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last twenty years. His data, as to matters of fact, first an European reputation by his capital legend may, with some exceptions, be accurate enough of 'Rip Van Winkle i'-and pleasantly, accordingBut his power of giving a lively view of these or of ly, Mr. Washington Irving has written, to illustrate the more genial part of his subject does not equal the striking landscape in question.” his industry; and the effect of the several essaye, as
LITERARY ITEMS. now read in sequence, is, on the whole, both dry and fragmentary."
The French papers state that Lord Brougham,
in his retreat at Cannes, is preparing for publication Mr. Whipple's Essays and Reviews, recently re
a work entitled, “France and England before Eupublished in London, get the following notice from
rope in 1851." the Athenæum : 'Prosy, but rich and droll,' was Miss Martineau's general character of American con- - The Royal Netherlands Institute of Sciences versation. Of this we have been reminded by Mr. Letters and Fine Arts recently petitioned the King Whipple’s ‘Lectures. The prosiness, however, of Holland, in consequence of their limited income, makes the largest third in the compound. He has for letters of dissolution. The King took the Insticollected numerous examples and anecdotes, unfamil- tute at its word, and granted letters which fix the iar and familiar. There is a general want, however, 31st of December for the term of its existence. of perspicacity of view and of decision of language. From the 1st of January, 1852, the Institute will be Are these utterly to vanish from the Essay, because replaced by a Royal Academy, which will specially of our fear of dogmatism l-or because of our love devote itself to exact and natural sciences. This of intellectval dissipation, which thirsts for pleasant body will receive from the state an annual grant of songs rather than for those plain truths that grow 6,000 florins. It will be composed of twenty-six importunate unless they be acted on? There ap- ordinary, twenty-two extraordinary, and five free pears to be some chance of such a catastrophe on the members. There are to be eighteen foreign memother side of the Atlantic. Rarely has there ever bers, and an unlimited number of correspondents. existed a more practical people than the people of - A cargo of books on Oriental languages and America. Their magnificent enterprises—their ra- literature recently arrived in Cork, as a present pid growth in wealth and in the love of wealthfrom the East India Company to the Queen's Col. announce it. But rarely has there been, at any lege in that city. The good people turned over the period of the world's literary history, such a body leaves of these works, admired the curious twists of hazy literature as now floats about in their cities and contortions of Sanscrit and Arabic letters, and and lecture rooms."
wondered what was meant by sending such a preThe Book Home Beauty, by Mrs Kirkland,
sent to the capital of Munster. The secret has now and the Home Book of the Picturesque, published
come out in the agreeable shape of an announceby Putnam, have been well received abroad. The
ment that the President of the Board of Control, Atheneum says: “These are both magnificent books; posal of Lord Clarendon, in his capacity of Chan;
Lord Broughton de Gyfford, hås placed at the die and the care and cost which have gone to their pro- cellor of the University, a Writership in the civil duction can be repaid only by a very extensive sale. It is not long since that we were led to comment him on one of the students as a reward for academic
service of the great company, to be bestowed by on the 'avidity with which our Republican kins
merit. folk desire to be on a par with us in all that is most sophisticated in European proceedings and
- Mr. Samuel Beaseley, the dramatic writer and tastes;' but scarcely did we expect to receive so
novelist, recently died. Of his literary works, the signal a warrant to the truth of our remark as this chief were—novels, “The Roué,” and “The Oxoni. * Book of Home Beauty.' Its twelve clever en- ans;" farces, Old Customs, Bachelors' Wives, Is He gravings are not after pictures in which the Allstons Jealous? and others of less merit. and Sullys of the New World have given to the - The catalogue of books for the Leipsic fair loveliness of the Transatlantic Mona Lisa or Forna- shows, that in the short space of time between the rina that artistic consecration which removes it be- Easter fair and the 30th of September there were yond the pale of watering-place curiosity and draw. published in Germany no less than 3,860 new ing-room enthusiasm. They are spirited transcripts works, and that there were on the latter date of pretty drawings made apparently on purpose, 1,130 new works in the press. Nearly five thouand equalling in style those which have been fur- sand new works in one country of Europe in one nished to our boudoir books by Messrs. Parris, Ro. balf year! The amount of intellectual labor dimly chard and Buckner.”
represented in the catalogue appears to have had "If the 'Beauty' bears the bell on the other side on the whole a healthy impulse. Of the '3,860 of the Atlantic, the Picturesque' will prove the works already published, more than half treat of more acceptable of these two books in England. various matters connected with science and its conMany, like ourselves, will turn with avidity to these That is to say-descending to particulars records of American scenery by American landscape 106 works treat of Protestant theology ; 62 of Cathopainters. Good justice has been done by the en- lic theology; 36 of philosophy; 205 of history and gravers; and a few of the subjects fulfil the promise biography; 102 of languages; 194 of natural sci. of the title. Especially do we like the vignette of ences ; 168 of military tactics; 108 of medicine; * The Cascade Bridge, Érie Railroad,' for the sake 169 of jurisprudence ; 101 of politics ; 184 of politiof its character. Let us also specify Mr. Kensett's cal economy; 83 of industry and commerce ; 87 of *Catskill Scenery' as one of the landscapes which agriculture and forest administration ; 69 of public has pleased us best; because it is free from a cer- instruction ; 92 of classical philology; 80 of living tain insipidity and stiffness in the treatment of the languages ; 64 of the theory of music and the arts trees and foliage which we have remarked in other of design ; 168 of the fine arts in general ; 48 of of the designs. Then, who should write about 'Cats-popular writings; 28 of mixed sciences; and 18 of kill Scenery' bet the Geoffrey Crayon who gave it | bibliography.