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MISCELLANEOUS LITERARY NOTICES,

FRANCE.

theless, although the engravings themselves

are but moderate productions of art, in that Tue restoration of the palace of Versailles, class of it to which they belong, and although and the appropriating it to the purposes of a many of the subjects are not of a kind which national historical museum, will confer a retain much interest when reduced to outfresh species of interest on the building it- line, especially from pictures upon a large self, an eclat on the reign of Louis Philippe. scale-such as many of the batile pieces Of the immense collection of both paintings the work itself will, when completed, be a and sculptures already brought together valuable one, if only as bringing together in within its walls, a series of outline engrav. an agreeable and popular form a mass of his. ings, with explanatory letter-press by Jules torical information relative to France at va. Jonin, has been commenced under the title of rious epochs, and those who have signalized “Galleries Historiques de Versailles." Al. themselves in its annals. In this last point of though the plates are merely in outline, the view, the portraits and statues of eminent time requisite for making drawings of so individuals, well entitle both the museum itgreat a number of subjects according to the self, and this work, to the epithet of historiusual mode, would have rendered the publi- cal. There are three editions published sication a tedious one, had not the employment multaneously, the largest of which is further of the Diagraph very materially abridged enriched with numerous wood-cuts representthe process of copying. Upon what princi- ing the principal ornaments and pieces of ple this instrument (invented by M. Gavard, furniture in the palace. the editor of the work) is constructed, or how it is used, we have not been able to ascer In the year 1833, Fournier, of Paris, pub. tain; yet, unless its merits are greatly exag- lished the firsi livraison, consisting of two gerated, it appears capable of rendering ex- volumes, of the "Mémoires du Marechal tensive benefit. One thing wherein its ser- Ney;" the second, likewise two volumes, viceableness appears unquestionable is, that was, according to an announcement on the by means of it an exact copy may be taken cover, then in the press, and shortly to apof the minutest details of a ceiling, cornice, pear. The Paris booksellers, Belliard, Du. &c., however elaborate and complex, al. four and Co., took one hundred copies of the though too remote to be distinctly viewed by first livraison, for which they paid 1600 the naked eye. So far, this instrument must francs. In consequence of differences which be an exceedingly valuable one indeed to the arose between the publisher and the mararchitectural draftsman. Still, judging from shal's family, but which, as it appears, were some of the interiors—that view, for in- settled by arbitration, the two latter volumes stance, of the “ Escalier des Ambassadeurs" of the Memoirs in question have not yet been -We should say that it rather distorts the published, nor are they likely to be very perspective ; unless the incorrectness in that soon, if ever. To a requisition of the aboverespect, here observable, arises merely from mentioned booksellers for the delivery of the casual inadvertency. It must further be ac- conclusion of the work, Fournier replied that knowledged, that the general execution of it was not in his power. As he refused to the plates is rather tame and spiritless, with take back 43 copies which, as the work was out any of that richness and souplesse which left incomplete, Belliard and Co. could not distinguish the outlines of London. Never- sell, and to return the six hundred and eigh

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ty-eight francs which they had puid for them, portrait of Milton, engraved on steel by the
they were obliged to bring the publisher be first artisis, French and foreign. The work
fore the Paris Tribunal of Commerce. After will be completed in 23 livraisons at 10
hearing the advocates on both sides, that francs cach.
court, on the 28th of September, adjudged
that Fourrier should deliver to the plaintilis, M. Hingray, of Paris, has undertaken to
within fourteen days, one hundred copies of produce an illustrated edition of M. de Cha.
the iwo deficient volumes, in default of which ieaubriand, with four hundred wood-cuts by
the defendant should return the amount of Fragonard, filiy vignettes on stecl, and two
the forty-three unsold copies, together with maps. The work will form 150 weekly num-
the interest from the day of sale, and also bers.
decreed that he should pay the costs of the In our last number we recorded the death
proceedings.

of' Carlo Botta, the Italian historian; we were

not then aware that ihis event occurred in the It is reported to be the intention of the month of August last, in Paris, where he had French government to send a proper qualifi- lived for many ycars in close retirement on ed person to Spain to make purchases of va. account of ill health. luable manuscripts and editions, which, ow Botta was born in 1768, at the little village ing to the shutting up of the convents and the of San Giorgio di Canavase, in Piedmont, dispersion of many libraries, may now be studied medicine in Turin, and directed his casily procured. They are known to con attention in particular 10 anatomy and botatain many very important works, and espe. ny. fie had already taken his degree as cially Arabic manuscripts of the times of ihe doctor of medicine, when the breaking out Moors.

of the French revolution gave another direc

tion to his pursuits, and caused the study of A work, illustrative of the arts in the mid-politics and history to engross his mind. He dle ages in France, has been commenced in was one of the first and most strenuous cham. Paris, with the title of “Les Arts au moyen pions of the new ideus of liberty; which, in Age, en ce qui concerne principalement le ihe very first period of their development, Palais Romain de Paris, l'Hôtel de Cluny, found their way across the Alps. This zeal issu de ces Ruines," &c. It is to be complet drew upon him, 1792, a confirement, to him ed in twenty-five livraisons, forming 4 vo- doubly mortifying, in the state.prison at Tu. lumes, 8vo. with an atlas of copper-plates and rin. His first act, nevertheless, on recover. lithographs, in small folio.

ing his liberty, was a new homage to the

ideas to which he had sworn allegiance, Messrs. H. Roux, senior, and Ad. Bouchet, and for which he had suff:red. He wert in have published several nu.nbers of “ Hercu. 1794, to France, entered into the medical laneum et Pompeji ;” being a general collec- service of the French armies, and soon af. tion of the paintings, bronzes, and mosaics terwards returned with them to his native hitherto discovered, and augmented with un- country, which thenceforth became the published subjects. It is to be completed in sphere of his extended political activity. 100 weekly numbers, in 8vo.

He then turned his serious attention to a

plan of government for Lombardy, which he The first part has appeared of “ Analyse submitted, but without farther results, 10 grammaticale raisonné de différens Textes General Buonaparte; then accompanied, in anciens Egyptiens,"by M.François Salvolini. the year 6, the division sent to the lonian This part comprehends the hieroglyphic and Islands, and after his return was nominat. demotic text of the Rosetta stone, with platcs ed by General Joubert a member, 1ogether The whole work, dedicated to the king of with Carlo Bossi, and Carlo Julio, of that Sardinia, will consist of eight parts, forming provisional government to which was given two 4to. volumes.

in the country itself the name, since become

historical, of n triumvirato de tre Carli. Of the important Sanscrit work, “Kathaka. When, in 1799, the Russians entered Italy, Oupanichat,” extracted from the Yadjour-Ve. Botta again fied to France, returned once da, and translated into French by L. Poley, more afier Buonaparte's victory at Marengo, seven livraisons have appeared. The whole and became a member of the Consulta of will consist of twerty livraisons, in 4to. Piedmont. In 1803 Piedmont was again in

corporated with France, and Botta was again M. Garcin de Tassy will speedily publish seni to Paris as a member of the legislative a History of Hindostanee Literature. For body by the department of the Dora. Since this purpose he has already collected par- that time Boila rarely left France, and only liculars concerning seven hundred Hindos- for short intervals. Though he continued to tanee writers.

be a member of the legislative body till the

year 1814, yet his sentiments, which were M. Opigez, of Paris, has announced the pub- sufficiently known, were little calculated 10 lication, by subscription, of what he terms an procure him the favor of Napolcon. He " Edition-Ilonument," a folio edition of Mil- spoke several times in the most decisive ton's Paradise Lost, with Chaten ubriand's manner against the arbitrary measures of translation on the opposite page, illustrated the imperial government, and was reward. by fifty-five compositions by Flatters, and a cd for 'it by the honor of having his name.

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when proposed for quæstor, struck out of Jesuits of Turin, if he would re-write a the list by the hand of Napoleon himself.portion of it containing some expressions In 1814 he was entirely excluded frorn the against the disciples of Loyola, or alter it legislative body, because he had voted for in such a manner as the interest of the Jethe deposition of the emperor. He was the suits should require. Such offers Botta only one of his counirymen who was ex- of course rejected with indignation. cepted from the amnesty proclaimed in Piedmönt after the fall of Napoleon; and he

therefore compelled to remain in France. During the hundred days he was

NETHERLANDS. appointed Rector of the Academy at Nancy, and in the first year after the restoration Professor L. G. Vischer, of the Univerheld the like situation at Rouon; but he sity of Utrecht, is preparing for the press, was at length pensioned off, and thencefor-"Fergunt," a popular novel of the 14th ward resided continually at Paris. It was century, with an introduction relative to not till 1830 that he obtained permission to the fabulous history of the Knights of the re-visit his native country; and an aonuity Round Table. was settled upon him by the Sardinian government, in acknowledgment of his lite Natan, bookseller to the University of rary merils.

Utrecht, announces the early appearance Wherein these merits chiely consisted is of“Proben philosophischer Forschungen,” sufficiently known. Botta, at an early pe. I by Professor Ph. W. Van Heusde. These riod, devoted his leisure to literary occupa-, inquiries are undertaken for the purpose of tions, in which he particularly aspired to answering the questions: How does man that peculiar elegance of style which so arrive at truth ? How does he attain viradvantageously distinguishes his later works. tue? How is he some time to attain wisTo the early period of his literary activity dom ? belong a “ Description of the Island of Corfu,” which appeared in two volumes in 1799, and which was translated into French; also " Recollections of a Journey to Dalma.

BELGIUM. tia,” 1802 ; some Disquisitions on Browne's Doctrine, and the Nature of Sounds (1803); Professor Hoffman von Fallersleben has a “ Review of the History of the House of made an important discovery among the Savoy,” (1503), &c. But he founded his MSS. of the public library at Valenciennes. reputation as an historian by the publication He has there found the hymn composed of his “ History of the War of Independ- about the year 883, in the ancient German ence in North America," in 1809. Though langnage, on occasion of the victory of distinguished by superior excellence of de Louis over the Normans. This literary scrip:ion and style, it was far surpassed by curiosity, which Mabillon copied from a his iwo later works, " The History of Italy MS. belonging to the abbey of St. Amand, from 1789 to 1814," and the “ Continuation but which has been sought in vain ever of Guicciardini's History to 1789;" which since the year 1692, is of the greatest imwere completed but a few years since, and portance to the history of literature. Prowere not long ago reviewed in this Jour- fessor Hoffmann means to publish in Belnal. Boita made one poetical attempt; this gium the original text of the poem, with a is an heroic poem, entitled 1l Camillo, o fac-simile of the MS. conjointly with M. Vejo conquistala, which appeared in 1816, Willems, who is known as the editor of and is highly praised for the purity of the several ancient works in the Flemish diversitication and the energy of the style. alect. During the latter years of his life he had been collecting materials for a biography of faolo Sarpi; but the state of his health had prevented him from making any pro.

GERMANY. gress in that work. One of his younger friends is at present engaged in collect The catalogue of books of the Leipzig ing from his papers particulars of his Michaelmas fair, comprehends 3538 partly life. He has left ihree sons; one of whom new works, partly new editions, produced is captain in the foreign legion; the second, by 551 publishers. That of the Easter fair a distinguished naturalist, is at present en contained 4353, so that both comprehend gaged, at the expense of the Jardin des Plan- 7891 articles, being 362 more than the two tes, in scientific travels in Arabia ; and the catalogues for 1836. In the above number third is a clever engraver at Turin. are, books and pamphlets on scientific and

Botta has lest little or no property. He miscellaneous subjects, 3261; novels, 171; never made his talents a stepping-stone to plays, 48; maps, either collections or sepawealth and honors, still less could he con-rate, 58. Of these 86 appeared in foreign descend to traffic with his opinions. Short-countries; there remain therefore, for Gerly after the appearance of his “ History of many, including Switzerland, Hungary, Italy from 1789 to 1814,” 100,000 francs and that part of Prussia not belonging to were offered him by an emissary of the the German Confederation, 3452. Austria

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furnished 265; Prussia, 1018; Bavaria, commenced the publication of a series of
420, Saxony, 673, Hanover, 69, Würtem- sketches of the later works of Thorwald-
burg, 278, Baden, 108, the two Hesses, 122, sen in numbers, the drawings for which
and the four Saxon duchies, 149. The have been made under that great artist's
firms which produced the greatest number own. inspection. The first number con-
of articles are: Basse of Quedlinburg, 62; tains Nemesis and the Seasons; the se.
Cotta, of Stuttgart, and Reimer, of Berlin, cond, Schiller's monument for Stuttgart,
49; Manz, of Ratisbon, and Metzler, of and Guttenberg's for Mentz. The older
Stuttgart, 46; Brockhaus, of Leipzig, 44; well-known works of Thorwaldsen are in-
Schubothe, of Copenhagen, 35; Franz, oftended to follow.
Münich 32 ; Max and Co., of Breslau, 30.

Cotta, of Munich, has announced an illus-
Mr. J. H. Minner, teacher at the Gymna- trated work, entitled " Erinnerungen aus
sium at Frankfort on the Mayn, who has Spanien," by W. Gail, containing litho-
for many years been engaged in a com- graphic plates drawn from lise, in the pro-
prehensive investigation of the Germanic vinces of Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia,
languages, has in the course of these in- Granada, and Castile, and fragments of
quiries arrived at conclusions directly Moorish and ancient Spanish architecture,
contrary to the general notions concerning with explanatory text from the journal of
the essence of human age, and espe, the editor. The work will be completed
cially concerning the requisites of good in six folio parts.
dictionaries and grammars. To verify
these views, he has formed the plan of a The first volume has just been publish-
Society to be entitled “Verein für gemein. ed by the title of “Sächsische National-
nützige,insbesondere vergleichende Kunde Encyclopædie,” of a work intended to em:
der Hauptsprachen Europa's.” It is pro- brace in the dictionary form every thing
posed that this society, established, or to relative to Saxony, with reference to na-
be established, at Frankfort, shall use its ture, life, history, geography, statistics, le-
its influence with learned foreigners, gislation, constitution, arts, sciences, in
for the purpose of inducing them to dustry, commerce and civilization. It is
form similar associations in France, Eng- dedicated by permission to the King of
land, Spain, and even in Greece, Russia, Saxony. We are not told what is to be
and Poland, which are to be in close com- the extent of this Encyclopædie, but the
munication with that at Frankfort, and to first volume, containing 88 sheets, 8v0.,
co-operate with it in the improvement of comprehends A. to D. inclusive.
the dictionaries, grammars, &c., of the va-
rious languages. Thus the attention of A work of similar nature is announced
the society will not be devoted solely to by F. Fleischer, of Leipzig, entitled "Voll-
the Germanic and the Romanic langua- ständiges Handbuch der Geographie, Sta-
ges, but also to the Slavonian and the mo- tistik, und Topographie des Königreichs
dern Greek : though at first it is intended Sachsen,” by Albert Schiffner, in 5 vo-
that the society shall consist of a Franco- lumes, 8vo. the printing will commence
German, Anglo-German, Italiano-German, with the year 1838, and the whole is pro-
and a purely German class. The first mised in the course of two years.
three are to proceed immediately to the
minute investigation of the present state of Dr. Pfeilschifter has commenced a peri-
the dictionaries and grammars, each in its odical work, tending to throw light on the
own language, and to the modification present state of Spain, consisting chiefly
and completion of them on a particular of extracts from Spanish periodical works
plan. As a channel for communicating to of all classes, with the title of “Mittheilun-
the world the inquiries of this association, gen aus Spanien über Land und Volk,
it will publish a periodical work, by the ti- Wissenschaft und Kunst, die jetzige poli-
tle of " Jahrbücher des Vereines, &c., to tische Umwälzung, und den Krieg."
be edited by Mr. J. M. Minner, and Pro.
fessor Dr. Possart, for which they solicit On the Ist of October, Brockhaus of
communications, from the literati, as well Leipzig, commenced the publication of a
of other countries as of Germany. new political journal, entitled “Leipziger

allgemeine Zeitung,' to appear every eve. The Bibliographic Institute at Hildburg- ning, Sundays and holidays not excepted. hausen has announced the publication of the supplement left by Brulliot to Bartsch's Reclam, of Leipzig, announces a history "Peintre Graveur," in the French lan. of the German War of Liberation, from guage, in 12 volumes, 8vo. It is to be ac- 1813 to 1815, by J. Sporschil

. The first companied with an atlas of 240 plates, con part will contain from 40 to 50 engravings taining fac-similes of the rarest and most on steel. interesting subjects. The first volume was to appear in the present month ol De A work which promises to be of great cember.

utility and value to the classical student

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announced by the firm of J. B. Metzler, of The house of Fleming, of Glogau, has Stuttgart. This is "Real-Encyclopædie

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ary, 1838.

der classischen Alterthumswissenchaft in of the English Quarterly Review, to be inalphabetischer Ordnung.” The editor is tituled “ Deutsche Viertel-Jahrsschrift,” or Professor Pauly, of Stuttgart; and among German Quarterly Review. the contributors are some ofthe most distinguished scholars of Germany, for exam By the death of Hofrath Dr. Aloysius ple, Freidrich Creuzer, of Heidelberg, and Hirt which happened at Berlin on the 29th the two Doctors Grotefend, of Hanover. of last June both literature and the fine It will be published in numbers, and be arts have sustained the loss of an able completed in 4 volumes.

archæologist. One of his chief works is

that on the architecture of the ancients, The Hebrew and Chaldean Concord- "Die Baukunst nach den Grundsätzen der ance to the books of the Old Testament, Alten,” folio, 1809, illustrated with 50 plates. by Dr. Julius Fürst, has advanced to the He also contributed many essays and third part. The fourth is expected to be dissertations on subjects of art and antiready for publication in the month of Janu- quity to Schiller's “Horen," and other lite

rary journals. His lectures, moreover,

obtained for him deserved celebrity, and The first volume of “Histoire ancienne contributed to the diffusion of sound prinet moderne de la Moldavie, de la Valachie, ciples of taste among both artists and the et des Etats independans des Transylvains public. He was born at Donaueschingen, et de Velaques transdanubiens,” by Mi- in Swabia, in 1759, and was, therefore, chael de Kogalnitchan, a Moldavian offi- about 78 years of age. cer, has just appeared at Berlin. To this work the same writer appends as a supplement, which however may be had separately, “Esquisse sur l'Histoire, les Meurs,

DENMARK. et la Langue des Cigains, connus France sous le nom de Bohemiens." To In Denmark there appear 54 daily and this latter is added a glossary, containing weekly publications, more than half of 700 Cigain words.

them in Copenhagen; and there are 30

monthly and other periodical works, the Godsche, of Meissen, has announced the greater part of which are published in the appearance at the end of the present year, capital. Thus in this little kingdom more of the first volume of a collection destined than 80 periodical publications make their

a companion work to the Arabian appearance, all in their native language. Nights, by the title of “Abenländische Tau- It may be computed, that there are in Densend und eine Nacht,"containing the most mark' full as many printing-offices as peinteresting tales and legends of all the riodicals; for, in the provincial towns European nations, by J. P. Lyser. A vo- each publication has its separate printing! lume of this collection is intended to appear office, and in the capital there are at least monthly. The first is illustrated with 30 | 23, with from 60 to 70 presses. plates from original drawings, by the author.

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Rudolph and Dieterici, of Annaberg,

RUSSIA. have commenced the publication of a col. lection of popular tales, ballads, romances, A chair for the Chinese language has and legends of Saxony, by W. Ziehnert. recently been instituted at Casan. The The first number contains 6 sheets of let- archimandrite, Danijel, who has been apter-press.

pointed to fill it, acquired the language in

Pekin itself. Mr. Tauchnitz, junior, of Leipzig, has The Imperial Academy of Sciences at St. published the first volume of “ Bibliotheca Petersburg has undertaken the publication of Patrum ecclesiasticorum Latinorum selec- the ancient Slavonian Ostromir Gospels; and ta,” edited by E. G. Gensdorf. It contains has appointed M. Wastokoff, a corresponde St. Clement's "Recognitiones,” and will ent of the Academy, and who possesses a thobe followed by the works of Cyprian, Lac- rough knowledge of the Slavonian, to edit tantius, several of Tertullian's, Augustin's, the work. This codex is considered by him &c.

as the third, or at most 13e fourth, copy of

Cyril's translation. He wail add to it a glosThe fourth pcrtion of the Sketches to sary of all the words and phrases in the GosShakspeare's Dramatic Works by Retzsch, pels. The codex itself is in the public li. containing 12 subjects to King Lear, with brary at Petersburg, and was written in 1057 explanatory Text by C. B. von Miltitz, in for Ostromir, posadnik (siadtholder) of NowGerman and English, is announced to ap-gorod, a near relative of the grand-prince pear early in 1838.

Isjaslaw Jaroslawitsch. The late Count Rum.

janzov had conceived the intention of printThe house of Cotta, of Stuttgart, has ing a fac-simile of it; he had gone so far as announced the speedy publication of the to have 70 punches cut of characters no longfirst number of a periodical upon the plan'er used in modern Slavonian; these have

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