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We have passed the dead season of the publisher's year, and the first- lings of the new spring are coming forth. This week's produce, with one conspicuous exception, consists chiefly of novels, tales, reprints, and new editions.

It is not after a hurried and desultory examination of the 1300 pages of SLR EMERSON TENNENT'S CEYLON, that we can presume to deliver a critical judgment upon so elaborate a work ; but so far as our knowledge of its contents extends, we have no reason to dissent from the opinion pronounced in the new number of the Edinburgh Review, published this day. "Amidst the labours of a life devoted to the assiduous discharge of public duties, both abroad and at home," says the reviewer, "Sir Emerson Tennent has found means to produce the most copious, interest- ing and complete monograph which exists in our language on any of the possessions of the British Crown." Of the ten parts of which the work consists, the first is devoted to the physical geography of the island, in- cluding its climate, hygienic conditions, and vegetation, and the second treats of zoology. In both evidence is presented against the misappre- hension in which all preceding writers concur, that Ceylon is but a frag- ment cut off from the great Indian continent by some local convul- sion, and that the zoology and botany of the island are the same as those of the mainland. The Elephant has a whole part, the eighth, to himself, the author's opportunities having enabled him to collect much novel matter illustrative of this noble creature's instincts and functions when wild in its native woods. The chronicles of the island extend, ac- cording to the recent researches of Mr. Tumour, in an unbroken series through twenty-three centuries from 543 B.C. to A.D. 1758 and these are the subject of the third part. Sciences and Social Arts:, Medieval History, and Modern History, follow next in order, each occupying one part. The seventh, ninth, and tenth parts are topographical and gene- rally descriptiie, a great portion of this section of the work being founded on the author's own observations, and taking the form of a personal nar- rative. The book is handsomely got up ; it is copiously illustrated with maps plans, and drawings ; its tables of contents are full and well arranged, and it has the indispensable complement of a good index.

. Tice QUEEN OF Thrum is a collection of ten tales by Mr. Wilkie Col- lins, which appeared originally in Household Words. Those who have not read them in that publication have a great pleasure to come ; and those who have will find that their peat pleasure will very well bear renewal. We have made the experiment, and can answer for the result.

Tun NEW &no THE OLD is a collection of thirteen tales and sketches, which have probably appeared in some American periodical. This we infer from their style and structure, as well as from the fact that they are dedicated to- the Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table" in terms that imply that they had been publicly honoured by that potentate's approval. In 1849 Dr. Palmer was the first physician in California, and in 1867 he was a surgeon lathe East India Company's Service. A former book of his, "Up and- Hewn the Irrawaddi' has been received in this country with much favour.

TWICE ROUND THE CLOCK, a reprint of papers by Mr. Sala in a weekly periodical, is especially remarkable for its preface, in which the author most unsparingly and vigorously condemns his own writings and the literary school of which he is so distinguished a member. The publica- tion of this preface is certainly a startling literary event, and will pro- bably have some not unimportant consequences. However it may affect public opinion as regards Mr. Sale's literary merits, it cannot fail to enhance his claims to respect as a man.


Ceylon: an Account of the Island, Physical, Historical, and Topographical, with Notices of its Natural History, Antiquities, and Productions. By Sir James Emerson Tennent, K.C.S., LL.D., 8re. Illustrated by Maps, Plans, and Drawings. In two volumes.

TheQueen of Hearts. By Wilkie Collins, Author of " The Deed Secret," the. In three volumes.

The New and the Old; or, California and India in Romantic Aspects. By J. W. Palmer, M.D.

Twice Bound the Clack; or, the Hours of the Day and Night in London. By George Augustus Sala.

The Franklin Expedition from first to last. By Dr. King, M.D. Brin-go-Bragh ; or, Irish Life Pictures. By W. H. Maxwell, Anther of "Stories of Waterloo," &c. In two volumes.

Extremes. By Emma Willsher Atkinson, Author of "Memoirs of the Queens of Prussia." In two volumes.

The Morning of Life. By the Author of "Gordon of Duncairn." In two volumes.

Helen Lester. By the Authors of" Garestone Hall."

Murder Will Out. A story of Real Life. By. the Author of "The Colonel," 8m, Our Plague Spot : in connection with our Polity and Usages, as regards our Women, our Soldiery, and the Indian Empire.

Babrii Fabuke A3sopece. E Codice Manuscript° Partem Secundam rmnc Primum. Edidit Georgius Cornewall Lewis, A.M., ./Edis Christi, in Universi- tate Oxoniensi, Alumnus Honorarius.

The Gitana : a Ballad of Spain ; and other Poems. By Arid ll Thorn, The Volunteer's Handbook.

A Manual of Operative Surgery on the Dead Body- By Thomas Smith, F.R.C.S. With Illustrations.


The Bye-Lanes and Downs of England, with Turf Scenes and Characters. By Sylvanus. Third edition, Revised.

The Parent Cabinet of Amusement and Instruction. A new edition.

Private Bill Legislation, comprising the steps required to be taken by pro.. meters or opponents of a Private Bill, Sic. By S. B. Bristowe, Esq., of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-Law. Second edition. Revised to the end of the Session, 1819- Behoes from the Backwoods. By Sir Rickard G. A. Levinge, Bart., hi.P. A new edition. With Illustrations.

Longfellow's Prose Works. Hyperion. Part I, Psalms and Hymns, based on the Christian Psalmody of the late Rev. Edward Bickersteth. Compiled anew by his Son the Bev. Edward Henry Bickersteth, M.A. Second editioa.