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The whole range of ancient or modern literature would be searched in vain for more beautiful specimens of letter-writing than some of General Lee's letters which are given in this book. In a word, it is a work to cany into our homes, to put into the hands of our boys, to be read and studied as a fine portrayal of the character of the noblest man who ever trod this continent. These books are all published by John Murphy & Co., Baltimore, to whom we are indebted for copies, and in paper, type, binding, etc., are beautiful specimens of the book-maker's art. Miss Mason has been generously de- voting the proceeds of their sale to the education of the daughters of Con- federate soldiers, and this, in addition to their real merit?!, ought to secure for them a wide and continuing sale. They may be ordered directly from the publishers.
The Poems of Frank 0. Ticknor, M. D. Edited by K. M. R., with an intro- ductory notice of the Author by Paul H. Hayne. Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott & Co.
This book is very carefully and skillfully edited by the accomplished lady who has done the work and modestly withholds her namo. The publishers have performed their part admirably, and thousands who have admired and wept over Ticknor's sweet poems that have appeared from time to time in the newspaper?, will rejoice to have these and others never before published collected together in this beautiful volume. Paul II. Ilayne himself no mean authority concludes his admirable introductory by saying : " Burns, himself, was not more direct, moije transparently honest in his metrical appeals than Ticknor. There are no fantastic conceits, no farfetched sim- iles, no dillettanteism of any sort in his verses. The man's soul sturdy yet gentle, stalwart yet touched by a feminine sweetness ' informed ' them always; and, if it can hardly be said of his lyrics that each was 'polished as the bosom of a star,' still the light irradiating them seldom failed to be light from the heaven of a true inspiration."
The " Virginians of the Valley " and " Little Giflfen of Tennessee," have
long taken their places among the standard poems that will live, and we
hesitate not to declare that there other gems in the volume equally worthy.
The book is published by subscription, and may be had by sending the
price ($1.50) to Miss K. M. Rowland, 225 Freemont street, Baltimore.
Life and Letters of Admiral D. G. Farragut. By his son Loyall Farragut. New York : D. Appleton & Co.
This book, in its type, paper, binding, steel engravings and other illustra- tions, is gotten up in the superb style for which this great house is famous. The son sketches, with skillful, loving hand, the life of his distinguished father, and interweaves his narrative with copious extracts from his own letters, journals and official reports, thus really making the Admiral tell the story of his own life. The book is of deep interest and great historical value (albeit there are a number of statements which we cannot accept and which