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APRIL 15, 1867.
BYRON AND IRVING.
safely that evening! I do not know whether M. been appointed by the Italian government to go to Timothée Trium, who was one evening in his life a Vienna to claim the Venetian archives carried away dramatic author at the Delassements Comiques, by the Austrians. He will claim two hundred and remained on the stage the evening his piece was forty-nine Venetian pictures, above five hundred played; if he did not, if he remained in the theatre registers, packets, volumes and manuscripts of the that night, I pity him! I remain, Dupin.” archives and libraries, and five hundred and
Here is the latest pen-and-ink portrait of M. de thirty-four works of art belonging to the Museum Lamartine: “That old man you see sitting in an of the Arsenal. He has been instructed to claim arm-chair, sad and silent, is he. So recently as ten all the manuscript relating to Venetian history; it years since, when he walked about the streets of is alleged the most important collections relating Paris, straight, thin, and buoyant, he looked, with to the history of the old republic are now at Vienna, his thread bare clothes, like a nobleman on whom as the Austrians did literally despoil the Venetian fortune had not smiled, and who shielded himself archives of everything precious. . . M. Philarete by extreme cleanliness from the results of poverty. Chasles has discovered in the Mazarine Library a Now age has marked him distinctly; every feature, curious autograph. No one knew the Christian every sinuosity of his epidermis bears age's claws. names of the unhappy Marshal d'Ancre. M. If the head retains the Grecian smallness which Chasles has discovered the Marshal's own handwas once admired, it is no longer in harmonious writing, traced on a copy of Euripides of the 16th proportion with the face. The cheekbones and century, published by Plantin with this denominajaws have increased; the eyes have lost their tion in Greek-Ktema palaion. The Marshal signed lustre, and that eloquent mouth, which calmed his name there Cosme Antoine Baptiste Concini. storms and pacified angry mobs, has lost some of The same volume likewise contains in the same its teeth and undergone age's deformity. He handwriting a series of quotations from Euripides's speaks with so much difficulty he commonly keeps tragedies, translated into Latin, which form a sort silent.” It is said M. de Lamartine's debts amount of decalogue of an ambitious man, and which to $100,000, and his income is set down at $16,000 Concini seemed to have made the rule of his life. a year, of which $6,000 come from the Sultan
G. S. (who settled some years since this annuity on him), and $6,000 from his wife's estate. If these state
NOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERS. ments be true, M. de Lamartine requires $24,000 a year to keep down the interest on his debt; and
PHILADELPHIA, March 11, 1857. it is said he cannot manage to live for less than Editor American Literary Gazette : $20,000 a year, consequently his income is just Sir: To my note published in your paper of tl.e $28,000 a year below his expenses. But it must 1st inst. I should add, Mr. Irving told me that be noticed that his copyright is pot included in whilst at Moore's lodgings, from time to time, waitthis estimate of, income. I stumbled the other ing for him to dress for dinner, he would read By. day upon a singular memorandum of account, ron's MS. Journal. He (Irving) quoted some of it namely, the publisher's account of M. de Lamar- (certainly not proper for the public or private eye) tine's “ History of the Restoration.” Here it is : to me as late as 1857. He said that Moore had sent Paid the author for the manuscript, $30,000 00 many kind messages to him. Irving gave me a Printing,
5,089 85 very interesting account of a visit to Sunnyside by Stereotyping,
528 15 Prince (now the Emperor) Napoleon III. Paper,
12,799 56 what there was not Irving interesting ? Stitching,
A. B. C. Bills and advertisements,
MR. H. E. Todor, New York, has issued neat phoBanquet given the author, $86 60
tographic copies of Mullen's portrait of the late Nightsoil men and sweep
Artemus Ward, with characteristic sketches illusing,
trative of the choicest and most comical subjects Letters and hack hire,
of this humorist. M's. expenses,
20 23 Proof reading and copy,
MR. W. T. Linton, of New York, proposes to
39 01 Insurance,
issue, by December next, a complete History of
30 50 Carpenter's bill,
729 59 Engraving on Wood, with numerous illustrations.
The work will be in one volume, large quarto, on Hire of a press,
5 40 Rent,
thick English paper, and printed in England in the Paid porter,
best possible manner. By the merit of the text,
63 40 S.'s expenses,
and beauty of the illustrations, it will constitute a
handsome as well as instructive addition to our Accountant,
art-literature. No one in the country is more comSundries,
127 40 ) Cost of engravings, etc. for illustrated
petent to do justice to the subject than Mr. Linton. edition.
The prospectus thus announces the scope of the work :
“There is certainly as yet no satisfactory his$52,912 82
tory of Engraving on Wood-the oldest and not A curious coincidence of ideas and expressions the least important of methods of engraving. The of two authors has just occurred here. It led at only modern work, that by Chatto (unfairly attrionce to a charge of plagiarism, but the accused buted to Jackson), learned and excellent as is its author, M. Ch. Dollfus, has given his word of honor account of the ancient practice of the art, is singuhe never read or so much as heard of “ Les Amants," larly deficient in all that relates to the modern by M. Hector Malot—and he is a gentleman whose schools; and the supplement to a recent edition word may be relied on.
by Bohn, does not give even a notion of what has M. Sardou recently told one of his friends he been accomplished in late years; the criticisms always felt he could achieve fame and fortune, and being without knowledge, and the specimens genein the deepest of his poverty he was so sure of the rally poor and ill-chosen. The work now proposed future he often amused himself drawing plans of is intended to supply this deficiency; its object his study and of his park! ... M. Cibrario has being, while giving a succinct history of ancient
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times, to go thoroughly into the modern schools, man can read a single number of it without recogbeginning with Bewick and Branston: to fairly re- nizing the fact, that industry, independence, and view and criticize their characteristic merits and 'force are brought to bear in all its departments. defects; and to illustrate both history and criticism We think it was Fuseli, who, when asked by a with proofs of the best engravings of the best mas- brother artist, what he mixed his colors with, reters--engravings not merely taken haphazard, or plied—“With brains, sir !" So whatever one may to suit the advertising needs of publishers (as has think of the "Round Table,” in every respect, he been the case in what reviews have hitherto been cannot help admitting that it is, at any rate, edited put forth); nor yet mere reduced or other copies, with brains. There is in the world so much dreary worthless as specimens of engraving (like those common-place and leaden conformity that the mere copies of old cuts given by Chatto); but carefully spectacle of vigorous life and intellectual briskness selected examples of the different styles of different is, of itself, gratifying. We need just such a jour. men-proofs on India paper fiom the original blocks, nal, and it deserves to be well conned by the amwhen available, and when the blocks are worn or bitious young gentleman who raslly contemplates cannot be obtained, photographs from early proofs, premature authorship. In it, like the Apostle's In addition, it is proposed to show the manifold natural man beholding his face in a glass, he may capabilities of wood engraving by giving some ofttimes discern his fate, and thus be forewarned original subjects, such as fruit, fish, shells, feathers, lest he himself become the Ucalegon next to burn. &c. &c.--so far as possible, to make the book a We are glad to hear that this journal is permanently sufficient manual of instruction for all really established, and that the circle of its influence is earnest professors of the art. The proposed work constantly expanding. will therefore con prise: A faithful History of the Art of Engraving on Wood, as practised from the inform me whether any public library in Philadel.
En. Pub. CIRCULAR.–Will some of your readers earliest time until now, in England, Germany, France, America, &c., with some account also of phia contains a set of the “ Revue Contemporaine,"
N. D. the principal Engravers; A choice collection of the say for the last ten years ? best specimens of the art (including only the best, Dickens's DEALINGS WITH AMERICANS.—Mr. Chas. except where it may be desirable to point out Dickens bas always been loud in his complaints errors in style); A manual of criticism, with exam- against what he calls the “piracy” of American ples for instruction. The edition will be limited publishers. We see it announced in the “ lex to three hundred. Mr. Linton is now prepared to York Tribune" that, when Ticknor & Fields issued receive subscriptions.”
the first number of their Diamond edition of MR. C. P. Culver, of Crawfordville, Taliaferro order that he should share the profits, and that Mr.
Dickeus, they sent him two hundred pounds, in County, Georgia, bias in course of preparation a Dickens wrote back, saying, “I think you know work, to be entitled “ The Distinguished Civilians of the late (so called) Confederate States of how high and far beyond the money's worth I America; or, The Inside and Outside View of Se. esteem this act of manhood, delicacy, and honor. I cession.” The work will open with a review of have never derived greater pleasure from the rethe causes which led to secession, presenting some ceipt of money in all my life.” No doubt, he was new and interesting features on this point. 21. The surprised as well as pleased at receiving £20), organization of the late Confederate Government. which he had not bargained for, but the above 3d. Jefferson Davis and his Cabinet; with bio- statement, and particularly the quotation froin the graphical sketches, letters, speeches, anecdotes,
letter, might convey the idea that it was an unusual &0. 4th. Members of the Confederate States thing for Mr. Dickens to receive money from the Senate and House of Representatives, with bio- United States on account of his writings. graphical sketches, letters, speeches, anecdotes, &c.
Such an impression would be entirely erroneous, 5th. Governors of the late seceded States and their for Mr. Dickens has derived a considerable part of Legislatures, private civilians-embellishing the his income from moneys paid him for advance whole with steel portraits, engravings of Confede- sheets of his various works. From the very first rate bonds, treasury notes, and other devices of the the “ Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club,"
- that is, as far back as the great hit he made with late Confederacy. It is not yet announced by nearly thirty years ago—Harper Brothers of New whom the volume will be published.
York, desirous of securing and retaining in their THE “Round Table.”—The service rendered to own hands the exclusive sale of his works, have our literature by upshrinking criticism is the paid him large sums for each as it appeared. Since thought impressed on our mind as we lay down the first issue of “ Harpers' Magazine," and, subse the last number of the “ Round Table.” The art quently, of “ Harpers' Weekly," each new work by of criticism is studied among us to a limited extent, Dickens has been published in these periolicals, and is properly practised to a still less extent. Our by special arrangement with the author, almost leading literary organs, or the publications which simultaneously with their appearance in London. claim and are supposed to be such, belong, for the Impressions of the illnstrations, chiefly on steel, most part, to particular schools or interests, and were sent over here, with the advance sheets, and their judgments are too often determined by their put in the hands of good artists, who copied aud sympathies and antipathies, or by a supposed sense reproduced them on wood. In the instance of "A of duty. The most critical of our newspapers is Tale of Two Cities,” which appeared in London certainly the “Round Table," and though we fre- without any illustrations, Harper & Brothers bad quently read and lear animadversions upon some sixty-four original designs made for that work and of its articles, yet criticism, even if it is sharply engraved on wood, at a cost of $2,000. Yet, in reconducted, is of such great benefit, that we cannot cent notices of a new edition of that story, the help commending any literary journal which has newspaper critics of New York and Boston rarely teeth and claws as well as eyes and ears. Our said more than that it had "some outs." New deimpression of the “Round Table,' derived from a signs were also made by Mr. McLenan for "Great pretty constant reading of it, is that it means to be Expectations," and paid for on the same liberal fair, and, as a general thing, is correct and judicious scale. in its expressions of opinion. That it is conducted After Harper & Brothers had got their money's with marked ability is universally admitted. No worth out of Mr. Dickens's successive works, by
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issuing them in the manner above mentioned, they less cases in point. Smiles's “Self Help” is a transferred the engravings and their interest in the work which, in its subject and treatment, is pecuworks, to T. B. Peterson & Brothers, of this city, liarly suited to American ideas and frelings : yet, who shared their payments to Mr. Dickens and the while the English edition sold over fifty thousand cost of engraving the illustrations here. It is well copies, the American reprint, although at a lower known that, in this manner, Messrs. Peterson have price, has probably not sold more than a fifth of acquired a possession, which was generally ac- that number. The same author's “Lives of the cepted, until lately, as equivalent to a copyright, of Engineers,” an elaborate and high-priced book, Dickens, and under this they have published vari- sold extensively in England, but no American pubous editions.
lisher ventured to reprint it, although free of copyMr. Dickens, who is overcome with the "greater right, and with its numerous drawings and enpleasure” of a £200 gift, knew how to drive a gravings prepared to his liand. The “ Heaven our pretty hard bargain with Harper & Brothers, and Home" books, a series of well-written religious (through them) with T. B. Peterson. He has re-essays, have reached their seventy and eighty thouceived many thousand pounds, in gold, for advance- sand each in Great Britain, and their six or seven sheets. Not having access to Messrs. Harpers' thousand in America. The Globe Edition of “Shakbooks, we cannot name the exact amount, but hap- speare” is a marvel of compactness, neatness, and pen to know that, for his last three books alone, he cheapness, and reached at once a sale in the Engwas paid £3,250, in gold. The sums he received lish market of fifty or sixty thousand copies. A were £1,000 for “ A Tale of Two Cities,” £1,250 for Philadelphia house imported the work, but some two “Great Expectations,” and £1,000 for “ Our Mutual or three thousand are all that have been distributed Friend.” At the average price of gold while these in the States, although a far cheaper and neater three works were paid for, and at the rate of ex- edition than any of our own. The English perichange, the sum disbursed to Mr. Dickens, for these odicals are also far more numerous than ours, and alone, was over $24,000 in greenbacks, and we dare as a rule have larger circulations. There is, say, the various sums remitted to him, for advance- perhaps, no one English magazine that has a circusheets only, by Harpers and Petersons, from first to lation greater than that of Harper's; but there last, will be found, when added up, to make a total are several which nearly equal it. But nothing of over $60,000. But any one reading his letter exhibits more conclusively the difference between would naturally fancy that the £200 sent him from the two countries in this particular than a comBoston was all that he had ever received from parison between London and New York trade-sale American publishers. The sum of £3,250, in hard returns. While in one case the volumes sold numcash, for advance-sheets of his three latest works, ber by hundreds, in the other they number by thoutells a very different story.—Philadelphia Press, sands. Mr. John Murray, indeed, will often sell at April 12.
his annual trade-sale several thousand copies of a INTERNAL Revenue.—The new changes in the book which cannot safely be reprinted in America Internal Revenue law, superadded to those pre
at all. These facts alone refute the prevalent viously made, puzzle 'the public as well as the notion of our greater book-buying and book-reading United States assessors, but much trouble is saved tastes, an error arising, probably, from our larger by a very complete and convenient “ Guide," just consumption of cheap daily newspapers. published in Springfield by Samuel Bowles & Co.,
Our population, however, daily increases, intelliand for sale here by the American News Company. gence spreads, wealth accumulates, and the making
It It is prepared by Charles N. Emerson, Internal of many books must characterize all our future. Revenue Assessor for the Tenth District of Massa- is not too soon to ask, How are we preparing for chusetts, who has carefully codified and digested
these increasing wants ? Is there any real conthe laws of 1864, 1865, 1866, and 1867. Taxpayers
currence between the demand to come and the will find in the pages of this handy volume full measures to supply it? Do book-buyers and bookanswers to all difficult questions.
makers understand each other? Are we pursuing
a course whereby not only an active and able Book-MAKING IN AMERICA.- Among those who American literature shall be encouraged, but the have to do with books very radical differences of literary tastes of the public stimulated as well as opinion exist not only as to the literary culture of supplied ? Is our skill in book-making as an art the American people, but as to the condition of our equal to the English or continental? In reference book-making as an art. In reference to our con- to the last of these interrogatories it would be sumption of books, very erroneons ideas seem to pleasant to indorse the complacent assertions on prevail. We are constantly described as peculiarly the subject which are so current, but the fact is à reading public, and nine men out of ten will very apparent that American book-making is far assert, with vast complacency, that our superiority behind European. We have printed a good many to our benighted English brethren in this particular creditable volumes, it is true, and occasionally is due to the advantages of free institutions. Now there has been an issue that might boldly chal. the facts of the case are that many more books are lenge comparison with anything of the kind abroad. published in England than in America,and an Eng. But these have been exceptions, produced as samlish book designed for popular circulation obtains a ples, and cannot be accepted as truly representative much larger sale than a similar issue with us. of the arerage art. Our books are inferior in all Moreover, the English have their extensive and those details and nicer qualities the observance of widely-diffused circulating libraries, to which ours which constitutes the art. Take up what you will, are utterly insignificant. Where the Mercantile an English periodical, pamphlet, or book, whether Library of Astor Place will take a hundred copies cheap or costly, and you will find it to possess a cerof a book at about a dollar and a half, the famous tain quality of elegance which in nine cases out of Mudie's Library of London will take three thou- ten a corresponding Ainerican publication will lack. sand copies at some four or five times the price. It is hardly unfair to say that to the eye of the conMudie's will, in fact, often reqnire for its customers noisseur every American book will exhibit in the a larger number of copies of a book than can be neglect of some detail its cis-Atlantic origin. We sold in the entire Union, even when reprinted at a have made efforts at illustrated books which have low popular price. As examples of the compara- | been moderately successful, but the last three or tire demands in the two countries there are number- four years have exhibited a decline in this branch
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rather than an advance. The production of a fact. When you drop u from color you seem in book like Doré's Bible would be an impossibility some way to extract all the color and heart out of in America.
the word. If the idea is fanciful, why is it that Nowhere is our deficiency greater than in binding. the u is almost universally retained in Sariour, it We have two or three binders who give us excel- being distiucly felt that to deprive that word of lent workmanship, but they are utterly unequal to even a letter would be to sacrilegiously despoil it the demands upon them, and hence the majority of of its sacred completeness ? But every bibliopole our books are unspeakably vulgar in appearance appreciates and admits the value and significance and poor in execution. Even our best binders are of styles in type. Of late years there has been a unable to supply themselves with elegant designs rage for what is called Old Style, which, unlike many for tooling, and must either copy the foreign or fashions, is deserving of all the favor it receives. content themselves with such new combinations of But in employing this style the long s's should old forms as they can make. Certain books re- be dropped altogether, as they are a bindrance and quire elaborate and artistic ornamentation, and in a vexation to a majority of readers. If the object Europe there are men specially educated in this were merely to make fac-similes of antique books, branch of art who continually surprise us with then of course this peculiar s should be retained. unique and often exquisitely beautiful designs, But the type has not been revived, as some suppose, which unite grace, delicacy, character, invention, with the idea of imitating the old because it is old, harmony of proportion, and unity of effect. There but for the reason that the type is singularly is not an artist in the whole breadth of the Union pleasing to the eye, its slight irregularity and of any skill or experience in this department; and quaintness of form adding to its charms. It can be consequently anything like originality or artistic read, moreover, with more ease and at a greater beauty in designs for book-covers is not at present distance than the ordinary formal-cut type. possible.
The most important question concerning AmeriWe can make good paper, but we seldom use it. can books is, after all, their cost. There is pressing There is a certain class of American novels which need for a class of issues which shall combine Deat. never fail to remind one of a man in a fine coat over a ness with cheappess and compactness. The Messrs. soiled shirt. Take up a copy of one and you will Harpers supply us pretty well with the better observe its gayly-gilded and highly-colored binding; English novels in a cheap and fairly readable form; open it and you are startled and disgusted by its / but in the whole range of English or American clascoarse and yellow paper and its wretched printing. sics one must either purchase more costly copies Better paper and better printing are often put in than he needs, or content himself with those which our daily newspapers. This class of books does are vilely printed from worn-out plates. No man, more to bring into contempt American taste and says a Frenchman, whose income is less than fire culture than any other. The square, inelegant, thousand dollars, can afford to buy a book ; because, and clumsy proportions of these books are also he explains, no man buys one book-he buys a noticeable. Almost all American books have hundred or none. Cannot the publishers wake trimmed edges; almost all English ones, unless some effort for the benefit of the large class which bound in leather, have their edges uncut. There have literary taste and scant pocket-books? The has always been considerable discussion on this true economy of book-inaking-the largest result point, and in England at present there is, as we from the smallest expenditure-has been rarely have before mentioned, a strenuous advocacy of studied. There is too much waste in the ordinary the American plan, headed by no less a personage book-too much weight in the paper, too much than Mr. Charles Dickens. It is not easy to cou- margin, too much cost in the binding. Thick paper vert a connoisseur to this opinion. A trimmed and wide margins are well enough for those who book is in his eye an abomination; and it is really can afford sumptuous editions for their grand libra. the case that, apart from any considerations of ries, but become wasteful luxuries for those whose convenience, there is a style and elegance in the means are small and needs many Why, morevirgin margin of a folded sheet, before the knife over, when one seeks to buy a Shakspeare or a Vilton, has touched it, which is peculiarly charming. This must he be compelled to purchase so much extra charm is partially injured in American books, when weight of paper, thereby paying to the publisher bound with uncut edges, by the fact that, either seventy or eighty cents a pound for a material from inequality in the size of the paper or imper- worth about twenty? A thin paper renders a book fect register of the sheet on the press, the signature more flexible and free to the band, and, so far, rarely folds with the regularity and neatness which more agreeable than the hearier volume. It is characterize the English books. This point is very only necessary that the paper should not be so thin noticeable in periodicals. There is another diffe- as to be transparent. Again, why must we have rence between English and American books which wide margins and large type save when a luxurious may be referred to here : our books in muslin are elegance is confessedly designed? The type, of all bound with firm and tight backs; the English course, must not be so small as to strain the eye; with free and open backs. The English book will, but small, though perfectly clear and legible type, therefore, lie flat and open in your hand ; the narrow margins, and thin paper are great economies American, on the contrary, requires some leverage in book-making, and all three are perfectly comto keep it open. One method is more durable and patible with neatness and attractiveness. It is sightly, the other more agreeable.
desirable, also, to make a radical change in the An interesting consideration in book-making is binding of books. There are, in fact, only two the style of type. There is a settled connection proper styles--one in substantial leather, morocco, between the form of the letter and the thought of or calf, which may be graced with all the appointthe author which is more easily felt than analyzed ; ments of art; the other simply in paper. Muslin in one style of type an author's language will seem binding, so much in vogue, has nothing to defend compact, in another diffuse ; in one metal garb it it. It is paltry, perishable, and at the same time will appear obtuse, and in another sharp and clear. expensive, an as every different work is bound in There is what might be called an æsthetic quality an independent style and of an independent size, not only in the form of type, but in the spelling of it is far from suitable for libraries. A row of books words; and the opposition to Mr. Webster's inno- in faded, many-colored muslin covers, variously vations often arises from a vague perception of the gilded, and no two volumes alike in height, pre
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sents a motley and distasteful confusion. We wish, 'cation of his former book on the same subject, but therefore, that the continental plan of binding the new material he has procured will enable him books in paper covers were more common; they to make it essentially new. Mr. Reed was recently are more pleasant to handle, easier to read, far elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy. cheaper, and they enable the purchaser to binil! The export of books from England last year, in them in permanent form and uniform style at his weight, amounted to more than five million pounds. convenience. The book-buyer would soon find no Their value, as registered at the Custom House, small pleasure in collecting his books in paper was £602,177, a little over 26d. sterling per pound. covers, classifying them according to subject, and binding them in styles which should bear the mark which has for a number of years been preparing in
The first volume of a new Biblical Cyclopædia, of his taste. Every man's collection would by this the able bands of Rev. Dr. MeClintock and Rev. means have its own individual character.— The James Strong, has just been issued by the HarRound Table, New York, March 30, 1867.
pers. The first volume includes the letters A and D. APPLETON & Co. will shortly issue an inter- B. There are to be five others, all thoroughly esting new work, entitled “The History of the illustrated ; each volume will contain one thousand Navy during the Rebellion.” It will be complete pages. In the preparation of this great work Messrs. in two elegant octavo volumes of about five hun- McClintock and Strong have had the assistance of dred pages each, embellished and illustrated with a number of scholars and theologians. They aim some ten full-page engravings in chromo tints, and to make it a complete manual of Biblical literature, with the same number of full-page woodcuts, por. theology, church history, religious biography, and traits on steel of distinguished officers, and nu- ecclesiastical terms and usages ; scholarly and merous vignettes from sketches made by Com- thorough in its method, but not repulsive to the mander M. B. Woolsey, U. S. Navy, and with mere English reader by an unnecessary display of numerous maps and charts from government sur- technical language. veys and official plans, furnished for this work
A COMPANION volume to Mr. Longfellow's translaexclusively.
tion of Dante, the first volume of which, containing THE LITERARY Editor of the “New York Times” the “Inferno,” is announced for immediate publicanotices that the taste for "private editions” is on tion, will appear before long, in the shape of a verthe increase in this country. Within a short time, sion of the "Vita Nuova,” by Mr. Charles E. Norton.
gentleman of this city has caused seventy copies We hear, too, that Dr. Parsons's translation of the of Halleck's “Fanny" to be printed at his own “Inferno," the first seventeen cantos of which were expense, and enriched with original notes by the published a number of years ago, is passing through author; the same amateur has produced a beautiful the press. His last volume, “ The Magnolia,” a colimpression of Hicks's “Eulogy of Crawford," limit. lection of original poems, is winning “golden opining the number to one hundred. The “ Bradford ions” from the best judges of poetry. Club” have had eighty copies of a valuable historical monograph struck off at Munsen's press, in tracts from which were a feature of the “Atlantic
The journals and note-books of Hawthorne, exthe most exquisite style; and they are about to Monthly” during the past year, are about to be prepare a private edition of the letters of Col.
published complete in two volumes. If we may John Laurens. The little quarto, of which one hundred and fifty were published by subscription judge by the portions already printed, and which by Putnam, a few years since, under the title of
are exceedingly interesting from the light which “The Character and Portraits of Washington," now and his methods of literary labor, they will be a
they shed upon the genius of the delightful writer commands a high price when a stray copy finds its valuable addition to our scanty stock of intellectual way into an auctioneer's catalogue-and several
autobiographies. collectors, of Knickerbocker proclivities, are busy
An old and acrimoniou couter Foversy is reopened illustrating the “private edition of Dr. Francis's old New York." By the handsome specimen of by the publication of a volume entitled “Av Inquiry typography and binding called the Magpolia,'
into the Origin of Anesthesia,” written by esa privately printed Boston book, we perceive that Senator Truwan Smith, and issued in Hartford by this expensive and recherche taste is active in that Brown & Goss. Mr. Smith goes over the whole city also. A lover of the somewhat coy but always ground, reviews the evidence in the case, rejects emphatic and pleasant muse of Dr. Thomas William the claims of Dr. Morton and Dr. Jackson, and conParsous has collected and embalmed in this beau- tends that Horace Wells is entitled to the sole tiful casket some of his late and uncollected pieces. credit of the discovery. Rev. Dr. George B. IDE, of Springfield, has nearly William Smith’s “ Dictionary of the Bible” has ap
The first number of the American edition by Dr. ready a volume of sermons to be published under
peared from the press of Hurd & Houghton. It will the title of “ Bible Pictures."
be published in thirty parts by subscription, and is CROSBY & AINSWORTH republish Professor Craik's revised and edited by Professor H. B. Hackett, with “ English of Shakspeare, illustrated in a Philologi- the co-operation of Mr. Ezra Abbot, Assistant Libracal Commentary on his Julius Cæsar."
rian of Harvard University. The illustrations are MR. John MEREDITH Read, Jr., of Albany, is en
numerous and good, and the text clear. gaged in writing a new “Life of Heury Hudson,"
Gor LD & Lincoln announce a publication of the with the aid of original documents drawn from the
“ Progress of Doctrine in the New Testament," by rarest sources in England, Holland, France, and Thoinas Dehany Bernard, of Exeter College, EngSpain. · This interesting work is to be illustrated land. It is one of the series of Bampton Lectures. by Albert Bierstadt, who sails for Europe in May The proposal that a royalty should be paid the for the purpose of making studies for the series of author of a book on each copy sold by the pubdrawings delineating the exciting events in the lisher is Mr. James Spedding's contribution tocareer of the renowned navigator, as well as for the wards the settlement of the ancient quarrel begreat picture of “ The Discovery of the North River tween authors and publishers. To this “The by Henry Hudson," one of the two national pic- Spectator” wants a rider added in the interest of tures ordered for the Capitol at Washington by the the publishers, and, considering the vexations government. Mr. Read's work will be an amplifi. ' which the procent system imposes on the genus