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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &c. WE understand that another large accession has just been made to Mr. Mudie's well-known library, in the shape of Booth's United Libraries, which Mr. Mudie has just purchased. THE first volume of the Memoirs of Maximilian I., Emperor of Mexico," has just appeared at Leipsic. It contains an account of a tour made through Italy in the year 1851. There is nothing said in it about returning to Europe. A LADY has taken the trouble to write some poetry, called the Olive Branch." It is full to overflowing of praise and admiration of the Emperor of the French. SJme of the remarks are true, but the most truthful line of all, perhaps, is that which the lady addresses to herself, Ah me! how far I am behind! THE works of the late Earl of Carlisle are to be brought out in a collected form, and published in a volume which will exhaust the resources of the printer's and the bookbinder's art, at least in Ireland. The late Lord-Lieutenant was a varied rather than a distinguished writer. He wrote a diary of a journey to Turkey and Greece, a book about his travels in America, a poem on Daniel, a work on prophecy, and a tragedy entitled, The Last of the Greeks. He also de. livered at the mechanics' institute addresses on Pope and Gray. These and his Oxford prize poem will oc- cupy 700 pages, and will be prefaced by a steel plate of Castle Howard, and will be splendidly bound. The work is to be a memorial of a very popular Viceroy, and as such pretty nearly half the Peerage have sub- scribed the guinea at which the volume is charged. WE understand that it is intended to put a stained glass window in Tollard Royal Church, to the memory of the late Lord and Lady Rivers. A SARCOPHAGUS from the tomb of the Kings of Israel, a monument of Hebraic art, which soma years since was found in the Holy Land, has lately been carried to Jaffa, and was embarked there on the 9th ult. for France, being intended for the Museum of the Louvre. THE Italian commissioners, in reporting on the remains of Dante (brought to light after being hid since 1321), say that, "according to the laws of phre- nology, Dante largely possessed the organs of bene- volence, religion, veneration, independence, self- esteem, pride, conscientiousness, mechanical design, scalpture, and architecture." THE famous cherry stone of the collection Lecar- pentier, which was so much admired at the Retro- spective Exhibition in the Champs Elysee, has just been sold at Paris. This microscopic marvel of art and patience, which has beautifully carved on it a representation of a charge of cavalry, fetched nearly X40. AN ingenious mechanician of Lyons has applied the principle of the Jacquard machine-that is, the changing of cards differently perforated to produce different patterns-to a musical instrument, the changing of cards producing different tunes. It is odd that the idea was never thought of before. His first essay has been with an harmonium. It will figure at the Great Exhibition. By the efforts of R. A. Kinglake, Esq., a beautiful memorial bust of Captain Spake has been placed in the Shire-hall, Taunton, and is now open for public in- spection. It is a work of rare art, and the likeness to the deceased is remarkable. The inscription on the pedestal is from the accomplished pen of Sir Henry Rawlinson, K.C.B., and M.P. for Frome:—" To John Hanning Speke, of the Indian Army, the discoverer of the sources of the Nile, who, by his intrepid and memorable journey through Equatorial Africa, from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean, solved a problem which had baffled geographers for 2,000 years, and thus added another to the long list of Eng- land's scientific triumphs, this memorial is dedicated by his admiring fellow-citizens, who desire to do him honour by placing his bust in the Shire-hall of his county town, amid a noble brotherhood of Somerset- shire worthies. Born 3rd May, 1827. Killed by the accidental discharge of his gun, September 15, 1864."

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