Distinguished Persons all Times. pp. 1,058. New York : D. Appleton & Co.

All who desire to have a complete library biography in one volume, will get this valuable work. The various articles have been contributed by the most eminent writers of the day, and Dr. Hawkes has greatly added to the value of the original English edition, by notices of American celebrities. None who have made themselves distinguished are omitted from the pages of this book, which is really what it professes to be—a dictionary of biography. The pictorial illustrations are accurate and well executed; and what is seldom to be found in a work of such magnitude, there are exceedingly few inaccuracies either of dates or facts. The Messrs. Appleton have done an important service to American literature by the publication of such a cyclopedia, and Dr. Hawks has performed his labors in a masterly manner. 19.-- The Gospel in Ezekiel: Illustrated in a Series of Discourses. By the Rev.

Thomas GUTHRIE, D. D., Edinburgh. pp. 395. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers.

The Rev. Dr. Guthrie is one of the most eloquent preachers of the Scottish Church, and to his power and pathos this volume bears ample testimony. The discourses are twenty-six in number, each one elucidatory of some text in Ezekiel. They who are partial to the florid style of pulpit eloquence will greatly enjoy these expositions of one of the grandest and most poetical portions of the Old Testament.

20-History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain. By WILLIAM

H. Prescott. 2 Vols., pp. 618, 610. Boston : Phillips, Sampson & Co.

The history of Philip the Second is the history of Europe during the latter half of the sixteenth century, and more frequently has it occupied the pen of the historian than any other portion of the Spanish annals. Watson made it familiar to the English reader ; but that writer was not so solicitous as he should have been, to collect and arrange the valuable material which lay within his reach. To Mr. Prescott it has been reserved to write a history worthy of its subject, and this laborious task he has nobly performed. At no time could the history of the reign have been undertaken with the same advantages as at present, when the more enlightened policy of the European governments has opened their archives to the inspection of the scholar, and when, as Mr. Prescott says, “ He is allowed access, in particular, to the archives of Simancas, which have held the Spanish monarchy hermetically sealed for ages." Philip, both from his personal character, and from his position as sovereign of the most perfect monarchy in Europe, was placed at the head of the party which strove to uphold the fortunes of the ancieut church, and thus his policy led him perpetually to interfere in the internal affairs of the other European States-making it necessary for Mr. Prescott to look for the materials of his history without the Peninsula as well as within it. The work was one of great difficulty ; but the author was ably assisted by various friends, whom he names in his preface. The result has been one of the noblest histories of which this or any other country can boast. Mr. Prescott's already brilliant reputation will be greatly enhanced by these volumes, which form worthy companions to his “ Ferdinand and Isabella.” 21.- Memoir of Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta. By his Widow. Abridged

by a Clergyman. pp. 348. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co.

In the two bulky octavo volumes of Heber's Life, published some years ago in New York, was a great amount of matter not strictly biographical. In the work before us all this is swept away, and the interesting story of the Bishop's life is plainly and consecutively told. In this country Heber is not known as his character, piety, and talents deserve. Therefore the editor of his life has rendered an important service to the republic of letters, by presenting to the public his life in this profitable and cheap form. We notice that the pages have been lithotyped by a novel process, and certainly, if we may judge from the beautiful typography of this volume, the new art will come into general use. 22.-Kate Slanton : a Page from Rich Life. Second edition. pp. 332. Boston :

James French & Co.

This is one of the class of works of which we have had so many of late. Kate Stanton is a domestic story, and of more than average merit. The main interest turns upon a false charge of embezzlement made against William Stanton, Kate's brother. He is tried, found guilty, and sentenced, but eventually his innocence is made clear, a clerk of the store in which Stanton was employed having discovered that, in a fit of absence of mind, he had made a mistake, which led to the groundless charge. Both brother and sister in the end get married, and so the volume ends. 23.— Phily and Kit; or, Life and Raimnent. By CAROLINE CHESEBRO', author

of “ Dream-Land by Daylight,” “ Isa, a Pilgrimage," "The Children of Light,” &c. New York : Redfield. The young and beautiful authoress, for such we are told, are the personal charms of our gifted countrywoman, has adopted a mere homely title for her novel ; but, if less transcendental the cognomen, not the less interesting the tale, or attractive the style of the narrative. Philly and Kit" will add new lustre to her wellearned' fame, and were it her first and only production, she might be content to rest upon the reputation of this “ last, not least " of her literary labors.

24.--Christine ; or Woman's Trials and Triumphs. By LAURA J. CURTIS. PP.

384. New York: De Witt & Davenport. This story is from a rew pen, and dedicated to the cause of “Woman's Rights." Christine, the heroine, is a sentimental

, restless, and aspiring young lady, placed in a position which prevents her from realizing her aspirations. At length, however, overleaping all barriers, she drinks deep at the fountain of knowledge, and becomes accomplished and fascinating. She loves wisely, but not well-is disap pointed, and then commences a crusade in the hope of elevating the condition of her own sex, in their moral and physical position. Her relatives bitterly oppose her, and, under a pretext of insanity, shut her up in a lunatic asylum. Over all their machinations she at last triumphs, pursues the course she has laid out for herself, and is the instrument of saving many lives from degradation and misery. Finally, love triumphs, and she fills that position she is so well calculated to adorn. The tale is well and ably written, and doubtless will become a general favorite. 25.-- The Iliad of Homer. Literally Translated, with Explanatory Notes. By

THEODORE Alois BUCKLEY, B. A., of Christ Church. pp. 466. New York: Harper & Brothers.

Mr. Buckley has done good service to literature by the production of this volume. Not being harnessed to blank verse, he has succeeded in a translation of the Iliad which presents more of the force and spirit of Homer's matchless work than either Chapman's, Pope's, or Cowper's renderings. The work is based upon a careful examination of whatever has been contributed by scholars of every age toward the elucidation of the text. This will undoubtedly become the most popular translation of the Iliad. 26.-The Voyages, Travels, and Adrentures of Gilbert Go Ahead in Foreign

Parts. Written by himself, and edited by Peter Parley. pp. 295. New York: J. C. Derby. Boston: Phillips & Sampson.

Any book from the fertile pen of Mr. Goodrich will be certain of a warm wel come by the young. He has so long been the beloved of boys and the glory of girls, that the mere announcement of a new book by him must cause a sensation in the juvenile department of every household. Gilbert Go Ahead deals considerably in the marvelous, but as Peter Parley says, his statements do not "outrage probability.”. Our young friends will place the volume on their shelves side by side with Robinson Crusoe. The illustrations by Lossing Barritt are excellent. 27.-- Impressions of England; or, Sketches of English Scenery and Society.

By A. CLEVELAND Coxe, Rector of Grace Church, Baltimore. pp. 321. New York : Dana & Co.

In the year 1851, Dr. Coxe visited Europe, and from time to time furnished sketches of travel to the New York Church Journal. In this volume these letters are collected, and form a very interesting melange, inasmuch as the doctor came in contact with most of the European celebrities, and visited the usual spots of attraction to tourists. His descriptions of persons and places are racy and graphic, and his opinion of men and matters generally, liberal and shrewd. It is to be wished that all travelers would write in so fair and kindly a spirit. We should certainly rank Dr. Coxe's work, as one of the best which has been given us ai the resu! of foreign travel. 28.-- Pleasant Memories of Pleasant Lands. By Mrs. L. H. SIGOURNEY. Third

Edition. pp. 395. Boston: James Munroe & Co.

Mrs. Sigourney is a charming writer, and her * Pleasant Memories of Pleasant Lands” is ove of her most delightful productions. It is a prose and poetical record of her European travels. The fact that the work has reached a fourth edition, renders it unnecessary for us to add more in its favor.

29.The Progress of Baptist Principles in the Last Hundred Years. By

Thomas F. Curtis. pp. 422. Boston: Gould & Lincoln.

Professor Curtis has in this volume, which might almost be called “ Concessions of Pedobaptists as to the Errors of Infant Baptism, and the importance of Baptist principles,” endeavored chiefly to arrange these authorities and point out the consequences of their admissions. Between parties and opinions, he has drawn a wide distinction, the object of his volume being not to exhibit or defend the Baptists, but their principles. The book is ably written, and one of its many great merits is, that no uncharitableness towards those who differ in opinion is to be found from the first page to the last. 30.- Sunbeam Stories. By the author of " A Trap to Catch a Sunbcam.” With

Illustrations. pp. 395. Boston: James Munroe & Co.

This is a collection of Miss Planche's very popular juvenile stories, and few writers of such works have achieved so extensive a popularity. They are eight in number, and each one is distinguished by rare tenderness and naturalness in the touches of life which they contain. Each story having on its first appearance been hailed with delight by both young and old, the American publishers have done wisely in issuing this beautifully illustrated edition, which, without doubt, will be widely circulated. 31.The Miser; Ricketicktack. Two Tales. By Hendrik ConscieNCE. pp. 222.

Baltimore : Murphy & Co.

These are two tales of modern Flemish life. “ The Miser" is a story in which the evils of avarice are very dramatically developed, and, as a relief to the tragic portions, are some powerfully-sketched love scenes. The villain of the story, who robs the miser, becomes imprisoned for life, and finally the miser himself sees the folly of heaping up “sordid dross.” Ricketicktack” is a story illustrative of the dignity of labor, its queer title being the burden of a ballad which a blacksmith sings while working at his anvil. The moral of both tales is highly commendable. 32.—Poems. By Charles Kingsley. pp. 284. Boston: Ticknor & Fields.

The greater portion of this volume is occupied by “ The Saint's Tragedy, or the True Story of Elizabeth of Hungary, a Saint of the Romish Calendar." The subject of this play suggests questions which are deeply interesting at the present time, as it involves the whole character of the Middle Ages. It is finely written. The minor poems and ballads, about thirty in number, show that Mr. Kingsley is as vigorous in verse as in prose. Few poems can be finer than the piece which closes this attractive book. 33.Life in Varied Phases. Illustrated in a Series of Sketches. By Mrs. Caro

LINE H. BUTLER. pp. 288. Boston : Phillips, Sampson & Co.

Here are nine sketches, all vividly written, and each one illustrative of some phase of actual every-day life. To our minds, the best are “ Nelly the Ragpicker" and the “ Perplexed Student;" but where all are good, it would be perhaps invidious to single out any in particular as possessing superior merit. Mrs. Butler has been long known by her fluent and graceful pen, and this volume will sustain her high reputation. 34.-- Tragic Scenes in the History of Maryland and the Ol French War. With

an Account of Various Interesting Contemporaneous Events which occurred in the Early Settlement of America. By JOSEPH BANVARD, A. M. pp. 239. Boston: Gould & Lincoln.

Every youthful student of American history should read this book, which is written in Mr. Banvard's usually felicitous style. It contains all the attractiveness of the most “ thrilling ” romance, with the advantage of being historically truthful.

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