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ing and specific significance of the names by which the average purchaser, unlearned in Eastern geography, is usually perplexed when he tries to select a rug or two from the piles guarded by Armenian refugees who bewilder him with syllables and, too often, sell him just what he would wish to avoid, had he any standard to go by. Since the art of rug-weaving is as old as most oriental traditions, it is not to be expected that the novice can learn from a book ail necessary knowledge of the subject, but the chapters are so arranged as to give the layman some little chance to distin
guish an old rug from a new one which Eter
has been boiled in coffee, perhaps, or in From “ Overheard in a Garden."-Copyright, some other way been “ doctored” in order 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons.
to change its color or increase its lustre.
The different peoples who weave rugs are loving care of many generations. The set down, and materials are discussed; “American spirit” does not seem to there is a chapter on “Dyeing and Dyes," breed such steadfastness of residence and and another on “ Design.” The differloyalty to family tradition as go to pro- ence between Turkish, Persian and India duce homes like these; we are not without enormously expensive residences, even palaces, but their ownership changes so quickly that the glamor of tradition finds few architectural monuments to illumine.
Beside this chronicle of “Famous Homes," on the Christmas book-table lies a very valuable book-and, we think, the first of its kind-by Mr. John Kimberley Mumford, with the alluring title, “ Oriental Rugs” (Scribners). Here, ye builders of houses in town or country, is a subject fit for your minds. Mr. Mumford has undertaken to write a book which shall be, among other things, & guide to the intending buyer of rugs, which shall give him some definite and intelligent inforFrom “ The Pilgrim Shore."
Little, Brown & Co. mation as to the general mean
“AS NECESSARY AS CHURCH AND PREACHING
rugs and carpets is explained in detail, brilliant reproductions in monochrome and the names of tribes, districts and process and in color, of sixteen selected methods of weaving are so classified that rugs. Each of these reproductions is a any intelligent person can gain such a study in the soft, beautiful colorings general knowledge of the subject as to be which, until very recent years, were of practical service to him as a buyer, as seen in no other fabrics than the anwell as a respectable addition to his fund tique rugs. Space prevents longer notice of general information. The book is a here of this important book, which will large octavo, illustrated with photographs receive critical review in a later numof scenes in the rug countries, and with ber of The Book BUYER.
Mr. Whiteing has written 80 well of “ Paris of ToDay” as to seem, for the moment, to have covered the ground; how impossible an undertaking this would be, if anybody were reckless enough to embark upon it, is not hard to understand. Paris has been for so many years the inspiration of so many poets, prophets, romancers and historians that her bibliography stands mountain high. Miss Esther Singleton has made a few scratches on the surface of the mountain in her wellplanned volume, “ Paris as Seen and Described by Famous Writers," which Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co. publish with an abundance of good photographs. Making three topographical divisions to begin with, Miss Singleton starts in La Cité and goes thence to the Left Bank, then to the Right Bank, and gives us the kernel of description by a score of writers, from Balzac and Gautier to Victor Hugo and P. G. Hamerton.
Two more of the compact From “ The House of Egremont.”—Copyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's
and admirable volumes in the
“ Mediæval Towns”
series are just issued
Mr. Edmund H. Garrett has traveled neither to Moscow nor Florence,
R. H. Russell, nor even to Paris, but simply along the South Shore of Massachusetts Bay—“ The Pil- flying leap from the South Shore to Asia grim Shore," as he calls it in naming his Minor, from Scituate to Smyrna, so to book of rambling memoranda of pleasant speak; and instead of pursuing parish days and nights on that milder coast than registers or old furniture and china, chase the rocky “North Shore," whereof he the wild mountain one-horned goat of the wrote a year ago. His book is full of pic- Maimun Dagh, and then, leaping again tures, little and big, now squared well in half-way round the world with the sportsthe centre of the page, and again straying man-author, Mr. Frederick Courtney from corner to corner, or tucking them- Selous, shoot prong-horned antelope in selves modestly up in the margins-pic- the Rocky Mountains. The handsome tures which fit the text exactly and are volume includes notes of two hunting exlike so many remarques strewn through peditions, literally antipodal, and is illushis pleasant, low-keyed paragraphs (Little, trated with good photographs (Longmans, Brown & Co.). In “Sport and Travel, Green & Co.). A new edition of Victor East and West,” the reader may make a Tissot's “Unknown Switzerland ”—what
From “Down South.'
WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY
part of Switzerland can really be called through the Engadine, the Valais and the “unknown” in this year of our Lord ?- Gruyère is naïve and entertaining. A is published by Messrs. James Pott & Co., portfolio volume of reproductions, in illustrated with photogravures of varying color, of large photographs of scenery in excellence. Several are especially good, the Grand Cañon of the Colorado is sent and the record of traveling in by-paths us by Frank S. Thayer, of Denver. There
are eight or ten of these “Glimpses of rovers. The portrait of Morgan, painted Scenery," and the three-color process has by the old artist attired as a man of conbeen used generously in reproducing the sequence, looking haughtily from beneath wonderful atmospheric effects to be seen his heavy brows, while in the distance is only, we suppose, in this veritable won- sketched a fleet of burning ships, is a derland.
worthy effigy of that splendid scoundrel, The colonial period of American his- most romantic of pirates and worst of tory and biography is an exhaustless mine, Britain's captains, whose rhyme is among which each year yields many volumes. the best of Mr. Stedman's ball" is: Doubtless the most important book of the
Oh, what a set of vagabondos, season, so far as authority of authorship
Sons of Neptune, sons of Mars, goes and thoroughness of treatment, is
Raked from todos otros mundos,
Lascars, Gascons, Portsmouth tars, Dr. John Fiske’s “Old Virginia and Her Prison mate and dock-yard fellow, Neighbors,” published two or three years
Blades to Meg and Molly dear,
Off to capture Porto Bello, ago, and now reissued by Messrs. Hough
Sailed with Morgan the Buccaneer! ton, Mifflin & Co. in one of those elaborately illustrated “holiday editions'
“ Dawn to dusk they stormed the castle, which stand for the best modern combi
Beat the gates and gratings down; nation of beauty of elaboration and substantial value. There are many full-page illustrations in photogravure, among them portraits of Pocahontas, Sir Walter Raleigh and Lady Baltimore, and an unfamiliar engraving of Mount Vernon. The half-tone plates are profusely scattered through the big book, including many old maps and plans, title-pages of rare books, and scores of portraits from
from original paintings or scarce prints. Mrs. John Randolph, Martha Washington, King Charles, Colonel David Parke and Mrs. Richard Lee are a few of the personages who helped make history ashore, while portraits of Captain Seach, commonly called
“ Black Beard," and of that king
From "Treasure Island." of cut-throats, Sir Henry
Copyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons. Morgan, are among the sea