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fact that they are exhausted on publication, is an indication of their value to discriminating collectors. A recent and representative example is the Georgics of Virgil,* a small octavo volume printed on a fine quality of Dickinson hand-made paper, in a handsome italic font, with swash capitals and decorative initials. The four books into which the volume is divided are embellished with decorative headings drawn in an antique style and printed in oldred. The title and text page are decidedly attractive in composition, and the consistent typographic style throughout is noticeable. The book is bound in half Italian parchment, with paper sides, and in this last particular is to be found some criticism, the figure design being of the paper representing the one unharmonious note, since the design has nouveau feeling rather than the old Italian tendency which would have been more in keeping with the contents. The book was published in an edition of three hundred and twenty-five copies.

Purchase and Exploration of Louisiana.† This book, which has been recently published by the same house, and which includes the Jefferson-Dunbar manuscript, is an interesting example of old-style composition. A slight criticism might be made of the use of the orna

*Georgics of Virgil. Translated from the Latin into English by J. W. Mackail, Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905.

+Documents relating to the Purchase and Exploration of Louisiana. I. The Limits and Bounds of Louisiana. By Thomas Jefferson. II. The Exploration of the Red, the Black, and the Washita Rivers. By William Dunbar. Printed from the original manuscripts in the library of the American Philosophical Society, and by direction of the Society's Committee on Historical Documents. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905.

ments, in some instances as head-bands. As units, these are interesting in design, and where one design is used uniformly, as on page 5, they are most acceptable, but in other instances, where several designs alternate in the border, the effect is decidedly unpleasant. The composition of the label is worth speaking of, and, as a whole, the book represents the uniform excellence of such editions as these publishers are regularly bringing out.


Another volume recently published by this house which is most satisfactory in its simple typographical make-up and desirable for its contents is a Bibliography of Nathaniel Hawthorne, bound in smooth red cloth, with a paper label, and uniform with their complete edition of Hawthorne's Works. It is a thoroughly satisfactory and bookish production. The Bibliography was compiled by Miss Nina E. Brown, and represents the thoroughness of detail characteristic of the trained librarian. The book is comprehensively arranged, and the items for the most part very completely covered, so that the volume stands as a genuine contribution to bibliographical literature, and must prove invaluable to the Hawthorne student. The difficulty of establishing a consistent and pleasing style of typography for a volume of this character must be obvious even to the lay mind, and in the present volume this has been splendidly worked out. It is good to have the publisher's promise of future volumes covering the bibliography of other American writers of this period, and Miss Brown may congratulate herself upon having set an excellent standard for the volumes to follow..

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D. Appleton and Company:

The Journal of Latrobe. By Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

Irregularly kept diaries covering only a very few years are the chief sources of information concerning the life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect of the National Capitol at Washington. These notes include descriptions of Virginia, its people and its hospitality; of George Washington in his home at Mount Vernon; of Philadelphia, where Mr. Latrobe introduced the water-works and built the Ban': of Pennsylvania; of the National Capitol; of his voyage to New Orleans; and of the city of New Orleans, its people and its customs. There are, also, chapters on Limitations of Louisiana and on Fragmentary Criticisms. The volume is well illustrated.

Outside the Law. By James Barnes.

Lorrimer, the hero, is an expert photographic etcher and engraver, who makes a livelihood by reproducing rare engravings and mezzotints so perfectly that the copy cannot be told from the original. The old German assistant, whose death has just occurred as the story opens, has been for some time forging thousand dollar bills. Robberies follow the forgery, and affairs have arrived at a crisis when the situation is saved by a woman.

The Century Company:

Zal. By Rupert Hughes.

A Polish pianist who comes, as a stranger and without money, to America is the central figure in this romance. The homesickness and sorrow of the Polish emigrants are of two kinds: when a man is homesick for the home to which he eventually intends to return, he calls it tesknota; but when he knows that he has broken all ties forever, there being neither a home to go to nor a relative to welcome him, and yet longs to go home-that is zal. The story tells how Ladislav Moniuszka wins both name and fame in New York, and how he secures Rose Hargrave for his wife, despite the fact that he has bitter odds to contend against.

Thomas Y. Crowell and Company:
King Lear. By William Shakespeare.
Edited by Charlotte Porter and Helen A.

In this "First Folio" edition of "King Lear," which reproduces the text of 1623, and gives Shakespeare's original spelling and pronunciation, the editors have included explanatory notes, an introduction, a glossary, a list of variorum readings and selected crticism. Doubleday, Page and Company:

The Tree Book. By Julia E. Rogers.

"A popular guide to a knowledge of the trees of North America and to their uses and cultivation." From the descriptions given by Miss Rogers in this manual, the novice may become familiar with the trees of this country; and from the instructions which are given for their care, the lover of trees may find some valuable suggestions. The sixteen plates in colour and one hundred and sixty in black and white from photographs by A. Radclyffe Dugmore, are no small addition to the book. These pictures show the bark, leaf, bud, flower and fruit of almost all the trees, and are of material aid in identifying the tree. Funk and Wagnalls Company:

Charlotte Temple. A Tale of Truth. By Susanna Haswell Rowson. Edited by Francis W. Halsey.

"Reprinted from the rare first Ameriican edition (1794), over twelve hundred errors in later editions being corrected, and the preface restored." The editor has added an historical and biographical introduction to the book, a chapter on Montraville, a bibliography, etc.

The Grafton Press:

My Lady of the Search-Light. By Mary Hall Leonard.

The story which this verse tells is said to have been revealed to the author by the face of the Statue of Liberty during a moment's illumination by a searchlight from a vessel in New York harbour. The theme of the poem is womanhood in its relation to humanity.

Harper and Brothers:

The German Struggle for Liberty. Vol. IV. By Poultney Bigelow.

This volume records the notable events in Germany during the epoch from 1844 to 1848. It carries the history up to the re-birth of the national spirit, to the declaration of Frederick William IV., and the German National Assembly at Frankfort.

Henry Holt and Company:

Animal Snapshots and How Made. By Silas A. Lottridge.

The author expresses the hope that this collection of sketches and pictures of birds and mammals, representing the work of several years, will extend the reader's interest in the animals about him. Among the mammals are descriptions of the woodchuck, skunk, raccoon, opossum, muskrat, fox, squirrel and mouse; the descriptions of birds include the robin, bluebird, chimney swift, bobolink, woodcock, crow, white wing, horned owl, screech owl and hawk. The illustrations are seventy in number.

John Lane and Company:

Great Japan. By Alfred Stead.

"A study of natural efficiency." The aim of this book is to give illustrations from the various sides of the national life in Japan, which show the advantageous effects to be derived from a universal and practical patriotism. The chapters discuss such subjects as: A Nation and Its Head, Ancestor-Worship, Education: the Foundation of the Nation, The Army and the Navy, The Position of Women, The Moral Question, etc. The Earl of Rosebery has written the foreword to the book.

The Macmillan Company:

The Girl with the Green Eyes. By Clyde Fitch.

This dramatic study of a jealous temperament is issued in a uniform edition with four other plays by the same author. The play is a familiar one to the theatregoing public.

The Life of Oliver Ellsworth. By William Garrott Brown.

American Painting.

By Samuel Isham.

A new volume in "The History of American Painting" series, of which Professor John C. Van Dyke is the editor. In it Mr. Isham traces "the development of art in this country, showing the external influences that were brought to bear and how they were developed by the social conditions of America and the personality of the artists." In order that the surroundings in which these artists worked may be brought to mind, the author has given particular attention to the lives of some of the earlier painters. The volume, which makes a good appearance, contains twelve photogravures and one hundred and twenty-one half-tones.

In this study of a New England Federalist statesman and of New England life and civilisation, Mr. Brown says of the man who was once Chief Justice of our high court: "If any one man can be called the founder, not of that court only, but of the whole system of federal courts, which many think the most successful of the three departments of our government, Ellsworth is the man." A good deal of the information contained in this book has been gleaned from his letters and from near relatives.

In the Heart of the Canadian Rockies. By James Outram.

This book describes the Canadian Rockies, from Mount Assiniboine to Mount Columbia, a distance of more than a hundred miles. It also traces the history of this region from the first explorers seeking a way to the Pacific. Among the different points of interest with which Mr. Outram deals are: Lake Louise, Mt. Lefroy, the Yoho Valley, Mt. Forbes, Mt. Bryce, the Ottertail Group, etc. About fifty illustrations and three maps enhance the value of the book.

The Menace of Privilege. By Henry George, Jr.

"A study of the dangers to the Republic from the existence of a favoured class." The object of this work is "to show in a brief, suggestive way how privileges granted or sanctioned by government underlie the social and political, mental and moral manifestations that appear so ominous in the Republic." The work claims to make no outcry of pessimism; it is a word of warning and also of hope.

G. P. Putnam's Sons:

Australian Life in Town and Country. By E. C. Buley.


An additional volume in the "Asiatic Neighbours" series. Mr. Buley, who is Australian journalist, shows how the Australia of the present differs from the Australia of years ago. Some of the topics discussed are: Country and Climate, Urban Australia, State Socialism and the Labour Party, Farm and Factory, Home and Social Life, etc. The volume is illustrated.

Social Theories and Social Facts. By William Morton Grinnell.

In presenting his views on the subject of the economic and social conditions of to-day, the author enlarges upon the following suggestions: That we act in accord with nature, instead of trying to "re-create an impossible world, and to establish an artificial condition of life"; that we "execute the laws against concrete offenders when they pervert the interests of union and trust and harmony to their own ends," instead of legislating against abstractions; and that we come to realise that "the solution of the problems which confront us lies in the observance of the principles of religion and nature, and of laws which in their essence are as immutable as they are beneficial and wise."

Kate Greenaway. By M. H. Spielmann and G. S. Layard.

In this biographical and autobiographical sketch of Miss Greenaway's life and career, are extended references to her friendship with John Ruskin. Much of the correspondence between them is reproduced. Lord Tennyson was also included among her intimate friends, and Austin Dobson, George du Maurier, Princess Christian and the Empress Frederick among her many acquaintances. The book, which contains fiftythree full-page illustrations in colour and ninety sketches and full-page drawings in black and white, presents a very attractive appearance.


The following is a list of the six most popular new books in the order of demand, as sold between the 1st of August and the 1st of September.


1. The Irrational Knot. Shaw. (Brentanos.) $1.50.

2. The House of Mirth. Wharton. (Scribner.) $1.50. 3. Pam. von Hutten. (Dodd, Mead & Co.) $1.50.

4. Mrs. Fitzherbert and George IV. Wilson. (Longmans, Green & Co.) $5.00.

5. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter. Roosevelt. (Scribner.) $3.00.

5. Evangeline. Christy. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.)



1. The House of Mirth. Wharton. (Scribner.) $1.50.

2. The Conquest of Canaan. Tarkington. (Harper.) $1.50.

3. The House of a Thousand Candles. Nicholson. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.) $1.50. 4. Hearts and Masks. MacGrath. (BobbsMerrill Co.) $1.50.

5. Nedra. McCutcheon. (Dodd, Mead & Co.) $1.50.

6. Perdita.

Bayne. (Cole Book Co.) $1.50.


1. The House of a Thousand Candles. Nicholson. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.) $1.50. 2. Hearts and Masks. MacGrath. (BobbsMerrill Co.) $1.50.

3. The Conquest of Canaan. Tarkington. (Harper.) $1.50.

4. The House of Mirth. Wharton. (Scribner.) $1.50.

5. The Man of the Hour. Thanet. (BobbsMerrill Co.) $1.50. 6. The Gambler. Thurston. (Harper.) $1.50.


1. The House of Mirth. Wharton. (Scribner.) $1.50.

2. The Autobiography of Andrew D. White. (Century.) $7.50.

3. The Pardoner's Wallet. Crothers. (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.) $1.25.



4. My Friend the Chauffeur. (McClure, Phillips & Co.) $1.50. Princess Priscilla's Fortnight. Anonymous. (Scribner.) $1.50. Rose o' the River. Wilkins. (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.) $1.25.


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1. The House of Mirth. Wharton. (Scribner.) $1.50.

2. The Conquest of Canaan.


(Harper.) $1.50.

3. The House of a Thousand Candles. Nicholson. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.) $1.50.

4. Ben Blair. Lillibridge. (McClurg.) $1.50. 5. The Spirit of Christmas. Van Dyke. (Scribner.) 75c.

6. The Missourian. Lyle. (Doubleday, Page & Co.) $1.50.

3. The Ballingtons.

Squire. (Little, Brown

& Co.) $1.50.

4. The House of a Thousand Candles. Nicholson. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.) $1.50.

5. Nedra. McCutcheon. (Dodd, Mead & Co.) $1.50.


6. The Rose o' the River. Wiggin.
ton, Mifflin & Co.) $1.25.


1. The House of a Thousand Candles. Nicholson. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.) $1.50

2. The Conquest of Canaan.


(Harper.) $1.50.


3. The Gambler. Thurston. (Harper.) $1.50.

4. His Version of It. Ford. (Dodd, Mead & Co.) $1.50.

5. Hearts and Masks.

MacGrath. (Bobbs

Merrill Co.) $1.50. 6. The Deluge. Phillips. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.)



1. The Conquest of Canaan. (Harper.) $1.50.

2. The House of Mirth. Wharton. (Scribner.) $1.50.

3. The Spirit of Christmas. Van Dyke. (Scribner.) 75c.

4. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter. Roosevelt. (Scribner.) $3.00. 5. The Wood Fire in No. 3. Smith. (Scribner.) $1.50.

6. The Autobiography of Andrew D. White. 2 vols. (Century.) $7.50.


1. The House of Mirth. Wharton. (Scribner.) $1.50.

2. The Conquest of Canaan.


(Harper.) $1.50. 3. Louisiana. Phelps. (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.) $1.10.

4. Yolanda. Major. (Macmillan.) $1.50.

5. Evangeline. Longfellow. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.) $3.00.

6. The Spirit of Christmas. Van Dyke. (Scribner.) 75c.


I. The Conquest of Canaan.


(Harper.) $1.50.

2. Nedra. McCutcheon. (Dodd, Mead & Co.) $1.50.

3. The Deluge. Phillips. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.) $1.50.

4. The House of a Thousand Candles. Nicholson. (Bobbs-Merrill Co.) $1.50.

5. The House of Mirth. Wharton. (Scribner.)


6. Ben Blair. Lillibridge. (McClurg.) $1.50.

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