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Paris, April 13, 1866. be laid before the public except under some parAn election to fill a vacant seat in the French ticular conditions. There is surgery in the book, Academy has given rise to an exciting contest. Its and I am anxious the operation should succeed. result fornished another example of the truth of the surgeon's great art is to uncover a wound, burn the old saw,“ There is many a slip between the cup or cut it, and throw back the sheet on the patient and the lip.” A few days since it seemed beyond before he has time to utter a scream. The surgeon peradventure that M. Henri Martin would be elected must interest, instruct, move the persons present; to fill the seat vacated by M. Dupin's death. And he must not revolt them. There is no harm in yet he not only was easily defeated, but he has his curing the patient to boot; but this is not the come out of the contest with his reputation injured. all-important point; the essential thing is that the Ludicrous errors have been discovered in his “ His operation be quickly and neatly performed. Now, tory of France.” I postpone until my next letter 'Clemenceau's Case' is really an operation. When further reference to them, as it is understood he is once it has been commenced it cannot be interpreparing a reply to these allegations. The new rupted. A portion of it cannot be postponed to the academician, M. Alfred Auguste Cuvillier Fleury, next day, while the wound lies gaping before the was born in 1802. He graduated at Louis le Grand reader's eyes. It would be more than painful, more College (where he was bursar), and in 1819 he won than awkward-it would be unhealthy. When such the first prize of rhetoric at the competitive exa a book is to be laid before the public, it must be mination of all the colleges of Paris. After leaving brought out unpublished, all at once, exactly like college, he spent two years under the roof of Louis · An Accused Man's Memoir,' with all the arguments Bonaparte (ex-King of Holland and father of the together. It necessarily contains delicate and diffiFrench Emperor), who lived first at Rome and then cult confessions, which may be made by a wretch at Florence. Upon his return to France he became in peril of death, who thinks no one hears him but a master in Sainte Barbe College, which he quitted his lawyer—that is, a confessor charged with dewhen the Duke of Orleans (afterwards Louis Phi- fending his honor and life--but which he cannot lippe) selected him for the tutor of the Duke d’Au- tell every body. It is even an indiscretion to commale. When the latter attained manhood, he made municate his story to separate judges, as I am going his old tutor his private secretary. His position at to do. It would be treachery to divulge it in a court opened to M. Cuvillier Fleury the columns of widely-circulated newspaper taken by families in the “Journal des Débats.” From 1834 to the present confidence, and which onght not to wound the day he has been attached to this influential news- scruples of home. You know it is a case for its paper. He owes to it and to the steady fidelity to application—the phrase used by all newspapers in the fortunes of the Orleans family his election as a giving an account of a crime: *Our reserve can be member of the French Academy, for his literary understood. The accused is now in the hands of works are singularly meagre. They consist entirely justice.' In publishing this rather strange history of his contributions to the “Journal des Débats," col- in a periodical sheet, I should certainly incur the lected in the form of volumes. His pen has slipped reproach of marring its meaning, object, and momore than once, and M. Sainte Beuve took, four or rality. I should have no excuse but the large five years since, malicious pleasure in collecting annount of money you offer mea wretched excuse. these awkward stumbles, which still serve to raise If, despite all my precautions, my work still shocks laughter here. M. Victor Hugo is said to be his some susceptibilities, I should prefer going honestly bitter enemy, and these two lines in “Ruy Blas” astray, and not having forced my work on anybody. are alleged to be one form of the poet's vengeance:- A book is read only by him who wishes to read it. Une duegne, affreuse compagnonne
Let come what may, I can from this moment reckon Dont le menton fleurit et dont le nez iroguonno." on the sympathy of your paper, which perhaps will M. Cuvillier Fleury and M. A. Trognon made them- be delighted at the fatal moment at the saving I selves very conspicuous, between 1833 and 1838, in made it. Receive, great tempter, with my thanks attacking M. Victor Hugo, pot in print, but by epi- for your flattering proposal, the assurance of the grams in conversation, which were repeated to M. Christian sentiments one owes his neighbor more Hugo, and which he neither forgot nor forgave. than ever in this Passion Week, and lead me no M. Cuvillier Fleury is the fourth writer on the more into temptation. A. Dumas, JR." “ Journal des Débats" who has a seat in the French I condense an interesting notice of M. Jules Si. Academy.
mon, whose later works are in every hand. You M. Alex. Dumas, Jr., has written a novel of the know his earlier works were metaphysical (the best school of Fanny and Mme. Bovary. It is now in of them was his “ History of the School of Alexanthe printer's hands. The editor of one of our news- dria''), and were addressed to a smaller audience. papers wished to purchase the privilege of publish M. Jules Simon belongs to the interesting family ing it in his feuilleton, and made the author such of men who have acquired lawful reputation less magnificent offers that he half consented to allow it by their own discoveries than by explaining and to appear in this form, although he entertains an diffusing the important discoveries of other people. aversion, grounded in reason, against this frag- Obliged to be-not picturesque, eccentric, or paramentary form of publication. Reflection led M. doxical, but-moved, that is, moving, clear, accuDumas to see his novel contained scenes which rate, these men (Thiers, Guizot, Villemain, Arago, ought not to be laid before a family audience. The are among them) will have few or no images in editor tried to persuade him to rewrite these scenes their eloquence. This is the reason M. Jules Simon and to lower their tone, that this objection might writes in an easy, fluent, unadorned style. Sprightly, be obviated. The author, after copying his first original, in the ordinary sense of this word –i. e., manuscript, persisted in his refusal, and wrote the having a dash of humor and irony-M. Jules Simon following letter to the editor :
keeps these qualities for private life. Narrating “Powerful Artaxerxes! I am obliged to refuse with charming manner and with a husky voice your presents. These are the reasons : The work which commands attention, he is the most serious you are good enough to ask for your newspaper is a of droll story-tellers and the drollest of grave men. dramatic narrative. Its title ['Clemenceau's Case, Loving politics more than anything else, he of an Accused Man's Memoir'] shows this sufficiently. course gives good dinners, accompanied by a plenty But, at the same time, it is especially a sort of of laughter. Those who have heard him iinitate
eminent people, say he has great talents for imita- drunk or sober, his speech and his pen sully every tion. He has lived for the last twenty years on the subject to which they allude Justice need not Place de la Madeleine, surrounded by books. It is fear error when it punishes such men with all the in this library, which has invaded his drawing- severity of the law." He was sentenced to thirty room, he locks himself up every morning. His door days' imprisonment. . . . Baron James de Rothsis closed to importunate visitors; but it is so fre- child has 40,000, volumes and a great many rare quently opened to beggars, that he is often led into and precious MSS. in his library. . . . M. d'Arbois excesses of concentration to regain lost time. He de Jūbainville and M. Hirr have received the Lewrites seated, but he thinks on his legs. He may gion of Honor. . . . It is stated in a French newsoften be seen walking on his balcony. M. Jules paper that J. Fenimore Cooper's novel, “The Spy," Simon loves books. He has a great many of every was translated into Persian and published at Ispahan sort, not only moralists, historians, and economists, in 1847. I never before heard of this translation. but novelists. The characteristic of his library is, is it in any American library? ... The French all books in it are well bound. The majority of episcopacy is taking ground of objection to the probooks seen in French libraries are in paper covers. posed new translation of the Holy Bible into French.
Old French grammars state that the French al . . M. Thiers and M. Guizot crossed the Channel phabet contains only twenty-five letters. Recently, in the same steamboat the other day as they went "double V," as the French still call W, has acquired to Claremont to pay the last tribute of respect to freedom of the tongue through the influence of wag- Queen Marie Amelie. While crossing the Channel gon, whist, whiskey, drawback, warrant, Walewski, M. Thiers discussed seamanship and navigation in Welles de Lavallette, Koenigswarter. The “Moni- all its particulars. M. Guizot listened to him imteur," the official newspaper, has just had con- patiently, and at last, unable to bear his old adversiderable number of type of this letter made. It sary's garrulity longer, rose and went forward, is to be hoped the French may henceforward cease saying, loud enough for everybody to hear him: to call the Bard of Avon M. Villiams. He would be "When he gets through navigation I hope he will strangely sanguine who reckoned that these Chinese climb to the top of the mainmast!”... The streets of the West will come to understand foreign nations which are to be demolished to make way for the or events out of their territory. This incredible new Avenue de l'Impératrice contain houses conseries of mistakes is to be found in one paragraph nected with literary history. Pierre Corneille died of the “Moniteur" of the 8th April, 1865 : “ The in the house numbered 18 Rue d'Argenteuil on 1st celebrated geologist, Agassiz, is going to Egypt, to October, 1635 ; Piron lived for many years in the make a scientific excursion at the expense of the Rue des Moulips, and died there in 1773; Abbé de Boston merchants. Its object is to demonstrate the l’Epée taught the first mutes by his system at No. truth of Agassiz's theory of glaciers. He will study | 14 Rue des Moulins; Reveillère Lepaux lived in the Cordilleras attentively, in company with eight the Rue des Orties, and Saurin died in Rue Therese or ten persons attached to his mission, and who in 1781. . . . It is said M. Taine has abandoned, represent the most important scientific societies in at least for the present, his voyage to America. . . America."
M. Littre is seriously ill. ... Homer, in the twelfth The 1st edition (5,000 copies) of M. Emile Augier's Book of the Odyssey, describes the sea-nettle (is la Dew comedy, “ La Contagion," was sold the day it pieuvre, which figures in M. Victor Hugo's last novel, was issued. It is said we will soon have a scan. anything else ?), although, oddly enough, M. Vicdalous lawsuit between the Imperial Library and tor Hugo says, in “ The Laborers of the Sea :” “Orone of our learned literary men to recover leaves pheus, Homer, and Hesiod were able to create only toru from old MSS. confided to him. . . The Coun- the chimera, God made the sea-nettle." M. Hugo cil of State have delivered an opinion adverse to takes particular pains with the author's note and the claim of the Duke d’Aumale and Messrs. Mi-autograph in the presentation copies he sends out. chel Levy for the return of the printed copies of the The notes and autographs are all written on bits of former's “ History of the Princes of the House of paper, after having first been written in rough Condé." . .. M. Catulle Mendes, a young poet, draught, and are then transmitted to his publishers has married Mlle. Judith Gautier, a daughter of M. here. They paste them in the presentation copies, Theophile Gautier, and herself an authoress : she and deliver the latter. M. Jules Janin's copy conwrites critical articles on art and translations from tains a note in verse, M. Theophile Gautier's conChinese, in which language she is versed. The tains a quotation, M. Alex. Dumas's a souvenir, groom's "witnesses” were M. Le Conte de Lisle, the M. Paul Meurice's an affectionate greeting, M. Vacpoet, and M. Villiers; the bride's were M. Turgan, querie's a word of God speed, etc. the editor of “Le Moniteur," and M. Gustave Flau The successful book of the fortnight is a novel, bert, the author of “ Mme. Bovary and Salammbo." " A Divorce,” which appeared first in the feuilleton of
M. Dudevant, captain of the firemen of No" Le Siècle ;" it is by André Leo, the pseudonym of hant Vicq, distinguished himself in a fire in Mme. Champseix. Mme. George Sand is evidently village, and has received a medal from the govern- her model. . . . M. Ed. Thierry, the manager of ment for the gallantry he displayed. This M. Du- the French comedy, is correcting the proof-sheets devant is none other than M. Maurice Sand. You of an essay on the domestic history of the French koor Mme. George Sand's lawful name and title comedy in Moliere's time, which will form the inare Baroness Dudevant. Her husband is still troduction to the curious register kept by Lagrange, alive. ... M. Victor Cousin has returned to Paris and which is now soon to be published. . . . It is from Cannes in excellent health. . . . During a said M. Sainte Beuve has recently discovered a recent criminal trial here two youthful assassins considerable collection of unpublished documents said they got the idea of the manner of committing relating to the history of Port Royal. They have the murder of which they were found guilty from led him to re-write entirely his history of this celea novel, “ Le Fils du Supplicié," by a man named brated establishment I suspect this rumor is a Boulaberd. The latter was recently tried for being little exaggerated. ... M. Ernest Renan's “The drunk, quarrelling with hack drivers, and insulting Apostles” has appeared ; it is one 8vo. volume, and a hack inspector. The prosecuting attorney said : forms the 2d volume of his “ History of the Origin "This drunkard, who calls himself a literary man, of Christianity." It embraces the history of Chris-.' dishonors both the title he assumes and the profes- tianity from A. D. 33 to A. D. 45, that is, from our sion he exercises. He is hostile to all moral laws; I Saviour's death to St. Paul's missions. It is stated
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on authority 100,000 copies of his 1st volume have | he had gone on a second exploring tour to discover been sold. .. Messrs. Edinond and Jules de Gon- traces of Sir John Franklin and his crew), and write court have in press an art novel, “ Langibout's a book, he-Mr. Childs--should publish it. Dr. Studio," and a “ History of Art from 1840 to 1860," Kane did return, wrote the book, and Childs & Pe. which will contain a great many portraits and anec- terson published it, selling nearly 70,000 copies dotes, and stories of the gay and sombre sides of within a year, and paying a'royalty of one dollar on painters' and sculptors' lives here. . . . The 2d each copy. They subsequently purchased the stevolume of the French Emperor's “ Life of Cæsar” reotype plates of the “First Grinnell Expedition," will be published in the latter part of May. It will by Dr. Kane, improving it by the addition of many contain thirty maps admirably executed ; and there new illustrations, a fine steel portrait of Franklin, will be numerous notes to the text.
G. s. and a sketch of his life by Mr. Allibone. The three
volumes of Kane's “ Arctic Explorations” were atNOTES ON BOOKS AND BOOKSELLERS.
tractive from the interest of the subject, the advenSKETCHES OF THE PUBLISHERS-George W. Childs. turous humanity of those who designed and carried - The books published by the firm of Childs & out the search after Franklin, and, in a literary Peterson, now solely represented by George W. point of view, for the earnest simplicity of Dr. Childs, are more important in cost and merit than Kane's journals. The numerous illustrations, too, in mere number. The amount which they realized from Dr. Kane's own designs, were valuable; those for their authors has been unusually large, and the on wood were engraved by Van Ingen & Snyder, position which Mr. Childs now additionally occupies and those on steel, consisting of finished views by as newspaper proprietor is another reason why he Mr. James Hamilton, the eminent marine painter, should receive personal notice in the series of papers from other sketches by Dr. K., were executed under to which this belongs.
the superintendence of J. M. Butler, of Philadelphia. Mr. Childs, a native of Baltimore, now abont The work is still in demand-the more so, perhaps, thirty-seven years old, came to Philadelphia at the because the author died, a martyr to homanity and age of fourteen, and entered the bookstore of Mr. P. science, not long after the publication of the second Thomson, then situated at the north west corner of and concluding journals of his "Arctic ExploraSixth and Arch Streets. He continued there for tions." Uniform with this publication was a splen. four years, when, though not of age, he began busi-didly illustrated volume,“ Brazil and the Brazilians," ness on his own account in a small place corner of by the Rev. J. C. Fletcher, who had been V. S. Third and Chestnut Streets-one-half of the office chaplain at Rio Janeiro, and for a time acting secrein the great building now occupied by his own tary to the American legation there, and assisted by cashier and assistants in the business management the Rev. Dr. Kidder, long a resident in Brazil. Of of the “Public Ledger," of which he now is proprie- the first edition of this costly work 5,000 copies were tor. At that time, nearly twenty years ago, he had sold. made up his mind to own the "Ledger,” and frankly "Bouvier's Law Dictionary," of which the twelfth stated his determination to the proprietors. He edition, revised and much enlarged, is now in the never once abandoned this purpose, and the writer press, was another successful publication, on which of this article has frequently heard him speak of it, $10,000 have already been paid for copyright.
Anyears before he succeeded in realizing it. One is other original publication by Childs & Peterson, reminded in this successful pertinacity of Warren which has justly obtained the highest reputation, is Hastings' resolve, before he left England for India, thus noticed in Trübner's “ Bibliographical Guide to repossess himself of the manor which had passed to American Literature: "In this list (of eminent from his family.
American scientific writers] we must not omit In 1849, being then in his twenty-first year, Mr. mention of a remarkable American woman who has Childs was admitted to partnership with Mr. Ro- achieved signal success in the science of astronomy, bert E. Peterson (the firm was R. E. Peterson & Co.), who, in fact, may be justly termed the Mary Somerat the northwest corner of Fifth and Arch Streets. ville of the United States. Hannah M. Peterson, Soon after the firm became Childs & Peterson-a the only child of the late Judge Bouvier, received nominal change, for the partners were the same; her early training from her father, was first introthe principal business management was undertaken duced to the study of mathematics by her very and successfully executed by Mr. Childs. The first accomplished husband (spoken of above), and has book they published was “ Peterson's. Familiar since cultivated the study of astronomy with success. Science," of which 200,000 copies have been sold. Her great work, entitled • Familiar Astronomy,' has It was adopted in 1851 as a text-book in the public won her the applause of leading men of science on schools of Philadelphia, and also of Brooklyn. It both sides the Atlautic.” was based upon a book, written by an eminent Eng Mr. Childs suggested and planned Judge Sharslish scholar, which was not well adapted for this wood's edition of “Blackstone's Commentaries," country in many points, and was defectively ar two volumes, royal octavo, with very valuable notes, ranged. Mr. Peterson, a gentleman of high culture emphatically the American edition, which is now a (he had been admitted to the bar, and is now a text-book in all the law-schools of the United States. inember of the Academy of Natural Sciences of He planned and published "The National Almanac Philadelphia, and graduated M. D. from the Univer- and Annual Record,” and edited the first volume sity of Pennsylvania), made the necessary altera- for the year 1863. This is a work of great merit, on tions and additions, and succeeded so well that the account of the accuracy and great fulness of its Rev. Dr. Brewer, author of the book, warmly thanked statistical information. A forthcoming work, on him for the improvements, and publicly signified which he has spared no expense, also undertaken his approbation thereof. In successive editions the at his suggestion and on his pecuniary outlay, is book has been made to keep pace with the most re- Lossing's “Illustrated History of the Civil War," in cent discoveries in science, and there has latterly the preface to which the author warmly acknowbeen incorporated with it, as a suitable appendix, ledges his obligations to Mr. Childs. Indeed, that occupying 150 pages, Professor Pepper's “Scientific gentleman's relations with his authors have been Amusements for Young People.”
uniformly agreeable, for he never has had dispute Being a personal friend of Judge Kane, Mr. Childs or difficulty with any of them, and retains their obtained a prouise from him that should Dr. Elisha friendship to this day. One of them, certainly, Kent Kane return from the Arctic regions (whither ! ought to feel grateful to Mr. Childs—we allude to
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the present Governor of Tennessee-for whom, in hand to seems to flourish. In fact, he is prudent as kindness, he published "Parson Browd low's Book," well as bold, never putting his hand so far forward which, by great and inexplicable good luck—for it that he cannot safely withdraw it when and how has small literary merit-obtained a great sale, and he pleases.-From the Round Table, New York, pat $20,000 into its author's pockets when he was May 19. a fugitive driven by force out of his own State.
The“ London Athenæum," speaking of " The CriThe magnum opus of this firm, however, is Alli- 'terion,” says that the fruits of the author's reading bone's “ Dictionary of Authors,” more accurately and thinking are far less fader than contemporary to be named as “ A Critical Dictionary of English English Essays that could be named, which have Literature, and British and American Authors, living had a wide currency. and deceased, from the earliest accounts to the
Query-Does this allude to the “Conntry Parmiddle of the pineteenth century, containing up- son ?" wards of thirty thousand biographies and literary notices; by s. Austin Allibone, LL.D.”. Of this, Y., has been dissolved. Mr. W. H. Young con
The partnership of Young & Benson, at Troy, N. the first volume, pp. 1006, super-royal octavo, complete from the letter A to J, incinsive, has been tinues the business at Troy, and Mr. D. B. Benson before the public for some time, and there is every
has gone into the stationery and blank book busiwill be pnblished this year. It is all that it pro Camden Ilotteo, London, sends us a neat little copy prospect that the second and concluding volume ness in the city of New York.
MR. CARLYLE'S ADDRESS at EDINBURGH.- Mr. John fesses to be, and a great deal more. Dr. Allibone, much to his credit, dedicated this great work to his of Mr. Carlyle's Inaugural Address as Rector of the pablisher, George William Childs, “who has greatly University of Edinburgh, as reported in the “ Lonfurthered my labors by his enterprise and zealous don Times.” The pamphlet is, however, much and intelligent interest.”
more than a mere copy of the address. It is in In 1860, Mr. Peterson retired from the firm, and fact a genial tribute to Mr. Carlyle. It contains Mr. Childs entered into partnership with J. B. Lip- two portraits of him, one from a sketch by Count pincott & Co., a business connection which continued D'Orsay, made soon after the publication of “Sartor for less than a year. Mr. Childs then commenced Resartus,” the other from a recent likeness by a business, by himself, at Nos. 628 and 630 Chestnut friend. We are also furnished with a representaStreet. In May, 1863, he purchased the “ Publishers' tion of the residence of Mr. Carlyle, No: 5 Great Circular and American Literary Gazette," which had Cheyne Row, Chelsea, occupied by him since 1834. been previously published at New York as a mere Besides this, Mr. Hotten contributes a very pleasant advertising sheet, but which, entirely remodelled
Preliminary” full of information touching some and edited with great care in every department, has of the personal ways of the great author, and then become acceptable and appreciated in foreign coun
we have a biographical memoir extending through tries as well as in this. Its Parisian correspondence, nearly forty pages tracing his career. The tasteful giving a large and agreeable variety of literary news, little brochure will be gladly welcomed by the anecdotes, biography, and gossip, is full of spirit admirers of the recently installed Rector. and breadth.
TAALMESSINGER AND Cann, New York, in connecOn the 3d of December, 1864, Mr. Childs, fulfill. tion with Trübner & Co., London, are about issuing ing the long-cherished ambition of his life, purchased a work entitled “Judaism and its History," which the good-will of the “Public Ledger," a daily jour.lis a translation by Maurice Mayer, Esq., of New Dal with a very large circulation and a most exten- York, from the German of Dr. Abraham Geiger, sive and lucrative advertising connection. The Rabbi at Frankfort-on-the- Main, who occupies a former proprietors retired upon a fortune estimated prominent position amongst the learned Jews in at $5,000,000. In the purchase were included the Germany. The original appeared about a year entire "plant" of type and stean presses, and a since, and traces the history of Judaism down to weekly entitled the “Dollar Newspaper.” Mr. the destruction of Jerusalem. It contains several Childs bas improved as well as enlarged the “Led- chapters on the “ Origin and Development of ger since it passed into his hands, and thereby con- Christianity,” together with an appendix entitled siderably increased its circulation. It is judiciously * Rénan and Strauss." Only a limited number and ably edited, and has carefully avoided the of copies will be issued. publication, in peace as well as in war, of sensational “ The American Journal of Numismatics and news. The “Dollar Newspaper," considerably aug- Bulletin of the American Numismatic and Archæmented in size, and improved into a good family ological Society" is the title of a new monthly pepaper, is now widely circulated under its new and 'riodical issued in New York. It is a large octavo, more appropriate title of the “Flome Weekly:'' and of eight pages, in double columns, price three dolthe "American Literary Gazette and Publishers' lars a year. Subscriptions will be received by EdCircular,” published twice a month, has a respecta- ward Cogan, No. 101 William St., New York. ble and remunerative circulation, with no small
The Place BRITISH AMERICANS HAVE WON in Hisinfluence among publishers and purchasers. The job printing office connected with the “ Ledger” is Mr. Henry J. Morgan, at Aylmer, L. C., and now
TORY.—This is the subject of a lecture delivered by very large, and highly remunerative from its great business. Mr. Childs continues as book publisher published by Hunter, Rore, & Co. of Ottawa. It at Nos. 629 and 630 Chestnut Street, but is about gathers together a large body of information conerecting a building 84 by 180 feet, on the southwest cerning eminent inhabitants of British America corner of Sixth and Chestnut, near the State House, who have distinguished themselves in different at a cost of about $500,000. To this the publication pursuits in various parts of the world. Mr. Morgan office of his three journals will in due time be his facts, and certainly makes out a strong case for
writes with enthusiasın, is industrious in collecting removed. Exactly one block more westwardly, also on Chestnut Street, the proprietor "Press” had
his fellow-countrymen. established his printing and publication office six Dore's Bible.—Mohun & Ebbs, New York, have months ago, and the “* Evening Bulletin” is also still on hand a few copies of this great work of removing westward.
Dore's, having secured in London and Paris all the As a publisher, Mr. Childs has shown tact, enter- 'remaining unsold copies. It is said that no more prise, and liberality, and everything he has put his copies are to be had of the publisher or his agents
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and that it is now quite out of print, and is rapidly Mr. John Ruskin.-This æsthetic writer is fond of rising in value. Mr. Hotten, of London, in a cata- giving titles to his works which give no idea of logne just received from him, advertises a single their contents. He has in the press a volume, to copy, one of the earliest impressions taken from be called " The Crown of Wild Olive," which certhe blocks, and richly bound in antique style. He tainly permits great guessing at the subject. They pronounces the English reprint “an unfortunate will probably discuss Work, Traffic, and War. failure when compared with the glorious original." A SixpenNY " WAVERLEY."- Messrs. Black, of
“Opinion.”-A new weekly journal, with this Edinburgh, proprietors and publishers of Sir Walter name, is to be issued from the office of the “ State Scott's writings, announce that they will soon issue Gazette,” Trenton, N. J. It is to consist of thirty- a sixpenny edition of the Waverley Novels, including two large octavo pages, printed on fine paper; price all the copyright matter-such as Notes, Introducfour dollars per year.
It will contain not only tions, &c. When Ivanhoe first appeared the retail original poems, essays, tales, and reviews, bnt will price was one guinea and a half, or sixty-three sixreproduce choice selections from the ablest Euro- pences, being full one-third more than all the pean periodicals and American magazines.
Waverley novels will cost in the new edition. INTERESTING TO “ILLUSTRATORS.”—Mr. John Cam NAPOLEON's Julius CÆSAR.—Early last month the den Hotten, London, has just issued a priced cata- second volume was to be published. It will contain logue of a curious and extended collection of Eng- Cæsar's “Wars in Gaul," and be illustrated with lish and other portraits, of views, seats, old build- numerous plans and maps. ings, antiquities, etc. of all the English counties,
THEATRICAL Gossip.- Professor Henry Morley, of with Ireland and Scotland, together with a large King's College, London, and editor of the • Exnumber of miscellaneous engravings after the great amiver,” so famous under Leigh Hunt, and Albany masters of the various schools. He also advertises Fonblanque, is about publisbing “ The Journal of copies of a number of the works illustrated by Doré, including the Rabelais, which was one of the
a Playgoer." first publications containing his designs, and is
DR. MARIGOLD.-Mr. Charles Dickens has resumed now quite scarce.
his public readings, in which the character-piece, Mrs. Ritchie (late Anna Cora Mowatt, whose re
his last Christmas story, is the novelty and attrac
tion. cent private theatricals in Rome and Florence have been produced with so much éclat) has found time,
THE Marian CONTROVERSY.—No historical ynestion since the publication of “Fairy Fingers,” to prepare has been more discussed than the guilt or innocence another povel, which Mr. Carleton will publish next of Mary Queen of Scots, opinion generally declaring week, under the title of “The Mute Singer.” The that she was privy to the murder of Henry Darnley same publisher will issue next week “The Life of her husband. There has just appeared, in Edin. James Stephens," with a history of the origin and burgh, a volume reviewing the evidence, by A. Mac
neel Caird. progress of Fenianism. SCRIBNER on Dower.-Our townsman, Charles H.
PROFESSOR Owen.-Two volumes, just published Scribner, Esq., has the second volume of his work in London, complete Professor Owen's great work on on “ Dower” nearly ready for the press. It will be the Anatomy of Animals, on which, it may be said, the most complete and comprehensive work on that he has been engaged in study and with the pen subject that was ever published, and will be a for more than half his lifetime. The subjects of valuable addition to the law libraries of our coun- these volumes, “ On the Anatomy of Vertebrates," try.--Mount Vernon (0.) Banner, May 26th.
are Fishes and Reptiles and Birds and Mammals. WILLIAM JORDAN.—This gentleman, who founded
INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT.-The London “Athethe “London Literary Gazette,'' which he conducted næum” says : “ The Board of Trade is understood to from 1817 to 1850, with great credit and success, be once more busy with the great question of a and whose “Autobiography," published twelve Copyright Treaty with the United States. Statistics years ago, is rather provoking, from what it might are being prepared for the use of our Minister at have told of literary people but did not tell, is pro- Washington, and there is a reasonable hope that bably about making up for its shortcoming in a Mr. Johnson's Cabinet will listen to a fair explanavolume, just announced, to be entitled "Men i tion of our English rights. In America, public have known.” Mr. Jordan is over 84 years old, opinion is advancing rapidly toward a condition and has a great deal to tell-if he remembers it.
favorable to a fair hearing; all the intellect of that The Late Isaac TAYLOR.—We notice that the country being on our side, while a few commercial
firms make all the opposition." large library of the author of “Natural History of Enthusiasm," is announced for auction in London,
Aunt Judy's MAGAZINE.-This is the name of a immediately after Easter.
new periodical for children, to be published in Lon. Mrs. Henry Wood.—This able and very indus- by her daughters. Mrs. Gatty is the wife of the
don, edited by Mrs. Alfred Gatty, and illustrated trious writer, author of “ East Lynne,” &c., has com- subdean of York Cathedral (himself author of " The menced, in “
Temple Bar," a new work of fiction Bell, its History and Uses,” and other works), and entitled “ Lady Adelaide's Oath."
daughter of the Rev. Dr. Scott, formerly chaplain CHEAP Fiction.—It is stated that Mr. Nimmo, an and foreign secretary to Lord Nelson. She has Edinburgh publisher, is about issuing a series of written numerous books for children, one of which shilling volumes, to appear monthly, each having —“Aunt Judy's Letters”—no doubt snggested the 250 pages foolscap octavo, which will contain inte- quaint title of the new magazine. resting and amusing stories by eminent authors, and will be entitled “Nimmo's Popular Tales."
PERIODICALS. Each volume will contain eight to twelve stories, Atlantic Monthly. June. by authors of experience-wholly original or trans Quicksands (Mrs. C. A. Hopkinson).-In the lated, or taken from sources at the publisher's com- Hemlocks (John Burroughs).- Last Days of W. S. mand. This project, which has capital to back Landor: III. (Kate Field).–The Dead Ship of Harpsit, appears bold and enterprising, but the increasing well (J. G. Whittier).—Doctor Johns : XVII. (D. G. demand for improved literature, in railway travel. Mitchell).- Tied to a Rope (C. J. Sprague). -Giotling and sea-side idlésse may make it successful. to's Tower (H. W. Longfellow).-Pasea_rey from