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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 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 of cut-throats, Sir Henry
From “Treasure Island." Copyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons. Morgan, are among
Then, with ruthless rout and wassail, tion concerning that city, which, in the
Night and day they sacked the town;
minds of its own inhabitants at least, Port and Lisbon, tier on tier;
comes nearer to the ideal of a “continuQuaffed to heart's content, and toasted Harry Morgan the Buccaneer.
ing city" here than any other. But Mr.
Longfellow, while he still lived near Bos“ Stripped the church and monastery, ton, observed the march of alteration and
Racked the prior for his gold,
the tooth of time:
“ All things must change
To something new, to something strange-
Nothing that is can pause or stay;
and so, in this year of grace 1900, Mr. Peacefuller chronicles are those of Mr. Drake has found it good to put forth a Samuel Adams Drake. « Old Landmarks new edition of what was at the time a and Historic Personages of Boston ” (Lit- complete compendiam, and has enlarged tle, Brown & Co.) was issued years ago it with much new literary material and a and found an instant welcome as a pains- quantity of additional pictures. “Boston taking and inclusive treasury of informa- to-day,” says Mr. Drake, “is hardly more
like the Boston of fifty
in the very nature of From With Both Armies," Copyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons.
things nothing is, noth
ing can be, permanent save the written niteness and full details of historic matrecord. Like every great city, Boston is ters, documentary and illustrative, it is forever outgrowing its old garments, and probably because there is so scant room in must be patched and pieced accordingly." a single volume for sketches, however
In the series of books on “ American brief, of a score of towns each of which Historic Towns,” edited by Mr. Lyman T. might make a book by itself. The picPowell (Putnam's), appears this autumn a tures of modern buildings, in the present volume on “ Historic Towns of the South- volume, justify their presence, probably, ern States," which includes illustrated but one could wish for such ample details sketches of Baltimore, Frederick Town, of older scenes as, for instance, Dr. Fiske Washington, Richmond, Charleston, New pours so lavishly into his chronicle of Old Orleans, Annapolis, Williamsburg and a Virginia. But where so much has been dozen others, prepared by various writers done well, it is not gracious to criticise specially fitted through residence or spe- sins of omission. cial knowledge for the work. Two previ- In her “ Dames and Daughters of Coloously issued volumes in this series dealt nial Days” (T. Y. Crowell & Co.) Miss respectively with the historic towns of the Geraldine Brooks—who is the daughter of Middle States and of New England. The that tireless writer of historical books for plan of the work is excellent, and if its young Americans, Mr. Elbridge S. Brooks execution has been something less in defi- -has tried to make such selections from
the list of women famous in our earlier righteously held a glory by her descendhistory as shall best illustrate the various ants-Miss Brooks devotes the BUCtypes of woman, periods of development ceeding sketches to Mme. Frances Mary and sections of the country. Beginning Jacqueline La Tour, of Nova Scotia, who with Anne Hutchinson, of Boston—whose “held the fort” so gallantly against Charis the almost sinister distinction of having nisé; Margaret Brent, the woman ruler of founded the first woman's club in America, Maryland; Mme. Sarah Knight, of Bosin 1636, and who was cast out of the ton, the famous traveller of colonial times; church as a seditious and dangerous per- Eliza Lucas, of Charleston; Martha Washson, albeit that harsh judgment is now ington; Abigail Adams; Elizabeth Schuy
ler of Albany, who
A book made up from the gathered records of a single family is “Colonial Days and Ways” (The Century Co.), by Helen Elvertson Smith. The Smith homestead at Sharon, Conn., which was built in 1765, contained thousands of family letters, covering & period of nearly two hundred years, and she has constructed, mainly from this source, the family life during the seventeenth and eigh
teenth centuries, From "The Widow Lerouge."
mainly in New Eng
Charles Scribner's Sons.