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In Mr. Murray's new list of announcements are the following interesting works; for example-Consolations in Travel; or, the Last Days of a Philosopher, by Sir Humphry Davy. -A Memoir of the Life and Public Services of the late Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.—The Book of Psalms, newly translated from the Hebrew, and with Explanatory Notes, by W. French, D.D. Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, and G. Skinner, M. A. Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.-A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Giovanni Finati, native of Ferrara, who, under the name of Mahomet, made the Campaign against the Wahabies, for the recovery of Mecca and Medina; and since acted as interpreter to European travellers in some of the parts least visited of Asia and Africa. — The Life of Julius Cesar, by, the Author of the Life of Alexander the Great.-On Financial Reform, by Sir Henry Parnell.—The Kirby Letters; a Family Tour from Yorkshire to Penzance.- Principles of Geology, by C. Lyell, F.R.S.—and the Life of Sir Humphry Davy, comprising a great part of his early Correspondence, by Dr. Paris.
Literary Prize.The Revue de Paris has offered a prize of two thousand francs for the best dissertation in prose on the following question: “ What has been the influence of the representative government, for the last fifteen years, in France, on our literature and on our manners ?" The dissertations are to be addressed, before the 1st of March, 1830, to the office of the Revue de Paris, 'inscribed with an epigraph, and accompanied by a sealed note inscribed with the same epigraph, and conlaining the name of the author.
The Literary and Antiquarian Society of Perth held their anniversary meeting on 26th Nov., which was more numerously attended than on any former occasion. The president, Earl of Kinnoul, took the chair ; and Lord Gray, and other vice-presidents, the Lord Provost of Perth, Mr. Trotter of Ballindean, &c., occupied the table at the head of the museum. The secretary then read the report of the proceedings of the Society for the past year, in which the discovery of several monuments of antiquity in the county of Perth, and the preservation of others, which had engaged the atiention of some of the members, was given ; and numerous donations to the museum were detailed. The Rev, Mr. Esdaile read the second part of a very able essay, the first part of which was given on a former occasion, “On the progress of luxury, and its influence on society and manners.” Dr. Anderson followed Mr. Esdaile with an elaborate and ingenious disquisition " on the variation of the barometer, particularly in different latitudes and regions of the earth, with an inquiry iuto the causes of these phenomena." About sixty members afterwards dined together.
A meeting of the Cambridge Philosophical Society was held on Monday week,—the Rev. Dr. Turton, the president, being in the chair. Mr. Rothman, of Trinity College, read a notice of an observation of the winter solstice at Alexandria, which is recorded in Strabo, and which has not hitherto been understood, from its being spoken of by the author as an observation of an equinox. Professor Whewell continued the reading of “On the causes and characters of pointed architecture,”.
and explained the influence of the pointed arch upon the other members of buildings, through which influence the romanesque style was at last superseded by the very opposite forms of the Gothic. It was stated also
that the transition from one of these styles to the other, which took place in England by means of the early English style, was made in Germany by means of a very different one, which may be termed early German. Of this style the characters were given in some detail, and it was remarked that, among these, the invention of the flying buttress was of as much importance to the complete developement of the Gothic style, as that of the pointed arch. Observations were also communicated by Mr. Millar, of St. John's College, on the forms and angles of the crystals of boracic acid, indigo, and borale and bicarbonate of ammonia. After the meeting, Professor Sedgwick gave an account of the geological structure of the Austrian Alps, illustrated by the representation of a section traversing their chain, and passing from the plains of Bavaria to the Gulf of Venice.
Census.- A Paris paper of Sunday last, contains a curious calculation of the revenues of the population of France, divided into classes. The total amount is assumed to be 6,396,789,000 francs, and the number of the population 32,252,000 ; giving 198 francs 33 cents per head per annnm, or 54 centimes and 6-10ths per day. This population is divided into ten classes ; the first of which, consisting of 152,000 persons, receives 608,000,000, or an average of 10 francs 96 cents per day; and the table goes on gradually diminishing to the 9th class, consisting of 3,500,000 persons, who are said to receive 700,000,000, or an average of 55 cents each per day. The 10th, 11th, and 12th classes are put at 22,500,000; of which the first have, on an average, 41 cents per day; the second 33 cents, and the third 25 cents; so that 7,500,000 have only two-pence balfpenny per day English, to subsist upon. This calculation, although probably in some degree imaginative, shews a frightful extent of human misery.
Canova.—We learn from the Italian newspapers, that a most singular distribution has been made of the mortal remains of the celebrated Canova. The new church erected on his plan, and at his expence, at Possagno, his birth-place, is destined to receive his body. His heart had been deposited at the Academy of the Fine Arts at Venice ; but it appears
that this has given rise to some discussion, and in consequence it has been determined that it should be placed under a cenotaph in the church Dei Frali at Venice. The Academy, resolving to possess a portion of the mortal relics of Canova, addressed M. Canova, the brother of the artist at Rome, requesting to have the right hand, with which the sculptor executed so many chefsd'auvre. M. Canova has consented, stipulating, that in case the Academy of Venice should be suppressed, or removed to another city, it shall restore this deposit to the high priest of the church of Possagno, to be re-united to the rest of the body. The Academy of Fine Arts at Venice have obtained possession of the right hand of Canova, and a notary has drawn up the conditions insisted upon.
Mr. Charles Marsh has been for some time engaged in a Complete General History of the East Indies. He has already made considerable progress in the work.
The Rev. J. D. Parry, M. A., of St. Peter's College, Cambridge, Author of the Legendary Cabinet, &c. &c., is preparing for publication, Poetical Beauties of the XVIth and XVIIth Centuries ; from Surrey to Dryden--chiefly of the Lyric class : with Notes, &c. In 2 vols., royal 18mo.
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