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LITERARY RECORD. New Books, ETC. Notices of some of the following works were prepared for the review department of the present number; but owing to the length of the articles upon the fine arts and the drama, and other causes, they are necessarily excluded. We are compelled, therefore, barely to advert to, instead of adequately noticing them : 'A L'Abri, or the Tent Pitched, is the naine given by Mr. Willis to a handsome volume, from the press of Mr. Samuel COLMAN, containing a collection of all bis well-known ‘Letters from under a Bridge;' "The Idler in Italy,' published by Messrs. CAREY AND HART, in two clearly-printed volumes, is a specimen of LADY BLESSINGTON's best style, and em. braces the journal of a tour in Italy, with picturesque descriptions of scenery, reflections, account of various lions, etc. ; 'The Cabinet Minister,' from the never-ceasing press of those popular publishers, the BROTHERS HARPER, is by Mrs. GORE, who wroie
Mothers and Daughters,' 'The Heir of Selwood,' etc., and has received commendation from praiseworthy sources in England; 'The Phantom Ship,' by Captain MANRYAT, which has been to be continued' so long, in many American journals, is completed in two volumes, from the press of Messrs. CAREY AND Hart, and reads infinitely better, as a whole, than in detached numbers; 'Adam Buff, and other Men of character,"containing eight of Douglas JERRoLo's capital stories, from English and Scottish periodicals, from the press of LEA AND BLANCHARD. The works whose tities are annexed, reached us at too late a period for perusal: 'Robin Day,' a novel by the author of 'Calavar,' in two volumes, by LEA AND BLANCHARD; 'Isabel, or Sicily, a Pilgrimage,' by H. T. TUCKERMAN, by the same publishers; “Behemoth, a Legend of the Moundbuilders,' by J. and H. G. LANGLEY; SCHOOLCRAFT's 'Algic Researches,' in two volumes, by the BROTHERS HARPER, heretofore alluded to; "Mr. BARNARD's Discourse on the Life and services of STEPHEN Van RensSELAER, with an Historical Sketch of the Colony and Manor of Rensselaer wick; 'The Characters of SCHILLER,' by Mrs. ELLET ; * Francia's Reign of Terror,' a sequel to the 'Letters on Paraguay,'noticed a short time since in the KNICKERBOCKER; and 'Phantasmion, from the press of Mr. SAMUEL COLMAN.
THE BEAUTIES OF DANIEL WEBSTER. – Mr. EDWARD WALKER, Fulton-street, has published, in a small and handsome volume, of an hundred and uinety-six pages, 'The Beauties of DanieL WEBSTER, selected and arranged; with a Critical Essay on his Genius and Writings.' It is a second edition, with considerable additions, and a very good reduced portrait. The selections are made with judgment, and ibeir subjects are va rious. The compiler's unnecessary preface and essay are less 10 our taste. They strike us, in a hasty perusal, as being ambitious and inflated, to a degree. Errors have been permitted to escape, or alterations have been attempted, in the text itself, which evince either carelessness or amusing temerity. In the last extract, for example, Mr. WEBSTER is assisted with an emphatic word, which makes the whole sentence ridiculous : 'When my eyes shall be turned to behold, for the last time, the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union,' etc. What are we to make of 'the armies and trophies streaming in their original lustre,' on the gorgeous ensign of the republic? A more careful revision should have been bestowed upon fragments, professedly authentic, from the productions of an eininent American statesman.
Our New VOLUME. - We would respectfully invite the reader's attention to an advertisement of the FOURTEENTH VOLUME of the KNICKERBOCKER, which accompanies the present number. It would have bern easy to bave added many well-known names to our regular list of contributors, and numerous commendatory paragraphs to the subjoined opinions of the public press; but it is unnecessary. Reasoning from pleasant experience, we need desire no more ample support than will be voluntarily contributed by the public, nor a wider repute thao will naturally accrue from exertion, which, with additional resources, shall be ns untiring in the future, as it has been in the past.