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the Fair at the stores, but chiefly in the case of those buyers who had established relations, and insisted on so doing; for we should be slow to believe that many used the advantages of the Fair and dodged payment for them.

The dinner, elsewhere spoken of, was gotten up altogether at the Fair, without formality and in something of a hurry, and was a pleasant episode. A publishers' invitation dinner was at first proposed, but it was thought better by officers of the Association to make it an A. B. T. A. matter, as was done. In his speech at the dinner, President Randolph referred to the success of the Fair, noting the difference between old days, when the entire American production would not fill one of the racks that now crowded Clinton Hall, and these times, when one house made an offer for 20,000 Webster's Quartos, and the publishers split on a quarter of a dollar! The offer referred to was from D. Appleton & Co., at $7.75, or $155,000 in a lump; it would have absorbed nearly half the year's production.

Besides the criticisms upon this or that detail of the plan of the committee—for which plan, working for a first time so admirably on the whole, they deserve all thanks—two things conspired against the present Fair. First, it was too early; the attempt to hit two birds, the school-book and miscellaneous trades, with one stone, did not work. Secondly, a good part of the buying trade, despising the prophecies of the Weekly, were quite sure the Fair would be a failure, and didn't come on. They are sorry enough now. Large orders came in by mail from Pittsburg, Portland, and elsewhere, but in all cases the writers were notified that they could not be sold on the Fair terms except they were there. Mr. S. A. Clark, of the former place, immediately took train for New-York and bought largely the last days. These two drawbacks made the sales half of what they would otherwise have been—and yet the Fair was thoroughly a success, by universal acknowledgment of those present. The chief question now is about the next Fair. The trade generally believe in having only one a year, in September or October, at which the most reliable dealers estimate a million dollars' worth could hereafter be sold. Opinion is divided as to the expediency of having a supplementary one next October: some say this did not touch the holiday trade, which would flock to a sale then; others say that those who hadn't enough faith to come on and buy now had better be left hungry till the great sale of next year.

We had meant to have given our readers a plan of the Fair, but the delay in the applications for and assignment of space made it impossible to have it ready to be of use then, and we find the expense so considerable as to be precluded now by the other outlay necessitated by the Convention and Fair. We give, however, a full list of contributors, of their representatives as far as could be learned, and a count or estimate, where it could be obtained, of the number of samples each displayed. Also a list of buyers, which it will be seen includes some of the best houses from all parts of the country. For any imperfections in these lists we must plead the inherent difficulties in procuring them.

LlNt of Selling Houses.

NEW-YORK.

Adams, Victor & Co 20

American News Co 289

Patrick Farrclly.

C. G. Collins.

M. N. Walsh (stationery dep't). Appleton, D. & Co 800

W. H. Appleton.

W. S. Appleton.

Mr. Pritchard.
Authors' Pub. Co

Francisco de Oliveira.
Barnes. A. S. & Co 350

C. W. Barnes.

Carleton. G. W. & Co .... ....250

G. W. Dillingham

F. A. Rielly.

Cassell, Petter & Galpin 317

(And W. P. Nimmo)

Chas. Geard. 134

Chas. Gardner. Clark & Maynard 140

Mr. Webster.

Collins & Brother 55

Denham, A. & Co 200

Dick & Fitzgerald 300

A. T. Smith. Dodd & Mead 400

Frank Dodd.

M. W. Dodd. Dutton, E. P. & Co 155

C. A. Clapp.

E. C. Swayne.

Ford, J. B. & Co 50

A. C. Warner. Hale, E. J. & Son 25

P. M. Hale.

C. K. Dabney. Happy Hours Company.

(Pamphlets) 165

(Games) 41

D. G. Cunningham.

Harper & Brothers 4400

J. Abner Harper.
W. H. Demarest.

F. A. Nast.

G. A. Barnes.

Haverty, P. M 30

E. J. Haverty.

Hinton, H. L. & Co

H. L. Hinton. Holt, Henry & Co 310

Henry Holt.

Jos. Vogelius. Hurd & Houghton 606

A. G. Houghton.

O. R. Houghton. Ivison, Blakeinan, Taylor & Co 210

H. H. Bridgman.

Kehoe, Lawrence—C. P. Society 212

Kenedy, P. J 265

John P. Dunne.
Kelly, T

Lee.Shepard & Dillingham (see Lee& Shepard).
Chas. F. Dillingham.

F. Leypoldt—(Publishers' Weekly).
Richard Brinckerhoff.
N. R. Monachesi.
McLoughlin Bros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Miller, James. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fo Miller.
. S. Knox.
Macmillan & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I2Oo
Geo. E. Brett.
Geo. P. Brett.
Murray Hill Pub. Co...... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
A. Loebell.
Nelson & Phillips........................ 2376
Mr. Stephens.
Nelson, Thomas & Sons (besides Bibles
and prayer-books). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I500
James Robertson.
A. E. Marsh.
C. E. Richards.

P. F. Barnum. Patterson, F. B. ! Tompkins, K. F. B. Patterson. Pott, Young & Co... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Pott. Edwin Gorham. Potter, Ainsworth & Co. (copy and drawing-books). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Putnam's Sons, G. P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G. H. Putnam. Irving Putnam. Col. W. H. Chase. Randolph, A. D. F. & Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A. D. F. Randolph. R. J. Bates. James F. Smith.

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books). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 569 H. M. Reed. Marcus Woodle. Sabin, J. & Sons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 Charles Sotheran. Sadlier, D. & J. & Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IOOO Charles Donlon. Schmidt, L. W....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Scribner, Armstrong & Co....... l . . . . . . 450 Scribner, Welford & Armstrong \ . . . . . . 900 A. C. Armstrong. . H. Dingman. ohn Fergusson. T. A. Vandergrip. Sheldon & Co.......................... 614 Smith Sheldon. I. E. Sheldon. W. Sheldon. Somerby, Charles P. .................... 24 Charles P. Somerby. Strong, T. W., late E. Dunigan & Bro..... 287 P. H. Hughes. o University Publishing Co................ 42 United States Publishing Co.... ........ 28 R. F. Bogardus. J. F. Trow, Jr. Virtue & Yorston. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......... 42 Robert Neilson. Van Nostrand, D........................ 146 C. E. Speers.

W. H. Farrington.

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Mr. Wright.

Mr. Phillipps. Wood, William & Co. ................. ‘. . II.4

J. H. Vail. World Publishing House ............... 262

H. S. Allen.

PHILADELPHIA.

American Sunday-School Union.......... 1200

Alfred Price. Baird, Henry Carey & Co................ I35

J. F. Garde. Burlock, S. D. & Co.................... Ioo Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger.......... 480

Edmund Claxton.

D. N. Morrison.

J. R. Elliot. Cummiskey, E...................... .... 50 Desilver, Charles ....................... So Harding, William W. ............ ...[Albums]

A. E. Welch. Holman, A. J. & Co................. ... iono

J. Barker Martin. Lippincott, J. B. & Co.......... . . . . . . . . .2000

H. H. Kimball.

C. E. Roberts. McKinney, H. N. & Co.................. Ido

H. N. McKinney. Peterson, T. B. & Bros............ . . . . Iodo

Thomas Peterson.

T. B. Peterson, Jr. Porter & Coates......................... 448

R. Porter.

Girard Buckman. Potter, John E. & Co.................... I25

G. T. Stuckardt.

E. J. Buckley. Schaefer & Koradi....................... 50

E. Steiger. Souder, S. T. & Co....................... 18

S. T. Souder.

Boston.

Brewer & Tileston.......................
Davis, Robert S. & Co....................
Ditson, Oliver & Co......................
Estes & Lauriat..........................
Gill, William F. & Co.............. ..... Io.2

William F. Gill.
Graves, A. F............................ I32

A. F. Graves. Lee & Shepard.......................... I2Oo

William Lee.

A. H. Hopkins. Little, Brown & Co...................... 615

John M. Brown.

| Locke & Bubier......................... 12o

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Carter, Dinsmore & Co. J. P. Dinsmore.

Chamberlin, Whitmore & Co.............

B. A. Hard.

Dovell's, R. B. Son..... R. E. Bennett......

Dubernet, L...........

Alexander Brument.

Dunkinson, F. H. & Co.
F. H. Dunkinson.
Eagle Pencil Co. ......
F. G. Devoe.
M. Berolzheimer. ,
Emack, John D. ........
Horsman, E. I.........
F. H. Dwenger.
Ives & Alfred..........
Mr. Alfred.
Kaufmann & Jonas.....
Charles Kaufmann.

William Schumacher.

Koch, Sons & Co....... William Horne. Levys, Henry & Son.... E. Irish. Liebenroth, Von Auw & C. W. Liebenroth. William Graham. Manhattan Book Co.... A. B. Bullock. Pattberg, Lewis & Broth H. W. St. John. J. M. Josias. Porter & Bainbridge.... C. T. Bainbridge. Richard Bainbridge. Pratt, Charles D........ E. W. Abbott. Peo Q. & Co..... W . Gillett. . G. Killmer. Raynor, Samuel & Co... Samuel Eckstein. Rubens & Co........... L. Victor. St. John, Joseph L. P. & Selchow & Co.......... S. L. Welch. Sneider, Robert........ Charles Sneider. Steiger, E. . . . . . . . . . . . . E. Steiger. Todd, Edward & Co....

Van Everen, P. F. . . . . . .

P. F. Van Everen. Wallach, Willy.........

R. H. Stevens.

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Edwin Regal, Oberlin, O. Steele & Avery, Rochester, N. Y. Richmond, Backus & Co., Detroit, Mich. Yohn & Porter, Indianapolis, Ind. Cobb, Andrews & Co., Cleveland, O. R. Crampton, Rock Island, Ill. Kiel & Bro., Fort Wayne, Ind. Maxwell & Co., Bloomington, Ill. Ino. H. Thomas & Co., Dayton, O. {. & White, New-Haven, Ct. avid Bugbee & Co., Bangor, Me. R. G. Wynkoop & Co., Syracuse, N. Y. h B. Hoeger & Sons, Milwaukee, Wis. enry A. Young & Co., Boston, Mass. J. K. Pratt, North-Middleboro, Mass. Alfred Hollister & Co., Agents, Utica, N. Y. Henry Miller, New-York City. George W. Gleason, Columbus, O. D. Appleton & Co., New-York City. Lee & Shepard, Boston. Lee, Shepard & Dillingham, New-York City. P. O'Shea, New-York City. Palmer, Bros. & Co., Dubuque, Iowa. T. O. Stearns, Hamilton, N. Y. E. P. Dutton & Co., New-York City. Flagler & Merritt, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Phillips & Crew, Atlanta, Ga. E. J. Goodrich, Oberlin, O. Penfield, Whipple & Co., Hillsdale, Mich. Scrantom & Wetmore, Rochester, N. Y. L. E. Walker, Warsaw, N. Y. . B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, Pa. heo. Butler & Son, Buffalo, N. Y. Charles Allyn, New-London, Ct. Knight, Adams & Co., Boston, Mass. Wesley Jones, Burlington, Iowa. E. B. Smith & Co., Detroit, Mich. H. T. Clauder, Bethlehem, Pa. Leggat Bros., New-York City. A. F. Graves, Boston, Mass. Williams, Sturges & Co., Knoxville, Tenn. E. J. Hale & Son, New-York City. T. J. Brown, Eager & Co., Toledo, O. W. W. Swayne, Brooklyn, N. Y. Gray, Baker & Co., St. Louis, Mo. Wm. Ballantyne, Washington, D.C. Jansen, McClurg & Co., Chicago, Ill. D. C. Colesworthy, Boston, Mass. N. Tibbals & Sons, New-York City. R. J. Thiry, New-York City. James Campbell, Boston, Mass. . R. Penn & Co., Austin, Texas. Terrill, Hubbard & Co., Indianapolis, Ind. S. K. Brobst & Co., Allentown, Pa. John S. Jackson, Dallas, Texas. A. W. Lovering, Boston, Mass. American Sunday-School Union, New-York City. § W. Bliss & Co., Hartford, Ct. Grosvenor & Harger, Dubuque, Iowa. S. A. Clarke & Co., Pittsburg, Pa. Dayton & Arthur, Quincy, Ill. W. Scott Glore, Louisville, Ky. Sheehan & Co., Ann Harbor, Mich. Siemon & Bro., Fort Wayne, Ind. William Patton, Waterbury, Ct. West & Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

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It was at first proposed that a dinner should be given to the visiting trade by the Eastern publishers ; but it was found better to have it an affair of the Association, and the following Committee of Arrangements was accordingly appointed by the chairmen of the Executive and Assembly Committees:

Messrs. Charles A. Clapp (E. P. Dutton & Co.), Walter Appleton (D. Appleton & Co.), B. H. Ticknor (J. R. Osgood & Co.), Robert Porter (Porter & Coates), and Joseph Knight (H. B. Nims & Co.).

The dinner was served at seven in the evening, in the long dining-hall of the St. James, and to it some two hundred sat down, Mr. Randolph being at the head of the main table, and of course presiding, with Mr. Martin Taylor at the head of the table on his right and Mr. William Lee at the head of that on his left. The intimacy of the past fortnight had produced such a general acquaintance among the members of the trade that the utmost good feeling existed, every one knowing and talking with his neighbor, thus adding to the common enjoyment, and promoting the sociability intended by the meeting. An excellent dinner was served by the St. James' steward.

The after exercises were opened by Mr. Randolph, before the dinner itself was quite disposed of, by the remark that he would not follow the order of more formal occasions, but call upon members present to speak while the lighter dishes were still on the table. He himself spoke at some length, contrasting the past and present conditions of the trade, with allusion to the many prominent publishers that had passed away since he first entered the ranks. Fifty years ago, he said, samples of all American publications could be placed on a single rack, such as now occupy two entire floors in Clinton Hall, and hardly fully represent the American trade at that. This he instanced as an illustration of the "development theory," which was farther shown in the dusty piles of old books on the back shelves of old bookstores, the fewstill retaining popularity aptly illustrating the " survival of the fittest.'

In conclusion, he gave the toast, "The American Book Trade," to which Mr. Jansen and Mr. Wesley Jones replied for the North-west and West, and others for different localities; Mr. Kimball, of the Lippincotts, in speaking for Philadelphia, making some remarks antagonistic to the reform, which were somewhat coldly received.

Some very happy responses were made by Mr. Holt, in speaking for his birth-place, NewEngland ; by Mr. Barnes, in responding to the toast, " The Early Reform Movement," and by Mr. E. C. Stedman, the poet, on the relations of authors and publishers—the latter announcing his intention, as an author, to join the A. B. T. A.

Mr. J. W. Harper, Jr., was cordially received and warmly applauded, as was also Mr. William Lee.

In behalf of the stationery trade, Mr. Bainbridge spoke autobiographically, and Mr. Plummer read some verses, in which the names of stationery representatives at the Fair were cleverly interwoven. Colonel Waring also spoke for authorship ; and both Col. Brown, of the Post, and Mr. Bowker, of the Weekly, for the press, the latter congratulating the trade on

the progress the reform had made since its first inception eighteen months ago.

Admirable attention was generally given the speakers, and loud and frequent applause greeted their rising and speaking.

A band was stationed at one end of the room, varying the programme most pleasantly.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. The interests of the trade can not be better served, than by a full discussion by its members of all questions which affect it. Our columns are always open to communications on any such subject, provided they be brief and suggestive, and we cordially invite the trade to express any suggestions or opinions of interest or value in "Letters to the Editor."

Expenses in the Book Business.

To the Editor of the Publishers' Weekly:

Will it not be a service to the entire trade, both buyers and sellers, to fully enumerate the items which make up the real expenses of doing a book business? Perhaps it will help solve the knotty "discount" problem, which, after all, reduces itself to the question, "What is a fair profit in bookselling?" Your correspondent " Facts," in No. 170 of the Weekly, puts the case with force and justness. Hundreds of dealers wake up to the " Facts" only when insolvency stares them in the face.

The wise ones will heed—" the simple pass on," and—Sink.

Every thorough merchant will include in his estimates the following items of expense:

RENT.
INSURANCE.
TAXES and Check Stamps.
INTEREST ON CAPITAL.
Fuel, Lights, etc.
FURNITURE, FIX! URES, Signs, etc.

FREIGHT, Boxes, and Drayage.
Wrapping-Paper, Twine, etc.

Postage, Telegraphing, and P. 0. Box Rent.

Collections, Bank Interest, Exchange on Drafts,
etc.

WAGES OF CLERKS, and for extra ser-
vices.
PROPRIETORS' SERVICES.

OFFICE EXPENSES:

Catalogues for office use.
""circulation.

Subscription to Commercial Agency.

Periodicals and Newspapers taken.

Blank-Books, Bill-Heads, and Office Stationery, including all used by salesmen also.

Toilet Expenses, 'Towels, Soap, Washing, etc.

Gratuities to Employees.

Charities.

ADVERTISING, Cards, Circulars, etc.
Traveling expenses to buy goods.
Traveling expenses to sell goods.

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