Images de page
PDF
ePub

mans.

:

The Government of England, its Structure and English Monasticism. Its Rise and Infinence. its Development. By Edward Hearn, LL.D., By O'Dell Travers Hill (Jackson and Walford). Professor of History and Political Economy in * One of the most firmly-rooted prejudices of the University of Melbourne. (London : Long- modern times,” says the author, " is that of

Melbourne : Geo. Robertson). -If we obstinately and unreasonably condemping the wish to see any new and original treatment of whole Monastic system as a life of laziness and an old subject, we must look for it among those sensuality.” A greater mistake cannot be made; men who have gone out from among us, and who the “Dark Ages," as Dr. Maitland has shown, have attempted to apply old rules to new circum- were convulsed with light, and many of our great stances. Professor Whea'sone and Judge Story, discoveries date from before the Reformation. and other American writers, have enriched our To the monks especially are we under deep oblitreasury of legal text books. Professor Hearn gations; they were the pioneers of civilization, has already given us one of the best treatises we the architects of some of our noblest structures, possess on the subject of political economy, and and the champions of our civil liberties. Mr. now we have an elaborate treatise on govern. Hill has therefore done good service in thus ment. He divides his work into chapters on the making us better acquainted with English Kingship of England, the Legal Expression of Monastic life, both in its social and domestic rethe Royal Will in Legi lation, the Legal Ex- lation to the people at large. The volume conpression of the Royal Will in Judicature, the tains an interesting account of Glastonbury Legal Expression of the Royal Will in Adminis. Abbey, under its various fortunes ; St. tration, the Discretionary Powers of the Crown, Dunstan, the Anglo-Norman Church, the amusethe Controlling Power of Parliament, Harmony ments, the labours, the learning, and the books of the several Powers in the State, the Cabinet, of members of religious fraternities; the Rethe Relation of the Ministers to Parliament, the formation and its disastrous consequencesRelation of the Ministers to the other Officers of disastrous so far as the communities were con. the Crown, the Councils of the Crown, the Lands cerned. The author has shown great industry ; of the Crown and their Tenures, the Revenues the subject appears to have been new to him of the Crown, the Expenditure of the Crown, the when he first engaged in it, but it gradually exEvolution of Parliament, the House of Lords' panded in his hanıls ; probably his first feelings Political Representations, the House of Com. were antagonistic to the monastic system, but mons, the Constituent Bodies, and lastly, the as he advanced, he evidently warmed towards Checks upon Parliament. The work is well both Franciscans and Dominicans. The work is written and interesting, for the author never once a valuable addition to our scanty store of books loses the thread of his subject, and consequently on the subject. carries the reader with him. And we think that The Jesuits in North America in the Sevenour cousins at the Antipodes are to be congratu. teenth Century is the title of a very able and lated upon the possession of so able an exponent entertaining volume by Mr. Francis Parkman, of constitutionalism. We should not omit to of Boston. There are few more interesting mention that the volume is printed at Melbourne, episodes in colonial history than the early exand in point of typography is fully equal to Lon- ploits of the French Jesuits during their efforts don work.

to convert the North American Indians. The A History of France. By the author of records of the Mission have hitherto been left “ English History,” &c. 2 vols. (Society for unavailable in a popular form. During a period Proinoting, Christian Knowledge). - We have of forty years the Superior of the Mission sent long been in want of a good history of France in every summer long and detailed reports, embody. a moderate compass, for although we are pretty ing and accompanying the reports of his subor. well acquainted with the annals of the country dinates, to the Provincial of the Order in Paris. since the Great Revolution, few people know These, published annually in France, and known much about it before the time of Louis XVI. as the Jesuit “Relations,” were republished in The author of this handy edition says, “It has 1858, in extenso, by the Canadian Government been my aim to convey as much information con. Necessarily bearing on the political destinies o cerning the social condition of the people, and of America, and closely involved with the history their judicial and political institutions, as the of the native population of that great continent size and scope of the work would permit.”. În it is impossible to exaggerate their importance this he has been tolerably successful, especially As historical documents and personal revelation: in the earlier portions, but not in the latter part of men under exceptional circumstances, the of the work ; in that, the author has written too are equally valuable. Mr. Parkman has mad much from an English standpoint, but this will the best use of his, materials, and here furnishe perhaps not be considered any drawback to its us with a clear, concise, and popular account o usefulness.

a subject which cannot fail to interest at onc The Fall of the Confederacy is the title of a the Yankee and the Englishvan, the historian volume by Mr. J. B. Hopkins, descriptive of the and the student of human nature. His style i latter days of the struggle between the Northern vigoro 's and picturesque, and the work bear and Southern States of the American Union, traces of being the production of a man in lov neatly produced by Mr. W. Freeman.

with his subject. There is a map of the countr The history of the Isle of Man is attractively of the Hurons; and an excellent index complete given in a volume by the Rev. J. G. Cumming

the volume. (Macintosh), under the title of The Great Stanley, Manual of Swimming. By Charles Stedmai a narrative of the life and times of James, seventh (Melbourne, Australia : H. T. Dwight. London Earl of Derby, and his noble Countess Char. Lockwood. ) – This is a thoroughly practical an lotte de la Tremouille. Incidental to this history scientific treatise on the art of swimming, by are numerous graphic accounts of Manx manners, gentleman who was for several years tl customs, laws, legends, and fairy tales ; and an champion swimmer of England; and who, inquiry as to whether Man is or is not the Mona seems, carried his love for natation to ti of Cæsar. The work is illustrated with wood en. Antipodes. All that can be taught in a box gravings of the scenery and antiquities of the about bathing, floating, plunging, and divin island.

in either fresh or sea water, will be found

men

9

this volume in a very attractive and explanatory VIRGIL.--The “Æneis" of Virgil translated form, aided by numerous diagrams illustrative of into verse, by Mr. John Benson Rose, (Dorrell, the several methods adopted by professional Charing Cross), proves the author to have a conswimmers. In addition, there are some valuable siderable amount of scholarship, taste, and enternotes on training and the mode of saving life. prise. His work will, however, we fear, neither

Modern Inquiries : Classical, Professional, and produce reputation for himself, nor benefit to the Miscellaneous. By Jacob Bigelow, M.D. (Bos. public. The translation must have cost him much ton, U.S. ; Little, Brown, & Co.) Professor time and many pains. The rendering is always Bigelow discourses, in this volume, upon a close enough to give the meaning of the poet; but variety of topics - education, medical Virgil's grace is altogether lost. The versifica. and quacks, homeopathy, the cattle disease tion is almost invariably fluent and smooth ; but in Massachusetts, aphorisms of the war,

it is occasionally distigured by some weak pas&c. ; always in a pleasant, practical, and sages.

That our reader may see we are not scholarly manner. The several

papers

in exaggerating shortcomings, let him open the this volume having already found favourably. volume at random. The very tirst line is deinclined publics, in magazines and lecture-rooms

fective in America, it is not difficult to believe such “ Arms, now I sing and of the man who audience will be given to them in the “old fled," &c., is a most cluunsy rendering of the country,” as will at once delight both writer and opening of the poem, ; “ It was the night, &c.," hearer.

is not a good translation of “Nox erat ;" but We are glad to perceive that Dr. Hayes' Open

what are we to say of this as a poetic translation Polar Sea (Low & Co.) has reached a second

of the passage beginning, -"Sic illacrimans" edition in this country. It is one of the few

(B. xi. 29) ?American books that may be said to possess an

“He spoke, and weeping rent, universal interest ; for the story of Arctic dis

Where olal Acetes o'er the body bent, covery is one that never grows old. It is not,

He, in olil days, was armour-bearer to however, to be considered as altogether a scien.

Parrhasian Evander; and anew tific treatise, but rather a narrative of persoval

Gave service." adventure and observation in the regions of per

The same gentleman has also given us the petual ice; though the voyage of the schooner ** United States" was undertaken purely for

Eclogues” and “Georgics,” the translation of

which is distinguished by similar defects to scientitic purposes—its main object being the

those which characterise the “ Æneis." exploration of the boundaries of the open Polar

A magazine of new and copyright pianoforte waters. The expedition conducted by Dr. Hayes

and vocal music has been issued by Messrs. Ash. was designed to survey the north coasts of Green

down and Parry, of Hanover Square. It is land, and to make such explorations in the direc

erlited by Lindsay Sloper, and among the contri. tion of the North Pole as might be found prac- butors are Messrs. Balfe, Benedict, Hatton, Mac. ticable; the base of operations being Grinuell's

farren, Smart, and Barnett, in addition to various Land, which had been discovered by the author

foreign composers.

Following the fashion of on a previous voyage. The theory of an open sea existing about the North Pole had already

naming magazines after the localities in which

they are produced, this new musical shilling been to a certain extent established by the researches of the early English and Dutch voy.

monthly is appropriately called Hanover Square.

In Paris, at the end of last month, died Louis agers, and more recently by Scoresby, Wrangel,

Véron, journalist, littérateur, dramatist, caricaParry, and Dr. Kane, to whose memorable expedition the author acted as surgeon.

turist, and author of the "Mémoires d'un Bour. The

geois de Paris." During his editorship of the schooner “United States," under the command of Dr. Hayes, set sail on the 6th of July, 1860,

Constitutionnel, the principal novels of Eugene and by the 19th of May in the following year,

Sue, Balzac, and Frederic Soulié appeared as

feuilletons in that paper; and for many years the most northern point of land ever reached in the Polar regions was discovered, and the im

past he had been one of the most prominent

members of Parisian society. He is said to have portant fact signalised by the planting of two

died worth three millions of francs. flags and the erection of a cairn of stones, within

We have several times had occasion to call which a record of the expedition, in a glass bottle,

attention to the musical publications of Messrs was deposited. For the highly interesting details --the bear and seal hunting, the journeys over

Boosey and Sons, and to the remarkably low price immense ice glaciers, the boat voyages through

at which they were sold. We have now to sounds and seas, the meetings with Esquimaux,

notice an octavo edition of the Messiah, in full

score, printed from plates containing 152 pages the impenetrable fogs, the icebergs, the dangers

for a shilling ; also two additions to the Musical from the ice-packs, the vast accumulation of

Calinet, one containing a selection of Schubert's snow, and the personal cares and pleasures of the

Piano-Forte works, and the other a first selection voyagers- we refer the reader to the book itself,

from those of Schumann. which is illustrated with a map of the region Themes and Translations is the title of a series explored, and eight full-page engravings and other characteristic cuts.

of poetic sketches by Mr. John W. Montclair, of

New York, where they were printed and published The Cabinet of the Earth Unlocked (Jackson in a dainty volume of the finest paper--fitted, & Walford), is a little book very well fitted to indeed, for the drawing-room table of a princess, familiarize the youthful minds with the main or the boudoir of a bride. Though the name of facts of geology, and to form an introduction to this gentleman is as yet unfamiliar in England, works of a more scientific character. Its anthor, there is a freshness and prettiness in his verses the Rev. E. S. Jackson. of Tettenhall School, which will recommend them to all by whom has performed his task with considerable skill, Tennyson's lighter poems, Locker's Songs of and introduced into his text a variety of en- Society, Sawyer's musical lines, and Swinburne's gravings, which will assist his readers in com- lyrics are read and admired. Mr. Montclair's prehending the mysteries of land and sea, revealed, simple unpretending muse, albeit young and inyear after year, in all parts of the world, by the experienced, possesses charms enough to comtireless researches of the wise and curious.

mand attention, and win popularity.

a

.

.

Memoir of John Edgar, D.D., LL.D. Ву Dr. W. D. Killen. (Belfast: C. Aitchison.) Dr. Edgar was born in 1798, in the north of [re. land, where his father, the Rev. Samuel Edgar, provided him with an excellent education. He very early in life began to take a part in religious and social movements. His first ministerial charge was in Belfast, where he soon became known as an active and enthusiastic advocate for improvement. His earnest face and eloquent voice were always recognised at public meetings, and his influence increased daily. Seeing the mischiefs that arose from the drinking habits of the people, he busied himself in appeals to friends and neighbours, and commenced an agi: tation against intemperance which soon spread far and wide. In fact, Dr. Edgar may be said to be the father of the temperance movement in Ireland. His biography, which is exceedingly interesting and carefully written, will, we under. stand, be followed by the publication of his sermons and addresses.

Sermons from the Studio, by Marie Sibree ; with an introduction by the Rev. T. W. Aveling, of Kingsland (Jackson, Walford and Hodder), is an attempt to convey in words the lessons taught in pictures, of which Mr. Holman Hunt's “ Light of the World," may be taken as a representative specimen. “ Art,” says Mr. Aveling, “accomplishes its highest ends when it teaches its votaries to rise from the material to the spiritual ; and he is divinely taught and led who, turning from all other exemplifications of humanity, looks to Him in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead.

The love of art is perfectly compatible with the love of God; and he is the truest artist-whether painter, sculptor, or musician--whose soul, expanding to noble proportions by the enthusiastic love of his profession, aims, if possible, to discern the highest type of beauty—to embody his grandest conception, to realize his loftiest

and these he can only tind in the moral and spiritual world.”

Joseph's Party-Coloured Coat ; and David's fleinous Sin, Hearty Repentance, and Heavy Punishment. A Poei. By Thomas Fuller. Edited by W. Nicholls. (Tegg). Fuller, the church historian, is not very well known as a poet, though “David's Heinous Sin” is supposed to have been his earliest essay in letters; being published in 1631, when he was in his twenty

Though,” says M. Nicholls, “parts of it are rather juvenile in style and matter, yet it is well worth preserving, containing as it does many bright thoughts and quaint phrases, and bearing promise of the ready wit which afterwards gave to the name of Thomas Fuller an individuality as distinguished as that of Thomas Hood in our own age.

The editor has done well in modernizing the old spelling to suit every-day readers, but the quotations which occur in “ Joseph's Party-coloured Coat," and the other sermons in this volume, are not made to conform to the authorized version of the Scriptures, because by such alteration many of the “points on which Fuller relied would be obliterated and lost.” This reprint, with the advantage of the editorial supervision it has received, will tend to make modern readers acquainted with one of the most original poleinical writers of the seventeenth century.

Religious Opinion, a new weekly newspaper, is intended to present at one view an epitome of all the religious intelligence and editorial comments of the controversial press.

The Count de Gasparin's book on The Family: its Duties, Joys, and Sorrows, has been well translated, and forins a very interesting volume, published by Messrs. Jackson, Walford and Hodder. In France it has attained ccnsiderable popularity--treating as it does on numerous topics, of domestic interest, as the duties of husband and wife, the obedience due by children and dependents to those placed in authority over them; family joys, sorrows, and the evangelization of all the members of a household ; and, doubtless, the issue of this well-printed edition will tend to similar results in the quiet homes of England.

Messrs. Eyre and Spottiswoode forward us a specimen of the Photographic Bible they will commence the publication of in December next. It is in large crown quarto, printed in bold pica type, with marginal references, and will be completed in twenty-four monthly parts, at 29. 6d. each, containing three beautifully executed photographs, taken specially for the work, by Mr. Frank Good, under the direction of, and printed by, Mr. F. Firth.

A Book about Dominies (Nimmo) is a pleasant, anecdotical treatise concerning the life and la. bours of schoolmasters in general, and one Dominie in particular ; a most interesting and graphic account of the struggles, pains and penalties, pleasures, holidays, and employments of those whose unthankful task it is “to rear the tender thought, and teach the young idea how to shoot.” Once begin to read this volume, and you will go on to the end, interested and absorbed in spite of yourself. Indeed, we do not remember any volume of this character which possesses higher claims on the attention of both pupils and teachers.

Messrs. Rock of Walbrook have published a pretty volume of steel-plate views of nearly all the chief_points of interest in Paris. Quietly Messrs. Rock have been letting one half the world know how the other half live. They have done this by engraving views of nearly every city and town in this country, and of some places abroad ; also these views they have printed on the top of sheets of letter or notepaper, and thus friends and correspondents have been made acquainted with the beauties and the antiquities of a large number of places. This handsome book is made up of the series of views prepared for Paris, printed on fine plate paper and bound in red morocco. The common note. paper headings convey no idea of the manner in which the plates are engraved; but a glance at those in this volume will show that they are executed in an exceedingly creditable manner. For any one who has recently visited Paris, this will serve

agreeable and acceptable souvenir.

Mr. Andrew Duthie, of Glasgow, has produced a handsome volume of “ Photographs o Dublin,” with letterpress descriptions of the principal public buildings and places of interest. These include Sackville Street, Trinity College the Bank of Ireland-formerly the Parliamen House—the famous Four Courts, the Custom House, St. Patrick's Cathedral, both exterior and interior, the Exhibition Buildings, and Kingstown Harbour and town-a most interesting and gra phic series of pictures of the Irish metropolis photographed with a most commendable regar to the effects of light and shade.

All Blackwood's Diaries for 1868 have the novel feature of a map of Edinburgh, in additio to the useful sketch-map of the London posta districts, and the other usual contents.

ideal ;

third year.

as

an

с

Mr. William Tegg has just issued another edition of the Greek grammar-the “ Eton," translated into English, with many notes and emendations from the grammars of Thiersch, Matthiæ, and others. It is the ordinary Eton text translated by the Rev. G. N. Wright, revised by the Rev. John Massie. The notes are of slight importance, and the emendations are so few that we have not been able to detect them. However, the edition may be recommended for its clearness and perfection of type.

From the National Society we have received a series of useful little books by the Rev. J. C. Carter, consisting of Outlines of Scripture History, English History, Geography, and English Grammar: also, Book the Sixth of the “National Reading Books,” a series compiled to serve as “working lessons,” carefully selected, chietly from modern popular authors, frivolous subjects and “buffoonery” being purposely excluded ; and the National Arithmetic, in three parts, adapted to the standards of the revised code.

The Graduated German Reader (Nutt) consists of selections in prose and verse from the most celebrated German writers; followed by Schiller’s “ William Tell;" the whole arranged and annotated by Dr. Albert Bartels, principal of Christ's College, Clapham, on a very easilyunderstood and advantageous plan, according to the greater or lesser difficulties they present, so that the student begins with a simple fable, and ends with a noble tragedy.

Baker's Consecutive Lessons (Macintosh), con. sisting of a variety of manuals on historical and scientific topics, are issued in the shape of four shilling volumes —"Man: his Frame and wants ;"' “ Animals : their Nature and Uses ;" “ Plants, the Earth and Minerals ;” and “Cosmography; or, National and Social Life ;" each volume of the series being illustrated with numerous well-exe. cuted and explanatory woodcuts.

Messrs. Allan have published a useful hand. book for young students of the French language, entitled French Composition, by Alfred Havet, of the Scottish University. It consists of speci. mens from English prose writers, to be translated into French, with explanatory notes and outlines of narratives in French, and exercises in composition ; the whole arranged upon an easily understood and progressive plan.

Mr. David Nutt has published a Short German Accidence, by J. D. Lester, Assistant Classical Master of Wellington College, which, though mainly intended for the use of the pupils in that institution, will be found generally applicable to students of the German language.

Messrs. Parker have also issued the first part of Selected Epistles of Cicero, with short English notes, for the use of schools. The general intro. duction, adapted from the edition of Süpfle, is at once concise and complete ; and the notes, printed at the end, are all that can be required by schoolboys. The present edition brings the bistory of Cicero's life down to the time of his return from exile.

Messrs. Seton and Mackenzie, of Edinburgh, have produced a second edition of H. Krueger's French Grammar, to be speedily followed by a series of Exercises to be used in conjunction with it.

Remoter Stars in the Church Sky (Jackson, Walford, and Hodder), is a series of pen and ink portraits, by the Rev. George Gilfillan, of some divines but little known beyond their own imme. diate spheres of usefulness and laborious duty.

The Silver Skules (Low and Co.) is a Dutch story, drawn from real life- - a story which will be read by English boys and girls with unfailing interest ; for it is new, fresh, and thoroughly pure in treatment and intention. It is rather curious that while nearly every important English book is eagerly read by the Hollanders, very few Dutch books, except those of a purely scientific character, find their way into the English market. Miss M. E. Dodge, the author of the “Silver Skates” possesses the rare faculty of talking of and to boys and girls in a way that all boys and girls understand; and, while avoid. ing the goody-goody style of narrative, contrives to invest her story with an amount of real living interest. Several full-page engravings, copied from the original illustration accompany the text.

Our Soldiers and the Victoria Cross. (Ward & Lock.) The design of this book is better than its execution. It seems to have been originally intended as a sort of anecdotical and biographical account of the winners and wearers of the Victoria Cruss; but the writer has wandered into other topics, and presented stories of the past doings of regiments rather than of soldiers. But the book, which is reprinted from Beeton's

'Boy's Magazine "- has the merit of being well printed and abundantly illustrated, - qualities which never fail to recommend themselves to the patronage of young readers.

The Night Fossickers. By J. S. Borlase. (Warne & Co.) The story which gives name to this volume of the “Companion Library” is one of sixteen tales of adventure and peril in Australia, where the author resided several years. They are founded on real events, and convey & good notion of the habits and manners of the aborigines, and generally of the scenery, natural history, bush life, &c., of the antipodes.

Messrs. Chapman & Hall have added Jolin Douglas's Vow, a pretty story. by Miss Edmund Jenings, to their is Select Library of Fiction," a series which contains some of the best norels of the Troilopes, mother and sons, Miss Pardoe, Mrs. Howitt, Theodore Hook, White Melville, and Samuel Lover.

Lelia Ada, the Jewish Convert (Macintosh) is an authentic memoir of a young Jewess brought to the knowledge of Christianity through the influence of love and the teachings of sorrow.

Consult Me, published by Messrs. Nicholson & Son, of Halifax, is a book with the longest title we ever remember to have seen. Cookery and cosmetics, draughts and chess, confectionery and diseases, botany and brewing, carving and cordials, household management and the cold water cure,

furniture and fomentations, pickles and picquet, ointments, plaisters, and salves ; pills, gargles, and lotions; gardening and glovecleaning, and a thousand other domestic matters, are all given in alphabetical order in this family vade mecum.

The Class and the Desk (Sangster) is a manual for local preachers, school teachers, and others, by Mr. J. C. Gray, of Halifax; and consists of a systematic and suggestive arrangement of aids to study derived from New Testament history, with such references and exercises as cannot fail to fix the facts, incidents, and teachings of The Book, in consecutive order and regular sequence, upon the mind of the reader.

A second edition of Hobson's Choice, Mr. Dutton Cook's best novelette, has just been issued in Messrs. Low's “Railway Edition of Popular Fiction.”

!

Messrs. Bell & Daldy have produced, in one of which yields nothing to the authors. We have handy volume, the Biographier and Miscellaneous even seen in England a series of school writingPapers of Washington Irving, who himself made books, the invention of a Philadelphia writingsome preparations for this collection. These master, the English copies of which betrayed no scattered productions from the pen of the great trace of their origin. Nor have we been able, American-English writer have, in accordance after much inquiry, to hear of one instance in with his expressed wish, been collected by his which an English publisher has paid an American nephew, Mr. Pierre Irving, and are now pre- author, resident in America, for anything except sented as a fitting addition to his works. Many advance sheets. Mr. Longfellow, whose works of the biographical sketches, reviews, and mis- are as popular in England as in America, and as cellanies will be read with zest, for to the great saleable, has derived, we believe, considerable in ajority of Englishmen they will possess all the sums for advance sheets of his works; but, charm of novelty.

unless we are grossly misinformed, even he According to rumour, the Daily News and the receives no percentage upon the annual sale of Express are each to be reduced to a penny; and

his works in Great Britain. a new daily paper, under the title of The Hour, "And the aggravating circumstance of all is presently to make its appearance. From the this spoliation of the men and women who are same "authentic source we derive the informa. the country's ornament and boast is, that it is tion that the Globe and the Sun are to be amal- wholly our fault. We force the European puls. gamated.

lishers to steal. England is more than willing, A new monthly journal, advocating the inte. France is more than willing, Germany is quite rests of the employės at banking and other com- willing, Sweden, Denmark, and Russia are mercial establishments, and containing many willing, to come at once into an international interesting features, has been issued by Mr. arrangement which shall render literary proMurby, under the title of the City Clerk.

perty as sacred and as safe, in all civilized lands, Messrs. Cassell are about to produce, in two as tobacco and whiskey. All the countries we have volumes, a work by Sir S D. Scott. on the named are now obliged to steal it, and do steal it. Origin, Progress, and Equipment of the British Who would have expected to find the Essays of Mr. Army, with illustrations of ancient and modern Emerson a topic in the interior of Russia? We weapons, armour, &c.

find them, however, familiarly alluded to in the In the Excursionist's Guide to the Environs of Russian novel Fathers and Sons, recently transLondon, by Mr. G. R. Emerson, Messrs. Philip &

lated. If authors had their rights, a rill of Son have produced a very useful and compact Russian silver would come trickling into Con. little volume, full of topographical, historical, cord, while a broad and brimming river of it and biographical notices, accompanied by an ex- would inundate a certain cottage in Hartford. cellent map: one of the best shilling's-worth a “How many modest and straitened Ameritourist or holiday-maker could possess.

can homes would have new parlour carpets this Oliver Wyndham, a tale of the great plague of year, henceforth, on the first days of January 1666, collected from the pages of “Our Own and July, drafts to their addresses were to be Fireside,” in which magazine it appeared, and dropped in the mail in every capital of the world published by Messrs. Jackson & Walford, inakes which the work done in those homes instructs or a welcome addition to the "seasonable” books cheers! Nor would new carpets be all. Many prepared especially for young readers.

authors would be instantly delivered from the Sterne's Tristram Shandy forms the latest addi. fatal necessity of over-production, – the vice tion to Messrs. Routledge's Sixpenny Volumes,

that threatens literature with annihilation, a series which already includes the best novels of Fennimore Cooper, “Robinson Crusoe,” and the “The worst remains to be told. It is bad to “ Vicar of Wakefield.”

have your pocket picked ; but there is something The Civil Service Geography (Lockwood) is the infinitely worse, it is to pick a pocket. Who title of a manual intended for the use of examina- would not rather be stolen from than steal ? tion candidates and the higher forms in schools, Who would not rather be murdered, than be a by the late Lancelot Spence, and Mr. Thomas murderer ? Nevertheless, in depriving foreign Gray, of the Board of Trade. It contains a large authors of their rights, it is still ourselves whoni quantity of information well arranged, several we injure most. The great damage to America, skeleton maps, and a number of wood engravings. and to American literature, from the want of an

INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT. The Atlantic international copyright law, is not the thousands Monthly for October contains an article by Mr. of dollars per annum which authors lose. This Parton, of New York, upon the subject of is, in fact, the smallest item that enters into the International Copyright, in which the hardship huge sum total of our loss. and injustice inflicted upon American authors is shown, and we hope the paper will have the “This business of publishing books is the effect of awakening his countrymen, and in- most difficult one carried on in the world. It ducing them to urge the Government to effect a demands qualities so seldom found in the same treaty with England. It is needless to say that individual, that there has scarcely ever been an we, on our part, are ready to meet the Americans eminent and stable publishing house which did whenever the proposition is made.

not consist of several active and able men. “Few of us are aware of the extent to which Failure is the rule, success the rare exception. American works are now reprinted in England.

The shores of the business world are strewn We noticed, the other day, in an English pub- thick with the wrecks of ventures in this line lication, a page of advertisements containing the that gave every promise of bringing back a large titles of thirteen volumes announced to be sold return. It has been proved a task beyond the at “1s." or "18. 6d.” Twelve of the thirteen wisdom of mortals, to decide with any positive dewere American. Among them, we remember, gree of certainty whether a heap of blotted manuwere Mrs. Stowe's Little Foxes, Dr. Holmes's scripts is the most precious or the most worthHumorous Poems, and Mr. Lowell's Biglow less of all the productions of human indusPapers. The cheap publication stores of Great try. Young publishers think they can tell : Britain are heaped with such reprints, the sale old publishers know they cannot. This is so

*

« PrécédentContinuer »