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ance upon our public concerts, and by the quarter. Lectures, when presented by an increase of facilities within reach of stu- orator-in other words, public orations on dents of the art. Among the distinguished noble subjects by an eloquent man-are of artists to whom we have alluded, and whose great value in a community, where large genius has done so much toward raising portions of the people have so little time our perceptions of the possible in musical to read and study books. art-Ole Bull, Vieuxtemps, and De Meyer have stood pre-eminent-but to these names must now be added that of Sivori, The Sacred Mountains : By J. T. HEADthe pupil and friend of Paganini, and upon

LEY, New York, BAKER & SCRIBNER. whom the mantle of the “ weird Master” may almost be said to have fallen.

This volume was laid upon our table at Those whose hearts have thrilled to the

so late a date that we are unable to give wild melody, the deep pathos, and the im. any extended notice of its qualities. In passioned fervor of the poetic Northman, mechanical execution no more beautiful have never withdrawn from their remem

book has been issued this season. As a brances of him the meed of affectionate ad. gift book it has a high recommendation in miration which they had accorded to him; its subject. The idea of making the “ Sawhile the admirers of Vieuxtemps, his cred Mountains of the Bible a series of high artistic skill, his great science, and solemo and majestic pictures, as the old the finished carrectness of his play, still Italian Painters chose their touching and recall his performances with delight.' But impressive subjects from the various char. the young artist who has won the suffrage acters of Scripture, was a happy one, and, of all Europe, is now by his rich and diver

we believe, original. Of each Mountain sified imagination, and an almost super

and its surrounding scenery there is an human mastery over his instrument, hold- engraving on steel. They are mostly ve. ing in suspension the judgment of the ry beautiful ; we notice, however, a sincritics, as to whether he may not be enti- gular mistake in the first-Mount Ararat. tled to take precedence of all our former A rainbow is represented as bending over favorites.

the plain in front of the Mountain, while We have not space to enter into a mi. the trees still more in front of the rain. nute account of the varied beauties of Si. bow have shadows on the near side. Now vori's play, of the profusion of exquisite to make a rainbow at all the sun must be and admirable effects which he draws from behind the looker.on, in which case, of his instrument, until one becomes almost course, there could be no shadows on the sceptical as to the catgut and horsehair,

near side of the trees. But the picture is or of the ease with which he overcomes

beautiful, notwithstanding. As to the the greatest difficulties, performing on a

sketches by Mr. Headley, they are princisingle chord the wonders of four

pally groupings of the incidents that took “With wanton heed and giddy cunning,

place upon and around them. They have The melting sound through mazes running, style, placing the scenes distinctly before

many of the characteristics of the author's Untwisting

all the strings that tie The hidden soul of harmony."

the mind. But quite too many passages We have only space to express our cor

are loosely written, with false imagery and dial hope that this truly classic Artist may however, to the imaginative, and the lov.

strained language. As an interesting gift be the means of awaking in all parts of our country which he may visit during his stay

ers of Scripture scenes, we would suggest

“ the Sacred Mountains." among us, a deeper and purer love for this noble art, to which he is consecrated.

Moore's Poetical Works, complete in one LECTURES OF MR. HENRY GIles,- volume. Ilustrated with len Engrat. We are glad to be able to speak of the Lit- ings. G. APPLETON & Co. N. Y. 1816. erary Discourses of this gentleman, in view of their being soon delivered in this city. A splendid edition of the poems of this Mr. Giles has, in different places and for most melodious of versifiers, with Engrarseveral years, delivered lectures on various ings of admirable elegance, and appropri. subjects of high interest in literature and ateness—one a very excellent and spirited social life. His style, in those which we likeness of the poet, in the style of Sir T. have heard, is earnest and impassioned- Lawrence's heads. Among the Engravtwo of the chief elements in oratory--and the ings the most remarkable are a Psyche fullness of his mind, by the aid especially of opening a casket,-a composition of landa fine analytical power and a fervid fancy, scape and figures of Landseer,-a Peri, by supplies his audience at all times with ma- K. Meadows, (which is a Peri,)-all in the ny desirable treasures of thought, feels richest style of modern soft engraving, ing and excellent language. We sincerely suitable to the elegance of the volume and trust that he may not lack hearers in any the mellifluous smoothness of its contents. It is clearly impossible for the art of en- man of a noble but somewhat timid and exgraving or the art of versifying to go any clusive nature, who carried the idea of farther than they have already gone in this taste and classic reserve from letters into direction. The production of soft effects the conduct of life, and who is marked, has been carried to its limit. Excessive like all great moralists, with the excess of elegance and sweetness in letters, has pre- the qualities which his writings have pared us to enjoy the rude periods and vio stamped upon the literature and manners lent contrasts of Carlyle and his imitators, of his nation. as the epicure is tempted to a coarse and bitter diet, after a surfeit of sweets. The Essays on the Progress of Nations in excessive and somewhat weak refinement Productive Industry, Civilization, Popat which this art of engraving has arrived, ulation, and Wealth,-illustrated by seems to promise already a revolution in Statistics of Mining, Agriculture, taste. We have seen some works, lately Manufacture, &c. : By EZRA C. SEAexecuted in Paris, which show a wonder- MAN. Detroit, M. GEGER & Co. ful purity of line, and a force of shadow New York, BAKER & SCRIBNER. not unworthy of the old masters in this art. Since Wordsworth and the German poets,

Wecheerfully express our opinion of the between whom there is a close though great value of Mr. Seaman's book entitled, unacknowledged affinity, have possessed sides the amount of exceedingly valuable

“ Essays on the Progress of Nations." Beus with sentiments to the neglect of melo- statistical information which it contains, dy and passion, Moore and Byron with and which alone should ensure to it a most Rossini, who represents them in Music, extensive circulation, it has high merits have fallen not a little in estimation, though in a political and philosophical point of they are still extremely popular in despite view. The author evidently views the of moral criticism. Be ii there is no deeper Tariff and kindred subjects from a position moral in a song of Moore, or a stanza of higher than that from which they are op; Childe Harold, than in one of Rossini's delicious and inexhaustible cavatinas, or in find on the examination of this work, thal

dinarily contemplated. The reader will a group of Bacchanals from Poussin, they these are not questions merely of tempo. are none the less excellent, nay, unapproachable in their kind, rich flowers of rary prices, or market fluctuations, but that

they have a permanent bearing on the highgenius, full of melody, and the most perfect sensuous beauty. They must remain, demonstrates that the encouragement of a

est well-being of the nation. The author too, as the types of perfection for the musical qualities of our tongues, and must is far more than a mere nominal matter of

national industry, in its various branches, continue to give pleasure long after the cheap buying, (although even here its adpresent fashion of sentimentalism has ceased even from history.

vantages are in the end more clearly shown)

but that it is more intimately connected Memoirs of the Life of Addison : By with the moral welfare and highest prosMiss AIKIN, complete in one volume.

perity of a country. CAREY & Hart, Philadelphia, 1846.

Destiny: a Poem : By E. DELAFIELD

SMITH. A life of Addison by one of the most elegant of the female writers of England, com- Of the twenty or thirty poetical address. posed in the subdued and classic manner es on public occasions, large and small, sent of that school of English prose, of which to us within the last eight months, this is a Addison himself, unless Cowley be prefer. fair sample. It is legitimate, at such times, red to him, may be taken as the source and to deliver moderate verse, and the present the model. The memoir itself is not re- seems to be no infringement of the rule. markable for any marked or brilliant qual. The laying out of its subject is better than ities of wit or sentiment, but chiefly for the execution. The design is to show that the sweetness of its periods and the mild all nations, from the Hindoo and the Parenthusiasm with which it follows the illus. see to the Gipsies and Lord Byron, are im. trious moralist through all the progress of bued with a dark belief in Fate. This unhis dispassionate but not uneventful life. doubtedly laid the ground-work for some

The other remarkable characters of that swelling and powerful poetry ; but the age, particularly Swift and Pope, are treat- piece, though with some good passages, is ed with much severity by the Biographer, very loosely written. Among other faults who ascribed to them a degree of inveter. the writer will have so short a thing in ate and ungenerous malice toward their ri. eight or ten kinds of metre—a ridiculous vals, which their admirers will disclaim and fatal conceit, which we have condemn. The author discovers but little respect for ed half a dozen times already in similar those great names, and strikes the balance productions. A dozen lines, or so--a new against them by an excusable degree of ad. fancy comes up-and, presto, the measure miration for the accomplished Addison ; a is changed ! Thus walking, limping, and


swinging along, it is impossible to produce vigorous, progressive, and destined to any body of impression. As to the wri- an extraordinary future of wealth and ter's idea of Fate, it may be taken as a po. strength. It is time we should view ouretical feeling ; but such lines as these, at selves, and be viewed, in a noblerand more this age, are either blasphemy or idiotcy : trying light. In this relation, as clearing Eternal Powers! as on life's ocean dark

up, in a more thorough and impartial manYears hang more deeply o'er my humble bark, ner than had before been done or attempted, I feel that God, permitting Fate's decree, that part of our history which embraces all Divides his radiant throne with Destiny, past political movements, this work of Mr.

Some clever lines might be quoted in the Williams is invaluable. That our politics, course of the poem, but we were fated so far, make up the most important portion not to have room.

of our history, both to ourselves and to

other nations, will not readily be question. The Addresses and Messages of the Pre- ed. But no work, till the publication of

sidents of the United States, Inaugu- this, had presented any sufficient body of ral, Annual, and Special, from 1789 to

their annals and statistics. The Presidential 1846, with a Memoir of each of the Messages and Addresses would, of themPresidents, and a History of their Ad selves, be valuable enough to commend the ministrations, compiled from official compilation to every one's use; but in sources by EDWIN WILLIAMS. In two addition to those, the author has added a volumes. New York, Edward Walker. sketch of the life of every President, and a

history of his administration; amounting, of the real value of this work to the peo- in all, to nearly 500 out of the 1700 pages ple of this country, too high an estimate can comprised in the two octavo volumes. hardly be formed. Whatever may be the These portions of original matter are full of feelings of any foreign nation towards us, information; and it is worthy of a distinct there can be no citizens of another country and emphatic tribute, that they are written who will not acknowledge that ours has in the most sober and impartial spirit. been a wonderful career. In so few years The writer seems to be of a serious and to have swept the vast wilderness away; conservative turn of mind, as he could to have erected towns and cities in every hardly have failed to be, after surveying our direction, populous and powerful; to have politics from Washington to Polk; but covered our hills and valleys with culti- there is no quality of the partisan in him. vated fields, crowded a thousand great The book is a thoroughly impartial one, rivers with steam-vessels, and dotted the and will, therefore, be of' infinitely wider innumerable inland streams with busy usefulness. Every person should possess manufactories ; to have achieved so much

a copy. of physical triumph over a region two- One thing only, in these volumes, strikes thirds as large as all Europe--and, in addi. us as worthy of censure : and that is utterly tion, to have established, on the broadest wretched. 'We refer to the engraved heads base, new forms of government, new in. of the Presidents, placed as frontispieces. stitutions, new laws and elements of social We have never seen anything more absurd life, so that we rank, beyond any question, and abominable. They look as if they had as one of the first four nations of the earth- been etched on clay and moulded of cast is a result which must always be considered iron; and even in that case, they must among the most extraordinary that can be have been badly done. By the way they recorded. But in the history of these things, look, the cares of State must have made our physical progress has been noted much terrible inroads upon them. We should more than the formation of our political, think the old bald eagle at the top would moral and social institutions. Among other scream over them worse than he appears to disadvantages, this has been the cause of be doing; and we only wish the blaze of the chief misunderstandings abroad respect. glory around him would consume the whole ing our character, and of the equal miscon. infamous combination together. Seriously, ceptions at home, as to the true elements it is unjust, and altogether unprofitable, in to be regarded and hoped for in our future an age so accustomed to good engravings, to growth. We have been looked upon by put out such miserable caricatures of our others as a young overgrown giant, im- most eminent men; and we frankly advise petuous, awkward, and something danger- the publisher to change the plates as soon

We have looked upon ourselves as as possible.


We have received several other books, also, but are unable to insert notices of them this month. Among them are, from Messrs. Wiley & Putnam, Carlyle's Sartor Resartus ; Mrs. Southey's Poems; Goethe's Autobiography ; The Water Cure in Chronic Diseases ; also, Milner's Poems and the Poems of O. W. Holmes, from Ticknor & Co.

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