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I have been cautious of late in accepting French

Paris, March 29, 1866. assertions. I told you the other day one of our We have had some interesting particulars of the penny papers offered M. Victor Hugo $100,000 for domestic life of Chateaubriand which a gentleman the privilege of publishing “The Laborers of the obtained from poor M. Danielo, whose death I re- Sea" in its feuilleton ; the real price offered was cently recorded. Chateaubriand's private secretary 100,000 francs ($20,000). I said some time since M. almost pardoned M. L. Larchey his misfortune in Mame, of Tours, had made money by the first edition not being a pigeon, and treated him with almost as of the Bible illustrated by Gustave Doré. It was a much confidence as if he wore feathers instead of mistake : the first edition did not entirely cover broadcloth. M. Larchey has given us scraps of M. expenses; M. Mame reckons upon maki a great Danielo's conversations. The most interesting pas- deal of money by the second edition, now in course sage relates to Mme. de Chateaubriand : “Another of publication ; but he is not so enthusiastic about cause of trouble was his wife, whose causticity some- M. Doré as might be supposed, and keeps as clear times annoyed the husband and his secretary. She of the latter's illustrated Shakspeare as scalded would tease them both, and say to her husband: cats of cold water. An instance of French love of • You really have no brains, and I really cannot exaggeration came a few days since under my imagine what put it into your head to write.' observation. You know M. Doré now asks $100,000 Danielo said Chateaubriand would reply, with a for his illustration of Shakspeare. He was not capital gape : ‘Neither can I, my dear, and I am very satisfied with $80,000, at which price it is said sorry the idea ever entered my head. I am punished Messrs. Hachette were disposed to buy them. It is for it as severely as you are. I would I had never asserted M. Doré is in negotiation with an English, written two lines. If you did not inspire me, I would an American, and a French firm for their purchase. not write another word.' At other times Mme. de The appearance of the American firm on the field Chateaubriand would exclaim: 'I have just paid the has taken place since a visit paid M. Doré by our taxes; they are outrageous, and make me fu- American publisher; but, as I have reason to know, rious.' 'Patience, dear; we only pay 2,000,500,000 the interview had not the former's illustrated francs taxes, and we are informed France can pay Shakspeare for its object. It is simply an exag4,000,000,000 francs, and will pay them.' 'Not Il 1 geration to increase M. Doré's reputation and influwill not pay them. I will refuse to pay taxes, though ence publishers. I rather think M. Doré’s Shaksthey sell my clothes by auction in the street.' 'You peare will scarcely find a purchaser this season.

I seem to me, my dear, to be a legitimist Hampden.' am sure it would not were the Great Exhibition not *You mean to say I am a Republican ! What is to near, when our publishers would be glad to have prevent me from being so ? I have no past political some such striking work in their cases ; for the career; I can accept the Republic the moment it Messrs. Hachette are occupying the market with a appears; and depend upon it you statesmen of the Shakspeare illustrated by English artists. Since present and past have done and do so many stupid Shakspeare's name is on my pen, let me mention things the Republic will be sure to come.' "My the sixth edition of M. Guizot's eight vol. 8vo. edidarling, you have the gift of second sight; you tion has been published. is that not great success speak and prophesy like the great Druidesses whose for so voluminous a work, of which several transvoice raised the sea and produced tempests. But, lations exist ? by your refusal to pay taxes uobody would trouble A rumor about M. Guizot is current which gives you, nothing would be said to you. I would be put great pain to his friends. It is said he will abjure in prison.' 'What do I care for that ? You the Protestant religion and become reconciled to have friends. Besides, you have been in gaol often Rome Easter Suvday. I am unable to say if this enough, and that has not killed you.'

.'" It was noto- report be built on good ground of truth. rious Chateaubriand's domestic life was far from A writer recently gave the following excellent being happy ; but I did not know before his wife was sketch of M. Victor Hugo's habits and his friends' such a virago.

ridiculous hero-worship : “ While I was yesterday I have heard this week a pleasing anecdote of lounging at Lacroix & Co.'s, I poticed on a desk a M. Thiers, He rarely gives dinners, because he great many small bits of paper on which I read : eats little and that quickly, and does not like to sit . To my friend * * * Victor Hugo.' These prelong at table. Until within the last fifteen years sentation notes are intended to be pasted on the he had a guest at his dinner-table the first day of first page of the numerous topies of the Laborers every month. He called her la mère Gregorine of the Sea' which the illustrious poet sends to the (Aunt Gregorine). She was the keeper of humble press. The same formula is used towards everyfurnished lodgings near the Law School where M. body, for great writers, for little writers, and for Thiers lived when he came to Paris without a cent infinitely little writers. Victor Hugo forgets nobody. in his pocket. He had made up his mind to leave The eagle from his lofty eyrie glances to earth and the capital in despair of making his way here. He says : Don't let us get on bad terms with the ant; gave her notice to quit. She persuaded him to stay, it may injure me in its neighborhood.' Ah! if it and offered to board and lodge him until he could sufficed to show my admiration for a great poet to earn his livelihood. When he became rich his first prove in every circumstance the sovereign respect care was to provide his humble, useful friend a raised in me by one of the most potent intellects of sufficient pension, and to make her dine with him the world, with what joy I would enlist in the regi. monthly until her death. While repeating this ment which has inscribed on its banner Victor story to you, memory has been busy, and leads me Hugo's effulgent name! But alas ! enthusiasm to disbelieve the whole adventure. M. Thiers's for genius avails little ; to be admitted into the first residence here was not near the Law School, poet's literary guard ove must lavish a great many but near the Passage Vero Dodat, where he and M. of his bravos upon everybody and everything Mignet lived together; besides, he was a lawyer about the great man-upon his cousins, his friends, when he came up from Aix, and he brought letters his speaking acquaintances, and accept without of introduction which secured him at once employ- reserve talents and the rest, the sublime and the ment, not very lucrative it is true, but enough to grotesque. One must not discuss such a one keep him from such humble dependence. The because he is Hugo's relation ; another must not story is told and believed here, so I repeat it to be joked because he is the great man's friend ; a you.

third must be respected because he is the cousin

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of the brother of a man who once came very near ill of you in my presence. The page you have been being introduced to the illustrious writer. I re- good enough to write about me is excellent and member one day a friend of Victor Hugo showed charming, and I thank you for it. Forgive me. me, upon his return from England, a photograph of VICTOR Hugo.” the poet. “How do you find him ? he asked. I Cardinal Rosti, librarian of the Vatican, is dead. replied, 'He seems to be getting old.' My friend M. Edouard Mazères has departed life. He said, 'You won't say that in a newspaper ! I an-, began life as a play writer, and was for many years swered, 'Why not l' and was told, ‘Because 'twould the colaborer of Picard, with whom he obtained be committing a bad deed. I was still wondering great successes, which were cruelly punished by an how one could commit a bad deed by saying in a epigram at Picard's death:newspaper time no more spared the immortal writer

“Picard is dead, than common mortals, when last year I ate a plain

Let's weep Mazères !", omelette at the Chateau d'Eberstein, near Baden. He then began to write with Scribe and with M. At a neighboring table was a Parisian publisher Empis. After the revolution of 1830, he turned his and another traveller. It was Victor Hugo. As attention to public life, and became a prefect. His soon as I recovered from my stupefaction I went old friends regretted his absence; Bayard more towards the publisher and whispered, indicating than once said: “Mazères is wrong to quit literahis companion : 'Isn't that Victor Hugo ?' 'No.'' ture; he would have an excellent place in our sun." "You are joking, it is he! My dear fellow, think The revolution of 1848 proved Bayard right. Mazères what you please, but you will not make me confess was put aside, and he lost everything by the poli. it is Victor Hugo.' 'I beg of you do me the honor tical tempest. He tried to return to the stage ; but to introduce me to the great man. Recently I wrote during eighteen years' absence he lost the tone of an article on “Les Miserables," and he sent me his dramatic literature. Scribe himself, who kept conphotograph; it does not look like the original, but stantly on the stage, began to lose it. New men apnever mind that; let me thank Hugo for the honor "peared, bringing with them new dramatic methods. he has done me, an honor I have, it is true, with Therefore, although M. Mazères appeared on the a great many writers and journalists of bigh and scene of his old successes, the Gymnase, with a beaulow degree.' 'Hush, he may hear you!' «Then 'tis tiful comedy, 'Le Collier de Perles,' it failed to please really Hugo! You confess it at last ?' 'Yes, but I the general public. He wrote another comedy beg you do not seem to recognize him, for if you do, which was not more successful, and then he abanhe will feel obliged to return instantly to England.' doned hope of retrieving fortune by his pen. He Why does not Hugo want to be recognized ? You might, it is said, have re-entered political life after don't comprehend it yet ?' 'No.' 'If it was known the Coup d'Etat, had not conscientious scruples reHugo was at Baden, the Government, to avoid mis- strained him. Poverty pressed hard upon him, understanding with its neighbors, would have him and at last he was driven to accept a pension on carried to the frontier. Therefore you agree to the Emperor's privy purse. The clouds which Seem not to know Victor Hugo is here, and espe- darkened the last part of his life saddened and cially to avoid speaking to him.' I was saddened embittered his character. He thought himself by this interdiction, a simple earth-worm like me treated badly. He thought the French comedy does not willingly renounce talking, were it but for should play his works oftener (he had two works an instant, with a man of genius. When I was which still keep possession of the stage 'Le Jeune alone I said to myself: A great man has come to Mazi and Chacun de son Coté), and it seemed visit this little country, and the government, instead to him the French Academy ought to have given of receiving him with proper courtesy, would arrest him a seat. He was repeatedly a candidate, and him and send him to the frontiers ! What an once came near being elected, but fortune deserted abomination! In the evening before Conversation- him afterwards, and be obtained at subsequent hall nothing was talked of but Victor Hugo; ten elections only one vote, which was given by M. or twelve people had seen him during the day. In Viennet. the saloons everybody met, saying: ‘Hugo is here!' A society has been formed here to bring out a The Commissary of Police heard it, and he ex new translation of the Bible. M. Amedée Thierry claimed: “What, Victor Ilugo here!' I felt sure he presided at the last meeting, and a Protestant, Rówas going to run to the Grand Duke, when, to my man Catholic, and Hebrew clergyman respectively great astonishment, he added : ‘I'd give ten florins promised to do all they could to further this design. to see him !' I said to myself: If a Baden Commis. There were some 3,000 persons present. . . Herr sary of Police would give ten florins to see a great Grosse, a Berlin publisher, has been sentenced to poet, the reason is his government has offered 1000 a month's imprisonment for insulting the French forins for the poet's arrest. But he added : “Ay! Emperor, in a novel published by him, and entitled I would willingly give ten florins to see the great “ Louis Napoleon, or the Struggle between Destiny man; what genius he has; I have just read « Les and the Imperial Crown.”.... The publishing Miserables," it is superb!'”

office of the Dramatic Authors and Composers will M. Victor Hugo read this article, and at once be opened between the 1st and 15th of May; the wrote its author the following adroit note: “Sir-If two agents are M. Louis Lacour, a librarian of Ste. my good fortune should some day bring you to Genevieve Library, and M. Felix Delore, Secretary Guernsey, you will see I would have been happy of the Lyrical Theatre. ... Prince Louis Lucien to shake your hand at Baden. I have never in Bonaparte, the learned philologist, is now here; he my life thought of the Baden gendarmes, for I do has just returned from a residence of several months not thivk them in the service of petty bad humors. on the frontiers of Spain, where he has been engaged The Duke of Baden is known to me only by his ex- in investigating the formation of the Basque dialect. treme politeness. If I did somewhat run away from . . . The Academy of Moral and Political Science Baden, 'twas because there were too many people has decided no memoir sent in to compete for the there. A long absence from Paris has made me prize offered for the best memoir on paper currency rezerced and shy; I feel ill åt ease in crowds, and merits the prize offered. . . . M. Trécul has been I dy them. As for the select few, especially those elected (the vote stood Trécul 39, Chatin 14) a few represented by men like you, I love and I seek member of the botanical division of the Academy them. It is true I likewise love my friends, and I of Sciences in the place of the late M. Chatin. defend them, and I should be angry if anybody spoke M. Poupart Davyl, the printer of M. Proudhon's

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Bible, whose sentence to imprisonment I recently | jected by John Peter Lange, D. D., who was born mentioned, has had his sentence entirely remitted. near Elberfeld, in 1802. In 1841 he succeeded

M. Lacroix, the publisher of M. Victor Hugo's Strauss as Professor of Theology in the University of later works, has just paid the latter $50,000 on ac- Zürich, and continued there until 1854, when be count. Messrs. Ticknor & Fields, the eminent received a call to the University of Bonn, where he Boston publishers, have made arrangements by still remains. A sketch of him will be found in which they will receive in advance proof sheets of the first volume of the commentary, also in chapter the best English magazines in order to cull their 35 of Schaff's "Germany, its l'niversities, etc.” In most interesting articles for“Every Saturday,” their the preparation of the work, Dr. Lange is assisted weekly periodical. . . . Louis A. Godey, Esq., editor by a number of the distinguished evangelical divines of the “ Lady's Book,” Philadelphia, is in town; he and pulpit orators of Germany, Switzerland, and is on his way to Italy ; on his return he will make Holland. The different books of the Old and of the a longer stay in Paris. Mr. Geo. S. Appleton, of the New Testament are assigned to different editors, firm of Messrs. D. Appleton & Co., the well-known but their labors are all fashioned upon the same publishers of New York, is also in town. ... M. general plan. Among the names of these different Sainte Beuve has delivered his opinion in the con- commentators are those of Oosterzee, Lechler, troversy raised respecting the letters alleged to be Kling, Schmoller, Schenkel, Auberlen, Moll, Fronby Marie Antoinette, which M. Feuillet de Conches müller, Cassel, Bähr, Moll, and Nägelsbach. The published in his “ Memoirs of a Curiosity Hunter." American reprint, which is undertaken with the Although it is delivered with all the precautions approval and aid of Dr. Lange, reproduces the the French, and especially M. Sainte Beuve, take comments in separate volumes as well as in a colto avoid committing themselves, he evidently thinks lected form, under the general supervision of Dr. M. Feuillet de Conches was imposed on, and the Philip Schaff, whose eminent fitness for such a duty Germans are right when they declared these letters will be universally acknowledged. The several forgeries. I note an odd phrase, which sets one to volumes are, however, revised and edited by differthinking, in M. Sainte Beuve's last article. He is ent gentlemen, who supply further notes, references, cou menting on this sentence: “and where she be- or criticisms. Among the American editors, in lieves she repays herself for the fatigue she believes addition to Schaff, are Shedd, Yeomans, Schäffer, she has felt during the rest of the day.” He says: Poor, Starbuck, Hackett, Lillie, Kendrick, Day “If this is not pure negligence, it is delicately ex- Mombert, Lewis, Hurst, and others. In turning pressed." The experienced critic cannot discover to the volumes we first find introductions, both whether it be a fault to le shunned or a beauty to critical and homiletical, to the Bible as a whole, to be admired!...

... While I touch these intellectual each particular book, and to each section. Then discussions, I may mention another debate closed. we have various readings and emendations of the The Museum of Sovereigns in the Louvre contains text, explained and justified by critical foot-Dotes. gold, adorned with glass, ornaments of a sword To this succeeds the commentary itself, the peenwhich tradition says belonged to Chilperic, King of liarity of which is that it is divided into three disthe Franks. The Imperial Library possesses frag- tinct departments. The first of these contains ments of jewels of the same style and epoch which exegetical and critical notes, which are intended to were found at Gourdon in 1845. M. Jules Labarte explain the words and phrases of the text, and to attributed these relics to Byzantine art when he clear up, if possible, every difficulty which presents treated of them in the first volume of his “ History itself to the critical student, according to the prin. of Industrial Arts." Antiquarians previously were ciples of grammatico-historical exegesis. The second unanimously agreed these relics were made by department is headed Leading Dogmatical and EthiWestern artists. An ardent controversy ensued, cal Thoughts, or Doctrinaland Practical, and presents and had not ended when the Retrospective Museum under a number of distinct heads the fundamental opened its doors. Among the objects sent to that doctrines and moral maxims contained or suggested exhibition was an ear-ring, which, iv style, labor, by the text. The third departinent is entitled and matter, was precisely like the relics above Homiletical Hints or Suggestions, which is intended mentioned, as attributed to Merovingian art. There practically to apply the exposition and understanding was a Greek inscription on the back of the ear-ring of the text to all classes and conditions of society. It 'which clearly demonstrated its Byzantine origin. contains reflections, themes, suggestions, eveu catch

G. S. words, gathered from the whole body of homiletic

commentators, Continental, English, and American. NOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERS. We are aware of the insufficiency of this general Lange's Commentary.-If it is possible that any indication of the plan of this great work, but if it of our readers, lay or clerical, are unacquainted stimulates the reader to a personal examination of with the merits of this work, they will probably it for himself, our object will be accomplished. thank us for calling attention to it, even with a Three books of the New Testament, “Matthew," brevity far inadequate to its importance. It is in “Mark," and "Luke,” treated in this style, have course of publication by Scribner & Co., New York, already appeared in this country. “Matthew" is preand is probably the most elaborate and exhaustive pared by Dr. Lange, and re-edited here by Dr. Schaff'; biblical work which has appeared during the pre- Mark” also is prepared by Dr. Lange, and re-edited sent century. The plan is quite novel. The gen. by Dr. Shedd ; “Luke" is prepared by Dr. Oosterzee, eral purpose, as the American editor states, is to Professor of Theology in the Univerity of Utrecht, furnish a comprehensive theological commentary and re-edited by Dr. Schaff and Rev. C. C. Starwhich shall satisfy all the theoretical and practical buck. The publication of so elaborate a work is demands of the evangelical. ministry of the present regarded as an event of the greatest importance generation, and serve as a complete exegetical li. even in Germany; and in this country, where brary for constant reference; a commentary learned all the results of recent German criticism are thus yet popular, orthodox and sound yet unsectarian, lib- compactly and cheaply brought together for the eral and truly catholic in spirit and aim, combining first time, it possesses a special value. We are with original research the most valuable results of the not surprised that the enterprise has met with exegetical labors of the past and present, and making such general favor. Scribner & Co. deserve thanks them available for the practical use of ministers for introducing this great work to us in such an and the general good of the church. It was pro- improved form. They have printed the sixth


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thousand of the first volume, which appeared, we send, the publisher of the American edition of believe, but little over a year ago, and the second “ Braithwaite's Retrospect of Practical Medicine and volume, which has just been completed, is going Surgery,” will hereafter add an Appendix to each off rapidly with large advanoed orders. It will number containing a summary of the important meundoubtedly become the great commentary of the dical features of American journalism, comprising & time.

summary of every discovery or improvement in meThe Round Table is a first class literary journal, dicine and surgery in the United States during the and bids fair to become permanently successful. It preceding six months. Augustus K. Gardner, M.D., is certainly the best thing of the kind ever at- late Prof. of Diseases of Females in the New York tempted in this country, and should be encouraged Medical College, will personally edit this additional by all who have any taste for literature. Libra " Half-Yearly Digest of the Medical Sciences” in the rians, publishers, and booksellers will find the United States. It is intended also to furnish in " Round Table” a most useful journal. It is pub- each number a complete list of the medical works lished at 132 Nassau Street, New York.

published in this country or abroad during the MR. ROBERT H. Johnston, of the firm of Robert previous six months, with the price affixed, and H. Johnston & Co., New York, visits Europe at the with a very brief indication of their aim and charclose of this month in order to increase the foreign

acter. facilities of his house. Mr. Johnston goes abroad The Size of Trade CATALOGUES.—To the Editor of erery year for the purpose of making personal se- AMERICAN Literary Gazette and PUBLISHERS' Circulections of additions to his already extensive stock. LAR: In your number for October 2, 1865, page 238, His importations of five books are very heavy, and under “Notes and Queries,” is a brief article that by this means as well as by general enterprise I wish you would reprint. It is a proposition from and attention he has deservedly secured a custom some sensible person that publishers “should agree of the first class in its department.

on a uniform size for their circulars or book lists." The American Tract society during the last year,

I think both readers and dealers would be glad if as appears by its annual report, has issued in all they would do this ; and I beg leave to suggest 141 new publications, of which 37 are volumes, and bly as good as any. One of the largest houses in

that the size of the CIRCULAR AND Gazette is probahas printed during the year 726,880 volumes, or the world—the Harpers-issue their

trade list on a 2,420 per day; 7,898,142 publications. Total printed in forty-one years 20,740,673 volumes, 279,- to the trade and the reading public, if it is not

page nearly the size in question, and we submit it 367,055 publications. Printed of the “ American much more convenient for reference than the thick Messenger," 154,167 monthly; “Botschafter," or Messenger” in German, 29,375 ; “Child's Paper," the inconvenient folio and 4to. sheets of others.

18mo, and catechism style of some publishers, and 308.666; total periodicals, 492,208 monthly. Pablications on the Society's' list, 3,658, of which 728 The facility with which they, if uniform in size, are rolames, besides 3,750 in 141 languages ap- laid aside for reference, is a very important con.

could be arranged, alphabetically or otherwise, and prored for circulation abroad. Gratuitous distri- sideration. Will you please call the attention of bution for the year, $59,953,37.

those interested, and oblige a country BOOKSELLER. COLLIER's Account of Rare Books.-Mr. Francis and Messrs. Scribner & Co., New York, have just

W. B. Kelly, Dublin, has just issued “The Sham ready a limited edition of this important work in Squire; the Rebellion in Ireland and the Informers four vols. small 8vo., price $16. it is a valuable of 1798,” third edition, with many important addiand curious work upon early English literature. tions, hitherto unpublished documents, and conIt has not been stereotyped, and only a sufficient temporary illustrations, by W. J. Fitzpatrick, bionumber have been printed to supply the probable grapher of Archbishop Whately, Lady Morgan, demand; those desiring copies therefore are re- Bishop Doyle, and Lord Cloncurry. The former quested to make early application. Seventy-five editions of the work have attracted commendation copies have been printed in a superior manner on abroad, and'the interest in Irish affairs will doubtlarge paper, price $32.

less secure increased attention for the revised edi.

tion. Covic AUTHORSHIP.-The peculiar success which the works of Artemus Ward, Orpheus C. Kerr, Pri SHAKSPBARIAX.-Messrs. Hurd & Houghton have pate Miles O'Reilly, and other humorous authors, in press, and will soon publish, a small volume of have met with, has induced their fortunate pub- Essays entitled “Shakspeare's Delineations of Inlisher, Mr. Carleton, of New York, to gather together sanity, Imbecility, and Suicide,” written by Dr. A. the writings of another American humorist, yclept 0. Kellogg, Assistant Physician at the State LunaJosh Billings, whose queer letters, quaint proverbs, tic Asylum, Utica, N. Y. Part 1st treats of the Inand bright sayings have been floating through the sane--Lear, Hamlet, Ophelia, etc. Part 2d treats newspapers very extensively. The book is about of the Imbeciles— Bottom, Malvolio, Pistol, Barready for publication, and will be richly illustrated dolph, Nym, Dogberry, Launce, Caliban, etc. Part with comic drawings by various artists. Mr. Carle- 3d, of Suicide-Othello, etc. These essays seek to ton will publish at the same time a new English exhibit a phase of the intellectual character of the novel that is having a great run in London just great dramatist which has been little considered nor, entitled “ Beyminstre,” by the author of "The hitherto. They have heretofore appeared from Silent Woman."

time to time, during the last few years, in the SPORTING, — The President of the New York “ American Journal of Insanity." Sportsman's Club-Mr. Robert B. Roosevelt, an LITERATURE OF THE Cuisine.-No doubt rememberArgerican gentleman of wealth and leisure—is now ing the old proverb that " There is reason in roastin England, where he has excited much admiration ing eggs," and the philosophical aphorism that of Yankee skill and dexterity, and rather astonished "Man is the only animal that roasts eggs," Miss the sporting fraternity by his displays of fly-fishing Georgina Hill, an English writer, has published a voland rifle-shooting. He has just written, and Mr. ume, entitled “How to Cook or Serve Eggs in a Carleton, of New York, will soon publish, a work Hundred Ways.” She says that in the circle of entitled “The Game-Birds of the North."

French cookery no less than 685 ways of preparing BRAITHWAITE'S RETROSPECT.-Mr. W. A. Town- eggs are recognized.

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