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STATIONERY AND FANCY GOODS. Publishers and manufacturers of novelties in either stationery or fancy goods should send us samples, in order to make sure of having them noticed. We would also be glad to receive, at all times, for publication any items of general information to the trade.
The trade in stationery and fancy goods during the past month was dull, but at this season of the year nothing better is expected. This is the dull season, and the dealers in general have no feelings of disappointment that they have not more customers. In both lines of business, however, there has been no want of those who find fault with the times, and complain that business is dull on account of a lack of confidence in the trade.
It is true that the late panic, with its consequent losses, did much to undermine the confidence of the trade. Money became scarce, and as those whose necessities were urgent could not borrow, they were led to sacrifice their goods to obtain the much-needed money wherewith to meet their obligations. This, for one, gave rise to the present system of underselling, which has done so much to injure the profitable business that was so confidently expected in the spring. Yet, when we take into consideration the general wealth of the country, and its recuperative ability, the cause of the present stagnation can not be traced entirely to the effects of the panic.
The worst effects of the panic have undoubtedly been felt, and though absolute recovery has not yet supervened, the remaining results are of small consequence, when compared with the depressing effects of the present condition of our national finances. The real cause of the general stagnation may therefore be said to be owing to our irredeemable currency, and until some action is taken for a return to specie payments, trade can not be expected to revive. The Resumption Act of the last session of Congress was undoubtedly a move in the right direction, but whatever effect it might have had upon business was lost by its fatal defect—it failed to provide any specific measures for carrying resumption into effect. At the late meeting of the National Board of Trade, the act was indorsed, and attention was called to its deficiency, and it is to be hoped that the matter will receive the attention of Congress early in the next session. Many plans have already been published to bring gold and silver back to circulation, and it has become a threadbare subject. Without advancing any theory, therefore, we would ask that proper provision be made to carry the resumption act into effect. When this is done, trade will revive, but with the present uncertainty nothing can be expected. The uncertainty of what action may be taken in future makes all values fluctuating, and under these circumstances it would have been better not to have specified a date for resumption, without having provided the means for making resumption a fact.
Both standard and fancy stationery lack animation, but the fancy papers for social purposes sell the best.
In fancy goods, the importers are now receiving their samples, and though trade is dull for the present, large orders are coming in for
the fall trade. It is estimated that the orders already received by the importers amount to about $250,000, and they are distributed through all parts of the country. Some of the new samples are very beautiful, but as we can not mention all, we would call attention to the new ivory and leather goods imported by Charles L. Pratt, Nos. 451 and 453 Broadway. These goods consist of portemonnaies, matchboxes, cigar-cases, purses, etc., etc. The portemonnaies and purses are particularly noticeable. The sides are of ivory, handsomely carved, and the bellows portion of russia leather; the edges are bound with germansilver, and they can be had either with or without handles. The more expensive qualities are lined with silk, with silk cords and tassels. The portemonnaies sell from $48 to $96 per dozen; the purses, which can also be had in blue calf, cost from $24 to $60 per dozen.
For albums and the general line of leather goods, blue and black calf is taking the place of russia leather. Albums are mostly made in black calf, with silver mountings, but the blue is also used. They cost from $6 to $15 each. The chief business at present is in fans, and one sale of 12,500 is reported to a single house. The prevailing style is pearl and satin, with feather tips. The sizes are rather smaller and more modest than formerly. Many of them are embroidered by hand in the most elaborate manner, and may be had from $3 to $15 each, according to the sticks.
Mr. J. Emmerich, Maiden lane and Nassau street, New-York, has issued the Centennial thermometer. The tube is handsomely mounted upon strong cardboard, and is warranted correct. It can be had for $1.50 per dozen, and retails for twenty-five cents each.
Mr. Edward E. Brown, No. 31 Bcekman street, New-York, offers the retail trade a fine assortment of envelopes, made from the best qualities of Piries, Corson & Browne Company, and other first-class papers. These goods are a specialty, and will undoubtedly prove satisfactory.
Messrs. Payne, Holden & Co., of Dayton, Ohio, have issued a new style of book-covers, made of strong paper, and particularly adapted for the use of schoolchildren, for their schoolbooks and copy-books. It is the intention ol the manufacturers to have them used by the dealers in school-books for advertising purposes. They are made to suit all the standard school-books, and in ordering them care should be taken to specify the book for which they are intended, so as to obtain the proper size. They are furnished by the thousand, with the dealer's imprint on the back.
LITERARY AND TRADE NEWS.
"the Fullness of the Blessing," is the title of Miss Smiley's volume of religious meditations, forthcoming at Randolph's.
Mrs. Omphant's new novel, " Whiteladies," will be added to the " Leisure Hour Series," in July.
Messrs. Claxton, Remsen & HaffelfinGer, of Philadelphia, have published a " Centennial Railway Guide Map" of that city, compiled by Prof. L. M. Haupt. It is 28x28 inches in size, and is published both in pocket form and mounted on spring rollers, at 75 cents and at $4, respectively.
Thomas Hardy, author of "Far from the Madding Crowd," begins in the Cornhill Magazine, for July, his new story, entitled " The Hand of Ethelberta."
We are sure the trade will very heartily sympathize with Mr. Cooke, of W. B. Keen, Cooke & Co , Chicago, in the recent loss of his wife, who died on Saturday, June 19th, at her home in Chicago. Mrs. Cooke was a daughter of the late Dr. Ben Hageman, of Yazoo County, Mississippi, and at the time of her death was but forty-five years of age. The many friends of Mr. Cooke will join with the more immediate ones of the family in regretting her death.
A New novel, by Mrs. Lynn Linton, " The Atonement of Learn Dundas," is announced by the Cornhill Magazine, and one by Mrs. Oliphant by Macmillan's.
Henry Kingsley has just published abroad a new novel, " Number Seventeen."
The promised "Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay," by his nephew, Mr. G. O. Trevelyan, M.P., is now in the printer's hands, and will soon be published in England.
Still another elementary series of general interest is announced by H. S. King & Co., London. The " Introductory Handbooks" will be outline sketches, not "cram-books," of the study of philosophy, music, art, English, classical and foreign literature, history, ancient and modern, etc.
Mr. Steiger has now ready a Relief Map of Pennsylvania, prepared by J. Schedler, which he sells, framed in black walnut, at $1.50. There are in preparation similar maps of California and the United States.
Celebrated Steel Pens.
Sold by all Dealers throughout the World. MANUFACTURERS' WAREHOUSE, No. 91 JOHN STREET,
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JOSEPH GILLOTT & SONS.
BERLIN & JONES ENVELOPE CO.
AND PAPER WAREHOUSE,
Nos. 134 and 136 William, near Fulton Street, New-York,
Have facilities for manufacturing 1,000,000 Envelopes per day, all sizes and qualities, with their Patent Folding
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LIST OF ISTEW WORKS.
1. A History of Caricature and Grotesque in Literature and Art.
By Thomas Wright, M.A., F.S.A. With numerous illustrations, drawn and engraved by F. W. Fairholt, F.S.A. Crown 8vo, cloth extra. London: 1875. $3.
2. Select Thoughts on the Ministry and the Church, etc.
Gathered from the Literature of all Times, and arranged for immediate use. By the Rev. Dr. E. Davies. Svo, cloth extra, gilt edges. London: 1875. $6.
3. Dr. Schlietnann's Great Work, Troy and its Remains.
A Narrative of Researches and Discoveries made on the Site of Ilium and in the Trojan Plain. By Dr. Henry Schliemann. Translated with the author's sanction. Edited by Philip Smith, B.A. With maps, plans, views, and cuts, representing five hundred objects of antiquity discovered on the site. Royal 8vo, cloth. London: 1875. $12.50.
4. Timbs' English Eccentrics and Eccentricities.
Stories of Wealth and Fashions, Delusions, Impostures, and Fanatic Missions, Strange Sights and Sporting Scenes, Eccentric Artists, Theatrical Folks, Men of Letters, etc. By John Timbs, F.S.A. An entirely new edition. With about fifty illustrations. Crown 8vo, cloth extra, 600 pages, $3.
5. Scott. Half-Hour Lectures on the History and Practice of the Fine and
By William B. Scott, Assistant-Inspector in the Art Department of Science and Art, author of "Life of Albert Durer," etc. Third edition, revised by the author. Pp. 382. With fifty illustrations, engraved by W. J. Linton. Crown 8vo, cloth, $3.
6. Characteristics from the Writings of John Henry 'Newman.
Being selections, Personal, Historical, Philosophical, and Religious, from his various works. Arranged by W. S. Lilly, with the author's approval. i2mo, cloth, with fine portrait, $2.50.
7. Cruikshanle "At Home."
Tales and Sketches by the most Popular Authors. With numerous illustrations by George and Robert Cruikshank and Robert Seymour. Also, CRUIKSHANK'S ODD VOLUME, or Book of Variety, illustrated by two Odd Fellows—Seymour and Cruikshank. Four vols, bound in two, fcp. 8vo, cloth extra, gilt, $4.
8. Booksellers, A History of.
Including the Story of the Rise and Progress of the Great Publishing Houses in London and the Provinces, and of their greatest Works. By Harry Curwen. Crown 8vo, with frontispiece and numerous portraits and illustrations, cloth extra, $3. "In these days ten ordinary Histories of Kings and Courtiers were well exchanged against the tenth part ol one good History of Booksellers."—Thomas Carlylb,
"This stout tittle book is unquestionably amusing. Ill-starred, indeed, must be the reader who, opening it anywhere, lights upon six consecutive pages within the entire compass of which some good anecdote or smart repartee is not to be found." —Saturday Reviciv.
9. A History of Architecture in all Countries, from the Earliest Times to
the Present Day.
By James Ferc.usson, F.R.S. New and revised edition, with 1600 illustrations, four vols., medium Svo. Price, per vol., $12. Vols. I. and II., Ancient Architecture, now ready, not sold separately, 2 vols., 8vo, $24. Vol. III., Indian Architecture, in preparation. Vol. IV., Modern Architecture, now ready, Svo, $12.
10. Oriental Zig-Zag; or, Wanderings in Syria, Moab, Abyssinia, and Egypt.
By Charles Hamilton. With illustrations in colors. 121110, cloth, $3.
11. Fruit Between the Leaves.
Essays by A. Wynter, author of "Curiosities of Civilization," etc. Two vols., i2mo, cloth, $4.50.
*«* Among the important topics discussed in the pleasing and forcible style of this author, are "Curiosities of Sound," "Rats, and their Doings:" "Precious Jewels;" "Village Hospitals;" "Were-Wolves and Lycanthropy;" "Rise and Fall of Great Families;" "The Blind;" "Life-Boats, and Those Who Man Them;" "A Word to Port Wine Drinkers;" "Preventive Medicine:" "Eccentric Cats;" "How our Millions Circulate;" "Do Bad Odors Cause Disease?" and numerous other questions of public interest.
12. The Tear-Book of Facts in Science and the Arts, for 1874. Edited by Charles W. Vincent, F.R.S.E. Crown 8vo, cloth, 1S75, $1.25.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3.
THE IMPORTATION OF~
Messrs. B. & P. Lawrence
49 MAIDEN LANE, NEW-YORK,
Ordered and Imported expressly for their own sales. All of the highest grade, and aggregating a cost value upwards of
One Hundred Thousand Dollars,
The whole to be Sold at Attction, to the highest bidder, without any reserve or limit, commencing Tuesday Morning, August ^d, at the Clinton Hall Sale Rooms.
The following will give an idea of the great variety and value of the goods to be offered:
A very large assortment of Alex. Pirie & Son's celebrated Papers and Envelopes, in white and fashionable tints, in papeterie form, and in flat folios.
Grand Quadrille Papers, in white and tints, with the latest style of fashionable Envelopes to match.
One thousand copying Letter Books, bound in half calf and half russia. Made from the very best quality of French glazed paper, and thoroughly well bound.
A full line of Stephens'celebrated London Inks, comprising Fluid, Copying, Red, Blue, and Commercial Black Writing Inks.
A large variety of Steel Pens, Pen-Holders, Tracing Cloth and Papers, Roll Drawing Papers.
An expensive line of Leather Goods, Glass Inkstands, Library Inkstands, Metallic Memorandum Books.
Glass Bankers' Inkstands in all sizes; Glass Paper Weights in great variety; Lead Pencils; Visiting Cards; Price Current Papers in Blue and White folios and letters; Water-Colors, English and German; Mathematical Instruments; Copying Papers; Leather Portfolios, in Sheep and Morocco, with Gilt and Steel Locks; Backgammon and Chess Boards; Red Tape; Iron and Tin Goods; Cash Boxes with Patent Locks; Sponge Cups in Glass, etc., etc. A general assortment, too numerous to mention.
The whole will be offered on a credit of four and six months, for approved indorsed notes.
TERMS OF SALE.
On all purchases from the whole Catalogue amounting to $1000 and upward, four and six months' credit; on purchases from the whole Catalogue, less than $1000 and more than $yx>,four months' credit; and on all purchases less than $300, cash without discount.
Approved indorsed notes to be dated on the first day of the sale, payable to the order of your indorser, in the City of New-York, satisfactory to the seller, will be required. Bills must be settled before the delivery of the goods, and within fifteen days after the sale. All bills not settled within twenty days from the last day of the sale, shall lose the credit to which the purchaser would be otherwise entitled, and such bills will be payable in cash without discount j this rule will be strictly enforced. All goods not settled for within thirty days, to be resold on account of the purchaser, if responsible, or returned to the contributor.
All deficiencies, imperfections, and errors must be reported within ten days after the receipt of the goods; and if not so reported, the loss shall fall upon the purchaser.
Hie Sale will Commence at 9 o'clock, Tuesday Morning, Anpst 31.
Goods will be packed and shipped by Messrs. B. & P. Lawrence, thus guaranteeing careful and safe packing. Packing and shipping to be charged for at cost.
Catalogues may be had on application, by mail or otherwise, to the Auctioneers.
GEO. A. LEAVITT & CO,
ASTOR PLACE, NEW-YORK.