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THE BOOK TRADE.

THE BOOK TRADE OF FRANCE. From the last numb the Jou nal de l'Imprimerie for 1851, we gather the following statistics of the productions of the French printing houses during the last ten years. Seven thousand three hundred and fifty works in living and dead languages, published in 1851, thus :1851 7,350 | 1845..

6,521 1850 7,608 | 1844..

6,477 1849 7,378 | 1843.

6,009 1848 7,234 | 1942..

6,445 1847

5,530 1846 5,816 In 10 years........

64,568 or an average per year of 6,436 works. The same presser printed in 1851, 485 musical works, and in the ten years, 3,336, or an annual average of 333.

There has also been published 1,014 engravings and lithographs, and during the 10 years, 13,085, or an average of 1,308.

Two hundred and fifty-three maps and topographical plans have also been published during the year; during the ten vears, 1,005, or a mean of 100 a year.

Thus it appears that nearly in every department of press-work, the year 1851 is in advance of the average of the last ten years. The grand total of works published in France during these ten years, engravings, musical works, maps, and plans, is 81,994.

1.-Ancient Egypt under the Pharaohs. By Joux Keneick, M. A. 2 vols., 12m0.,

pp. 427 and 448. New York: J. S. Redfieid.

The aim of the able author of this work has been to present to the historical student a comprehensive view of the results of the combined labors of travelers and artists, interpreters and critics, during the whole period since the discovery of the hieroglyphical characters. It describes, as known to us at present, the land and the people of Egypt, their arts and sciences, their civil institutions and their religious faith and usages, and relates their history from the earliest records of the monarchy to its final absorption in the empire of Alexander. The sources, both ancient and modern, from which the information has been derived, are indicated, and no accessible materials have been intentionally neglected. The geography of the country, its population and language, its cities, agriculture, navigation, Commerce, arte, science, learning, manners, customs, religion, rites, theology, dynasties, &c., &c., form the subjects of its pages. The reader will find it prepared with great intelligence and ability. Embracing the contents of a vast iber of volumes, and the results of luous labors, it has a value and importance beyond any single work on this interesting subject. 2.The Master Builder, or Life at a Trade. By Day KELLOGG LEE. 12mo., PP

322. New York: J. S. Redfield. Presuming that there is a romance in every true character and in all the great labors of life, this is an attempt to describe the romance of those simple yet sublime pursuits, which are the hope of our Republic and the glory of her people. “Life at a Trade is here represented, as some mechanics may perhaps think, in too glowing colors. The scenes of nature are described with much minuteness and fidelity, and the interest of the story is generally well sustained. 3.-Life of Franklin Pierce. By NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE. 12mo., pp. 144. Boston

Ticknor, Reed, & Fields.
This is not a political work, but a tribute of friendship

to one who, at the present moment, engrosses a large amount of public attention. 'Of course it is well done, as anything from the pen of Hawthorne is sure to be even the most confirmed political opponents of this presidential candidate, who possess literary taste, might find in the subject as here presented, charms such as they never before anticipated.

4.--Japan; an Account, Geographical and Historical, from the Earliest Period at

which the Islands composing this Empire were knoon to Europeans, down to the Present T'ime, and the Expedition fitted out in the United States, dc. By CHARLES McFarlane. With numerous illustrations. 12mo., pp. 365. New York: George P. Putnam.

It has often been asserted that very little is known by us of Japan. This is not strictly true. Our information respecting the people of that island is nearly as extensive as of the people of almost any one of the countries of the East. But it is scattered through a large number of volumes which bave been written between 1560 and 1838. The writers have been chiefly Germans and Dutch, whose works are quite voluminous. The Portuguese, Spanish, and Italians have also in their languages many original works on the same subject. It is from these sources, and the conversation of intelligent travelers, tbat the materials of this interesting volume have been obtained. It is extensively illustrated, and furnishes a very satisfactory account of the general character and customs of that secluded people. 5.- A New England Tale, and Miscellanies. By CATHERINE M. SEDGWICK, author of

“Clarence,” “Redwood," " Hope Leslie,” &c. *12mo., pp. 388. New York: George P. Putnam.

The principal tale in this volume made its appearance some thirty years ago, at a time when the stock of Native American literature was scanty. It was received with great favor, and passed through several editions in the course of a year or two. Time has not diminished its reputation, either as a faithful delineation of New England character, or an agreeable and instructive story. The publisher deserves the thanks of the American public for his reproduction of the works of Miss Sedgwick in a style that cannot fail of securing for them a place in every well-selected family library. The additional tales embraced in the present volume, “ are now for the first time resuscitated, after a decent interment in the magazines. Thus we have in one volume the earlier and the later writings of one of our best novelists. 6.-- Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England in the years 1851 and

1852. Part 2. 12mo., pp. 192. New York: G. P. Putnam.

Rustic and rural manners, as they strike a party of young Americans walking through some of the western and southern parts of England, compose the contents of this interesting book. The author writes in a simple, unaffected style, describing much that is novel to the American reader, and presenting very pleasant pictures of rural life in the old country. The volume is one of the recent numbers of Putnam's SemiMonthly Library, the first part of which was issued some time since. 7.-Crimes of the House of Austria against Jankind, proved by Extracts from the

Histories of Coxe, Schiller, Robertson, Grattan, and Sismondi, with Mrs. M. L. Putnam's History of the Constitution of Hungary, and its Relations with Austria, published in May, 1850. Edited by E. P. PEABODY. Second Edition. 12mo., pp. 230. New York: G. P. Putnam.

As the title iudicates, so the reader will perceive that this volume consists chiefly of passages of Hungarian history. They are very important ones, which have been col. lected from unquestionable sources, and tend to show the necessity and justice of the Hungarian cause. This second edition has received some improvements upon the former one. 8.- Glossology: Being a Treatise on the Nature of Language and on the Language

of Nature. By Chas KzAitzie, M. D. 12mo, pp. 240. New York : published for the author by G. P. Putnam.

This is a treatise which is far more learned than wise. The author aims to introduce some new and striking views respecting the elements of language and education, but his subject is presented in so uninviting a manner that we fear his book will meet with a neglect to which it is not justly entitled. 9.-Sicily; a Pilgrimage. By Henry T. TUCKERMAN. 12mo., pp. 188. New York:

G. P. Putnam. Putnam's Semionthly Library, number sixteen, consists of this pleasant and admirably written tour in Sicily by Tuckerman. 10.- Virginia and Jagdalene; or, the Foster Sisters. A Novel. By Emma D. E. N.

Southworth. 8vo., pp. 158. Philadelphia: A. Hart.

11.- Pioneer women of the West. By Mrs. Ellert. 12mo., pp. 433. New York:

Charles Scribner. This admirable volume may be regarded as a supplement to the memoirs of the "Women of the Revolution,” by the same author. It is the story of the wives and mothers who ventured into the Western wilds, and bore their part in the struggles and labors of the early pioneers. The materials of the volume have been gathered from the most authentic sources in Western States, and thus the sketches exhibit not only the character of many a pioneer matron, but afford a picture of the times in the progressive settlement of the whole country from Tennessee to Michigan. They embrace domestic life and manners, illustrative anecdotes, with a notice of such political events as had an influence on the condition of the country. The number of women noticed is nearly seventy; their lives would not be presented with the fullness of the pages, without spreading before the reader a very distinct picture of early life in the Western wilds. “As a volume it is written in the best style of the author, and the interest of the reader, ever arrested, is retained throughout. 12.- Anglo-American Literature and Manners. From the French of PHILARETE

Charles, Professor in the College of France. 12mo., pp. 312. New York: Charles Scribner,

This is the work of a French author who has undertaken a survey of American literature and manners, without possessing sufficient sympathy and familiarity with the subject to render justice to it. He thus exposes himself to assaults and obloquy from which his talents and merits should shield him. His views are novel and striking, and worthy to be read by all who desire to see how some writers think of us. There is a vein of French egotism, the most insipid of all egotism, interspersed in his pages. The translation is well rendered. 13.—The Lives of Winfield Scott and Andrew Jackson. By J. T. Headley. 12mo.,

pp. 341. New York: C. Scribner, Every political design is disavowed by the author in commencing his book with the life of one of the candidates for the Presidency, inasmuch as it was written before the nomination was made. The work speaks in high terms of praise of both heroes. It is written in that bold, somewhat exaggerated style which is calculated to make an impression upon the popular mind. 14.The Clifford Family; or, a Tale of the Old Dominion. By ONE OF HER Daugh

12mo., pp. 425. New York: Harper & Brothers. Virginia life and manners possess many of the elements for elevated romance. These have been well used in this volume, and we are presented with many truthful, genial, and charming pictures of life in the Old Dominion. The story is well told, is excellent in sentiment, and will find a multitude of admirers. 15.-The School for Fathers. An old English Story. By T. GWYNNE. 12mo., pp.

205. New York: Harper & Brothers.

It is a plain and quite entertaining story of olden times. It is written in a pure and clear style, full of gracefulness and attraction. 16.--The Portrait of Washington. New York: William Stearns.

This is a very fine and beautiful engraving from the only original portrait of Washington, by Stuart. The correctness of the likeness has always been beyond a question. The execution of the painting was in the finest style of the art, ard the engraving by T. B. Welch has received the highest encomiums from the best qualified judges. As a work of art and a portrait of the noble Washington, it should find a place in every American family. 17.— The Geral-Milco: or the Narrative of a Residence in a Brazilian Valley of the

Sierra Paricis. By A. R. M. Payne. 12mo., pp. 264. New York: Charles B. Norton. An entertaining picture of a tour into parts of South America, with descriptions of scenes and characters--quite strange. "It is written in a lively style and forms quite an agreeable book. 18.The Guerrilla Chief ; or, the Romance of War. Illustrated. 8vo., pp. 233.

New York: H. Long & Brothers.

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19.- Lives of Wellington and Peel. From the London Times. 12mo, pp. 207. New

York: D. Appleton & Co.

This volume forms one of the numbers of “ Appleton's Popular Library of the best Authors," a series of works which are winding the highest place among the popular publications of the day. The pages of this volume contain the very able biographical sketches in the London Times of Peel and Wellington, published soon after their decease, and the leading articles of the paper on the day of their deaths. They are admirable papers, and amply repay a careful perusal. 20.Poems. By MATTIE GRIFFITH. Now first collected. 12mo., pp. 167. New

York: D. Appleton & Co.

This is a volume of sweet and charming poetry. The author writes with a pen touched with the true poetic inspiration, and the lovers of the Muses will find great pleasure in her pages. 21.--Men's Wives. By Wm. M. THACKERAY. 12mo., pp. 273. New York: D. Ap

pletoc & Co.

This is another of those works of unsurpassed humor, of which the graceful pen of Thackeray is so fertile. It is published as a volume of Appleton's Popular Library, and is an exceedingly agreeable book. 22.--Contentment Better than Wealth. By Alice B. Neal. 12mo., pp. 186. New

York: D. Appleton & Co.

This is one of those graphic and genial tales which absorb the feelings of the youthful reader, while they convey to the mind the purest and most disinterested sentiments. It cannot fail to impart gratification to all, 23.–Stories from " Blackwood.12mo., pp. 261. New York: D. Appleton & Co.

This volume forms one of the numbers of Appletons' Popular Library. It consists of some of the most agreeable and entertaining papers of Blackwood's Magazine such as the “The First and Last Dinner, Malavatti," "The Avenger," &c., &c. 24.— Rome and the Abbey. By the author of “Geraldine." 12mo., pp. 408. New York: D. & J. Sadlier & Co.

The chief features of this tale consists in presenting to the reader, the course of a young religeuse from her entrance into the Roman Church. The various ceremonials etc., are interwoven with an interesting tale, and the growth of religious impressions in her mind is very fully delineated. 25.—Literature and Art. By S. MARGARET Fuller. With an Introduction, by HoR

ACE GREELEY. 12mo., pp. 320. New York: Fowlers & Wells.

Margaret Fuller, afterwards the Countess d'Ossoli, is well known to all by the mel. ancholy fate of herself and family. She had acquired by her writings an extensive and substantial reputation. This volume is one which was originally prepared by berself for the press. It contains quite a number of essays upon literary subjects; to many of these she is in part entitled for her reputation, although her other works have obtained high success. 26.-Waverley Novels. Abbotsford Edition. Vols. 5 and 6. 12mo., pp. 264 and 296.

Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co.

These volumes contain " The Monastery” and “ Ivanhoe.” This is a very fine edition, and published at a very low price. 27.Stories of Ancient Rome. By T. W. RICOND. 12mo., pp., 305. With Illustra

trations. New York: M. W. Dodd.

In these pages we are presented with a sketch of Roman history from the foundation of the city to the expulsion of the Kings. The outlines of the characters of the cbief personages, such as Romulus, &c., are drawn in a style suited to the understanding of youthful readers. It is attractive, useful, and instructive. 28.—The Spirit World; or, the

Caviler Answered. By JOEL H. Ross, M. D. 18mo., pp. 285. New York: M. W. Dodd.

This is a volume written under a strong religious influence, with the design to stimulate all to walk carefully, watchfully, and prayerfully through this dark valley to the religious world.

29.-The Lost Senses, Deafness and Blindness. By Joun Kiti, C. D. 12 mo., pp.

377. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers.

The author of this volume and several others of importance, was, at an early period of his life, aflicted with blindness and deafness. His intellectual acquisitions were almost entirely made subsequently to this misfortune. Having thus suffered for a long period of his life from these evils, they necessarily became prominent subjects before his mind. He has consequently collected and arranged in these pages a large mass of facts in relation to individuals suffering under the loss of either of those senses. These are interspersed extensively with genial thoughts and reflections, all of which breathe a grave and devotional spirit. They are written in an interesting style and will afford both improvement and profit to a large number of readers. 30.-Daily Bible Illustrations ; being Original Readings for a Year on Subjects from

Sacred History, Biography, Geography, Antiquities, and Theology, especially designed for the Family Circle. By John Kitto, D. D. Evening Series. Isaiah and the Prophets. 12mo., pp. 418. Robert Carter & Brothers.

This volume completes the series of illustrations of the Old Testament by this author. It forms a very interesting compilation, and in the family circle is worthy to be regarded as one of the most valuable of the works in explanation of the subjects of sacred bistory. 31.- Lectures on the Works and Genius of Washington Alston. By William WANE.

12mo., pp. 142. Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Co.

The theme and the writer of this volume possess attractions of no ordinary interest. Alston the eminent painter, and Wane the accomplished scholar, are in conjunction. The contents are three lectures upon the genius of Alston and his “ Lesser and Larger" pictures. They are given to the public as they were left by the author at his decease. The criticism is an expression of the result of a long and delightful study of the subject, and conveys the candid impressions of the author. Every lover of the fine arts, or of true manliness and refined scholarship will delight to peruse these pages. 32.-Autobiography of Rev. Tobias Spicer ; Containing Incidents and Observations,

also some Account of His Visit to England. 12mo., pp. 309. New York: Lane & Scott.

At the Annual Conference of the Methodists at Troy, in 1847, a request was made that the author should prepare this volume with special reference to his experience, opinions, and observations, in relation to Methodism. His labors bave been confined mostly to that conference, and the incidents related in the volume have occurred within his experience in those limits. The public is here presented with an intelligent outline of the practical operation of Methodism, and the general views entertained by the mass of those who conform to this system of religious faith. 38.—The Upper Ten Thousand; Sketches of American Society. By. C. Astor Bris

Second Edition. 12mo., pp. 275. New York : Stringer & Townsend. These sketches originally appeared in Frazer's London Magazine, and are reprinted here with the presumption, upon good evidence, that the name prefixed is that of the real author. They are lively, graphic delineations of high life in New York drawn with a pointed pen. 34.-Meyer's Universum, in Half-Monthly Parts, Illustrated with Drawings by the

First Artists. Parts 5 and 6. New York: H. J. Meyer.

This is a very tasteful and elegant work. The illustrations are finely executed, and the literary matter is entertaining and instructive. These parts contain plates of " Notre-Dame Cathedral," " Plato's School,” “Hudson River near Newburg," and "Calcutta ;" “ Roman Aqueduct in Segovia,” “ Chamouni Village and Valley," "Civita Castellina, Italy," and "'Î'he Castle and Monastery of Illock, Hungary.” 35.—Boydell's Ilustrations of Shakspeare. Nos. 46, 47, 48, and 49. New York : J.

Spooner.

The wonderful engravings, of the elegance of which we have often spoken, are further continued in these numbers, which consist of a representation of Falstaff and Hal, in King Henry IV.; Southampton and Henry, in King Henry V.; Shakspeare nursed by Tragedy and Comedy; the Death of the Cardinal in Henry VI; King Richard III and the Prince, from the play of Richard III.; Desdemona "Sleep ing; a Field of Battle, from Henry VI.; and another view of Desdemona asleep.

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