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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 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. has also made a book of photographs of
The cowherd seemed to rouse.
• 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"
in two volumes, and Vasari's “Lives of Messrs. Little, Brown & Co. have now the Painters," in eight volumes. The ex- completed in twenty duodecimo volumes, cellence of paper and presswork in these with frontispieces in photogravure, is as little books, apart from their handy size, generally satisfactory as could be asked. is the secret of their popularity; they are The books are not heavy, and are of conthe epitome of convenience for pocket venient size; type, ink and paper are good, volumes, and always legible.
and the binding of dark blue cloth, with Among collective editions this year, brightly gilded back, is in excellent taste. perhaps the Scribners' “Shenandoah Edi- And as to the literature, good Daudet tion" of Mr. Stockton's writings is the needs no bush. handsomest. Mr. Howells has already ex- Three new volumes appear in the allurpressed, in these pages, the general appre- ing “ Thumb-Nail Series ” of the Century ciation of Mr. Stockton's work, and the Co. “ Rab and His Friends," the “Disreasons for being grateful for it; the new courses” of Epictetus and a little collecedition is certainly all that could be de- tion of “Motifs," by E. Scott O'Connor sired in every detail of manufacture, and (with a foreword by Agnes Repplier); in if Mr. Stockton continues to shed his their tiny pages and stamped leather beams around, as at present, the row of bindings, are exactly suited to the needs tall green volumes will grow as long as
of the seeker of exquisite gifts at a nomithe collected wisdom of the Chinese sages. nal price. A series of little volumes in Another collection of excellent fiction is cloth covers, from Mr. John Lane, are the edition of Gaboriau, just issued by evidently made for the same market, the same publishers. “File No.113," "The though “ The Love Poems of Browning," Widow Lerouge," “ Other People's Money," “The Love Poems of Shelley” and “The “Monsieur Lecocq," “ The Honor of the Silence of Love" (forming “ The Lover's Name,” and “The Mystery of Orcival,” Library") may appeal more especially to are the six volumes selected for the edi- persons whose tender emotions chance to tion, and so long as fire burns and water be in good working order when they runs, good detective stories are sure of choose gifts for their friends. In another their eager audience. The volumes are series, called “Flowers of Parnassus," well printed, and each has six or eight from the same publisher, are issued illustrations drawn especially for this Browning's poem of “ The Statue and the edition. The library edition of the works Bust," and "Marpessa," by Stephen Philof Edward Everett Hale (Little, Brown lips; Rossetti's “ Blessed Damozel," and & Co.) is now completed in ten volumes, other short poems which are never unwelissued under the supervision of the author, come, in whatever dress. Mr. Lane also and containing new matter. Those who sends us the “Works of George Borrow," only know Dr. Hale as the author of the in five pocket volumes, which are convewonderful parable of “ The Man Without nient enough in size, but whose type is a Country”—and there may be such, even rather too small for reading in such bad after all these years—will find much of light as one is apt to have in a railway wisdom, forbearance, philosophy, and op- train or a trolley car. We must add a timism in this compact row of volumes. word of commendation for the quaint The books are well printed and bound, little reprint of Stevenson's “ Christmas and each has a frontispiece.
Sermon," which the Scribners issue in gray The handsome edition of the translated board covers, printed with the good taste writings of Alphonse Daudet, which for which Mr. Updike's Merrymount Press
From “The Autobiography of a Tomboy."
“I ASKED HER IF SHE WAS LIKE BYRON.'
Doubleday, Page & Co.
has been noted. There is no sweeter, bet- “Herrick's Poems," and Kinglake's ter, healthfuller word of greeting and en- “ Eothen” has an introduction by the Rt. couragement for the holiday time or all Hon. James Bryce, M. P. The series the days in the year than this friendly commends itself at sight. (The Century preachment; it has never been issued Co.) separately before, we think, and the pres- The same publishers issue a magnificent ent little volume is one of the happiest edition, in large quarto, of Hans Christian thoughts of the season.
Andersen's “ Fairy Tales,” which was unSix personable volumes are the initial dertaken with the support of the Danish issues in the “Century Classics.” Fine government, and contains 250 illustrations presswork and tasteful binding have been by the Danish artist, Hans Tegner, with given to these selections among the a new translation of the tales. It is issued world's best books, and a distinguished simultaneously in five countries, and is writer contributes an introduction to each intended as a fitting memorial to the great volume.“ Bacon's Essays” is introduced story-teller. by Professor Woodberry; Bishop Potter A new “Cambridge edition” is always writes the foreword for “ The Pilgrim's something to be thankful for in a Progress"; Defoe's“Journal of the Plague time when there are more books than in London " has an introduction by Sir shelves; Mrs. Browning's “Complete Walter Besant, and “ The Vicar of Wake- Works” are included in the new volfield is introduced most gracefully by umes, which has
umes, which has a portrait of the Mr. Henry James; Mr. T. B. Aldrich con- authoress in photogravure, and an tributes a critical study to a selection from graved title-page with a vignette of Casa