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but good-natured replies, which, far from rufling Corbière, he came across a prose version of Merlin, the harmony of the entertainment, added zest to which was the first of the kind he had seen. He the evening. Dr. Hessey (the head master of Mer- at once communicated intelligence of this discovery chant Tailors' school) answered "that 300 years to Mr. Furnivall, who, suspecting it to be the verago, Mr. Mulcaster was commissioned by the Master sion Mallory had used in his 'Morte d'Arthur,' and wardens to teach 'good and clean Latin litera- immediately begged M. Paulin Paris to examine ture, and Greek, if it could be gotten.' This duty the MS. and see whether Balin le Savage was not bis successors to the present day had endeavored contained in it. M. Paulin Paris answered to discharge. For himself he must admit, even if Bilin le Savage did not follow the massacre of the he kindled the horror of the Lord Mayor, that he innocents by Arthur's order. It may be rememaspired to teach even Hebrew, and that the scholars bered Southey hunted in vain for Balin le Savage, of Merchant Tailors' School had carried off many and it had long been given up for lost. Hebrew Scholarships at the Universities. Greek I may mention in this connection Messrs. Macwas essential to the understanding of chemical and millan are about to bring out a Globe edition of other scientific nomenclature ; and who was to de- Mallory's “Morte d'Arthur," with a complete index cipher the Latin inscriptions of the city, of which of the names, places, and events mentioned in it. the Lord Mayor was the lawful custodian, if nobody Let me make a contribution to the next dictionwas taught Latin ? He was sure the Lord Mayor ary of the English language published in the United did not disapprove of Greek and Latin literature, States, by quoting a question and answer from a but that he did not wish that certain classes of recent trial for libel here :scholars should lose their time in learning Latin “Mr. Sergeant Ballantine: We have heard of and Greek, He wished to remind the meeting that milking’; would you favor us with your view of Merchant Tailors' was one of the pine public · milking' such a quadrnped as a horse ?" schools, and that when Lord Clarendon came to Gen. Peel (smiling): I understand that anythem he said: 'Dr. Hessey, yours is not an endowed body who bets against a horse over which he had school, but the reputation of your school is so great control would be considered to have been guilty of that we dare not leave you out of the nine public a most dishonest action, and that is what is meant schools, which the Commissioners have selected.' in imparting ‘milking to a gentleman." He should think it absurd to teach Latin and Greek I clip this advertisement from a daily newspaper : unless they also showed the bearing of Latin and Schiller's Ring and Lock of Hair. In the year, Greek upon English language and literature. The 1861, during the Schiller Exhibition and Lottery at Lord Mayor should also be informed that they not Dresden, an English nobleman (name and address only taught Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, but they paid unknown) made an acceptable offer for Schiller's great attention to writing, reading, elocution (for ring and other valuable memorials, which the which a prize was given by one of the members of owner, from circumstauces stated at the time, had the Court), history, English grammar, drawing, and not the power to accept. He is now free to act, and French. When the Merchant Tailors' School was would be glad to hear further on the subject. Adremoved to the spacious and splendid premises dress, confidentially, C. F. T., Allemannia offices, gained for it by the Court, on the site of the Charter No. 6 Ship-alley, Bradford.” house, they would add to French the German and There has been an interesting sale of rare Greek other languages.'

and Roman coips from the cabinet of Dr. DryasThe “ Times,'' speaking of Mr. Tennyson's volume dust (I dare say Scott chuckled as he made sure he of new poems, says: “The reader's first thought, on had invented that name)! I note some of the glancing eagerly down the contents of the new rarer among them: Roman silver; Tranquillina, voluine, is one of delight at the complete whole rev. CONCORDIA., AVGG. ; a seated female, holdwhich the Arthurian series now forms. That ex- ing a patera in her right hand, and two cornucopiæ quisite · Morte d'Arthur,' almost the gem of the in her left; the rarer of the two types in silver of earlier poems, but appearing only as a fragment this extremely rare Empress, fairly preserved, among them, is now joined to the Idylls,' and falls $71 60 (I need scarcely say all these dollars are into its proper place as the apt and beautiful con- golden). Dryantilla, olv. S. L. P. DRVAN clusion of them all. The “Coming of Arthur,' female bust to right rev. IV. . NI., REDINE; the Holy Grail,' and `Pelleas and Etarre,' are (sic), a figure standing with extended right hand, added to them, and the whole may now be pro- holding a hasta in left A rough-looking coin, but nounced, we are not afraid to say, a poem un- the best specimen in existence of this extremely equalled, in its great, finished, and happy design, rare Empress. This coin has been struck on since the time of Milton. Its brilliancy of exe- another. Eckhal says (vol. 7, p. 464), that all cution often fades ; its wings droop earthward here which he had seen were so, and that a coin of her and there ; but in its harmonious and fulfilled de- husband, Regalianus, was made from one of Carasign, in its fortunate and faultless scheme and ar-calla ; $100. Greek coins, silver: Demetrius Polirangement, it has no equal since. Paradise Lost.'» orcetes, obv. bust of the king with a horn; rev.

The Rev. W. W. Skeat (who is so favorably Neptuve with one foot on a rock (the best executed known as the editor of “ Early English Texts”) has specimen known), $45. Philip V., obv. head of discovered in the Vernon MSS, of the Bodleian Li- Perseus on a buckler; rev. BALIAENE IAIDOT, a brary, some 800 lines of an early history of the Holy child; the whole in a wreath of oak, rare and very Grail. These lines are in alliterative verse, and well preserved, $82 60. Perseus, usual type, with although the fragment has neither beginning nor mi. and o. in field of reverse, and monogram, exend, Lonelich’s translation of Robert of Borron's tremely rare in this magnificent condition, $82 $0. French Romance (which Mr. Furnivall edited for Mantinea, obv. head of Minerva to right; rev. the Roxburghe Club) shows its place in the ro- Mantı, head of Apollo to right; presumed to be

The greater part of it is devoted to a de- unique (it differs from that published by General scription of Sir Galahad's wonderful shield, prepared Fox in “Coins of Europe,” pl. 10, No. 103, in being by Evalash or Mordreins. The Early English Text a drachma instead of a hemi-drachma, and in Society will forthwith publish this fragment. having five letters instead of three, and on the

This is not the only accession to our Arthurian other side of the coin), fairly preserved, $105. literature. While M. Paulin Paris was examining Copper : Tium of Trajan, rev. TEIANSN, Neptune the manuscripts of the ibrary of the late Count de hurling a trident with his right hand, and holding

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a fish in his left, at his feet a sea monster; pre- years ago I dined with Hood, who was then residing sumed to be an entirely new type of this rare coin, at the pretty fantastic Lake House, Wadstead. I well preserved, $49. Pergamus of Maximus, rev. recollect, as if it was a thing of yesterday, talking EM. CTPAT. AT P. etc., Esculapius and Hygeia of this self-same 'golden leg,' as one among other standing, a lighted lamp in a field (unpublished ; of the myths which secluded children were used Mionnet gives no coins to Maximus, except in to believe in, and enact for their amusement. That union with his father), $30. Elæa of Herennius talk, I fancy, may have helped to the creation of Etrusus, rev. EM. C. H. P. AOPIAAOY, etc., Minerva the poem which, among tragical grotesque poems, sacrifiving at an altar (very rare and unpublished ; is, and will remain to be a marvel, if only because Mionnet has published a coin evidently from the after the story was fairly 'cast on' Hood was in same magistrate, in which he spells the name AOP- search of the catastrophe of the legend. That the IAA0r; in this coin the letters are plain), $32 80. slightest suggestion sufficed him, that no author Silver: Smyrna, obv. turreted female head; rev. wrought more carelessly, and yet wrought so as to IMTPNAINN, MOExoz, the whole in a wreath of oak, produce the completest appearance of finish and fine work and condition (rare, not in Mionnet), elaborate humor on the slightest possible indicia $105. Myndus, obv. head of Jupiter to right; rev. of preparation or culture, are marking featares and ΜΥΝΔΙΩΝ nironoc., lotus flower resting on a facts in the career of one of the most original poets thunder bolt, a star in exergue (rare, not in Mion- and humorists of our own, or of any past century. net), $45. Copper: Termessus, obv. TEPMHCCESN. Herby F. CHORLEY." 0., a figure standing with modius on head, holding Lord Lindsay, the author of "Letters on Egypt, a branch with grapes in right hand, and a cornuco- Edom, and the Holy Land,

.'"“ Sketches of the His. pia in left (rare, it differs from that in Mionnet, tory of Christian Art,” “Lives of the Lindsays," where the figure is called "Fortuna," No. 216 to " Progression by Antagonism," "A Letter on the 218, and is described as “naked,” No. 225 S.), $32. Evidence and Theory of Christianity," etc., has beAcmonia of Elagabalus, rev. a semi-draped figure come Earl of Crawford and Belcarres by the death standing (very rare, unpublished), unusually fine, of his father at the great age of 86. . . It is said $50. Silver: Cleopatria, rev. Marc Antony (very Mr. Froude writes each paragraph of bis history rare, published by Mionnet, No. 206), $65. Cyrene, four or five times before selecting the paragraph to obv. within a circle, a kneeling figure holding a be adopted definitively. . . . Miss Florence Marflower in each hand; rev. incuse (unpublished and ryat, as Mrs. Rose Church still styles herself in the unique), $80. Rhegium, obv. within a dotted circle, republic of letters, has in press a volume of photoa lion's head ; rev. PHTINON, head of Apollo to right, graphs of Madras Society. : This is the epitaph a leaf behind (very rare), fine work and condition, which is to mark at Fiesole the spot where rests, $50.

life's fitful fever over, all that was mortal of GaI find these advertisements in the papers : “To glielmo Libri. It is from Capponi's pen :Lecturers and others. Original MS. lectures for sale : Coincidences. Freemasonry, its history, secret

GUGLIELMO LIBRI. rites, and mysteries. Superstitions. Social and Chiamato poi ad essere uno dei Presidenti dell'Istituto di

In adolescenza Professore nell' Università di Pisa Humorous Sketches from Swiss History. Inventors and their Opponents. Humbug. Address M. S., Onore che non fa quasi mai concesso ad Uomo Straniero

Discrisse la Storia delle Scienze Mathematiche in Italia 31 King-square, Goswell-road, London, E. C.”

Potente d'ingegno, vario di sapere, Jofaticabile nel pensiero Degrees. M. A., Ph. D., etc., in absentid. Quali. Lasciò in più altri argomenti di se Traccia fied gentlemen desirous of proceeding to the follow. E fama fra Posteri pon peritura ing honorary degrees, B. A., M. A., Ph. D., Ph. B., Morto in Fiesole il 28 Settembre, 1869. LL. B., LL. D., D. D., M. D., receive official instruc- Elena De la Motte tion and advice without charge by writing to LL.D. Per due anni e tre mesi Consolatrice alle sofferenze del Marito 10 St. Paul's-road, Canonburg, London. N. B. The Poneva a lui questa Memoria. degrees and diplomas are guaranteed bona fide, and By the way, the last sentence of the epitaph si. tbey are issued by colleges and universities em- lences the calumnies current about the social posipowered by charter to grant the same. Only the tion of Signor Libri's second wife (you know his application of authors and other decidedly qualified first wife was a daughter of M. Double, the wellcandidates will be replied to. Unqualified men and known French bibliopole), who was said to be his • busy bodies' need not trouble themselves to write, first wife's chambermaid or his own cook. She was and their personal applications will not be attended Helène de la Motte, daughter of a respectable phyto.” Advertisements like this are useful as gauges sician at Wareham... An interesting monochrome to show the depth of stupid vanity in the world. painting has just been finished by Mr. Armitage.

I hope you may think the interest of this letter it is on a portion of the dining-room walls of Unisuggestin the possible origi of Hood's “Miss versity Hall, London University. It is designed to Kilmansegg” warrants its republication from the keep green Henry Crabb Robinson's memory. He is “Athenæum" in these columns : “When I was a seen seated ; around him are Wordsworth, Goethe, small person, living in a lonely country-house, Schiller, Southey, Mme. de Stael, Herder, Flasman, Heaven knows how or where, we children picked Schlegel, Charles and Mary Lamb, Sam. Rogers, Ed. up the story of a golden leg'and made a bed-room Irving, W. S. Landor, Mrs. Barbanla, Godwin, Hazgame of it. The play ran thus: A giant's voice was litt, Blake, F. W. Robinson, Bunsen, Lady Byrou, heard at the bottom of the staircase, crying: 'Give Arnold, Talford, etc. me my golden leg.' To which the answer from the Messrs. Adams & Francis have become the pubbed was : 'Come up a step further and you shall lishers of Colburn's New Monthly Magazine. Mr. have it.' The pleasure was protracted and enhanced Wm. Harrison Ainsworth continues to be the ediby the number of the steps on the staircase, by the tor. Mr. Warne is about to bring out a new repetition of the giant's query crescendo, and the edition of Watertou's Essays, with a life of the mingled fright and audacity of those whó tempted naturalist, by Mr. Norman Moore. . : The Autohim. At last the giant got into the bed-room with biography of Flora M'Donald, alleged to have been

Give me my golden leg' fortissimo. The answer found in a fragmentary form in the merriment was : 'Take it ! On which there was a catastrophe, chamber of her family, proves to be a mere biograand a smash, and a bolstering riot, most vigorously phy written by the heroine's granddaughter. . . enacted by those in and those not in the bed. Many The London Stereoscopic Company have brought

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out a Shakspearian Diary, which, instead of giving : squares of the new street which bears the name of the name of some Saint with each day, gives some Rue de Rennes. The petition we have now to conmemorable event and throws light on it by some sider protests against this permission. The author quotation from Shakspeare. The vein you may of the petition is le Sieur Beugny d'Hagerue. A conceive after I instance two of the happiest exam- great many inhabitants of the city of Nimes have ples : The quotation on Prof. Owen's birthday is subsequently signed the petition. All of them * Bones bear witness," and on Mr. F. Buckland's, pray the Senate to intervene with the Government ** Toads, bats, and beetles light upon you." Mr. to persuade it to withdraw a permission which they G. A. Sala's new burlesque, “ Wat Tyler, M. P.," is characterize in the severest terms.

Iu the eyes a failure; but the admirable scenery, costumes, of the petitioners there is only oue Voltaire, an im. ballet, and tableaux will probably secure it a long pious, immoral Voltaire, hostile to all religion-a run. The scenery, tableaux, and costumes vividly Voltaire wlio conspired, with all the enemies of revive that Plantagenet epoch.

France, the humiliation and ruin of his country; FRANCIS BLANDFORD. Prussian at Rosbach with King Frederick ; Russian

with Catherine II. against the Poles; violator of OUR CONTINENTAL CORRESPONDENCE. our purest glory in his poem of "Jeanne d'Arc;'

PARIB, Dec. 24, 1869.

enemy of liberty, equality, and fraternity, as a I have informed you at several times of the pro- hundred sentences taken from his works and corgress made in collecting an adequate amount of respondence prove; an abject courtier, a vile adumoney to erect a statue of Voltaire on some public lator of kings. 'I ask,' says the petitioner, ending square of this city. This scheme, brought forward his prayer, 'that the image of this man shall not by “Le Siècle," the democratic newspaper, was appear upon our public squares, to cast iusult in unquestionably a party move. It seemed for some the face of the country. I ask that this disgrace time uncertain whether the Government (which be spared France.' But there is not a word of did not conceal the disfavor, or at least coldness the other Voltaire in the petition. There is not a with which it regarded the undertaking) would word of the author of La Henriade;' not a word of grant a site in some public square for the statue. the poet whose dramatic works, 'La Merope,' 'La It has been considered judicious to gratify the Mahomet,' 'La Zaïre,' come immediately after the subscribers' desire. When this resolution became masterpieces of Corneille and Racine, and who, public, several protests against it were made. One by his epistles, discours, and tales in verse, and of them was addressed to the Senate, which referred by so many light and charming pieces, has placed it to the proper committee. The latter have made himself not far from Horace and Boileau ; not a report, written by M. Silvestre de Sacy, a member one word of the historian to whom we owe ‘Le of the French Academy, and for many years the Siècle de Louis XIV.,' 'L'Essai sur l'Esprit et sur chief editor of “Le Journal des Débats." I give it les Meurs des Nations, and that incomparable place here because it shows the definitive judg- model of rapid and lively narration, 'L'Histoire ment of impartial educated men upon Voltaire's de Charles XII. ;' not a word of the writer whose place in French literature:

language is a living lesson of purity, clearness, and Le Sieur de Beugny d'Hagerue, of St. Donat, good taste; of the sagacious and profound intellect Drome County, and eight hundred and forty-five which has sown in his works so many happy ideas, inhabitants of Le Gard County, pray the Govern now realities, about the reform of justice avd laws; ment to refuse to allow the erection of a statue of about toleration in religion; on the police and Voltaire. It is well known a newspaper of exten- government of our towns; in fine, of Voltaire, sive circulation, ' Le Siècle,' opened in its columns whose name no one could succeed in covering with some years since a subscription to raise a statue to oblivion, even were such a thing possible, without Voltaire. The required amount was subscribed, wrenching from French letters and from our counthe statue has been executed, and the only remain- try half their most brilliant glory. (Very good ! ing question is to ascertain where the statue shall very good !) Were the merciless conclusions of the be placed. The committee of the subscribers have petitioner adopted, it would be necessary to efface applied to the Government to obtain permission to also Voltaire's name from one of our most frequenterect this statue in Paris on some public square, ed quays; tear away Voltaire's statue from the and to confer with it upon the most suitable site. French Comedy where it has been so long exhibited Assuredly the Government had a complete right to to the public eye, which does not complain of it, refuse the desired permission, and still has a right and throw in the cellar that which is to be seen in to withdraw the permission. If it be lawful for the Library of the Institute, and which is the work private persons to award statues to whom they of the celebrated Pigalle. It would be necessary please, to meet and club money together to defray to forbid our children to read that “Siècle de Louis the expenses, it is a private matter. The public XIV.,'which we early place in their hands to teach squares and streets are not their property. How-them to love their country, and to perpetuate those ever numerous they may be, they have acted solely traditions of glory in every career which we have for themselves, and in no ways in the name of the received from our ancestors, and of which Voltaire country of which they have in no manner the right is in this immortal work the painter and the eloto pretend to be the representatives. We shall quent eulogist. (Now applause.) The greater the instance only one among the grave considerations efforts made to obscure and conceal this side of which might have made the Government hesitate, Voltaire, and of his works, the more they are placed and this is the very name Voltaire, which may be in light. No, whatever allegations may be made to interpreted in two different ways: one, glorious for the contrary, the whole of Voltaire is not in some the human intellect and for French letters; the shafts of satire, which fell from the ill humor of the other, for which Voltaire himself would now blush, partisan and the irascible writer, in some pamphlets and drags down the great historian and great poet against religion, as poor in good taste and good to the deplorable part of an impious and oynical sense as in true science (marks of assent); in a pamphleteer. (Very good ! very good !) However, poem, where it is deplorable that wit and talents it appears, from the information we have sought, should serve as the orvament of the disreputable the permission asked by the committee of the sub- obscenity of the argument (new assent); the whole scribers has been granted. The site has been of Voltaire is not in some phrases picked, in some selected. The statue will be erected in one of the unfortunate words wreuched, from a correspondence

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of sixty years, by whose aid an attempt is made to where they would not be adorned with her personal depict the haughty host of Ferney, he who oftener beauty and graces, and where they might be criti. received homage from than paid court to kings, as cized at leisure. Here is the paragraph : “ The inan abject courtier and an enemy of his country. If ventory of the papers of M. Sainte-Beuve's estate herein lay the whole of Voltaire, his memory had was completed Friday. There were found in his long since been accursed or decayed ; his works pigeon-holes 134 letters from Princess Mathilde; 2 had not been reprinted or read. There would be letters from Chateaubriand ; 3 letters from Armand no more thought of raising a statue to him than Carrel; several letters from Messrs. Emile de Gito obscure La Mettrie, or to Baron d’Holbach. rardin, Rouher, Victor Hugo, de Lamartine, ViolletIt must, however, be avowed and confessed with le-Duc, Giraud (of the lostitute), 3 letters from pain, Voltaire can impute only to himself and to George Sand, and a letter from Mme. Récamier, the deplorable errors of his genius the bitterness of written after 1830. No opposition, probably, will the recriminations which pursue his brilliant fame. be made to M. Sainte-Beuve's will." He has sometimes been too unjust to others for The International Congress of Pre-Historical others not to be unjust to him. (Approbation.) Archæology and Anthropology, which met this year It is his fault if his name recalls to religious at Copenhagen, will meet next year (its fifth ses. thinkers, to timid hearts, to the faith of ardent sion) at Bologna, Italy. Count Gozzadini is Presisouls, only the writer who knew not how to respect dent-designate, and Prof. G. Cappellini is the Secin others the noble hopes he had lost. Voltaire retary of the Committee of Organization. The King wished to be the leader of incredulity; he was; of Italy has issued a decree providing for an Exhiand to-day he pays the penalty of it. Something bition of Pre-Historical Anthropology, Art, and Inequivocal remains and ever will remain associated dustry, to be held during the meeting of the Conwith his fame. Respectable people can award him gress

At the sale of the late Count de eulogies and statues only with distinctions and Corbière's library, the Cicero printed by Jean Fast,

He, the enemy of disorder and dema- in 1466, on vellum, a small folio of 88 annumbered gogism, is sometimes invoked as a seditious tri- leaves, in contemporary binding of wooden boards, bune, as a burner of churches ; and one of the most covered with calfskin, stamped and adorned with elegant spirits has left in his writings, by the side fieurs-de-lis, the corners, centre, and clasps of carved of a great many marvellous works, food for passions copper, fetched $1785 gold and costs. which, in his better days, his good taste and good The French “ Yellow Book” has this paragraph sense would energetically condemn. (Very good! about books: “The Government, in conformity very good !) We therefore should excuse an acri. with the declarations made to the Legislative mony of sentiments and a violence of expressions Chamber, has opened an inquiry concerning the which flow from Voltaire's own faults; but at the reforms which may be introduced into the legislasame time we must retain more sang-froid and we tion of printing and publishing. The inquiry has, must be more just than the petitioner. The Vol- moreover, for object an examination of the grievtaire he misconceives and forgets is too great to be ances alleged by printers, publishers, and bookmis prized. By adopting the scheme of raising a sellers at present in possession of licenses. The statue to bim in some public square, amid the delegates of printers, publishers, and booksellers ornaments of our capital and the venerated images of Paris and the provinces, the representatives of of so many great men, the Government, which re- several typographical societies, newspaper writers, presents the whole country, will accord to this and authors have already been heard in several scheme its real meaning. This tribute of respect meetings of the Commission of Inquiry. Informawill not be paid to the Voltaire of a party, or of a tion has been asked from Prefects and Crown Adnewspaper, but to the Voltaire of France. (Ap- vocates. A money grant will be asked for printing plause.)"

the proceedings of the inquiry. During the year I regret to record the death of M. Danton, for a 1868-69 there were presented 1810 works to the great many years head-secretary of the Ministry of committee of book-peddlers ; of these works, 872 Public Instruction under M. Villemain, and during were books ; 355 were pamphlets (opuscules) ; 437 M. Duruy's whole tenure of office. He was the were almanacs ; 146 were collections of songs. anthor of several very valuable articles in the 1608 of these works received permission; which “ Dictionnaire des Sciences Philosophiques," pub- was refused to about 202 works." lished by Messrs. Hachette & Cie. He was a gradu Herr Kenelmeyer, of Dresden, has established a ate of the Ecole Normale, and a professor of phi- periodical for the investigation and discussion of losophy in more than one college. He was a brother- the movement of meteoric stones and luminous in-law of M. Vacherot, the well-known philosophi- meteors. . . . It is positively denied that the Pope cal writer, and a son-in-law of M. Poirée, the has charged Signor C. Cantu, the Italian historian, eminent engineer. He was only 55 years old. He to write the history of the Ecumenical Council. . was greatly respected by all the professors and . . Count d'Armaillé, Baron Davillier, Messrs. Gehigher teachers of France. He was no relation to rome (the painter), Double (the celebrated bibliothe Danton of the first Revolution.

pole), Davioud, and Guillaume have founded here This paragraph is going the rounds of the papers. a society for the encouragement and diffusion of I copy it, although I do not believe it true. While books on art. The society will aid the publication every allowance may be made for the rarity of of works of art, and award prizes in the schools of letters from persons with whom one is in frequent art.

G. S. personal commerce, it seems strange M. SainteBeuve should have received only three letters from NOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERS. Armand Carrel (with whom he was at one time in ANNOUNCEMENTS.-In sending in their lists of an. timate), three letters from George Sand (his pub- nouncements, publishers are requested to observe lished works contain more than three letters from the following rules : 1. To place the name of the her), while 134 letters (and these are not all of firm, and address, at the head of the list. II. To them) from Princess Mathilde have been found. condense the titles of the works so that, if possible, It is not surprising only one letter from Mme. Réca- they will not occupy more space than one line. mier has been discovered ; this arch-coquette was III. To send the titles of such works only as have too careful of her reputation for sprightliness to not been actually published up to date of making hazard, unless unavoidably, her thoughts to paper, I up the list, but are in preparation. IV. To be care

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ful not to send the same titles twice over. V. To | Mr. Lilly's catalogue, as it contains much informawrite the list legibly. It constantly happens that tion and is very pleasant reading. we receive lists without any name attached, and In the March number of “Old and New" appears are therefore obliged to leave them out altogether, an article under the title of “ England's New Coloand others are so badly written that the names of ny," discussing the question of the proposed alteraauthors, or titles of books, are unreadable. We tion of the duties on imported books, and how an cannot hold ourselves responsible for the insertion extensive importation of English books affects the of any list, unless these rules are strictly observed. American trade. The writer, whose name is not

Books for SALE.—This department of the LITE- given, seems to have thoroughly studied the quesRARY Gazette is intended for the use of subscribers tion, and from the amount of technical knowledge who have overbought, who have had good books he displays, is evidently a member of the trade. thrown upon their hands, or who have become pos- The following extracts will show what are the sessed of good or rare books, unsalable in their writer's opinions on a subject which at the present own localities. There is no limit as to the nuniber time is exciting much attention : “ Young America of books, but a charge of twenty cents each is made forgets, but people who are fifty years old rememfor the first five, and ten cents for each succeeding ber, when all creditable printing of the English one-the description, if possible, not to exceed one language was done in England; when all American line; and the prices should in every instance be authors who sought either remuneration or reputaappended.

tion looked for it to England; when the American Business Changes.—The co-partnership hitherto reprint, if it were made at all, was in the poor print existing between the members of the firm of Messrs. and coarse paper of a country printing-office, occuIvison, Phinney, Blakemau & Co., New York, hav- pying, in such enterprises, unemployed hands and ing expired by limitation, is dissolved, Mr. Henry unemployed hours; and when even the schoolF. Phinney retiring from the business. ' A new firm books, for all but the primary studies, were farhas been formed which will trade as Ivison, Blake- nished by English publishers. In those days Mr. man, Taylor & Co., at their old place of biisiness, Irving made his wide reputation, not in America, 47 and 49 Greene Street. The new firm consists of but in England ; Mr. Edward Everett's “Alaric first Messrs. Henry Ivison, Birdsey Blakeman, Augustus saw the light in the London New Monthly;' BarC. Taylor, David B. Ivison, and William N. Crane. low, Northmore, and such poets, went at once to

Mr. Joseph Knight, for a long time confidential England to reap their laurels. And on this side, clerk of the Cannon Place Bookstore, bas been ad- the children knew more about skylarks, and robin mitted as a partner in the firm of Messrs. N. B. Nims redbreasts, and bullfinches, than they knew about & Co., Troy, N. Y.

mocking-birds or orioles, because their story-books Mr. Edward Seymour, formerly the literary editor were English. There is a capital little essay by of the “ New York Times,” has become a partner Dr. Holmes on the hocus pocus which the English in the firm of Messrs. Charles Scribner & Co., Now story-books and school-books wrought in young York. Mr. Seymour has been for some time con- imaginations. Poor Sydney Smith's much abused pected with the house, and is well and favorably question, Who reads an American book was known to most members of the trade.

fairly put in its time. For in that time England Messrs. J. H. Butler, Jr., and Edgar H. Butler have did furnish the literature of the United States, prebeen admitted as partners in the firm of Messrs. E. cisely as she now furnishes that of Australia or of H. Butler & Co., Philadelphia.

any other of her colonies.

“When, by a fortunate freak of the South CaroTas various members and employees of the firm lina politicians, the national policy was introduced of Messrs. Pott & Amery, New York, have formed into our Revenue system; when, in consequence, a boating club, under the title of the “ Hecla.” | this country became for the first time truly indeBoth Messrs. Pott and Amery have subscribed libe- pendent, the results gradually showed themselves rally towards defraying the necessary expenses. in literature, as in every other department of hu

MR. BERNARD Quaritch, the eminent London man endeavor. Of course we would not say baldly, second-hand bookseller, has forwarded us copies that a protective tariff created the brains and the of his latest catalogue, which we shall take plea- intelligence which have built up in fifty years an sure in forwarding to subscribers on application, American literature. But it is the simple truth of and payment of postage, four cents. Mr. Quaritch history, that gradually, as the other arts began to will forward us copies of his catalogues regularly flourish in America, the arts used in book-making as published, so that members of the trade and flourished also, and under the same laws. We librarians can always obtain them at the AMERICAN were able to make as good types, as good paper, LITERARY Gazette office.

and as good pamphlets and books, as they made in A CORRESPONDENT writing from Oporto informs us England. Meanwhile the great national system of of a sale of a large collection of theological and universal education was working its way through other works, to take place on March 7 that Coim- all the Northern States. That system was creating bra University. Some of the works are exceedingly such a market for books as no nation in the world scarce and valuable. 500 of them having been ever had before. At the same time it was training printed between the years 1500 and 1600 ; 800 be- men and women able to say what they had to say, tween the years 1600 and 1700, and several printed in such numbers as were never trained elsewhere. during the latter half of the 15th century. The Put these elements together; give to the trained books are duplicated, and were obtained by the intellect the easy power of making its word public; breaking up of the convents in Portugal by Royal relieve it from the real necessity, which compelled Decree of 1834.

Irving to go to England for a publisher, or which

compelled Cotton Mather to send the 'Magnalia' Mr. Joseph Lilly, London, has forwarded us his there for a printer; pnt these elements together, and latest catalogue, containing a list of bibliographical you have the basis for a national literature.". treasures, rare and curious early printed books, first editions of plays by Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Ford,

" It is easy for any man to see, without going Massinger, Beaumont, Fletcher, Chapman, Decker, into detail, that the manufacture of books differs Heywood, and other early dramatists. All the wholly from all other manufacture. If, for inibrarians of our public libraries should send for stance, you make a thousand bales of cloth, the

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