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fection of art; by this ingenious, this sublime process, the most beautiful and most correct picture of a coin is taken, with great rapidity, in a manner so independent of manual skill, that it would be impossible to falsify the copy, even if one wished to. Of these elegant engravings, more than two hundred illustrate the work.

work, seems to be required by the commercial world, about once in twenty years. The different publications of the present century, which have been sufficiently correct and complete to attain a rank as standards, were issued at about that distance from each other. It is now twenty years since the publication of the second edition of Dr. Kelly's Improved Cambist.

This work is one of which we are proud as a national contribution, to this department of economy and inquiry. It required great research; one who has not examined the subject can hardly conceive of the extent to which the inquirer into the assays of different nations is obliged to carry his investigations. Hardly two of the coins of different countries are of the same fineness of metal, and frequently the coins of the same country differ from each other. The authors of this book, from their official situation, have had great advantages, which they have fully improved. They have conveyed the result of their labors in an interesting and beautiful form.

The book is not a mere catalogue of coins, and description of their composition. The greater part of it is taken up with descriptions of the different processes of the real money-maker, (what a magnificent profession is his,) of the material on which he works, and the means of detecting the manufactures of his imitators. Messrs. Eckfeldt and Dubois have evidently studied the history of their profession with zeal and interest; we find embodied in the book a variety of anecdotes and information respecting "real money,” which was to us, and will be to most readers, as amusing as it is new.

The great ornament of the book is the series of beautiful copies from almost all the gold and silver coins of this century. These copies are executed by the recent invention of the" medal ruling machine," in the style of the head of Washington in our last number. This machine, which has been extensively employed in making copies of medals in this country and abroad, was invented twentyfive years ago, by Mr. Gobrecht, a Pennsylvanian, now engraver of the mint. In 1829 it was materially improved by Mr. Saxton, who is also attached to the mint. Mr. Saxton has recently, for the use of this work, adapted the steam engine to it, as a motive power. The process of copying a coin in this beautiful, and absolutely correct style of engraving, is this;- by the action of the electrotype, (invented about three years since, by M. Jacobi,) a precise inverse copy of the coin is taken, without any intervention of manual labor. This copy is placed under the tracer of the medal-ruling machine, which is then set in motion by steam power. "By this arrangement, manual labor, and even personal attendance is dispensed with, the machine once set in motion will do all its work, and stop when it is done, though its master should be at other business, or abroad." This is the per

HistoRY OF EDWARD THE BLACK PRINCE, by

G. P. R. JAMES, Esq. 2 vols. Philadelphia. 1842.

THESE volumes, comprising the narrative of the English acquisitions in France, made in the early part of the fourteenth century, by Edward III. and his son, form an interesting chapter in the romance of history. Mr. James appears to have gone very thoroughly into the investigation of his subject, and the work is a history in detail. Such a work, at a period so long after that to which it refers, of necessity, frequently deals with matter of conjecture, and will frequently leave an important point matter of doubt. Such points Mr. James has treated with modesty and candor, but also with decision ; and where he has been finally led to differ from preceding writers of repute, he has given the reader the benefit of a citation of all the authorities. Indeed, throughout the work, the accurate student will find constant references to the sources from which the information has been drawn.

This edition is badly printed, on thin paper, from the second London edition.

Random Shots AND SOUTHERN BREEZES, by

Louis FITZGERALD TASISTRO. 2 vols. New York: Harper and Brother. 1842.

This is a rambling work, made up of a somewhat egotistical travelling narrative, combined with opinions on art, literary and dramatic criticisms, some "remarks on the Southern States and Southern institutions," observations of men and manners,” and theories upon "matters and things in general.” The whole is rather loosely thrown together, and deals with facts and opinions, which have been, or may be easily acquired from other sources. The interest of such a book will depend a great deal, with each individual, upon the extent of his want of and wish for the information it affords, and his sympathy with the writer's line and style of observation. For gossip of any sort it is impossible to lay down any precise rules of taste; but these volumes are full of variety and spirit, and will doubtless find gratified readers.

LIBRARY OF SELECT Novels.

The Messrs. Harper have commenced with Bulwer's "Pelham,” the publication of a series of novels, in a cheap pamphlet edition. These are one step in advance, and a decided one, as legible and durable books, of the newspaper editions.

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TODAY, I went to seek my love ;

She, foolish child, had locked the door ;
But see it softly open move,
For locks need no obstruction prove

To him who's gained a key before !
But in the hall I found her not,

Nor in her parlor was the maid :
At last, “ I will," o'ercame “I ought,"
And bade me to her chamber creep:
And there I found her, fall’n asleep,

Full dressed, and on her sofa laid.
Sleep had come o'er her unaware ;

Her head lay gently on her hand;

And by her side I took my stand,
Gazing in doubt if I might dare
To scatter her sweet dreams to air.
I saw that tranquil peace had come
Upon her eyelids in their rest ;

Upon her lips was gentle Truth;
Beauty lay on her cheeks, at home;
On ihe still motion of her breast

I saw the guilelessness of youth;
Her form, relaxed by sleep's soft touch,
In grace fell lightly on the couch.

And as I gazed, the enchanting scene
Subdued the wish that erst had been

To wake her from her sleep serene.
“O Love! the traitor sleep,” I thought

“ That each expression false uncovers,
No doubt, no shadow here has brought,
No movement with suspicion fraught,

Though the eyes watching are your lover's.
“ Your beauteous eyes are hidden now,

Which from myself, themselves, can charm me;
On your sweet lips no tempting vow,

Or kiss more tempting, breathes to harm me:
Your arm falls loose from its embrace,

Which oft so fondly clings around me,
Nor does your hand, smooth flatterer, raise

Its gentle fingers, to confound me. -
Oh! if I erred, to think you true
If I were cheated

– to adore you
'T were now revealed, for in full view

Love stands, unblindfolded, before me."
But while I watched in joy, above
Her, worthy proved of my true love,
Sleeping she grew so dear, to wake her
Would have been worse than to forsake her.
So with light hand I placed some flowers,
A token each of happy hours,

In a small goblet near her set;
Then from the room I softly crept,
That they might watch her as she slepl; -
And when she opens those dear eyes,
They first shall greet her, all surprise
Thai though with doors fast-locked she lies,

Love's gift will enter to her yet.

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