Llterarj Notices. Ilistnry of the Pacific States of North America, by Hubert II. Bancroft. Vol. IV. Mexico, pp. 702. San Francisco. Cloth, $4.50. Volume four of this comprehensive series of history is at hand, and as a more chronological course is to be pursued in the various States, Mexico naturally follows Central Ameaica. This history of Mexico begins witli the conquest, narrates theearliest expeditions, the tiercé wars with the natlves, the uubridled fury and rapacity of the Spaniardr, the wealth of the Aztecs, their temples and their gods, the plots of Cortes and the friendsliip of Montezuma. By the aid of his great collections of early Spanish inanuscripts, records and books, Mr. Bancroft has been enabled to catch the true spirit of the actors upon that early stage. Better than any formor historian are his advantages; truerthan any other writer must be his conceptions of matters now in dispute. It only took five years, 1516-1021 lor the eonquett, yet so much happened of notednring that period that the volume is of great interest. The three sucfeding volumes will brlng he histories of Mexico and Central Amerca, side by side, down to about 1800. rhese will be fbllowed by several volumes on regions toward the north, for approxuiately the same period; for example, he earlier volumes on the North Mexican States, California, the Northwest Coast, ind Oregon, New Mexico and Arizona, levada. Utah, Washington Idoho and Montana, Biitish Columbia and Alaska, may be issned at any time. Printed on good paper, in large plain ype with a durable binding these histoies are a valuable accession to a library.