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We are glad to see a new edition of this standard work. The excellence of the former edition has, it appears, left no room for improvement in the new issue.
30. plella eblow Sawáti' Al Ilhám (Radiant inspiration). This bulky volume issued from the famous Nawul Kishore Press, Lucknow, is a commentary on the Quran written by Abul Feid Feidi in the year 1582 A.D. A lengthy prologue and a piece of poetry introduce the work, which is distinguished by the peculiarity that the author has throughout restricted himself to words which are composed of “unpointed” letters, thus omitting one half of the letters composing the Arabic Alphabet. It goes without saying that the commentary is, in consequence, to be regarded chiefly as a curiosity and as a valuable collection of obsolete words and difficult constructions.
31. The Wisdom of Naushirwán the Just--commonly called Tauqiyat-iKisrawiya (Lucknow, Nawul Kishore Press, 1892). Students of Persian will feel grateful to Mr. W. Young, B.A., C.S.I., for having edited, transliterated and translated this most interesting, though somewhat difficult work; the book reflects credit alike on the editor and the publisher.
32. Krypto - Monotheismus in den Religionen der Alten Chinesen und anderer Völker von FERD. ADALBERT JUNKER VON LANGEGG (Wilhelm Engelmann, Leipzig ; and Williams and Norgate, London). This is an exceedingly interesting book on the consistent Monotheism hidden in Oriental religions-chiefly that of the Ancient Chinese-discoverable by esoteric inquiry and research into the sacred religious books and traditions that are available to the student of Comparative Religion. The learned author was principally stimulated to these inquiries by travels in the East and association with indigenous Oriental scholars—who, after all, generally possess a more accurate knowledge of their respective religions than their European critics at home, who often do not even know the language in which any particular form of religious belief, on which they pose as authorities, is expressed.
The book before us treats of a vast subject into which considerations of space do not permit us here to enter ; we must content ourselves with recommending its perusal to all whose studies lie in this direction. The chapter on Zoroastrian “supposed” dualism, but real monotheism, is especially interesting though it is, perhaps, not so thorough and accurate as other chapters are.
33. The latest addition to the series of works, issued under the distinguished editorship of Karl Dziatzko of Göttingen, on Bibliography and the collection of books, is a booklet by the editor, sent to us by the publisher M. Spirgatis of Leipzig, on the development and present state of Scientific libraries in Germany (Entwickelung und gegenwärtiger Stand der wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken Deutschlands). The historical portion of the little work is much more interesting than what might be supposed from the title.
OUR LIBRARY TABLE. We have on our table : Journal of the United Service Institution of India (Simla Times Press, May, 1893), containing a very full and interesting geography of Russian Turkestan, by N. V. Ostroumoff, translated by Lt. E. Peach ; A Dream, and other poems, by Hafid (Madras : Srinavasa, Vavadachari, 1893)—three little poems in rhyme preceded by a long dream, apparently symbolic, in blank verse; Annual report of the Reformatory School at Yerrowda for 1892 (Bombay : Government Central Press, 1893, 4 as.), an institution with just over 100 inmates, where we note that the mark system has been introduced with good effect; The Tracing Boari in Modern Oriental and Mediæval Operative Masonry, by C. Purdon Clarke, C.I.E. (Margate : Kebles Gazette Office, 1893), a learned technical discussion printed in 4to. with 6 full page illustrations ; The Allahabad Review (Church Mission Press, July, 1893), by M. Hamidullah, Barrister-at-law, in English and Urdu; The Currency Question, by the Right Hon. A. J. Balfour, M.P. (London: E. Wilson and Co.; Manchester : J. E. Cornish, 1893), a very good statement of Bimetallism, but leaving unexplained why the Conservative Party have taken up an attitude of opposition against the closing of the Indian mints to free coinage of silver at the goodwill of any importer; Bostan-3-Khiyal— Jhes olingo (Lucknow: Nawul Kishore Press, 2 vols.).
We beg to acknowledge, with thanks, the following works : 1. Boletin de la Sociedad Geografica de Madrid (Fortenet), among the articles of which, always valuable, are the continuation of the history of Gibraltar since 1779 and an interesting note on Andrew de Morales and his observations on Ocean-currents at the close of the 15th century; 2. Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute, 1892-93, by the Secretary, where British Federation, New Guinea, British Guiana, Australia, and British Columbia are discussed in addition to much other matter, including Mr. F. C. Sellous' Incidents of a Hunter's Life in S. Africa ; 3. The Geographical Journal, January to June, 1893 (London, E. Stanford), which among the usual details regarding the Royal Geographical Society contains, as matter of great special interest for our readers, Mr. W. M. Conway's Hisper Pass, C. Hore's journey in Borneo, F. C. Sellous' South Africa, Captain Bowers' Across Thibet, E. A. Floyer's Routes in the deserts of Egypt, and Alfred Sharpe's Central African Explorations ; 4. La Civilta Cattolica, containing among other articles the continuation of Fr. de Caras' Hittites, and of the Historical novel “The Day after the Deluge,” which grows in interest; 5. The Contemporary Review (London, Isbister and Co.); 6. The National Review (London, W. H. Allen and Co.); 7. La Minerva (Roma, Sociétà Laziàle), a monthly extract from English and other Reviews ; 8. Biblia, the New York monthly Biblical and Oriental Magazine ; 9. Le Polybiblion (Paris : Rue St. Simon); 10. The Review of Reviews (London); 11. The Strand Magazine and 12. The Picture Magazine, both of which are excellent; 13. The Religious Review of Reviews (London: Catherine Street); 14. The Missionary Review of Reviews, New York: Funk and Wagnalls); 15. La Revue des Revues (Paris); 16. La Revue Générale (Bruxelles : Société Belge de Librairie); 17. The Library Review (London: Hutchinson and Co.); 18. The Indian Magazine and Review (London: A. Constable); 19. Tung Pâo, the Leyden bi-monthly Chinese ma zine (E. J. Brill); 20. Comtes-Rendus de la Société de Geographie (Paris); 21. Lucifer (London); 22. Mittheilungen der Anthropologischen Gesellschaft in Wien; 23. The Antiquary (London : Elliot Stock); 21. The American Journal of Philology (Baltimore); 25. The Royal Scottish Geographical Society's Magazine (Edinburgh); 26. Le Bulletin des Sommaires (Paris), and 27. La Marine et les colonies (Paris); 28. Journal of the Society of Arts (London); 29. Public Opinion (Washington and New York); 30. Public Opinion (London); 31. Ueber Land und Meer (Stuttgart); 32. India, the organ of the Indian National Congress.
We have just (20th Sept.) received from Messrs. W. H. Allen and Co., H. G. Keene's History of India, 2 vols. ; and from Messrs. Thacker and Co., May Edwood's Autobiography of a Spin ; they will be duly noticed in our next issue. Messrs. W. H. Allen have just favoured us with a copy of " the Dictionary of Islám " by the Rev. T. P. Hughes, to which we hope to devote a special review in our next issue.