1T is easy to accuse books, and bad ones are easily found; and the best are but records, and not the things recorded ; and certainly there is di~ lettanteisnl enough, and books that are merely neu- tral and do nothing for us. In Plato’s Gorgias. Socrates sayfs: The shipmaster walks in a modest garb near the sea, after bringing his passengers from flfiginzt or from Pontus ; not thinking he has done anything extraordinary, and certainly know- ing that his lnisseiigei-s are the same and in no respect better than when he took them on board.” So it is with books, for the most part: they work no redemption in us. The bookseller might cer- tainly know that his customers zire i11 no respect better for the purchase and consumption of his wares. The volume is dear at a dollar, and after reading to weariness the lettered backs, we leave the shop with a sigh, and learn. as I did without surprise of a surly bank director, that in bank

parlors they estimate all stocks of this kind as rubbish.