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THE EDITOR'S TABLE.
IN commencing our Magazine we were told that the THE COMMENCEMENT OF VOLUMES.-Sartain's Magazine is only way to gain a large circulation was to spend our divided into two volumes yearly, commencing severally in money upon show rather than upon substance; to make January and July. We have full sets from January 1850.
Subscribers therefore can commence with either January the pictures everything, and the reading matter nothing,
1850, or July 1850. or at least of that whipt-syllabub character-milk-sop poetry and love-stories—which comes about as near to MRs. EsLing's Poems. Lindsay and Blakiston are prenothing as those imaginary mathematical lines that are
paring to publish a volume, entitled “Broken Bracelet and ever drawing nearer, though they never actually meet!
other Poems,” by Mrs. Esling (formerly Miss Waterman).
Mrs. Esling is agreeably known to the public, both under We confess such was not our measure of the public taste.
her present and her maiden name, as a contributor to the We had not so learned the American character. While, leading magazines. Her volume will be an acceptable therefore, we determined that our Magazine should not offering to a large circle of admirers. be behind any in regard to its embellishments, we rested its claims to success mainly upon its literary merits. We
THE ST. LEGER PAPERS. The very original volume under
this title has already reached a third edition, in which its aimed to secure, as constant contributors to the Magazine,
paternity is acknowledged. The author is R. B. Kimball, the very best class of writers, and to fill its pages with Esq., of New York. matter that would be useful and instructive, and at the same time attractive. Experience has proved the correct
WEBSTER'S QUARTO DICTIONARY. We take much pleasure
in calling the attention of our readers to the advertiseness of this opinion. No Magazine, so far as we are aware, ment of this great work on the second page of the cover. ever had such a sudden and full measure of success. It has found its way into an important class of the commu
JENNY LIND. nity who have hitherto not been Magazine readers, who “Henrick talked a great deal about Stockholm; he have been rather opposed to such works as dissipating and longed to be able to show his mother and sisters the beaufrivolous, but who find, in a Magazine such as we furnish, tiful capital. How they would be charmed with the thea
tres! How they would be delighted to see and hear the the very best antidote to that vicious taste for trashy
lovely Demoiselle Hogguist, and the captivating Jenny novels which is doing so much to deprave the public mind. Lind!" To all such readers, and indeed to all our readers, we de- So wrote that noble-hearted woman, Frederika Bremer, sire to say that we shall continue in the same line in just ten years ago, in one of the loveliest tales of domestic which we have begun. While we shall remit nothing of life that was ever penned ; and so were the words trans
lated by that other noble-hearted woman, Mary Howitt, our diligence in regard to whatever affects the external
in 1812; and this was the first time that the name of appearance of the Magazine, we shall ever bend our main Jenny Lind was made familiar to the British and Ameriefforts to the maintenance of the character it has already can public. acquired for literary excellence. We intend, indeed, that The unrivalled mistress of song, now in the meridian the succeeding volume shall be superior, in every respect, of her glory, is about to visit our shores. Among the
thousand notes of welcome that greet her approach, we to its predecessors.
doubt whether any will be more grateful than that to
be found in our present number, from the pen of the PREMIUMS.—The system of granting premiums to sub
same good and gifted woman, who first made her known scribers will be discontinued after the year 1850. Money to these western climes, and who by a pleasant coincidence heretofore expended on premiums will be used hereafter is now at the same time a sojourner amongst us. in embellishing the book itself. Those wishing to secure our superior premium plates can only do so by com
BURNS'S HIGHLAND MARY. mencing with either of the volumes for the present year.
Among the many things written on this subject, we
recollect nothing more beautiful than the opening stanzas OUR JULY NUMBER.—The first number of our new volume of a poem in the March Number of Blackwood. The will contain, besides a brilliant coloured Title-Page, and a poem, as a whole, is not well sustained. But the first tinted engraving of Summer, some fourteen or fifteen three or four stanzas strike us as uncommonly fine.
We embellishments illustrating the life of William Penn, the quote them. founder of the Keystone State. Among these will be a finely executed line engraving representing the celebrated
O loved by him whom Scotland loves, Treaty with the Indians, and another, a superb mezzotinto
Long loved, and honoured duly likeness of Penn with flowing locks and in armour, before
By all who love the bard who sang he had donned the Quaker garb. This likeness is en
So sweetly and so truly! graved from the original portrait painted from life in
In cultured dales his song prevails, Ireland, in 1666. The biographical sketch accompanying
Thrills o'er the eagle's aëry,these embellishments is from the pen of Edward Ingra
Ah! who that strain has caught, nor sighed ham, Esq., of this city.
For Burns's “ Highland Mary ?" D As we are printing only a limited quantity of the
I. July number beyond our regular edition, those wishing
I wandered on from hill to bill, to possess this number separately, will do well to make
I feared nor wind nor weather; early application. One Dollar remitted free of charge will
For Burns beside me trode the moor, secure five copies.
Beside me pressed the heather.
I read his verse—his life-alas!
which has characterized all his writings, and with that O'er that dark shapes extended :
peculiar felicity of manner, not less characteristic, by With thee at last, and him in thee,
which he adorns whatever he touches, he has produced a My thoughts their wanderings ended. work authentic as a history and yet as seductive as a pro
fessed work of fiction. For sale by A. Hart, Philadelphia.
ALLSTON'S POEMS AND LECTURES ON ART. Baker & Scrib
ner. We are informed by the editor of this volume, Mr. His golden hours of youth were thine,
Dana, that on the death of Mr. Allston, it was determined Those hours whose flight is fleetest;
by his literary executors to prepare his biography and Of all his songs to thee he gave
correspondence, and publish them in connexion with his The freshest and the sweetest.
writings, the whole making two volumes of the size of the Ere ripe the fruit, one branch he brake,
present. A delay has unfortunately occurred in the preAll rich with bloom and blossom;
paration of the biography and correspondence; and, as And shook its dews, its incense shook,
there have been frequent calls for the publication of his Above thy brow and bosom.
poems and of his lectures on Art, it was thought best to give them at once to the public in their present form,
without awaiting the completion of the whole design. We TITLED LITERATI.
are given to understand, however, that when the biogra
phy and correspondence are published, they will be in Christopher North is something of a democrat after all.
form and size to match the present volume. It is the In discoursing of the English practice of conferring baro
second instalment of a rich legacy, the first being as yet netcy, knighthood, and the like, upon literary men, he
unpaid and past due. says, “We should extremely regret to see literary men
REDWOOD. By Miss Sedgwick. We are glad to see that becoming candidates for these honours. They do not
Mr. Putnam, having nearly completed his valuable ediwant them; they have already taken a title from their
tions of Irving and Cooper, has commenced an edition of works. The title-page of their book is their best order of
Miss Sedgwick's Works, uniform in size and appearance knighthood. The Author of Waverley !'-can any prince's sword dub a man with a title like that, or any
with the former. “Redwood,” the first of the series, first
appeared about fifteen years since. Its reappearance, in title that shall be remembered by the side of it? These
its present elegant attire, will be welcomed by many old distinctions are becoming common amongst scientific men
friends, and by a large reading public that has come upon of eminence, and what is the result? Not that those are more honoured who possess them, but that many who
the stage since that time. possess them not, feel slighted and aggrieved. And yet
Hume's ENGLAND. Harpers Edition. No library is ao the common forms of language are enough to show how counted complete which has not a copy of this standard superfluous such titles are, to both literary and scientific historical work, and no opportunity, probably, has ever men of distinguished merit; for no sooner does a man occurred, since its first publication, to procure a good copy become famous than all prefix whatever to his name is
at so small an expense. This edition is in six volumes, dropped. The highest honour is to be stripped bare to
small 8vo. and is sold at retail at the small price of forty the simple surname. It is plain Newton or Locke men cents a volume in neat muslin binding. The work has speak of. No one talks of Sir Isaac's Principia. A Sir been brought out with great rapidity. In our last number Joseph Banks may keep his title. But even a Sir Humphry we had the pleasure of announcing only the first volume. Davy has some difficulty to retain his. Whenever the The whole work is now complete. The publishers anlanguage of the writer rises into panegyric, we have re- nounce Milman's Gibbon's Rome, in the same style and marked that it becomes plain Davy. We hear and read at the same price. For sale by Dewitt & Davenport, Nero always of one Faraday. The living man has already ob- York. tained this highest of nominal distinctions, to be without WHITE-JACKET; or the World in a Man-of-War. By Her. a prefix For ourselves, we know not whether it is Mr.
man Melville. Harpers. We have not been able to read or Sir that is omitted; but we know this, that if the Sir this inviting volume-and much to our regret, for we is yet to come, it will drop off, it will not stick.”
doubt not, from the character of Mr. Melville's former volumes, the readers of “White-Jacket" are destined to a rare entertainment. Mr. Melville says in a preliminary note that in 1843 he shipped as an "ordinary seaman" on board of a United States frigate, then lying in a harbour of the Pacific ocean. After remaining in this frigate for more than a year, he was discharged from the service upon the vessel's arrival home. The experiences of that year form the basis of the present volume.
THE CONVICT SHIP. By Colin Arrott Browning, M.D. Lindsay & Blakiston. The author of this interesting volume is a surgeon in the British navy. He was placed in charge of some two or three hundred convicts during their transportation to the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land. Being a man of a truly Christian spirit, he deliberately undertook the reformation of these criminals, during their voyage. The results of his labours are given
in the present publication. The book is remarkable, not BOOK NOTICES.
so much for its style, as for the facts which it contains. MAHOMET AND HIS SUCCESSORS. By Washington Irving. Dr. Browning narrates with great simplicity and straightThere is an air of wild romance about these volumes forwardness the steps which he pursued with these unwhich gives them a peculiar fascination. This may be in promising subjects. The results were of a character to part owing to the peculiar character of the Arabs, as the awaken very strongly public attention in Great Britain, author would very modestly have us believe. But recol- where the book has passed rapidly through four editions, lecting, as we do, the many grievously heavy tomes on the and we doubt not a similar impression upon the public same subject which have been heretofore issued, we can- mind will follow the republication of the work in this not but feel that we must seek for the fascination nearer country. The work is introduced to the American public home. It is Mr. Irving, and not the subject, that has with a recommendatory preface by the Rev. James H. beguiled us. With that industry in the collection of facts | Fowles, of Philadelphia,
THE MERCERSBURG REVIEW. The March number of this Parnell, and Bolingbroke, and some fifty pages of miscel. work confirms the favourable opinion already expressed in laneous criticism. The critical papers, and the biographies regard to it. The articles are not numerous, but show of Voltaire and Nash are now first collected. The present learning and ability. They are chiefly metaphysical and is a favourable opportunity for those who wish to supply theological.
themselves with a valuable and at the same time cheap PICTORIAL LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF JACK SHEPPARD. By copy of the works of this great writer. William Harrison Ainsworth. T. B. Peterson. Complete DECK AND Port. By the Rev. Walter Colton. New York: in one volume. Price 50 cents.
A. S. Barnes & Co. Mr. Colton, so well and favourably Byrne's DICTIONARY OF MECHANICS, ENGINE-WORK, AND
known by his former publications, has here given us, in ENGINEERING. Parts VII. and VIII. of this great work has a stout duodecimo of four hundred pages, a lively account been received from the publishers, D. Appleton & Co.,
of his cruise to California in the U. S. Frigate Congress, New York.
with sketches of Rio Janeiro, Valparaiso, Lima, Honolulu,
and San Francisco. It is to be followed, we perceive, by THE THREE ROYAL MAGI. By Prof. Blumenthal. Philadelphia: Henry Perkins. This is partly a translation, and
another volume, entitled “Three Years in Alta California." partly an adaptation, of a German work. It is a legend
The present work is embellished with a finely engraved of the birth of our Saviour, and is of a most curious, and
likeness of Commodore Stockton, and several tinted lithoto us altogether novel character. The writer shows an
graphs, which give the book a very pretty appearance. intimate acquaintance with the state of the world at the
MACKAY'S POPULAR DELUSIONS. Philadelphia : Lindsay time of the advent, and has woven his erudition into a & Blakiston. No history is more instructive than the his. fiction of peculiar interest. Though only intended as a tory of folly, and among the lessons which history teaches, story book for children, we have read no book during the none is more striking than the recurrence of the same set month with more eager interest. It is embellished with of follies in the course of ages. It does really seem, on several good tinted engravings by Devereux.
looking over Mr. Mackay's book, as if there was no new A DICTIONARY OF Engligu SYNONYMES. By the Rev. James folly under the sun. For every type of popular delusion Rawson, A.M. Lindsay & Blakiston. Most readers are which may now exist, some parallel antetype would seem familiar with the large work of Crabbe on this subject. In
to be found among the exploded theories whose history that, and other similar works, the relations of the words
is here recorded. Indeed, there is commonly no more grouped together as synonymous are explained and
successful mode of resisting the progress of one of these defined. These explanations and definitions, acute and
moral epidemics, than to hunt up and republish some ingenious as they are, and important as they are for the
such forgotten piece of history. Although, therefore, Mr. purposes of study and investigation, are yet often in the
Mackay’s volumes profess to be only a history of exploded way for the purposes of immediate reference, during the popular delusions, the very narrative has the effect of arprogress of composition. Mr. Rawson, in the preparation of gument-and most efficient argument-against many of his work, has given no remarks or definitions, but simply
the delusions now rife in the world. We were about to grouped together the words of kindred meaning, intending
say that the work was very seasonable-but when could his book to be rather to assist the memory than to inform
it be out of season! Such a work is always needed. the judgment-a book for the table, not for the shelf. LIEBIG'S COMPLETE Works. Philadelphia: T'. B. Peterson.
WOMAN IN AMERICA. By Maria J. M'Intosh. New York: This is, we believe, the first time that Liebig's Chemical D. Appleton & Co. Wo have read this essay with much Works have been given in this country, entire in one satisfaction. Miss M'Intosh shows in several introductory volume, at least in so cheap and convenient a form. Here chapters the position and mission of Man in America, and we have, first, the work on Agricultural Chemistry, seasserts that he had to a good degree fulfilled that mission, cond, the work on Animal Chemistry, third, the familiar but Woman thus far has greatly misunderstood both. letters on the applications of Chemistry to Commerce, &c., Man gives tone to political, Woman to social life. But in all included in one octavo volume of three hundred pages the former we are as a nation independent, self-relying, and sold at the low price of one dollar. and moving onward with a calmness marking just confi- LYNCH'S DEAD SEA EXPEDITION. Philadelphia: Lea de dence in our powers, while in social life we are a nation
Blanchard. In consequence of the success of his former of imitators, the apes of every folly, the apologists of every
and larger publication, Lieutenant Lynch has given it in vice to which European custom has given a sanction. To
a condensed and cheaper form, intended for general cirAmerican women we must look to rectify the errors of culation. It is a small-sized octavo of three hundred and American society. From them we may hope to derive a
thirty-two pages, with a new map reduced from that belife freer from factitious distinctions, controlled more by longing to the Government. In this cheaper form it will enlightened convictions and less by conventional forms, a
no doubt find its way into the hands of many who were life nobler, more spiritual, more in conformity with Chris
interested in the subject, but were unable to bear the extian principles than any the world has yet seen. Such is
pense of the more costly work. the tenor of the opinions advanced in this valuable essay.
MRS. ELLET'S WOMEN OF THE REVOLUTION. New York: Miss M'Intosh's style of writing is cultivated and chaste,
Baker & Scribner. Mrs. Ellet has made for herself the and if sometimes wanting in vigour, is never marred by a
niche which she occupies in the enduring temple of Amevicious straining for effect. Her views of life are sober,
rican literature. She has hunted up & subject which but discriminating and thoughtful, and the whole tone of nobody before her seems to have thought of, and has made her book is that of a true, because a conservative progress.
it interesting by her industry and talents. MARY ELLIS. American Sunday School Union. We have marked favour attending the publication of her former sometimes thought the Sunday School Union erred in volumes has encouraged her to go on with the subject and withholding from the public the names of the authors of produce a third. The present volume is on the same plan the books which they publish. We suppose, however, as the two former. In truth, it is only a continuation of it is better as it is. The neat little volume, whose title we the same work. It contains twenty-two distinct biograhave quoted, is understood to have been written by a lady phies, commencing with one of uncommon interest and of this city, the author of "The Country School-House." value in regard to Mrs. annis Stockton of Princeton. Both books are written in an easy, familiar, and winning GIBBON'S ROME. Boston Edition. Messrs. Phillips, Sampstyle, and though not characterized by much power, are son & Co. continue to issue at rapid intervals their editions yet well suited to be useful.
of this standard work. It is to be completed in six volumes, GOLDSMITH'S MISCELLANEOUS WORK8. Putnam's Edition. small octavo, with a full index, and notes by Milman. It We are indebted to J. W. Moore of this city, for Vol. III. corresponds in appearance to their edition of Hume which of the new edition of Goldsmith's works, containing “The has won such general favour. Volumes I. and II. are Vicar of Wakefield,” the biographies of Voltaire, Nash received.
WOMAN IN FRANCE. By Julia Kavanagh. Philadelphia: | out-of-the-way things this great scholar picked up. For
LAMARTINE ON ATHEISM. Boston: Phillips, Sampson d Co. in France during the eighteenth century. The influence
In this small and beautifully printed tract, the eloquent she exercised was not always of the most reputable kind, republican endeavours to rouse his countrymen from the but that it was great and pervading, no one at all versed | practical atheism into which they have fallen. He conin political history will call in question. The author of
trasts the opinions and practices of Frenchmen with those the present volume has aimed to show something of the of English men and Americans, and shows with much force, extent of this influence, by sketching the lives of those
and in his own peculiar style, the ruinous political tenwomen who figured in French politics and diplomacy | dency of French materialism. For sale by T. B. Peterson, during the last century, mingling the biographical details Philadelphia. with general illustrations of the state of social morals
CARLYLE's LATTER-DAY PAMPHLETS. New York ; Harpers : during the later days of the old French monarchy.
also, Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co. Carlyle is a first-rate MEMOIRS OF AN HUNGARIAN LADY. Philadelphia : Lea &
grumbler. We have no love for grumbling. But when it Blanchard. Theresa Pulszky, the writer of this sprightly is done, we like to see it done well, and heartily. No one volume, is an Hungarian exile resident in England. After
can complain, in this respect, of "The Latter-Day Paman historical introduction of nearly a hundred pages, phlets." The tract on “Model Prisons” is a universal, she narrates with much animation the leading events of sweeping condemnation of everything done or doing by the late unsuccessful revolution, mixed up with a good
the Prison Discipline Societies and their friends, from deal of personal adventure. There is also a valuable ap- Howard to Dorothea Dix. “The Present Time” is equally pendix, containing the most important state papers issued complimentary to republicans in general, and to us Ameby the various parties in this most calamitous struggle. ricans in particular. “Downing Street" is a general overThese papers have been much referred to of late, but have hauling of the British government. not been heretofore readily accessible. They add much to
THE PRINCETON MAGAZINE. The first number of this new the value of the volume.
periodical has been received. It has a pleasant aspect, THE METHODIST QUARTERLY REVIEW. New York: Lane & and is well stored with valuable contributions. Hailing Scott. The leading articles in the April number are from “Princeton,” and edited by a gentleman so well “Wesley the Catholic," "John Quincy Adams,” “The De.
known to the alumni of the institution as William C. mopiacs of the New Testament,” “Ancient Enclosures
Alexander, it will no doubt find readers and subscribers and Mounds in the West,” “Ticknor's Spanish Literature," in every part of the United States. We wish it a long and &c. The last-named article is from the pen of Prof. Felton
prosperous career. of Cambridge, and is highly eulogistic of the work it reviews, NED ALLEN, OR THE PAST AGE. By David Hannay. Nete but not more so than it deserves. There is also an article
York: Harper & Brothers. This is a very interesting and from Prof. Johnson of the Ohio Wesleyan University, dis- agreeable novel. There is a freshness and heartiness of cussing the meaning of the word Di', as connected with feeling running through it which affords ample compenthe question of demiurgic days. We have rarely seen an sation for some want of incident and weakness in the deliabler specimen of exegesis, and never so satisfactory a neation of character which are also apparent. The author's discussion of this particular point.
chief strength lies in the conduct of the dialogue, which is LEONARD, SCOTT & Co.'s REPRINTS OF THE BRITISH REVIEWS.
sensible, spirited, and well sustained, and in a just appreThe publishers have commenced sending us these valuable
ciation of home joys and home comforts, which he exhibits works, and we shall take pleasure in noticing their con
somewhat after the manner of Miss Bremer, the Swedish tents from time to time. We have never heard but one
novelist of domestic life. The style, too, is remarkably opinion as to their value. The chief difficulty with many
happy in the dialogue, but in the descriptive parts it lacks who have desired to become subscribers has been the ex
directness, and in many instances, from the long, intricate pense. This difficulty is in a great measure overcome by
sentences with which it abounds, it becomes involved and the comparative cheapness of the American reprint. The
obscure. This fault appears, however, to arise more from works republished are five, viz. Blackwood, the Edinburgh,
want of care than from want of ability; a hint, therefore, the London Quarterly, the Westminster, and the North
may lead the author to avoid it in succeeding works which British. Any one of them may be had for $3 a year, any
we hope to see from his pen. two for $5, any three for $7, any four for $8, and all five
THE PETREL; OR LOVE ON THE OCEAN. A Tale of the Sea, for 810.
by Sir Admiral Fisher, of the English Nary. Philadelphia: We have received the Reviews for January, and Black.
T. B. Peterson. “The Petrel" is a decidedly successful wood for January, February, March, and April, all rich
effort in that difficult branch of the novelist's art, the with reading matter of sterling value.
writing of an ocean tale. It is full of bold sketches of BULWER'S NIGHT AND MORNING, The Harpers have issued
character, picturesque description, wild adventures, and a new edition of this work in their library of select novels.
hair-breadth escapes, all woven so naturally into the story It is given, like all the works of this series, unabridged and
that discovering no effort to ensnare his interest, and unaltered. Price 25 cents.
thrown off his guard by seeming reality, the reader sur
renders his whole mind to a pleasing though stirring and THE BOSTON SHAKESPEARE. Messrs. Phillips, Sampson
even anxious delusion. The love story, which of course & Co., are proceeding steadily with their splendid edition
forms a part of it, is well imagined, and well told. This of the works of the great dramatist. Numbers 13 & 14,
is the author's first book, and few first efforts are so sue. just received, contain "The Taming of the Shrew,” and
cessful. It is of itself sufficient to give him just claims to “ The Winter's Tale," and are each ornamented with a
an honourable place among writers of this class of works. first class line engraving executed in London. The hero
HOLBROOK'S RAILROAD GUIDE. For those who are going ines here represented are Katherine, and Perdita—both
to travel in any part of the United States, by railroad or of them admirably conceived and executed.
steamboat, this is the most perfect vade mecum we have COPLAND'S DICTIONARY OF PRACTICAL MEDICINE. New York: Harpers. Part XXI. of this great work has been
THE PRINCETON REVIEW. Philadelphia: Wm. H. Mitchell. received from the publishers.
The April number of this valuable Review contains a long SOUTHEY'S COMMONPLACE Book. Parts III. and IV. have biographical article on Robert Blair, a discussion of Presbeen published by the Harpers completing the work. It byterianism in Virginia, reviews of Newman's Hebrew ends with a copious alphabetical index of subjects and Commonwealth, Lord's History of Modern Europe, Buchaauthors, which adds greatly to its value as a work of refe- nan's Unity of the Human Race, Egypt and Nineveh, Wal
It is amusing and instructive in running one's ter M. Lowrie, Harrison's History of the English Lanege through such volumes as these, to see what queer, guage,