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Jamaica as it was, as it is, and as it may be; comprising interesting
Topics for Absent Proprietors, Merchants, and Valuable Hints to Persons intending to Emigrate to that Island ; also an Authentic Narrative of the Insurrection in 1831, with a Faithful Detail of the Manners, Customs, and Habits of the Colonists, with a Description of the Country, &c. By a retired MILITARY OFFICER. Hurst, 65, St. Paul's Church Yard.
This is a long title to a very short book, but good as it is short. We fear we may look upon the West India colonies as lost to all good purposes. We have paid twenty millions, not for our whistle, but for a sectarian whine. It cannot now be helped. The appeal to black consciences, either here or in the other islands, would be equally useless. One class will not work, the other will not cease to instigate them in persevering in their idleness. We wish every one to read this work dis. passionately. It contains no special pleading, no oratorical flourishes, no appeals either to passion or prejudice; but facts-and such facts. We do not think that a single emancipatist ever rightly knew what a negro was. Outwardly he may be, as a learned and pious divine has said, “God's image carved in ebony." We will not make so free with the Deity. But, mentally, what has he ever proved himself? Did ever an emancipatist trust a negro? attempt to fathom his intellectual capabilities? to ascertain his prevailing notions? What they really are, despite of ages of religion and instruction, a perusal of this work will show. They are not fit to be, and perhaps never will be fit to be, their own masters, let the white man do what he will for him.
The Land of Vision; or, Glimpses into the Past, Present, and the
Future. . Hatchard and Son, Piccadilly.
This is a very singular, and a very bold work. We are told, most emphatically, by the Scriptures, that Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, nor hath it entered into the imagination to conceive, the rewards which are allotted to the good. The author, however, has a different opinion, and he imagines himself able to give us a very good insight into the sublime mysteries and pleasures prepared for us in heaven. In making the attempt he has proved the truth of the saying in the Scriptures, for all his joys of heaven are nothing but earth purified, and those who are in it evidently still cling to earthly things His failure is no disgrace; he can only be accused of presumption ; neither does it in our opinion much depreciate from the real merit of the work, which is considerable. Generally speaking, the writing is very beautiful; and although it is impossible to help smiling at such a very respectable old gentleman as Moses, giving an account to Noah of his first love, still the narrative is very beautifully penned. There is a little of every thing in this work, and in almost every point discussed there is much good sense; the fault is, that although very clever, proceeding from the pen or mouth of man, it is not that perfection which we should expect from an angel of so high a rank as Ithuriel. Still there is a charm about the book, and we have read it with pleasure; the associations are agreeable, and no one can read it without being improved, not only by the writing, but from that communion with his own thoughts which must naturally arise from the nature of the subject. We hope that the author will write again, and if he does, that he will be satisfied with putting his ideas into the mouths of men, and not go up to heaven again before his time.
Code of Universal Naval Signals. By CRANMORE Phillipps, R.N.
Longman and Co. Paternoster Row.
We have examined this little book, having dabbled a little in this way ourselves, and we have no hesitation in pronouncing it to be the nucleus of what the author would attempt, to wit, a universal code. The apparatus is attended with very little expense, and from the flags being diversified in their forms, will always be made out with much more facility than others. As they are at present published in the English language only, they of course are not yet available as a universal code ; but when the author has added to them the necessary column, containing the meaning of the sentences and words in French, Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese, they will then become what he intends them to be, and we trust that they will meet with the patronage and success which they deserve. We may here remark, that another code of signals by Sir J. Malcolm, of very superior merit, has also been submitted to us, and they appear to us to be much better adapted to our navy than those at present in use, which are complicated and expensive. Mr. Phillipps's are equally adapted to the merchant service, and certainly are a great improvement in many points upon those which are at present in use.
Colburn's Modern Novelists. Vol. IX. The Disowned. By ED
WARD LYTTON BULWER. Richard Bentley, London ; Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh ; and J. Cumming, Dublin.
This volume completes the impassioned and well-written novel of the Disowned. It is embellished with a frontispiece well representing the scene where “ the Disowned” breaks in upon the excited and credulous father. The vignette title-page is also a striking incident properly displayed, though we think that the narrowness of the footpath upon which the intruding aristocrat found his death is not sufficiently marked. Well inclined as we are to do just honour to Mr. Bulwer's talents, we shall not weary the reader by a repetition of panegyric that all the world allows to be merited. This edition does justice, in its getting up, to the able writer who occupies this part of it.
A History and Description of the Different Varieties of the Pansy,
or Heart's-Ease, now in Cultivation in the British Gardens. Ilustrated with Twenty-four coloured Figures of the Choicest Sorts. By J. SINCLAIR and J. FREEMAN. Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange.
We have received the first number of this cheap and elegant work, containing a coloured plate and description of the “ Allen's John Bull,' and a noble Pansy it is. Every thing necessary to be known of either a scientific or practical nature of this flower is amply and clearly displayed in this number. We wish the work success.
The Parent's Cabinet of Amusement and Instruction. Smith, Elder,
and Co., Cornhill.
A very good selection of popular morceaux, ranging through a great variety of subjects. We can safely recommend it.
Catechism of Foreign Exchanges, and the Effects of an Abasement of
Bullion. By John Taylor, Author of “ Junius Identified." Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange.
In a commercial country like ours, this book ought to be in every body's hands. The landholder should study it most particularly, as in it his interests are very ably advocated, and his position most lucidly explained. The merchant will always take care of himself; self-preservation is the constant lesson of his life-himself and his capital are always transferrable, but the landlord is a fixture–he must sit down passively, and endure all reverses, for he has yet to learn, that the amount of his rents depends almost wholly on our foreign trade; and this learning he will find in the meritorious and modest little work before us.
The Linwoods, or Sixty Years since in America. Edward Churton,
Holles Street. We have a vivid recollection of Hope Leslie, as one of the most pleasing tales of fiction that we ever read, and finding that this work was written by the same authoress, we took it up with an anticipation of being pleased, and we have not been disappointed. This is a beautifully pure novel in language and sentiment, with much interest, and with characters admirably drawn-one of those works which it is a pleasure to have in one's library, to hand down for the perusal of a friend. We presume Miss Sedgwick is an American-whether she be so or English, either country may be proud of her.
Le Nouveau Testament de notre Seigneur Jésus Christ. Edition sté
réotypée, revue et corrigée avec soin. John Reid, Glasgow; Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh; Whittaker and Co. London.
To English youth of both sexes, and particularly to that portion of them who are likely to visit foreign parts, we recommend this very handsome though diminutive edition of the New Testament in the French language. We see no great impropriety in those who are learning French taking it with them to church or using it at their devotions. As it is the thought, not the language, that is acceptable to the Divine Being, there can be no sin in thus insensibly acquiring the knowledge of a foreign tongue, even though the rest of the congregation are praying in English.
Published by Valpy, Red Lion Court,
We have received the first numbers of this well-concocted periodical, and we assure the reader that we have no intention either to descant upon it ill-naturedly, or to damn it with faint praise. The former would be an injustice, the latter an insincerity of which we are too proud to be guilty. We think that the class of readers, to whom it is particularly addressed, will find it excellent, though the extremes of party will be in. vidious enough to condemn its juste milieu tone. We trust, that crowded as is the periodical highway, there will be still room enough left upon it for an individual of such sound constitutional principles to jostle successfully forward.
The Poetical Works of Samuel Rogers, Esq. Part VII. Nlustrated
by One Hundred and Twenty-eight Vignettes, from Designs by Stothard and Turner. Edward Moxon, Dover Street. This elegant work sustains its well-merited popularity. It must be a satisfaction to the venerable and much-esteemed poet to witness the increased circulation of his beautiful writings. We are given to understand that the sale is enormous, and we rejoice at it, not only for the sake of the publisher, but because such works cannot be too widely circulated.
The Eclectic Gazette, or Register of the Arts, Sciences, and Literature ;
to be continued every alternate Wednesday. B. Steil, Paternoster Row.
We have received the first two numbers of this cheap periodical, which for many reasons has found favour in our sight, among the most prominent of which are its excellent moral tone, judicious selection of subjects, and, above all, its very modest but greatly expressive motto, “ Full gladly would we teach, and gladly learn.” In these times of impudent infidelity and ill-disguised sedition, antidotes like the one before us will be welcomed by every well-wisher of his country.
A Manual of Entomology, Nos. IX. and X. from the German of
Dr. Hermann Burmiester. By W. E. SHUCKHARD, M.E.S. Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street ; Charles Tilt, Fleet Street. This little work rises in reputation. The clearness of the type, and the elegant delicacy of the plates, leave us nothing more to wish. The remarks upon the larvæ in these numbers are excellent.
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
Smith's Wealth of Nations, Vol. II. fcp. 5s.
8vo. 11. 10s. boards, 11. 138. 6d, half-bound.
The Shrubbery. By the Compiler of “ Fruits and Flowers," &c. 32mo. 3s. 6d.
gory. 8vo. 7s. 6d.
Society's Mission in the Northern Island. By the Rev. W.Yate. Post 8vo. 10s.6d. The Linwoods ; or, Sixty Years since" in America. By Miss Sedgwick, 3 vols.
post 8vo. 1l. 11s. 6d. Notes from various Commentators, adapted to White's Diatessaron. By the Rev.
F. Wickham. 12mo. 78. 6d. Report of a Committee of the Manchester Statistical Society, on the State of Edu
cation in 1834, 8vo. 1s. The Christian Ministry and the Establishment of Christianity : Two Discourses.
By the Rev. J.C. Crosthwaite, M.A. Leach’s Selections from Gregory and Celsus. New edit. 18mo. 4s. Translation of ditto. 18mo. 4s. Introduction to the Study of Practical Medicine. By Jobn Macrobin, M. D.
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plates, 21s. New London Dispensatory. Second edition. By Dr. T. Cox and Dr. Gregory.
8vo. 148. Manual of Select Medical Bibliography. By Dr. John Forbes. Royal 8vo. 158, Dictionary of Terms used in Medicine. Bý R. D. Hoblyn, M.A. 12mo. 9s.
LITERARY NEWS,WORKS IN PROGRESS.
A novelty in embellished works is about to appear, entiled “The Book of Gems," to consist of specimens of the Poets from Chaucer to Prior, each poet illustrated by Engravings from the works of the most distinguished painters, and eacb accompanied by a Biography of the Poet. The volume will contain Fifty-Three of these exquisite Engravings, all by the first artists, and all from original paintings. It will thus present the combined attractions of poetry, painting, and engraving, whilst affording specimens of every variety of excellence in these several departments. The work is intended for publication on the 1st of November.
Miss Landon's new Poem, " The Vow of the Peacock,” will be published on the 5th instant, with a Portrait of the talented authoress, the first that has appeared, beautifully engraved by Mr. Finden.
Mr. Grattan, who has so long been silent in that department of literature in which be bas been so successful as one of the most popular novelists, has it seems at length resumed his pen, and committed to the press a new historical novel, of the time of Elizabeth. The scene is laid, we understand, in Germany, and the principal characters are, a celebrated Archbishop of Cologne, a no less celebrated beauty of that period, and a Duchess of Saxe Cobourg, of the Princess Victoria's family,
Mr. James, author of “ The Gipsy,” has nearly ready a work descriptive of the Educational Institutions of Germany, the details of which were obtained by much personal application and inspection, during the recent residence of the distinguished author on the continent.
The Translation of Schlegel's valuable Lectures, " On the Philosophy of History," by James Burton Robertson, Esq., with a Life of the Author, is now completed, and will be published in a few days.