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Adelaide, Teresina, and Clementina, have each their grand points by which to assure themselves of plaudits. While we sincerely regret the necessity that forced Mr. Brougham to take up the ruinous “star system,” we cannot but express our gratification at the selection he has made, and we trust that he will continue to exercise his good taste so famously. We should be loth to call the production of " See Saw" a feature of the month: it was announced as the work of a distinguished member of the NewYork press ; his play has added nothing to his distinction, for it is in language commonplace, of incident barren, and, although pretending highly, has not, that we can per ceive, one sparkle of true wit.
NIBLO'S. Madame Anna Thillon, with Mr. Hudson, and the Ravels, have been performing here through the month; the Ravels in their grand pantomime, Raoull, and Madame Thillon in the Crown Diamonds, Child of the Regiment, and other French operas. Her success may be attributed to the charms of person and manner, rather than her execution, though even there, indeed, she is very far above mediocrity.
NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.
Naval LIFE; Or, Observations Afloat and on Shore. The Midshipman. By W. F. Lynch,
U. S. N. Charles Scribner, 145 Nassau-street.
This work is what its title purports to be, a narrative of sea life; and written, as the author informs us, to counteract a growing prejudice against his profession. We were not ourselves aware of any such prejudice existing in the public mind, and we trust that the gallant author does not regard the increased estimation in which the army is held for iis great deeds, as an indication of diminished esteem for the navy. The success of the navy in the " last war," or that of 1812, when the army sustained reverses, deservedly placed the navy very high in public estimation, and that esteem was fanned and heightened in an extraordinary degree by the novels of Cooper. The army has now had its turn, and has now a place in popular favor without diverting anything from the laurels of the navy. If the navy no longer holds an undivided place in the country's esteem, it has not lost, through increase of honor to the other branch of service. In the events which are foreshadowed in the state of Europe, a great, a noble part is apparently reserved for our navy, which is yet to carry the * broom at the mast head;" and it needs not the able and agreeable work of Lieut. Lynch to prepare the way for national enthusiasm upon the ocean. We have seldom read a sea story with more interest and pleasure than the one before us.
EXCERPTA EX P. Ovidii Nasonis CARMINIBUS. 12mo., pp. 243. Philadelphia: Lea &
This edition of Ovid, from the edition of Schmitz and Zumpts, is one of the best which has made its appearance. It is designed in its present form chiefly for the use of schools and colleges, for which purpose it is well got up.
Gulliver Joi; his Three Voyages in Kailoo, Hydrogenia, and Ejario. Charles Scribner, New-York.
These stories of the marvellous, for youthful minds, are of supposed voyages, by means of modern invention, to the planets, and possess much interest.
MilliTOFT ; or the Days of James Ist. A Tale. John Murphy & Co., Baltimore.
This little tale is opportunely addressed by an American to the Catholics of England, reminding them of the persecutions which they formerly suffered from that government, and that state persecutions only strengthens its cause. Apart from its religious teaching, the tale has also much of interest.
The Young EMIGRANT's Stories for Summer Days and Winter Nights. Charles scrib
Watching Spirits. By Mrs. Ellet, author of “The Women of the Revolation."
Charles Scribner, 145 Nassau-street.
This little volume is elegantly bound, and illustrated with six beautiful engravings on steel, illustrating the text, which divides itself into 7 heads: Ist. Watching spirits. 20. The ministry of angels. 3d. The lessoning of angels. 4th. Elect angels. 5th. Departed spirits. 6th. Apostate spirits. 7th. Conclusion. The whole is treated with much feeling and devotion by the authoress, whose religious teachings are well known and appreciated by the pablic.
The Fall oF POLAND: Containing an analytical and a philosophical account of the
causes which conspired in the ruin of that nation. Together with the history of its first origin. By L. C. Saxton. 2 vols. Charles Scribner, 145 Nassau-street.
This able work is at this junction a most welcome publication. At the present moment, when Europe is, as it were, holding its breath preparatory to the last mighty effort which a long oppressed people will be required to make for their emancipation from feudal tyranny, ihe history of Poland, giving an account of its heroic struggles, and the causes which combined to defeat their object, cannot but be a subject of interest. The crimes of those governments which participated in the dismemberment of unfortu. nate Poland are now about to make retribution, and it is just that the story of Poland should be revived in the public mind. The subject is well and clearly handled by Mr. Saxton, and the typography does credit to the publisher.
Margaret: A tale of the real and ideal, blight and bloom; including sketches of a
place not before described, called Mons Christi ; in 2 vols. Phillips, Šampson & Co. Boston.
This is an American tale of the period succeeding the Revolution, and Margaret is the heroine, illustrating in the progress of her life the social theory of the author, developed in a plot of more or less pretension, and not void either of amusement or instruction.
VANCE's CALIFORNIA Views.
This grand exhibition attracted considerable attention through the month; the fidelity and beauty of these pictures created no inconsiderable surprise ; they present us with stereotyped views from nature, all defects as well as all perfections. Mr. Vance's artistic abilities, aided by his perseverance and energy, have achieved a great work in thus copying scenes wbich must interest all classes, and we trust that his great efforts will be appreciated by all lovers of art.
The Mind AND THE Heart. By Franklin W. Fish. Adriance, Sherman & Co., 2
Astor House, 1851.
A new volume of poems by a young man, and one which cannot be looked at with derision for its defects, or pride for any merits it may possess; in short, a mediocre volume. It is very neatly printed by Adriance, Sherman & Co.
Uncle Frank's Home STORIES, with illustrations.
“ The Boys and Girls' Country Book." 1 vol.
This series of juvenile books are very popular, and beautifully got up and illustrated by Mr. Scribner
A Book of Romances, Lyrics and Songs. By Bayard Taylor. Ticknor, Reed & Fields
Mr. Taylor is a young and promising poet, and his popularity seems to be extending itself. His position as assistant sub-editor of The New-York Tribune, is not, however, favorable to the development of poetic genius.
Sır ROGER DE COVERLY. By “The Spectator.” Ticknor, Reed & Fields, Boston.
This little work comprises the account of Sir Roger de Coverly as given by Addison, Steele, and Budyell, in the Spectator, and which has scarcely its equal 'in English literature. The author or compiler has, however, with a narrow-minded and ridiculous bigotry, mutilated the picture some in the manner of that wiseacre who proposed an edition of the Bible with the improper passages omitted.