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to the Formation of the Female Character. By the author of "The Young Man's Own Book." Philadelphia. Key & Biddle, 1833. 32mo. pp. 312.
We have read many of the selections in this little volume, and have met with nothing objectionable Generally, the style is pure, easy, and pleasing, and the matter good, well calculated for the purpose for which the work is intended, and we cheerfully recommend it to the persons for whom it is principally designed, as profitable for instruction.-Episcopal Recorder.
A most attractive little volume in its appearance--and in this age of sweeping frivolity in literature, of far superior excellence in its contents. Certainly some such manual was required for the closet-when novels and light reading of every description have so ruled paramount in the drawing-room. We can give it no higher praise than to say that the extracts are of a character to accomplish all that the title-page holds out.-N. Y. Com. Adv.
A collection of excellent sentiments from approved authors, and adapted particularly to the formation of the female character. The chapters are short, and embrace a great variety of subjects of religious tendency, and altogether the book is replete with instruction. It is illustrated by two pretty engravings.-Presbyterian.
As the public feeling now runs, the publishers of this little work have done well by their effort to keep it in a proper channel. The Young Lady's Sunday Book is altogether practical in its character, and consisting, as it does, of short pieces, takes a wide range in its subjects.
It is calculated to do good, and we should be happy to see the principles inculcated in the portions we have read become the ruling principles of all.-Journal and Telegraph.
Messrs. Key & Biddle have just issued a volume of the most beautiful kind, entitled The Young Lady's Sunday Book. It is full of pure, didactic matter, the fruits of a pious and gifted mind; and while the clearness and light of its pages commend them to the eye, the truth of the precepts finds its way to the heart. The work can be unhesitatingly praised, as worthy in all respects. The embellishments are finished and tasteful. "Meditation," the frontispiece, from the burin of Ellis, would add a grace to any annual. We trust Messrs. Key & Biddle receive a liberal patronage from the religious community, for we know of no booksellers in this country who issue more good volumes calculated to subserve the immortal interests of man.-Philad. Gaz.
Comprising visits to the most interesting scenes in North America, and the West Indies, with Notes on Negro Slavery and Canadian Emigration. By Capt. J. E. Alexander, 42d Royal Highlanders, F. R. G. S. M. R. A. S. &c. author of Travels in Ava, Persia, &c. We are happy to have the opportunity afforded us of noticing such a book of travels as that called Transatlantic Sketches.-American Sentinel.
One of the most interesting and instructive works that has appeared for some time, has just been issued from the press of Key & Biddle, entitled Transatlantic Sketches.-Penn. Inquirer.
We wish we had room to speak of this volume according to our high opinion of its merit, and to make the reader acquainted with the style and spirit of the writer, by presenting some extracts. Captain Alexander, as a narrator of what he sees and hears, has hit our taste exactly. We do not feel like a reader, but a fellow-traveller-not in company with a dull, prosing fellow, but with a gentleman of life and spirit, of wit and learning. Upon the whole, we commend the book to the public, as one of the very best of the numerous recent publications of travels that have been sent forth.Com. Herald.
THE RELIGIOUS SOUVENIR;
A Christmas, New-Year's, and Birth-Day Present for 1834. Edited by G. T. Bedell, D.D., illustrated with eight splendid steel engravings.
A volume, too, which does not degrade or disgrace the subject-a volume destined, not to pass away with the winter-greens that adorn our Christmas parlors, but to maintain a lasting hold on the attention of the Christian community, at least so long as good taste and good sense shall have any vote in the selection of books. We have read the volume carefully, and do not hesitate to pronounce it one of unusual interest as well as solid merit.-U. S. Gazette.
Messrs. Key & Biddle have made a valuable present to religious parents, guardians, and friends, in this elegant little volume. Why should all our gifts on these occasions be worldly, or worse? And why should religious truth always shun the aids of beautiful ornament? The embellishments are attractive, well selected, and well executed. The various papers which compose the volume are serious, tasteful, alluring, imbued with the spirit of the gospel, in a word, such as we should have expected from one so zealous for the cause of Christ, and so inventive of happy thoughts as the Rev. Editor. This annual may be safely recommended to the Christian public.-The Presbyterian.
To all, therefore, who desire intellectual improvement, and, at the same time, the gratification of a true taste-and to all who would make a really valuable present to their friends, we would say, in conclusion, go and procure the Religious Souvenir. It is not merely a brilliant little ornament for the parlor centretable, but a book worthy of a place in every sensible man's library.-Cincinnati Inquirer.
The typography, embellishments, and general appearance of the work, render it fully equal in these respects to any of the kind published in our country, while its subjects are far more suitable for the contemplation of Christians, than the light reading with which most of them are filled.-Episcopal Recorder.
The articles are not only interesting, but calculated to produce a beneficial effect upon the minds of those who read it, therefore, a very proper work for the purpose for which it is designed, and hope it may meet with an extensive sale.Baltimore Republican.
In the general character of those fashionable, and as to appearance, attractive volumes, the annuals, there is so much that is trashy and unprofitable, that it was with no little misgiving we looked into the pages of one which is now be fore us, entitled "The Religious Souvenir." The matter is altogether of a religious and moral tendency, not chargeable with sectarian bias, and such as the most scrupulous need not hesitate to admit into family reading.-The Friend. This little work is intended to furnish what was heretofore wanted—a Christmas and New-Year's offering, which may be bestowed and accepted by the most scrupulous.-Pittsburg Gazette.
We are happy to announce the tasteful appearance and valuable matter of the Religious Souvenir for 1834. Dr. Bedell is as much distinguished for his belleslettres attainment, as for the profoundness of his scholarship and the purity of his motives. He has found himself at home in this tasteful enterprise, and in good company with the associated talent of the contributors to his beautiful pages.-N. Y. Weekly Messenger.
Messrs. Key & Biddle have published a handsome little volume, entitled Religious Souvenir, and edited by the Rev. Dr. Bedell. It is embellished with beautiful engravings, and printed with elegance. The literary contents are very good, soundly pious, and free of all invidious remark or allusion. True Christianity is that which purifies the heart, liberalizes the feelings, and amends the conduct.-National Gazette.
We are free to confess our admiration of this lovely volume. It is decidedly the gem of the year. Not only unquestionably superior in elegance and execu tion to all others of its class published in this country, but worthy in the fine and careful finish of the admirable engravings, to rank along with the best of those annually produced by the finished artists and abounding capital of England. We hope an unprecedented patronage will remunerate the spirited publishers for producing, at such a liberal expense, a work not less creditable to themselves than to the state of art in the country.-N. Y. Com. Adv.
We hail with pleasure the second appearance of this judicious instructive annual, with its exterior much improved, and its interior rich in lessons of piety. Its aim is hallowed-its usefulness unquestionable-and it is a gift which affection may offer without scruple, because approved by religion.-Charleston Cour.
LETTERS TO AN ANXIOUS INQUIRER,
Designed to relieve the difficulties of a Friend, under Serious Impressions.
BY T. CARLTON HENRY, D. D.
Late Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, Charleston, S. C. With an Introductory Essay, (in which is presented Dr. Henry's Preface to his Letters, and his Life, by a friend.) By G. T. Bedell, D.D., Rector of St. Andrew's Church, Philadelphia.
It is an important volume, and is an indispensable auxiliary to a proper contemplation of the most important of all subjects. The work contains a very judicious Introductory Essay, from the pen of the Rev. G. T. Bedell, Rector of St. Andrew's Church, in this city.-Sat. Eve. Post.
In a revival of religion among his own people, Dr. Bedell found this work use. ful, and was led to seek its republication in a cheap and neat form, for the advantage of those who cannot afford to purchase costly volumes. We hope the work may prove a blessing to all who shall read it.-The Philadelphian.
These letters have been for many years highly valued for the practical and appropriate instruction for which they are principally designed.—Presbyterian,›
THE SOLDIER'S BRIDE, AND OTHER TALES.
By JAMES HALL, Esq. author of "Legends of the West, &c.
CONTENTS.-1. The Soldier's Bride;-2. Cousin Lucy and the Village Teacher;-3. Empty Pockets;-4. The Captain's Lady;5. The Philadelphia Dun;-6. The Bearer of Dispatches;-7. The Village Musician;-8. Fashionable Watering-Places;-9. The Useful Man;-10. The Dentist;-11. The Bachelor's Elysium;— 12. Pete Featherton;-13. The Billiard Table.
We have just risen from the perusal of the Soldier's Bride. The impression it leaves upon the mind is like that which we receive from the sight of a landscape of rural beauty and repose-or from the sound of rich and sweet melody. Every part of this delightful tale is redolent of moral and natural loveliness. The writer belongs to the same class with Irving and Paulding; and as in his descriptions, characters, and incidents, he never loses sight of the true and legiti mate purpose of fiction, the elevation of the taste and moral character of his readers, he will contribute his full share to the creation of sound and healthful literature.-U. S. Gazette.
Key & Biddle have recently published another series of Tales-the Soldier's Bride, &c. by James Hall. The approbation everywhere elicited by Judge Hall's Legends of the West, has secured a favorable reception for the present volume; and its varied and highly spirited contents, consisting of thirteen tales, will be found no less meritorious than his previous labors.-National Gazette.
We have found much to admire in the perusal of this interesting work. It abounds in correct delineation of character, and although in some of his tales, the author's style is familiar, yet he has not sacrificed to levity the dignity of his pen, nor tarnished his character as a chaste and classical writer. At the present day, when the literary world is flooded with fustian and insipidity, and the public taste attempted to be vitiated by the weak and effeminate productions of those whose minds are as incapable of imagining the lofty and generous feelings they would pourtray, as their hearts are of exercising them, it is peculiarly gratifying to receive a work, from the pages of which the eye may cater with satisfaction, and the mind feast with avidity and benefit.-Pittsburg Mercury.
TALES OF ROMANCE, FIRST SERIES.
This is not only an uncommonly neat edition, but a very entertaining book; how could it be otherwise, when such an array of authors as the following is presented
The work contains Ali's Bride, a tale from the Persian, by Thomas Moore, in
terspersed with poetry. The Last of the Line, by Mrs. S. C. Hall, an author who sustains a reputation which every succeeding production greatly enhances. The Wire Merchant's Story, by the author of the King's Own. The Procrastinator, by T. Crofton Croker. The Spanish Beadsman. The Legend of Rose Rocke, by the author of Stories of Waterloo. Barbara S- -, by Charles Lamb. A Story of the Heart. The Vacant Chair, by J. M. Wilson; and the Queen of the Meadows, by Miss Mitford.
This volume has no pretensions to the inculcation of mawkish sensibility. We have read every word of it, and can confidently recommend it to our friends. -Journal of Belles Lettres.
ZOE, OR THE SICILIAN SAYDA.
As an historical romance, embellished with the creations of a lively imagination, and adorned with the beauties of a classic mind, this production will take a high rank, and although not so much lauded as a Cooper or an Irving, he may be assured that by a continuance of his efforts, he will secure the approbation of his countrymen, and the reward of a wide-spread fame.-Daily Intelligencer. We do not call attention to this on account of any previous reputation of its author; it possesses intrinsic merit, and will obtain favor because it merits it. It is historical, and the name and circumstances are to be found in the records of those times. The plot is ably conceived, the characters are vividly, and some are fearfully drawn.-Boston American Traveller.
THE TESTIMONY OF NATURE AND REVELATION TO THE BEING, PERFECTIONS, AND GOVERNMENT OF GOD. By the Rev. Henry Fergus, Dunfermline, author of the History of the United States of America, till the termination of the War of Independence, in Lardner's Cyclopedia.
The Rev. Mr. Fergus's Testimony of Nature and Revelation to the Being, Perfection, and Government of God, is an attempt to do in one volume what the Bridgewater Treatises are to do in eight. We wish one-eighth of the reward only may make its way to Dunfermline. Mr. Fergus's Treatise goes over the whole ground with fervor and ability; it is an excellent volume, and may be had for somewhere about about half the price of one Bridgewater octavo.-London Spectator.
A work of great research and great talent.—Evangelical Magazine.
A very seasonable and valuable work. Its philosophy is unimpeachable, and its theology pure and elevated.-New Monthly Mag.
This is an elegant and enlighted work, of a pious and highly gifted man.Metropolitan Magazine.
This excellent work contains, in a brief space, all that is likely to be useful in the Bridgewater Treatises, and displays infinitely more of original thought and patient research, than the two volumes which have been recently published by the managers of his lordship's legacy. We have never seen any work in which the necessity of a revelation was more clearly demonstrated, while at the same time its due importance was assigned to natural religion.
We hope that the work will be extensively used in the education of youth; it is admirably calculated to stimulate students to scientific research, and the observation of Nature; it suggests subjects of contemplation, by which the mind must be both delighted and instructed; and, finally, it teaches the most sublime of all lessons, admiration of the power, delight in the wisdom, and gratitude for the love of our Creator.-Athenaum.
LETTERS FROM THE NORTH OF EUROPE,
Or Journal of Travels in Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Prussia, and Saxony. By Charles B. Elliott, Esq. This is one of those remarkably pleasant tours which an intelligent gentle. man, who has seen much of the world, is alone calculated to write-one of those productions which engage the attention and do not fatigue it, and which we read from first to last with the agreeable sensation, that we are gathering the information of very extensive travel easily, by our own fireside.-London Literary Gazette.
YOUNG MAN'S OWN BOOK.
A Manual of Politeness, Intellectual Improvement, and Moral Deportment, calculated to form the character on a solid basis, and to insure respectability and success in life.
Its contents are made up of brief and well written essays upon subjects very judiciously selected, and will prove a useful and valuable work to those who give it a careful reading, and make proper use of those hints which the author throws out.-Boston Trav.
We cheerfully recommend a perusal of the Young Man's Own Book to all our young friends, for we are convinced that if they read it faithfully, they will find themselves both wiser and better.-The Young Man's Advocate.
In the Young Man's Own Book, much sound advice upon a variety of important subjects is administered, and a large number of rules are laid down for the regulation of conduct, the practice of which cannot fail to insure respectability. Saturday Courier.
JOURNAL OF A NOBLEMAN;
Being a Narrative of his residence at Vienna, during Congress. The author is quite spirited in his remarks on occurrences, and his sketches of character are picturesque and amusing. We commend this volume to our readers as a very entertaining production.-Daily Intel.
We presume no one could take up this little volume and dip into it, without feeling regret at being obliged by any cause to put it down before it was read. The style is fine, as are the descriptions, the persons introduced, together with the anecdotes, and in general, the entire sketching is by the hand of a master. Everything appears natural-there is no affectation of learning-no overstraining-no departure from what one would expect to see and hear-all is easy-all graceful.-Com. Herald.
YOUNG LADY'S OWN BOOK,
A Manual of Intellectual Improvement and Moral Deportment. By the author of the Young Man's Own Book.
Messrs. Key & Biddle, of this city, have published a very neat little volume, entitled The Young Lady's Own Book. Its contents are well adapted to its use. ful purpose.-National Gazette.
The Young Lady's Own Book seems to us to have been carefully prepared, to comprehend much and various instruction of a practical character, and to correspond in its contents with its title.-Young Man's Advocate.
The Young Lady's Own Book, embellished with beautiful engravings, should be in the hands of every young female.-Inquirer.
All the articles in the Young Lady's Own Book are of a useful and interesting character.-N. Y. Com. Adv.
AN ADDRESS TO THE YOUNG, ON THE IMPORTANCE OF RELIGION. By John Foster, author of Essays on Decision of Character, &c.
We are not going to hold a rush light up to a book of John Foster's but only mean to tell what is its intent. It is an awakening appeal to youth of the refined and educated sort, upon the subject of their personal religion. There can be no doubt as to its currency.-The Presbyterian.
A MOTHER'S FIRST THOUGHTS. By the author of “Faith's Telescope."
This is a brief miniature, from an Edinburgh edition. Its aim is to furnish Religious Meditations, Prayers, and Devotional Poetry for pious mothers. It is most highly commended in the Edinburgh Presbyterian Review, and in the Christian Advocate. The author, who is a lady of Scotland, unites a deep knowledge of sound theology, with no ordinary talent for sacred poetry.-Presbyterian.