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sation at Paris. The first, Sentiment de Napoleon sur la Divinité de Jesus Christ, is from the pen of M. de Bauterne, and will contain some hitherto unpublished papers written by the Emperor; the second, is a Dictionnaire de l'Armée de Terre, which occupied the late General Bardin during the last thirty years of his life. The first part of this highly interesting work is now ready.
GERMANY. Baron von Hügel has published two volumes of his travels in the East, under the title of Kaschmir und das Reich der Sick, in wbich he relates his travels in a pleasing style. He appears to be an amiable man, and to have made a good use of his fortune, and, with all the bonhommie in the world, he contrives occasionally to direct the reader's attention. It would not be uvinteresting to compare his report with that of our countrymen travelling in this direction. The work is to extend to four volumes; the two last will probably contain the history of Cashmir.
A work has been lately published under the title of Der Religions-Krieg in Deutschland, oder Elisabeth Stuart (The War of Religion in Germany, or Elizabeth Stuart), which contains an account of the fortunes of the Prince Palatine, son-in-law to James the First of England. The residence of the unfortunate pair in Holland is very interesting.
The Leipzig Easter Catalogue contains 4513 books that have already been published, and 424 that will be published in the course of the present year. The former were published by 527 booksellers : 650 works issued from the press for 74 Leipzig houses; 70 for 7 in Dresden; and in the rest of Saxony 10 publishers published 85 works; 165 Prussian booksellers published 1173 works, not one-third more than in Saxony. There were 449 works published in Berlin by 48 booksellers. In Vienna 183 books were published by 19 booksellers; the other cities of Austria contributed 108 works, (14 publishers.) Thus the whole number of works published in this extensive empire amounts to little more than one-third of those issued in the small kingdom of Saxony.
THE CENSORSHIP.-During the Easter booksellers' fair, the two general meetings were held, at which the difficulties under which the trade laboured in consequence of the injurious restraints of the censorship were discussed. M. Reimer, one of the most respectable booksellers of Germany, whose publications are almost all of a highly valuable character, proposed a resolution, to the effect, that no bookseller should publish any works written by a person holding the office of censor. This extreme measure met with considerable opposition, and was finally declined. It was at length resolved to present a petition to the Saxon government, requesting it to use its influence with the Diet at Frankfort for the removal of the present provisory restrictions of the press, for bringing into active operation the 18th section of the well-known decree of the Diet, and for allowing in the mean time at least such a limited freedom of the press as had been granted by the Diet in 1819. A committee was appointed to conduct this affair.
A new edition of the works of Jacob Böhme is now in the course of publication in Leipzig. It will consist of six volumes, three of which have already appeared.
Several biographical accounts of John Brentz, the apostle of the Reformation in Würtemberg, have recently been published, the best of which is undoubtedly that edited by Messrs. Hartmann and Jäger, and published by Perthes.
Professor IIaupt has just published the first number of a new periodical for German Antiquities (Zeitschrift für Deutsches Allerthum). Its contents are principally philological, and, judging from this first number, likely to prove very interesting. Jacob and William Grimm, Beneke, and other eminent scholars, are among the contributors. We direct the attention of German scholars to the valuable periodical now concluded, which was published by Messrs. Haupt and Hoffmann von Fallersleben, under the modest title of All-Deutsche Blätter (German Leaves).
Mr. George Wigand, of Leipzig, has just issued a prospectus for publishing (in German) Mr. Robert Schomburgk's Travels in Guiana and on the Oriuoco, from his reports and communications to the London Geographical Society, (during the years 1835-1839,) with a map and six coloured views. Alexander von Humboldt will add a preface, and his Essay on some important points respecting the Geography of Guiana.
We are glad to learn that the King of the French has conferred the Cross of the Legion of Honour on Jacob Grimm. This great scholar has published, in an Epistle to Lachmann, a kind of supplement to his classical work Reinhart Fuchs, which contains fragments of an old German poem on the subject, together with one in modern Greek. Both will prove welcome additions to the numerous admirers of sly Renard.
As Mr. Borrow's very interesting work on the Gypsies of Spain will doubtless direct public attention to that singular people, it may not be amiss to observe that Mr. Graffunder, a gentleman in the service of the Prussian government, and inspector of the schools in the district of Erfurt, published a small volume in quarto on the subject a few years ago, entitled Ueber die Sprache der Zigeuner, eine grammatische Skizze (On the Language of the Gypsies, a grammatical Sketch). This gentleman was commissioned by the government to inform the Gypsies in this neighbourhood, that notwithstanding they had hitherto rejected all attempts to civilize them, one last offer would be made, to induce them to abandon their vagabond mode of life. Not conteut with merely executing his commission, he humanely endeavoured to convert the children, and in the course of his efforts, found himself induced to study their language. He has given the result of his observations with equal modesty and humanity in the little work above mentioned, which confirms (if confirmation were necessary) Mr. Borrow's assertion, that the language was of Oriental origin and identical with that of the Spanish Gypsies. We should be very glad to see some remarks on the grammatical structure of the language from the pen of one who possesses such great advantages in this respect as Mr. Borrow,
It is said that the King of Prussia has commissioned Herr von Bülow to propose to the Diet at Frankfort, that scientific works and all volumes containing a certain number of sheets shall be published without being subject to the censorship. We hope that the report is true, as the restraints of this institution operate very injuriously. Will it be believed that it is only recently that visiting cards have been freed from the inspection of the censor ?
Captain Moltke, one of the Prussian officers who entered the service of the Sultan, has published an interesting volume on the state of the Turkish empire. He and his companions in arms, von Fincke, Mühlbach, Fischer, und Laue, had excellent opportunities of observing the state of the Turkish army before the battle of Nisib. The observations on the capabilities of Asia-Minor deserve general attention, as every thing indicates that this unsettled country must shortly undergo a considerable change.
Niemeyer's Book of Religion for the higher Classes of Society has been forbidden in Prussia. As the work had already gone through seventeen Editions, the prohibition had excited great sensation.
The Editors of the Hullische Jahrbücher (a paper published in Leipzig, but edited by Dr. Arnold Runge, professor in the Prussian University at Halle, and Dr. Echtermayer) have received an order from the government to have the
work printed under the Prussian censorship, as several articles respecting Prussia, published in this journal, had given offence at Berlin. It is reported that Dr. Runge, rather than comply with this order, will sell his property in Prussia and settle in Saxony, whither his co-editor has likewise removed. The work will most probably be forbidden in Prussia. The Hallische Juhrbücher, although little known in England, must, with all its faults, be considered as one of the most valuable German periodicals. The prevailing tone is that of the new or extreme sect of the younger followers of Hegel. Freedom of discussion in matters of religion and politics is warmly advocated, and although there are many opinions expressed in it, which we strongly disapprove, such as the excessive admiration of Strauss, yet we must do justice to the talent and ability with which it is conducted. We believe the editors to be in earnest, which is no small praise when we contrast them with the lackadaisical managers of many of the German periodicals. The journal would gain, were the tone less exclusively restricted to their own peculiar philosophical school; but such as it is, no one can be considered a competent judge of the currents at present at work in the literary sphere of Germany, who does not make himself acquainted with their doctrines.
Cornelius (to whom the artists of Dresden gave a public dinner on his passage through that city) has been received with great honour at Berlin, and elected an ordinary member of the Berlin scientific Art-Union. At a recent meeting of this society, on the 15th of May, Professor Schöll read a report of his travels in Greece, in which he gave an account of the devastation which the Parthenop had suffered at different periods. He likewise made honourable mention of the statues and other works of art which had been discovered in the vicinity of the temple during the excavations, executed by order of the present government of Greece, since the year 1833. Professor Schöll has brought home drawings of them taken on the spot, and as he is about to publish the journal of his lamented fellow-traveller, Ottfried Müller, we hope he will likewise communicate the result of his own observations.
Professor Zahn, whose valuable collection, formed at Pompeii, is well known to all travellers in the south of Italy, has just published the first part of a splendid work on Pompeii, Ilerculaneum and Stabiæ. The subjects represented were discovered in 1839 and 1840, and have never been published ; they are of the size of the originals, and mostly coloured in lithographic oilcoloured impressions.
We believe that Dr. Julius, well-known by his work on America, has been commissioned by the King of Prussia to visit this country, in company with an architect, in order to report on the style adopted in building prisons in England.
Nassau.—The condition of the little duchy of Nassau, as compared with what it was in 1816, is most gratifying. In the department of public instruction, there were in 1816, 710 masters; there are now 853. The salaries of the former amounted to 136,002 florins; they amount now to 921,026 florins. The country has been divided into districts, so that all the inhabitants can go to the courts of justice and to the public apothecaries, and return on the same day. The sum insured in the National Fire Insurance Onice amounted only to 28 million florins; it now exceeds 78 millions, whilst the rate of insurance has been reduced to nearly one third. The police-taxes on bread, meat, beer, and spirits have been abolished. The parents of illegitimate children were formerly subject to very severe punishments, which frequently produced infanticide. The new system, by which the father is bound to support his offspring, works well, only one child in seventeen being now illegitimate, a very favourable proportion, when compared with many other German states. Land has risen in value, and a great number of new roads have been built. By an
edict, dated June 5th, 1816, a general and uniform municipal and rural law superseded the anomalous state which had previously prevailed. The debts of the different corporations, resulting from the war, amounted to more than eight million florins, they are now reduced to two millions, so that of 822 corporations and communities, 462 are quite free from debt: 38 churches, 44 clergy. men's houses, 259 public offices, 101 school-rooms, 331 public fountains, and 273 burying-grounds have been erected and arranged in ihis short period. In 1817 the population was 299,468; in 1839 it had increased to 391,361, or nearly one third, whilst the number of poor ho received assistance had diminished from 10,083 to 6488, i. e. from 31 per cent. of the whole population to 15 per cent.
By a recent cepsus the population of the Duchy of Saxe Weimar amounts to 248,498 inhabitants, including Weimar, 11,485 inhabitants; Eisenach, 9340; and Jena, 6004.
A small pamphlet, entitled Das Ende kommt, has been rapidly taken off the publishers' hands, (Beck and Fränkel, of Stuttgart). This pamphlet states, ihat after the most careful calculation the prelate, Bengel, has discovered that the year 1843 is the period appointed in the Scriptures for the destruction of the world by fire.
A Quarterly journal for ladies, entitled Frauenspiegel, has been commenced under the auspices of Reichenbach, the eminent Leipzig bookseller; among the fair contributors the names of Leonhardt Lyser, L. Reinhardt, A. Franz, v. Nindorf, Annette Elizabeth v. D- , A. Schoppe, Elise v. I , and H. Hülle, appear.
Professors Hermann and Lobeck have been invested with the order of St. Stanislaus by the Emperor of Russia, in approbation of their great literary attainments.
The new number of the Deutsche Vierteljahrschrift (German Quarterly Review) contains several interesting articles : among others, The North and Eastern Boundaries of France, considered in a Military View; and The South Western Frontiers of Germany; The Print Trade and Fine Arts in Germany; and A Project for a General and Uniform Post for the whole of Germany.
Dr. Emanuel Tafel, the chief librarian at the Tubingen royal library, so well known to the theological and learned world by his strenuous advocacy of the Swedenborgian doctrines, has just published the second part of E. Swedenborgii Adversaria in libros Veteris Testamenti Historicos, and has commenced a Magazin für die wahre Christliche Religion und ihre einzige Erkenntnissquelle die heilige Schrift, to be continued monthly, in which he will be assisted by many eminent divines. The twelfth volume of his Arcana cælestica quæ in scriptura sacra seu verbo Domini sunt detecia opus E. Swedenborg, is already in the press, and the thirteenth, which is the concluding volume, is promised in the course of the year.
A respectable German journal gives the following not very flattering description of Ilamburg :-“The children of the affluent receive some children's books as presents at Christmas; the lover gratifies his mistress with an Annual, on account of the pictures and binding; young people buy occasionally a couple of volumes of the Cheap Miniature Library; the pious purchase a few tracts, Witschel's Morning and Evening Sucrifice, or the Hours of Devotion ; those who wish to secure themselves in conversation, perhaps a Conversationslexicon, but that is all; and it is very rare to find a library in a rich family. The men content themselves with reading the German, French, English, and American journals at the Börsen-Halle and in the principal coffee-houses; the ladies read the periodicals and the contents of the circulating library, and the more fade these are, the better." We trust this report is somewhat exaggerated.
ITALY. The celebrated Allgemeine Zeitung is no longer to be seen in the Papal States, in consequence of the increased rate of postage which has been levied on this publication by the government, in revenge for the violent political articles and criticisms which have recently appeared, reflecting on the administration.
A Grammar of Music, entitled Teoriche elementari di Musica, has been published at Naples, it is from the pen of Alessandro Mampieri; and another interesting musical publication, Memorie de Compositori di Musica del Regno di Napoli, racolte dal Marchese di Villarosa.
SPAIN. A new geographical, historical, and statistical Dictionary of Spain and the Spanish colonies, is in the course of publication by a learned Society in Barcelona.
RUSSIA. The principal Universities in Russia at the close of the last year contained 2,300 Students, and the Libraries connected with the Universities contained 232,290 Volumes, viz. Cracow
400 Students,-the University Library, 36,682 Vols. Dorpat . 500
52,157 Moscow . 700
65,927 St. Petersburg 400
28,000 From the recent official returns showing the state of religious opinions throughout the Russian dominions, the following facts appear; The Catholics amount to 202,608 persons, and possess
61 Convents, containing 1894 Monks.
51 Nunneries, . 660 Nuns.
The Armenians possess
619 Churches 2
les to which are attached 1307 Priests.
The Lutherans have
902 Churches, to which 484 Priests are attached. The Jews have
586 Synagogues 7 to which 955 Rabbis and 2097 Elders are
The Mahommedans have
5296 Mosques, and 14,517 Priests, The Calmucs have
76 Temples for the worship of Buddism.