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because they had been told: If you recognize lite- ! of $300 for life for the copyright of all his works. rary property as property, you disarm the govern. An ordinary hostler asks $15 more a year than this ment of its supremacy over intellect. It is because man of genius received ; and the strange sight was the existence of literary property has been denied to be witnessed of M. Perrotin being driven to his that governments have been able to establish censors country-seat by a man who received more for his and so many other restrictive measures. M. Riche manual labor than the genius did who in great part (the government commissioner) opposed the per- supported master, man, horses, and carriage. Can petuity of literary property on the ground that, if it you wonder at the animosity felt here towards pubwas granted, inventors would, with good ground of lishers? The other anecdote to which I will refer reason, claim the same privilege. He added, Messrs. likewise relates to Alfred de Musset. Tired of Villemain, Cousin, aud Sainte Beuve were opposed M. Charpentier's selfishness, he went to see M. to the perpetuity of literary property. M. Thiers Hachette to get him to purchase his copyright. was likewise opposed to it. He said: “Ideas and The poet's health had begun to decline. M. Hastyle were like the water received from a higher chette said to him : "I will willingly purchase the neighbor with which one fertilizes one's own soil, copyright, and pay you thrice the amount of money and then trapsmits it to the neighbor below him." you ask ; but upon one condition-you must marry He said the only people who would be benefited by before the contract is made. Were you to die in a it would be great publishers' and authors' creditors. year or two, unmarried, the copyright would soon M. Nogent de St. Laurens followed, and denied that expire, and I should lose money.” The poet de. the fact of publication destroyed the author's title clined. He thought (Frenchman-like !) the misery in his book any more than the farmer sold his estate less to be harassed by creditors than to be curtain. when he sold the wheat it grew. He denied the lectured by a wife. So he returned to Shylock. possibility of heirs or creditors suppressing books. You are now prepared for the necrological list of He said publishers agreed that the effect of the ex- the fortnight. It happens to be mournful. I copy piration of copyright was to bring into the market from a Paris newspaper: "In opening my letters I editions with shameful texts, which annually grew find a note which oppresses my heart. One of our
M. Paul Dupont said the misfortune was brethren, a young fellow of seven-and-twenty, as that the law did not take sufficient care of the living brave and good a fellow as ever lived, has just died author, whose position was precarious, and often in harness, and I may add, without fear of rousing dependent upon a publisher. Bernardin de St. too late remorse (for he was alone in the world), Pierre found the greatest difficulty in obtaining a Malbousquet died of poverty, perhaps of hunger. publisher for his “Studies of Nature," which was Last Friday he came to this newspaper office to only published because a journeyman printer, struck know the fate of an article which he had brought by the charm of the ideas and style, persuaded his the previous day. The article was accepted. master to print the first edition. Aimé Martin wrote had the satisfaction of seeing the proof-sheets, and an excellent work on the education of women, he went away happy, although he had not dared to which he sold for $160. He insisted that the govern- say to us, 'If you would pay me in advance, I shall inent should enable the Literary Men's Society to dine this evening.' Nothing could lead us to think come to the assistance of literary men by aiding he waited for this paltry sum to supply pressing them at the outset, protecting them against embar- wants. He died the next day at two o'clock. rassments, and protecting their works after them. Malbousquet was not my friend. I scarcely was He proposed this society's treasury should receive acquainted with him. I met him accidentally at one per cent. on all works whose copyright has Nice five years since; I met him afterwards at the expired which may be published hereafter. Such office of 'Le Nain Jaune,' and in some other news. is a rapid analysis of the general discussion on the paper offices. Although this was all my acquainquestion. I omit the debate on each article, and I tance with him, when I heard the intelligence of must forbear an analysis of M. Ste. Beuve's re- his sudden death, attended with such distressing port, for want of space. Suffice it to say, author's circumstances, I could not help feeling grief. When copyright in France is now extended to fifty years. one of our brethren falls a victim to the struggle, we
I would mention two anecdotes told in the debate, bitterly remember how hard we found our first efor which grew out of it. M. Paul Dupont (a well- forts, the humiliations we bore, the tortures which kuown publisher and printer; the works he issues wrung us, our sterile anger, our ungratified desires, are connected chiefly with the public service) stated and we pity with all our soul the poor fellow who that the publisher of Aimé Martin's work made takes his departure before he has avenged himself $20,000 by it, and that the same publisher gave on men and things, before he has gathered the fruit, $100 for the copyright of Alfred de Musset's works. bitter though it may be, of this long and painful M. Charpentier was the publisher alluded to. He novitiate. It was particularly painful for Malboushas published a card denying he made $20,000 by quet; but he did not complain or let anybody see Aimé Martin's work, and declaring he paid Alfred his wounds. He would every mornivg come on de Musset at least $6,000 copyright on his works. foot to Paris from Fontenay-aux-Roses (a village The reading public have heard this statement with some six miles south of Paris), and after wasting indignation. Alfred de Musset is as popular here the day in fruitless solicitations, barren visits, and as Mr. Tennyson is in England ; his books are in humiliating appeals, he would walk back to Fonteeverybody's hands; yet for all his works he received nay-aux-Roses, saying to himself,' Maybe I shall be only $6,000, while newspapers gave him $1,000 for more fortunate tomorrow.' And he set to work any story or piece he would write, and the theatres again, and allayed the pangs of hunger by thinking would pay him $30 or $60 every night they played the lines he traced with a feverish hand represented one of his pieces. M. Charpentier has become very future meals.” Is not this melancholy? Its sudwealthy, and he sells more of Alfred de Musset's denness is heightened by the consciousness thist than he sells of all his other publications put toge- the poor fellow's misfortune was due to a common ther; nevertheless, he paid the poet who built his mistake.
- as so many forget — that a estate only $6,000, and as this insignificant amount longer novitiate is required in literature than in any of money was paid him in driblets of $50 and $100 other profession. No man thinks of adopting the at a time, the poet had not even the advantage of law, or medicine, or engineering as a profession drawing interest on this capital. Beranger fared unless he is the master of money enough to support scarcely better. M. Perrotin gave him an annuity him in the school and during the first years of pro
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fessional life. But almost every man thinks he can let us, therefore, be courageous enongh to brand earn money as a writer from the very outset, even these merciless men, no matter who they are, who though, as is often the case, he is ignorant of ortho- do not even pay the work done for them, and which graphy and syntax. We should hear a great deal appears under their name. This is their reasoning: less about the distress of young literary men if they My young friend, it is true I do not pay you; but Fould consent to use those assistances which are at I will start you; I will protect you, and through hand during their novitiate. The most eminent my exertions you will attain the goal you seek.' writers recommend these assistances as protections The only thing they do attain is—the river." to the dignity, as aids to the improvement and I intended to announce to you the death of M. rapid success of the literary man. Spinoza polished Théodore Muret; but this letter has already reached glasses for optical instrument-makers while medis such a length that I must postpone a sketch of his tating and writing his extraordinary philosophical life to my next letter. treatises. Franklin supported himself as a printer. I have been-I will not say negligent, but unforM. Michelet refused to earn bread by writing as a tunate, recently, in the bibliographical portion of back, and supported himself by teaching until he my letters. Want of space has obliged me to omit felt himself able to write. M. Renan supported it for some time past. Let' me repair lost time by himself by teaching school until he ascertained that telling, in as brief space as I may, all the bibliohe was sufficiently master of his pen to draw sup-graphical intelligence likely to interest you. I port from it. M. Prévost-Paradol likewise supported may mention, in the first place, the publication of himself during his literary novitiate by teaching. Louis de Beaufort’s “Dissertation on the UncerM. Taine, long after he became well known as an tainty of the First Five Ages of Roman History," author, continued to teach. Some of his friends which is supposed to have suggested to Niebuhr his expressed their astonishment. He replied: "I wish famous doubts; “The Correspondence of the Reto write only when, where, and as I please, and no formers in Countries where French was Spoken" (a anthor can enjoy this independence unless he is great many unpublished documents relating to able to do without editors of newspapers and pub- Calein and other Freneli reformers will appear in lishers. I have allotted to myself a minimum of this collection); P. Enfantin's “Intellectual Credit;'' fortune, which I regard as indispensable to comfort. the eighth volume of the Marquis d'Argenson's able material life ; and when I shall have attained “ Journal and Memoirs ;" the twenty-fifth volume of it, I shall philosophize at my pleasure.” Mme. the “Memoirs of the Academy of Inscriptions and George Sand supported herself by painting fans Belles Lettres ;" A. A. Pihan's “ Etymological Dicantil her pen supplied her with a sufficient income. tionary of French Words derived from Arabian, Young authors ought to bear these examples in Persian, and Turkish ;” a selection of the miscelmind, and to imitate them. There are a great many laneous works of St. Evremond, by C. Giraud ; employments where the literary neophyte may earn H. Bazin “On the Condition of Artists in Greek his livelihood while he is fitting himself for his new Antiquity” (De la Condition des Artistes), 272 pp. profession. If he disdains these, from some dis- 8vo.; Ch. Benard, "Short Treatise, or Philosophi. creditable vanity, and resolves to have no bed and cal Dissertation, with a Method for the Study of no board but such as his inexperienced pen may Philosophical Authors” (Petit Traité), 3.; J. provide, he cannot con plain if a life of hardship Bourlot, “General Geology ; Reactions of the High and a premature grave are his portion.
Temperature and Movements of the Internal lgSince I am touching on the calamities of authors, neous Sea on the Globe's External Crust” (Géolet me quote a paragraph from another newspaper: logie Générale), 108 pp. 8vo. ; second volume of “ The history of the secretaries of some celebrated “Complete Works of Brantome” (published by men would be a lamentable chronicle. In our Society of History of France), 9f. ; Rev. Father P. literary circles every body is familiar with it; but Chocarne, “ Private and Religious Life of Abbé Lathe public know nothing abouť it. The public tordaire,” 692 pp. 8vo.; the second part (Ab-Act) of would scarcely believe, for instance, that an emi- the “Historical Dictionary of the French Language" Dent philosopher (M. Victor Cousin ?) recently gave (published by the French Academy); A. Du the unhappy slave whose intellect and science he Casse, “Gen. Arrighi de Casanova, Duke of Padua," had farmed $16 a month and a daily cup of choco- 1st vol., 456 pp. 8vo.; Ed. Laboulaye, "Translalate for fourteen hours of daily lábor! The cup of tion of Franklin's Memoirs, with Notes," 3f. 50c. ; Dr. chocolate is the best invention of this beneficent P. Garnier’s “Annual Dictionary of the Progress of man. At first he gave his secretary an hour for Medical Sciences and Institutions,” 6f.; J. E. Marhim to breakfast, but as the wretch lived a long conis, “ La Tribune Maçonnique, or a Selection of ways off, he sometimes remained an hour and à Discourses on all Masonic Subjects,"5f. ; E. Mulsant, half absent. The philosopher soon discovered that “Monography of Coccinellides," 1st part, 298 pp. he would have a considerable profit if he made his 8vo.; Alex. Pierron, “ Voltaire and his Masters, an serf swallow a cup of chocolate in five minutes. Episode of the History of the Humanities in France," He gave it to him boiling hot, and in a few minutes 3f.; Abbé Cochet, "The Lower Seine, Considered afterwards exclaimed, Now let's to work again! Historically and Archäologically,” 15f.; A. Tobez, In this way there was little time lost, and the cor “France under Louis XV.,” 6f.; and P. Clement, rection of proof-sheets or the translation of Greek “The Police under Louis XIV.," 7f. 50c. G. S. philosophers went on faster than ever. Another quite as illustrious as the former treats his secretaries kindly. He does not pay them any better
NOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERS. than the philosopher, and makes them work quite PublishERS' TRADE Lists.—In our present number as hard ; but he is always full of fun. One ever will be found the proposition of Mr. Howard Challen, ving one of his colleagues in the French Academy who desires to obviate the inconvenience now expesaid to him: 'I met by accident this week three of rienced by the retailers of books, in consequence of your old secretaries ; they seemed half dead. Do the many different sizes of the trade lists and catayou founder these poor young men ? The other logues of publishers. We have referred to this disreplied, “Oh dear, no! I only run them down at the advantage on several occasions, and trust the Trade heel a little.' The race of Chattertons raise little will patronize Mr. Challen’s plan, at least so far as -ympathy in my breast. But all these suicides do to enable him to test it thoroughly, and develop not belong to this race; some die of hard work. So the advantages he believes it to possess.
OCT. 1, 1866.
Little, Brown & Co.'s Law Publications.
:-The give still greater completeness to the series and rapidity with which Little, Brown & Co. are issuing bring it down to the present day. The set is now their numerous and valuable law publications, is comprised in one hundred and thirty volumes, and highly commendable to that house, which seems to in it are found Milton, Spenser, Shakspeare, Pope, grow in energy as it grows in years. Within the Dryden, Swift, Thomson, Cowper, Goldsmith, Gray, last fortnight we have received from them the Burns, Campbell, Scott, Coleridge, Byron, Hood, " Annual Digest,” 2 vols., " Hilliard on Torts," 2 Keats, Shelley, Southey, Moore, Herbert, Wordsvols., " Wheaton's International Law," 1 vol., and , worth, and many others. The present list of Tick“Redfield on the Law of Wills," 1 vol. It requires nor & Fields forms a natural supplement to such a large investments of capital to manufacture this collection, including as it does the poems of Tennyclass of books, and they appeal to a comparatively son, Browning, Kingsley, Barry Cornwall, Leigh small circle of buyers. Yet here are about four Hunt, Owen Meredith, Massey, Miss Mulock, Thack. thousand five hundred pages of solid printed mat- eray, Adelaide Proctor, Swinburne, and others. ter, produced within a brief period of time, in addi- By this purchase Ticknor & Fields confirm their tion to issues in the Belles Lettres and general acknowledged position as leading publishers of Miscellaneous business of the firm. At the same poetry, and secure to themselves a list of portical time, they announce works by Angell and Ames, publications unmatched by that of any publishing Bishop, and Drake, as nearly ready, and new works house in the world. In addition to their strength or editions by Angell, Blake, Curtis, Greenleaf, in editions of foreign poetry, their list shows that Perkins, Redfield, and Story, as in press. The legal they are the publishers of nearly all our principal literature of our country is growing, not only in American poets. Longfellow, Whittier, Lowell, magnitude, but in intrinsic importance, and is Holmes, Emerson, Bayard Taylor, Saxe, Percisal, reflecting credit upon our country abroad. Indeed, Aldrich, and others are found there, and the whole the works of our own authors are fast displacing constitutes a catalogue of poetical riches now bere to the annotated English text-books. No firm in the be surpassed. We learn that it is the intention of trade has labored more persistently or contributed the publishers to immediately reissue the British in divers ways more liberally to produce this grati- Poets in a new, elegant, and enlarged form. fying result than Little, Brown & Co.
New Books.—The numerous readers and admirers MEMBERS OF The Trade ABROAD.-The American of Marion Harland's works will be gratified to learn book trade has, during the past summer, been largely that a new work by this gifted anthor will shortly represented abroad. Mr. Joshua B. Lippincott, of appear, entitled “Sunny bank.” This is the first this city, extended his visit to Europe until the close continuous story from her pen since “Miriam," of the season. Mr. Robert H. Johnson, of New which was published in the fall of 1862; her later
York, has been making very heavy purchases of volumes have been composed of briefer tales ani choice, fine, and rare works in London, and will sketches. We doubt not this new book will be doubtless be able to present to his customers some found worthy to rank with any of her former books, novel and attractive volumes. Mr. S. C. Griggs, so esteemed for their delineations of character and of Chicago, while in London and Edinburgh, added high moral tone. largely to a stock which rivals any other in our
The first book published by Marion Harland, and country, and excites the admiration of the East, as which admitted her at once to a place among the well as the wonder of the great West. At the same
most able and successful novelists of our country, time, he extended his arrangements for direct im- was “ Alone.”. Within a few months of its publicaportation to such a degree as to render him quite tion it reached a sale almost unprecedented by any independent of agencies in the Atlantic cities. 'Mr. American book. It will be sufficient to state that Ebbs, of Mohun & Ebbs, New York, has also made the new volume “Sunny bank" reintroduces us to a personal selection, in London and Paris, of a many of the pleasant acquaintances with whom we diversified list of valuable and richly bound works, grew familiar in “ Alone.” It admits us to a gallery beautifully illustrated by the best masters of the of these life-pictures vivid with interest and tru:be art of book engraving. The West has been further ful to nature. This book will be published early represented by Mr. R. D. Barney, of the house of in October by Sheldon & Co. Robert Clark & Co., whose large and fine establish
The same publishers have in press, and will ment in the Queen City has acquired a national publish in a short time, a book for the holidays be reputation. Mr. Barney, by his enterprise, excellent Marion Harland. It contains a few of her most taste, and general literary knowledge, has been charming stories, and will be elegantly illustrated enabled greatly to increase the facilities of his by wood epgravings beautifully printed in three house, especially in the regular and prompt supply of tints, called “ Christmas Holly.” English and French works of a rare and ornamental,
The same publishers have also in press a Der as well as a standard character.
volume by Spurgeon, entitled “Morning by Mor? REMOVAL.-James S. Claxton, successor to Wm. ing, or Daily Bible Readings,” which will doubtless $. & Alfred Martien, Philadelphia, has removed his prove a very useful book to assist in the daily hook-store to the new and spacious premises, No.
family devotions. 1214 Chestnut Street.
Messrs. Hurn & İloughton have in press, for im Large Transfer of PoeticaL PROPERTY.-Ticknor mediate publication, an American edition of De & Fields announce that they have bought from William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible, unier the Little, Brown & Co. the stereotype plates and the editorship of Prof. H. B. Hackett, D. D., assisted by entire stock of the important and valuable series of many eminent scholars. The appendix will be is books known as “ The British Poets.” This edition, corporated into the body of the work, the referens prepared at great expense and with the utmost care and engravings added, &c. &c.
verified, errors corrected, and numerous artie is the most complete and desirable collection of British poetry extant, and both in plan and execu BANCROFT's History.-Little, Brown & Co., of Bog tion has reflected great credit upon its projectors, Lit-'ton, will this day publish the ninth volume of MI tle, Brown & Co. They have now disposed of it to George Bancroft's History of the United States. Tu Ticknor & Fields, with the purpose of enabling the period embraced in this volume is from July, 177 latter house to incorporate with it such of the later to April, 1778, and the principal subjects treatenia and living poets now included in its own list as will are the Declaration of Independence and its edi
in Europe ; the Battle of Long Island ; Evacuation “ Ecce Homo” has reached its twelfth thousand in of New York; the Embarrassments of America ; the England, and the demand still continues. The Course of Opinion in England; Border War, North author's name is not yet known; but if he prefers and South; White Plains; Fort Washington ; Re- profits to fame, he is probably satisfied, for it is antreat through the Jerseys; Trenton and Princeton; nounced that his publishers have already paid him the Constitutions of the several States ; Preparations $30,000. in Europe and America for the Campaign of 1777;
The“ London Review"snubs “Punch.” It says: Evacuation of New Jersey by the British ; Advance “ We cannot refrain from noticing, with regret, the of Bargoyne; Bennington ; Philadelphia Captured ; badness of the illustrations, which, at one time the Surrender of Burgoyne; the Confederation; Valley very perfection of comic art, are now, for the most Forge. The tenth volume, which will bring the part, neither comic nor artistic. The best thing in history down to the close of the War of Indepen- the current number is a little sketch of a hairdresser dence, and the recognition of the United States as cutting the shaggy mane of a terrier, which is full a nation, is reported to be ready for the press, and of fancy and fun. Even Mr. Tenniel's cartoon is will probably appear, with a good analytical Index, poor this week, and the large social illustrations early next year.
More fortunate than his great are execrable. When we look back to the days of contemporary, Lord Macaulay, it has been the good Leech and Doyle, we are conscious of a decline into fortune of Mr. Bancroft to complete his great his something like barbarism-the result of a vicious tory, which has already taken its place as a standard style of drawing obstinately adhered to.” work.
The Oriental Translation Committee in London is OLD Plays.-James Russell Lowell is now editing about to resume its labors, after a lapse of two or three a collection of Old Plays, from Marlowe to Dryden, years. The “London Reader” says: “The Oriental which Little, Brown & Co., of Bostou, will soon put Translation Fund was established in 1828 by seveto press.
ral Oriental scholars and others interested in Eastern “The IMITATION OF Christ.”—The September num- literature, for the translation and publication of such ber of the “ Contemporary Review," among other works on Eastern history, science, and belles-lettres excellent papers, contains a fine article on the au as are inaccessible to the European public in MS. form thorship of " The Imitation of Christ,” in which the and indigenous language. During a period of thirtyclaims of Thomas à Kempis, as against St. Bernard, two years the committee have published, or aided Gerson, and all others, are vigorously vindicated, in the publication, of more than seventy translaboth from internal and external evidence. As an tions. Of these many are highly valuable, all are illustration of the great number of copies of this work curious and interesting, and several of them are of that have been produced, it is stated that in France such a nature that, without the aid afforded by the alone there have been more than sixty translations society, they could scarcely have been undertaken. and more than a thousand editions in French. The Sanskrit translations include those of the Mr. Thos. F. De Vor, the author of “ The Market Among those from the Arabic are found the travels
Sankhya Karika, Rig Veda, and Vishnu Purana. Book," the first volume of which, containing a his- of Ibn Batuta, and of the Patriarch Macarius, Altory of the New York markets, was published a few Makkari's history of the Mohammedan dynasties years since, has been engaged for some time upon in Spain, and the extensive lexicon of Hajji Khalia. à work of a somewhat similar nature, but un- There are also on the list translations from the doubtedly of more interest to the community at Persian, Syriac, Ethiopic, Armenian, Chinese, and large. It is a descriptive history of all kinds of loman food, such as is offered for sale in the various
Japanese languages.” markets of the world, not only animal flesh, but
“MEN OF LETTERS.” - The “ Athenæum” notices fish, game, poultry, vegetables, fruits, etc. etc., the fact that two popular authors, holding superior giving the proper seasons for each, and rules for appointments in the London post-office, are now distinguishing the good from the unsound or un- running novels in English periodicals—Mr. Anthony healthy. The work will be illustrated with draw. Trollope “ The Claverings” in the “Cornhill Magaings by the author, who is a well-known practical zine," and Mr. Edmund Yates “Black Sheep" in butcher, and is regarded as an authority upon all "All the Year Round.” Mr. Trollope, born in 1815, subjects connected with markets. We see, by the and educated at Winchester and Harrow, is second * Round Table” of September 22, that the work is son of the Mrs. Frances Trollope, whose “ Domestic now in press, and will be published shortly. In Manners of the Americans” caused so much excitethis connection we might add that we look with ment thirty-five years ago; and Mr. Yates, born in interest for the second volume of Mr. Do Vor's 1831, is son of the late Frederick Yates, actor and Market Book,” which, we understand, is devoted co-manager of the Adelphi Theatre, London, with
the late Mr. Charles Mathews. to the history of the Philadelphia markets. u STONEWALL” Jackson.—We notice that there has Parliament a committee was appointed to receive
DRAMATIC.—During the last session of the British just been published in London the second and con evidence and report upon the subject of theatres, elading volume of “ The Life of Lieut.-General Thomas J. Jackson,” by Professor R. L. Dabney, the increase of which has been very great of late D. D., Richmond, Va., and it is advertised that the actor, and Mr. E. T. Smith, formerly lessee of
years. Among the witnesses were Mr. Charles Kean, the manuscript has been specially revised by Drury Lane Theatre, and now of Astley's and CreGeneral Robert E. Lee.” Nisbet & Co., who deal
morne Gardens. Mr. Kean deposed that the auAlmost exclusively in what is called serious litera-diences of the American were much better behaved Jare, are the London publishers.
than those of the English theatres. Mr. Smith Bc258.—"The Bookseller" (published in London) stated that, when he was lessee of Drury Lane Theers that Mr. James McKie, of Kilmarnock, Scot- atre, he had lost $15,000 by Mr. Charles Kean's And, who is collecting all the various editions of engagement, and $17,500 by the engagement of the he Life and Works of Robert Burns, has made out late Mr. G. V. Brooke. His opinion was that there list of nearly 200 volumes, comprising 125 differ- are more theatres in London than there was deman;
publications. The list ought to be much larger. for. At present there are only seven theatres open least thirty different editions of Burns have ap- in London ; by the end of the present month this Jared on this side of the Atlantic.
number will be doubled.
OCT. 1, 1866.
IMPERIAL AUTHORSHIP.-It is mentioned by Eng-|. ROYAL ACADEMY OF ENGLAND.-The new building, lish journals that, when the publication of “Julins to be erected at the back of Burlington House, Pic. Cæsar” is completed, the Emperor Napoleon will cadilly, the front façade being presented, is to have write a biography of Charlemagne.
Mr. Sydney Smirke as architect. It will be rememEmerson's Works.—Bell & Daldy, London, have bered that Hogarth, over a century ago, introduced just published the whole of R. W. Emerson's prose a view of Burlington House into one of his satirical and poetical works, in two neat volumes ; price less designs. than a dollar.
A FLAGRANT case of plagiarism is exposed by the OBITUARY.—Mr. Sergeant Manning, an eminent London“ Bookseller.” Some years ago a Boston English lawyer, who wrote a great deal of literary house published Mr. Bartlett's volume of "Famicriticism, and particularly applied himself to phi- liar Quotations,” which has just been stolen by Mr. lology, a study to which Max Müller has given such J. Hain Friswell, and reproduced in London, with an impetus in England, is reported dead, at the ripe additions and blunders, under the title of " Fami
liar Words: An Index Verborum." The “Bookage of eighty-four.
seller” says :
“Mr. Bartlett, following the plan of AUTOGRAPHS. — The correspondence of Josiah Mr. Murray's Dictionary, had arranged his quotaWedgwood, the celebrated English potter, about tions under the name of the author from whom tbe 1500 letters, from crowned heads, as well as states- selection was made. Mr. Friswell first set to work men, artists, and literati, was sold by auction a few by cutting up these fragments, and then arranging weeks ago, in London, for $110.
them under subjects. Had this been properly doue, The CAMBRIDGE SHAKSPEARE.—This fine edition, and fairly and honorably acknowledged, no obe by Messrs. W. G. Clark and W. A. Wright, of Trinity could have complained; but Mr. Friswell neither College, Cambridge, published by Macmillan, of did his work well, nor did he acknowledge tie London, is now completed by the publication of the source of his inspiration.” pinth volume, containing three plays and the poems. The text has been carefully and critically revised.
The London “Spectator" arers that the Russian
collection in the library of the British Museum is AN APRICAN HARP.-At the recent annual meet.
more complete than any library in Russia. Owing ing of the British Association for the Advancement to the severe censorship of the Russian press the of Science, Sir Roderick Murchison stated, in the thoughts of Russian and Polish liberals are forci Geographical Section, that M. du Chaillu's second to seek publication elsewhere. A considerable and expedition to Africa had failed, but that he had increasing number of books in those languages as brought over the skeletons of a few gorillas, and published at Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin
, lien sundry curiosities, among which was a harp, the neva, and other towns. These books are of cours. strings of which were made of vegetable fibre. not to be found in the libraries of St. Petersburg This had been presented to himself
, but he, think and Moscow. Similarly, the pamphlets of Frebes ing it ought to be in the hands of one of the first political emigrants at Brussels are not to be azt : harp-players in England, had begged the Duchess with in Paris. of Wellingtou to accept it, and it was now in hier
SHERIDAN KNOWLES.-- When this dramatist writi ladyship's collection at Apsley-house. One is re
“ Caius Gracchus," minded here of the anecdote of James Bruce, nins," and for several years later, he was a teacza
“ William Tell," and “Virz. another famous African explorer, whose startling of elocution in Glasgow. He is buried in the next to statements, though much discredited at the time, polis of that city, and some of his friends 37 have since been remarkably verified. A lady asked him if there were any musical instruments the form of a cenotaph, over his remains. It
former pupils have lately erected a monument, i in Abyssinia ? He answered, rather hesitatingly, “I think there was one lyre there.” The lady re- stone, surmounted by a sarcophagus of gray polisha
very handsome, and is built of fine durable sand plied, by no means sotto voce, “Yes, and there 's Aberdeen granite. Among the ornaments are meda one less now that you are not there!" By the way. liou heads of some of the leading characters in bi the British Association met at Nottingham, close to Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest, which is popularly plays-viz: William Tell and Emma, Virginias an believed to have been a town a thousand years be- Gracchus and his mother Cornelia. The only i
his daughter, Master Walter and Julia, Cair fore the Christian era! There certainly had been seription gives Knowles's name in full, with dat houses on that site long before the first Olympiad, or of his birth and death. the birth of Romulus. CHARLOTTE Corday.—M. Adolphe Huard, of Paris, and 1848 a considerable number of valuable man
STOLEN MANCSCRIPTS.-Between the years 18 has published a biography of Charlotte Corday, who killed the infamous Marat on July 14, 1793, scripts were missing (said to have been stoe and was guillotined for the deed. From this it ap: Bibliothèque Impériale of Paris. It has lately be
from the great literary collection now known as pears that, instead of being a Normandy peasant, discovered that thirty-three of the most rated as generally believed, she was noble by blood as well as by intellect, and that a younger sister of volumes of which the Library had been plaude
are now in Lord Ashburton's library at Ashburra Corneille, the dramatic poet, was among her ances. try. An elder cousin of hers, who survived until Place, in Sussex, England. They were sold to 1851, remembered Charlotte as one who was grave July, 1855, and without any doubt was the only
lordship by a certain M. J. Barrois, who di or gay, reserved or loquacious, serious or laughing, There were 702 of the Barrois manuscripts srl as the time warranted; but ever with a love for Lord Ashburton : it is not expected, his pareti children and their companionship, and with (as having been bona fide, that he will return the map she was wont to say) the manners of a well-bred young lady-according the usages and traditions
scripts to the library in Paris. of the De Corday family. There is a sketch of AFRICAN EXPLORATION. - Queen Victoria Charlotte Corday in Lamartine's new work, “ Bio- knighted Mr. Baker, and made Captain Grad graphies and Portraits of Some Celebrated People.” Companion of the Bath, the first having discover She figures therein in company with Lord Bacon, the Albert Nyanza, and the latter (with the Shakspeare, Lord Chatham, W. Pitt, Madame Ro- Captain Speke) the Victoria Nyanza, from land. Mirabeau. Danton, and Vergniaud.
lakes the Nile flows.