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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
Score Doubleday, Page & Co.
From “The Autobiography of a Tomboy."
“I ASKED HER IF SHE WAS LIKE BYRON."
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 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
Guidi (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.). The his own still persists as a standard to “Complete Works” of Chaucer, and of which we are apt to refer anything particRobert Burns are also issued this year, ularly striking among the cartoons of the and in two tall, handsome volumes, by day. In this edition the bibliography has Messrs. T. Y. Crowell & Co. The Chaucer been enlarged, the “memoir" and notes has Professor Lounsbury's “Introduc- have been amplified, four new illustration," and the four volumes are illustrated tions and a fuller index have been prowith photograrure plates. Mention may vided. The same publishers import a rebe made here, also, of the elaborate edition print of Ireland and Nichols's edition of of the “Psalms" of King David, which Hogarth's “Works,” in three volumes. form a handsome volume issued by the The text of the volumes is well printed, Fleming H. Revell Co. with a series of but the plates are very bad, besides being decorative illustrations, initials and page so small as to have little value except as borders by Mr. Louis Rhead, and an in- memoranda. In their series of “ Illustroductory “Study” by the Rev. Newton trated Romances” the Lippincotts issue Dwight Hillis. The volume is bandsome- “John Halifax, Gentleman ” and “ Ivanly printed and deserves the appreciation hoe,” each containing twelve colored rewhich it is sure to gain.
productions of drawings by Charles E. Three stout volumes of tales by Alex- Brock. andre Dumas are reprinted by Messrs. I. Several favorite novels of the last few Y. Crowell & Co. — “The Forty-five years appear in handsome illustrated ediGuardsmen,” “Marguerite de Valois" tions. "Hugh Wynne" comes from the and“ Dame de Monsoreau.” Though all, Century Co. in a single volume, in large, or nearly all, hare got the seed, now, not clear type, with Mr. Pyle's fine illustraevery literary truck-gardener can grow tions; Mrs. Goodwin's “ Head of a Hunflowers of this kind; the shoots of the dred” has a colored frontispiece and serparent plant please best in many ways. eral pictures in the text (Little, Brown & These books are presentably made, and Co.); and Parkman's“ The Oregon Trail,” contain good drawings by Mr. Frank T. with Remington's spirited drawings, Merrill.
comes from the same publishers. Messrs. A new and enlarged edition of Austin G. P. Putnam's Sons send us an elaborate Dobson's critical and painstaking mono- edition, in two volumes, of the deathless graph upon “William Hogarth” is sent “ Christmas Carol” and the “ Cricket on us by the J. B. Lippincott Co. First pub- the Hearth,” in white covers, sprigged lished nearly ten years ago, this work has with holly and containing many excellent remained the standard biography of the illustrations and marginal drawings. The great artist whom other artists praised so same publishers issue a handsome edition little and the great world so much. As in five volumes of the works of George an engraver and a "pictorial moralist” Borrow, with photogravure frontispiece Hogarth's place is not now assailed; and and reproductions of the original titlewhile we have different manners in satire, pages.
From "The Grey Fairy Book."
Copyright, 1900, by Longmans, Green & Co. THE LITTLE GREY MAN DEMANDED MORE
BY WILLIAM HENRY FROST
the books of the year which aim count them—the earliest of them are especially to make the children's Christ- ready scarcely three months before Christmas merry is nothing less than bewilder- mas and the review must be in the Christing.
If the reviewer be a man of con- mas number of a magazine, and there are science he must experience something of parents and grown-up brothers and sisters the feeling of Mr. Sergeant Buzfuz. and here or there an aunt who want Never, said that ornament of the bar, guidance in selecting gifts. The books never, in the whole course of his profes- must be read and written about while sional experience, had he approached a they are almost too hot from the press to case with feelings of such deep emotion be held in the hand. “A man may, if he or with such a heavy sense of the respon- were of a fearful heart, stagger in this sibility imposed upon him. If there are attempt.” When the generation which is inaccuracies in the quotation they must now writing children's books was reading be overlooked. With the array of child- them purely for fun, the two previous ren's books before him the reviewer has generations used to say: "We had no such no time to refer back to “ The Posthu- books as these when we were children. mous Papers of the Pickwick Club" for We had The Pilgrim's Progress' and verification.
* Robinson Crusoe’and that was about all.
of them the better. Right-minded children believe in fairies. If they tell you that they do not, they do it to save argument, and the little falsehood serves you right; you ought not to have asked them.
Many a pleasant hour may be spent, by those who are good judges of such things, with “The Grey Fairy Book," the addition which Andrew Lang makes this year to the series which already contains the Blue, Red, Green, Yellow and Pink Fairy Books. All such persons have occasion to be grateful that Mr. Lang himself is so good a judge of such things. He knows a story when he sees one, and he seems to have inexhaustible mines where he finds them. These particular ones have nothing of the appearance of being remnants rejected in the making of former collections. They are as fresh and as charming as if they were the choice gleanings of all. The book is illustrated with many beautiful drawings by H. J. Ford. (Longmans,
Green & Co.)
There are not many books this year From "The Little Dreamer's Adventure."
more beautiful, outside or in, in substance -Copyright, 1900, by Lee & Shepard.
or in make-up, than “The True Annals of Fairyland," by William Canton (Mac
millans). It has as a second title, “ The Children have a great deal done for them Reign of King Herla.” It contains some nowadays that we never had done for us.” of the stories that are most dear and And this used to be said with a sort of air familiar to the right sort of children, and of reproach, as if it were the children's which remain most dear to them after fault. If it were, what a guilty lot are they grow up, along with many others the children of to-day. Where there were which are less familiar but scarcely less books for children sixty years ago, and shelves of books thirty years ago, there
While Mr. Frost has expressed appreciation of many are libraries now.
books of fairy tales, he has, of course, omitted to menAnd by the same
tion his own volume of charming tales, drawn from token, if we don't begin on them, we shall Irish legends, which appears this year under the title
“Fairies and Folk of Ireland” (Scribners). The shorter never get through.
stories with which his narrative is interspersed, are all And the fairy books are to come first. genuine Irish folk-tales, but though Mr. Frost has used The children whom I love are the chil
some thread spun by others, as he says, he has woven
the fabric himself. From beginning to end the book is dren who love fairies. They belong to the filled with the genuine essence of the old-fashioned fairy imagination of children, and the stories
story, and he tells the tales with the simplicity and
quaintness of the ancient chronicler. From the story of of them gently and rightly foster and cul- Earl Gerald and his men at arms as 'eep in the great tivate and strengthen the childish imagi
hall beneath the castle, waiting for the miller's son to
come and blow the trumpet to rouse them, we take a nation. The later they outgrow the love picture by Mr. S. R. Burleigh.-Ed. Book BUYER.