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SOMERVILLE'S PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY.
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY.

BY MARY SOMERVILLE.
AUTHOR OF “CONNECTION OF THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES," ETC.

In one neat royal 12mo. volume, extra cloth. CONTENTS.-Geology-Form of the Great Continent- Highlands of the Great Continent--Mountain Systems of the Great Continent- Africa - American Continent--Low Lands of South America-Central America - North America-Greenland, Australia–The Ocean--Springs-European Rivers–African Rivers, Asiatic Rivers-River Systems of North America-Rivers of South America-Lakes—The Atmosphere-Vegetation-Vegetation of the Great Continent-Flora of Tropical Asia, African Flora-Australian Flora- American Vegetation-Distribution of Insects - Distribution of Fishes-Distribution of Reptiles-Distribution of Birds --Distribution of Mammalia- Distribution, Conditions and Future Prospects of the Human Race.

While reading this work we could not help thinking how interesting, as well as useful, geography as a branch of education might be made in our schools. In many of them, however, this is not accomplished. It is to be hoped that this defect will be remedied; and that in all our educational institutions Geography will soon be taught in the proper way. Mrs. Somerville's work may, in this respect, be pointed to as a model.–Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, September, 1848. READINGS FOR THE YOUNG.

FROM THE WORKS OF SIR WALTER SCOTT. In two very handsome 18mo. volumes, with beautiful plates, done up in

crimson extra cloth. Messrs. Lea & Blanchard deserve the thanks of all the little people in the land for these delightful volumes, which are as agreeable io read as they are attractive in appearance.- N. Y. Literary World. TALES AND STORIES FROM HISTORY.

BY AGNES STRICKLAND, AUTHOR OF “ LIVES OF THE QUEENS OF ENGLAND,” ETC. In one handsome royal 18mo. volume, crimson extra cloth, with illustrations.

In these pretty tales from the legendary and authentic history of England and Continental Europe, Miss Strickland has hit a happy mean in presenting to the mind of youth, fact in its most fascinating, and fiction in its least objectionable garb. It is a little work which will be dog's eared, and pored over with absorbing interest by the school-boy.–Balt. Patriot.

The above works will be found admirable reading books for schools.Lea & Blanchard also publish the following, which are suitable to advanced classes. A POPULAR TREATISE ON VEGETABLE PHYSIOLOGY. By

W. B. Carpenter, M. D. In one royal 12mo. volume, with wood-cuts. THE ANCIENT WORLD; OR, PICTURESQUE SKETCHES OF

CREATION. By D. T. Ansted, M. A., F. R. S, F.G.S. In one royal 12mo. volume, with 150 wood-cuts. THE CHEMISTRY OF THE FOUR SEASONS, SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN AND WINTER; an Essay principally concerning Natu. ral Phenomena admiring of interpretation by Chemical Science, and illustrating passages of Scripture. ' By Thomas Griffiths. In one large royal 12mo. volume, with 60 wood.cuis.

BOY'S TREASURY OF SPORTS.
THE BOY'S TREASURY OF SPORTS, PASTIMES

AND RECREATIONS.
WITH FOUR HUNDRED ILLUSTRATIONS,
BY SAMUEL WILLIAMS.

IS NOW READY. In one very neat volume, bound in extra crimson cloth; handsomely printed and illustrated with engravings in the first style of art, and containing about six hundred and fifty articles.

A present for all seasons.

PREFACE. This illustrated Manual of “Sports, Pastimes, and Recreations," has been prepared with especial regard to the Health, Exercise, and Rational Enjoyment of the young readers to whom it is addressed.

Every variety of commendable Recreation will be found in the following pages. First, you have the little Toys of the Nursery; the Tops and Marbles of the Play ground; and the Balls of the Play-room, or the smooth Lawn.

Then, you have a number of Pastimes that serve to gladden the fireside ; to light up many faces right joyfully, and make the parlour re-echo with mirth.

Next, come the Exercising Sports of the Field, the Green, and the Play-ground; followed by the noble and truly English game of Cricket.

Gymnastics are next admitted; then, the delightful recreation of Swimming; and the healthful sport of Skating.

Archery, once the pride of England, is then detailed ; and very properly followed by Instructions in the graceful accomplishment of Fencing, and the manly and enLivening exercise of Riding:

Angling, the pastime of childhood, boyhood, manhood, and old age, is next described ; and by attention to the instructions here laid down, the lad with a stick and a string may soon become an expert Angler.

Keeping Animals is a favourite pursuit of boyhood. Accordingly, we have described how to rear the Rabbit, the Squirrel, the Dormouse, the Guinea Pig, the Pigeon, and the Silkworm. A long chapter is adapted to the rearing of Song Birds; the several varieties of which, and their respective cages, are next described. And here we may hint, that kindness to Animals invariably denotes an excellent disposition; for, to pet a little creature one hour, and to treat it harshly the next, marks a capricious if not a cruel temper. Humanity is a jewel, which every boy should be proud to wear in his breast.

We now approach the more sedate amusements-as Draughts and Chess; two of the noblest exercises of the ingenuity of the human mind. Dominoes and Bagatelle follow. With a knowledge of these four games, who would pass a dull hour in the dreariest day of winter; or who would sit idly by the fire ?

Amusements in Arithmetic, harmless Legerdemain, or sleight-of-hand, and Tricks with Cards, will delight many a family circle, when the business of the day is over, and the book is laid aside.

Although the present volume is a book of amusements, Science has not been excluded from its pages. And why should it be? when Science is as entertaining as a fairy tale. The changes we read of in little nursery-books are not more amusing than the changes in Chemistry, Optics, Electricity, Magnetism, &c. By understanding these, you may almost become a little Magician.

Toy Balloons and Paper Fireworks, (or Fireworks without Fire,) come next. Then follow instructions for Modelling in Card-Board; so that you may build for yourself a palace or a carriage, and, in short, make for yourself

a little paper world. Puzzles and Paradoxes, Enigmas and Riddles, and Talking with the Fingers, next make up plenty of exercise for “Guess,” and “Guess again." And as you have the "Keys" in your own hand, you may keep your friends in suspense, and make yourself as mysterious as the Sphynx.

A chapter of Miscellanies-useful and amusing secrets-winds up the volume. The "Treasury' contains upwards of four hundred Engravings ; so that it is not only a collection of "secrets worth knowing," but it is a book of pictures, as full of prints as a Christmas pudding is of plums.

It may be as well to mention that the "Treasury” holds many new games that have never before been printed in a book of this kind. The old games have been described afresh. Thus it is, altogether, a new book.

And now we take leave, wishing you many hours, and days, and weeks of enjoy; ment over these pages; and we hope that you may be as happy as this book is brimful of amusement,

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