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land. Intermarriage with Dutch and the Smith family went into the churchHuguenot families in New York has pro- there were several parsons who lived and vided the author with interesting chap- labored and died, and whose works now
, ters describing early conditions in New do follow them in Miss Smith's entertainRochelle and in the manor-houses upon
ing pages. the Hudson; and her account of the trials New editions of James T. Fields's “ Yesand triumphs of New England ancestors terdays with Authors” and of Henry fill many pages. It appears that part of James's “Little Tour in France ” come
from Messrs. Houghton, Mifflin & Co. all just in his present manner-why, perThe “Yesterdays” is lavishly illustrated haps it is the present manner which suffers with photogravure portraits, autograph in some instances. The cathedral at Tours, letters, etc., including the interesting pic- the château of Amboise against the great ture of Fields, Hawthorne and Ticknor, pile of woolly clouds, and the splendid all in silk hats of enormous size, and that stretch of the river at Blois-nobody need matchless picture of the young Dickens ask anything better than those—and nowith a great shock of dark hair falling in body does. masses over his temples, like Mrs. Brown- Another pilgrimage-a pious one and a ing's curls. The portraits of Thackeray, literary-has been made by Marion Harof Lowell, of Mrs. Jameson and Miss Mit- land in her series of “ Literary Hearthford are as beautifully reproduced as stones." Hannah More and John Knox though with the etcher's tool. The story are the saints at whose shrines she has worof the “Little Tour in France” is as deli- shipped, and she has retold their stories cate reading now as it was twenty years with her accustomed skill. The volumes are ago, and if Mr. Pennell's pictures are not illustrated with photographs. (Putnams.)
Mr. Edward Robins has written two entertaining books upon “Twelve Great Actors” and “Twelve Great Actresses ” (Putnams). The first begins with the name of David Garrick and ends with that of Lester Wallack; the second has Anne Bracegirdle at the beginning, and the curtain falls on Ristori. The sketches are pleasantly written and the portraits are, in the main, very good. In the mass of literature of the stage these handsomely printed volumes should find and hold a place in popular regard.
The modern picture book, pure and simple, for adult readers, has come to its favor within a comparatively few years. We have already seen several portfolio-volumes of Mr. Gibson's drawings, and this year he gives us, through Mr. R. H. Russell, another collection called “ Americans” which is fully up to his own standard of distinction. Several of the scraps of literature attached to these drawings are as good as the drawings themselves, which is saying a good deal; for instance, the moral
reflections of the oldish husband who From "Twelve Great Actresses."
catches his wife's big boy cousin kiss[From the painting by G. H. Harlow.]
ing her; and again, the reply of the
G. P. Putnam's Sons.
cynical gentleman to the charming widow contributes many pretty verses, some of who asked him how long she ought to wear them set to music. mourning: “ I'm sure I can't say-I An amusing book is Mr. Guy Wetmore hadn't the pleasure of your late husband's Carryl's "Mother Goose for Grown Ups,” acquaintance.” Mr. A. B. Wenzell also illustrated by Mr. Peter Newell (Harpers). contributed a similar volume of his care- To choose among these gems is difficult, fully elaborated drawings, from which, as when space is limited; perhaps the stanza from the Gibson book, we are glad to make detailing the catastrophe of “The Haran extract. Another sort of picture book monious
monious Heedlessness of Little Boy is the volume of fine photographs, such as Blue," who played popular airs upon his “Down South,” which is a collection of horn while the cows did what they chose photographs of the colored man and bro- and then : ther—and sister-in the southern states, «« «Most idle ass of all your class,' with no text save a preface by Mr. Joel
The farmer said with scorn: Chandler Harris. These pictures were
'Just see, my son, what you have done!
The cows are in the corn!' made by Rudolf Eickemeyer, Jr., who
Oh drat,' he said, the brat,' he said.
The cowherd seemed to rouse. has also made a book of photographs of
My friend, it's worse than that,' he said, children called “In and Out of the Nur
• The corn is in the cows.'" sery," to which Eva Eickemeyer Rowland Among the season's new editions, one
of the biggest books is a “Knickerbocker paper, and Mr. Parrish's pictures are History of New York,” with illustrations characteristic, if not specially illuminatby Mr. Maxfield Parrish (R. H. Russell). ing. The same publisher sends an edition It is a well-proportioned folio, with large, of “Robinson Crusoe,” and another edition black type on broad sheets of good rag of the same spirited work comes from
Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co. The Scrib- swell Lockhart's “ Life of Scott” into five ners issue a new edition of what is still large volumes, and “Don Quixote" into “the best pirate story "_" Treasure Isl- three. Other recent issues are Walton's and”—with many new illustrations by “Lives” and “Compleat Angler,” White's
” Wal Paget. From the first appearance of “Natural History of Selborne," and De Captain Billy Bones, with his rune of the Quincey's “ Opium Eater,” and other es“Dead Man's Chest ” through the ex- says. New issues in the always acceptploits and machinations of Captain John able Temple Series of the classics are Silver-save Mr. Silas Wegg, the finest “ Cranford,” with a pretty drawing of wooden-legged hero in fiction—to the ma- Mrs. Gaskell; Caxton's “Golden Legend,” rooning of the three pirates, and the sailing away home with the heaps of golden coins, the story is forever fresh and absorbing, and we have, besides, plenty of pictures, and well done.
“Lorna Doone” comes from the Harpers in a well-printed volume, having a photogravure portrait of Blackmore for frontispiece, and illustrated with many photographs of Exmoor scenery, identified with the background of the novel. These photographs were made by Mr. Clifton Johnson, and Mr. W. Small has made several drawings, further to illustrate the action of this famous romance.
The stout, handsome volumes in the Macmillan Co.'s “Library of English Classics," edited by Mr. A. W. Pollard, stand in no danger of getting lost—they fill up a library shelf all too quickly. The tall octavo form, with the light, thick paper, and generos
From "Dames and Daughters of Colonial Days." T. Y. Crowell & Co. ity of type and spacing, "THE NEXT INSTANT THE GIRL DREW QUICKLY AWAY FROM THE WINDOW"