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Travels and Adventures in Mexico: In the course of Journeys of upwards of 2,500 miles, performed on foot. By W. W. Carpentier, late of V. s. Army. Harper Brothers.
All that relates to that remarkable country, already overshadowed by the " stars and stripes," and waiting but its turn in the inscrutable process of absorption which must complete the manifest destiny," is of interest, and Mr. Carpentier has here given us a rich, glowing, and authentic account of the manners and materials of that nation. The book will and should be in the hands of all.
MEMOIR OF THE Rev. EDWARD BICKERSTETH, late Rector of Walton, Herts. By F. R.
Birks, M. A., with an introduction by Stephen H. Tyng, D. D. Harper Brothers.
The high standing of the "beloved Bickersteth " in the Christian Church is such, as to make his memoirs a sort of text book in the path of virtue, and full of interest, as well to the Churchman as to the pious of all denominations. The introduction by Dr. Tyng speaks in earnest sympathy for an intimate friend and co-laborer in the great work.
London LABOR AND THE LONDON Poor; a Cyclopedia of the condition and earnings of
" those that will work,” “ those that cannot work," and "those that will not work." By Henry Mayhew. Harper, Brothers.
Eleven numbers, comprising the first volume of this work, elegantly illustrated, have made their appearance. We have before had occasion, at great length, to quote from these very interesting papers. They contain much valuable matter in relation to the social condition of England's poor, which comprises by far the largest portion of the people. If Mr. Mayhew's judgment is not to be trusted, his facts are, generally speak ing, correct, and from them, rather than from his opinions, are to be deduced the real state of things in a " decaying country.”
The Fate: A tale of stirring times. By G. P. R. James, Esq. Harper Brothers.
Mr. James is “good yet" for any quantity of tales ; and the present one has more of vivacity, resulting perhaps from our invigorating climate, than some other of the “ last novels."
Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution. By B. J. Lossing. New-York: Harper
Brothers. No. XI.
This work, which has reached its eleventh number, deserves to be highly prized, not so much for any rare and surpassing merits which it possesses, as for the peculiar character of its contents. It is stored with events and incidents connected with the battles of the Revolutionary War, which are not of sufficient importance to obtain a prominent place in general history, but which are no less valuable as a part of those striking scenes. Many of them have been gathered in the neighborhood of the battlefields, and often from actors in those tragedies. These are interwoven with the general current of events of more importance, and illustrated with an incalculable mass of the popular information of those days. Added to all these particulars, the work will be found to be embellished with cuts and drawings of great merit, which represent battle-fields, noted spots, dwellings, and, we had almost said, everything singular or striking con
Home is Home: A Domestic Tale. D. Appleton & Co..
Another of those delightful books for fireside reading, introduced to the public by the house of Appleton & Co. It should be placed upon the shelf of every family library, to instruct as well as to please.
THE HELLENIAD: An Epic Poem. Founded on the events connected with the succes
sive invasions of Ancient Greece, by the Persians. Part first. The Wrath of Darius." By George McHenry. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co. 1850.
Much of the English literature never reaches us, or remains for a long time unknown to American readers. This is particularly the case with poetry, very little of which, unless accompanied with the prestige of a well-known name, becomes familiar and appreciated during the life-time of the auibor. This Epic, the production of Dr. George McHenry, of Liverpool, has been well received in English literary circles; but we believe the honor of introducing it to the American public remains with us; and we regret our inability at this time of giving it more than a passing notice. The attainments of Dr. McHenry, and his fine poetical taste, are such as to guarantee a superior work, although we regret his placing himself in a position where he must be exposed to such fires of criticism. The public eye, now-a-days, looks with a strong distrust upon poetry, and especially epic poetry; our own extended remarks we reserve for a future number. In . the preface we are informed that " The first part of the poem is now published, under the title of • The Wrath of Darius,' because all the incidents comprised in it arise from the anger entertained by that monarch against the Greeks. It contains an account of the first invasion of Greece, by the Persians, under Mardonius; and of the second, under Datis and Artaphernes, which ended by their defeat, at the illustrious battle of Marathon. The second part I intend to denominate · The Pride of Xerxes,' and I expect it to contain about as much matter as the first; and to the whole work, then completing the three different expeditions against Greece, I have affixed the designation of The Helleniad,' from Hellas, the ancient appellation of the country, or from Hellen, son of Deucalion and Pyrrha, king of Phthiotis, whose two sons, Æolus and Dorus, and grandson, lou, gave their names to the three respective nations or tribes of Greece, known as the Æolians, Dorians, and Ionians,"
A MANUAL OF ROMAN ANTIQUITIES : illustrated with numerous engravings. By Charles
Anthon, LL. D., &c. Harper Brothers.
A very excellent work, and one well worthy of its gifted author. Dr. Ant has made numervus additions to American literature, and none more interesting or useful than the present volume.
HARPERS' Magazine, for August.
This elegant periodical, not inaptly christened, " The Giant of the Monthlies,' continues as popular as ever. It is admirably conducted, and so long as it remains in such good care, must continue to be interesting.