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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF BOOKS JUST PUBLISHED.
The Prices in this List are for cloth lettered^ unless otherwise indicated. Imported books are marked with an asterisk; A utkors1 and Subscription Books, or Books Published at net prices, -with two asterisks.
ment of the Knights Templar, Nineteenth Conclave, New-Orleans, La,, Dec. 1-5, 1874. 8°. Pap., $3.
Day, E. & F.
Langl.—Modern Art Education : its practical and aesthetic
Maine Reports. Vol. 63. Reports of Cases argued and
Medical Register for New-York-, New-Jersey, and Connecticut, for 1875. Ed. by Dr. A. E. M. Purdy. xa». $2.50 Putnam.
Myers.—Ensenore and other Poems. By P. H. Myers. ia°. $1.75 Dodd &* M.
Oliphant.—Whiteladies. A Novel. By Mrs. Oliphant, author of " Margaret Maitland," " The Last of the Mortimers," etc. (Leisure Hour Series.) 120, pp. 473. $1.35.
Packard.—Insects of the Forest. By A. S. Packard, Jr., author of '* Our Common Insects,' etc. (Half-Hour Recreations in Natural History. Division First. HalfHours with Insects. Part 8.) Illustr. 120, pp. 31. Pap.. 35 c Estes &* L.
Pike.—Fallacies of the Free-Love Theory; or. Love considered as a Religion. By J. W. Pike. 120, pp. 45. Pap., 20 c Denton.
Reid.—A Question of Honor. By Christian Reid, author of " Morton House," "Valerie Aylmer," '* A Daughter of Bohemia," etc. 120, pp. 501. 51.75 Appleton.
Schmid.—Habermeister. A Tale of the Bavarian Mountains. By Herman Schmid. New ed. (Leisure Hour Series.) 160. $1.25 Holt.
Seguin.—A Series of American Clinical Lectures. Ed. by E. C. Seguin, M.D. Vol. 1. No. 7 :—Capillary Bronchitis of Adults. By Prof. Calvin Ellis. 8°. Pap.. 40 c.
Tennyson.—Queeii Mary. By Alfred Tennyson. i2c. 75 c, Gill.
— Queen Mary. A Drama. By Alfred Tennyson. (Authorns cd.) (Corr. price.) 160. 75 c Osgood.
"Weniger.—Lives of the Saints. Compiled from authentic Sources. With a practical Instruction of the Life of each Saint for every Day in the Year. By Rev. F. X. Weniger, D.D.. S.J. [In 12 Parts.] Part 3. 8°, pp. 144. Mk$] O'Shca.
Williams.—The Bones, Ligaments, and Muscles of the Domestic Cat. By H. S. Williams. Text, x vol. b". $1. Plates, 1 vol. Folio. Bds., $5 Putnam.
Wood.—Bible Animals. A Description of the Habits Structure, and Uses of every Living Creature mentioned in the Scriptures, from the Ape to the Coral; and explaining all those Passages in the Old and New Testaments in which Reference is made to Beast, Bird. Reptile, Fish, or Insect. Illustr. with over 100 new Designs, by Keyl, Wood, and E. A. Smith ; engraved bv G. Pearson, nv the Rev. J. G. Wood, M.A., F.L.S.. etc., author of "Homes without Hands," " Common Objects of the Seashore and Country," " The Illustrated Natural History," *' Strange Dwellings," "Insects at Home," etc. To which arc added Articles on Evolution, by Rev. James McCosh, D.D., President of the College of New-Jersey, and Research and Travel in Bible Lands, by Rev. Daniel March, D.D. Roy. 8°, pp. xxxi, 719. $4.75; half calf. $5.50; Tky. mor., $6-75 Bradley. G. cr Co.
Black.—The Marriage of Moira Fergus. 8°. Pap., 25 c.
Gill. Bradley.—Charlotte's Friend. By Mrs. Bradley. 160,
T-Jpp. 256. $1 Am, Bap. Pub. Soc.
Building Construction, Notes on. Arranged to meet the requirements of the Syllabus of the Science and Art De
§artment of the Committee of Council on Education, outh Kensington, London. Part 1. Illustr. 8°, pp.
219. $3.50 Lippincott.
**Bureau of Education.—Circulars of Information of the Bureau of Education, No. 5,1875.—Suggestions respecting the Educational Exhibit at the International Centennial Exhibition, 1876. 8°, pp. 26. Pap.[Gov. Printing Office.] Comyil.—Atherstone Priory. By L. N. Comyn, author of Ellice," etc. New ed. 120, pp. 371. Pap., 75 c.
Estes & L.
— Elena. An Italian Tale. By L. N. Comyn, author of "Atherstone Priory," li Ellice," etc. New ed. 120, pp. 369. Pap., 75 c Estes &* L.
Coons.—The New Song, By Rev. Aaron Coons. (Complete ed.) 160, pp. 256. Pap., 45 c.—Same. Miniature
'ed. 160, pp. 128. Pap., 25 c Gordon.
Creighton.—History of Rome. By Rev. M. Creighton,
Dana.—The Household Book of Poetry. Collected and
Ellis. See Seguin.
Frankland.—How to Teach Chemistry. Hints to Science Teachers and Students. Being the Substance of Six Lectures delivered at the Royal College of Chemistry, June, 1872, by Edward Frankland, D.C.L., F.R.S., Prof, of Chemistry in the Royal School of Mines, etc. Summarized and edited by George Chaloner, F.C.S., Lecturer on Chemistry at the Birkbeck Institution, author of "Outlines of Chemistry," etc. 120, pp. viii, 83. $1.25.
Lindsay &* B.
Presenilis.—Manual of Qualitative Chemical Analysis.
G-eike.—Ice Age in Great Britain. By Prof. Geike. (Half-
German Four-part Songs for mixed Voices. With English Words. Ed. by N. H. Allen. 8°, pp. 151. $1.50.
Green. See Creighton.
Guhl and Koner.—The Life of the Greeks and Romans,
Harper's Magazine.—An Index to the first Fifty Volumes
Hopkins.—An English Woman's Work among Workingmen. By Ellice Hopkins. With an Introduction by Elihu Burritt. 160, pp. 710. 40 c. ; pap., 25 c.
J. A. Williams.
Hudson (The) River. By Pen and Pencil. A Guide for Tourists. Illustr. by J. B. Woodward. 8°, pp. 54. Pap., 50 c Appleton.
Knights Templar.—Proceedings of the Grand Encamp
American Bapt. Pub. Soc, Phila Bradley, Charlotte's Friend $1.00
D. Appleton & Co., New-York.
Creighton, Hist, of Rome 50
Dana, Household Book of Poetry, new ed.. 3.50
Hudson River Guide Pap. 50
Reid, A Question of Honor 1.75
Bradley, Garretson & Co., Phila. Wood, Bible Animals $4-75 ; $5.50 ; 6.75
Day, Egbert & Fidlar, Davenport, Iowa.
Knights Templar, Proceedings Grand Encampment, 1S74 Pap.$3.oo
Wm. Dentun, Boston.
Pike, Fallacies of the Free-Love Theory.
Pap. 20 Oliver Ditson & Co., Boston. German Four-Part Songs 1.50
Dresser, Mclellan & Co., Portland, Me. Maine Reports, v. 63 Shp. 5.50
Dodd & Mead, New-York.
Myers, Ensenore % 1.75
Estes & Lauriat, Boston.
Comyn, Atherstonc Priory, new *</... Pap. 75
Elena, new ed. Pap. 75
Geike, Ice in Great Britain Pap. 25
Packard, Insects of the Forest Pap. 25
Willia>i F. Gill & Co., Boston.
Black, Marriage of Moira Fergus . .Pap. 25 Tennyson, Queen Mary 75
S. T. Gordon & Son, New-York.
Coons, The New Song, pap., 45 c. ;—Same, miniature it/. Pap. 25
Harper & Bros., New York.
Harper's Magazine, Index first 50 v.
$3 ; hf. cf. 5.25
Henry Holt & Co., New-York.
Oliphant, Whiteladies 1.25
Schmid, Habermeister, new ed 1.25
Lindsay & Blakiston, Phila. Frankland, How to Teach Chemistry 1.25
J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia. Building Construction, Notes on $3-50
Jas. R. Osgood & Co., Boston. Tennyson, Queen Mary (Corr. price), 75
P. O'skea, New-York. Weniger, Lives of the Saints, part 3 I.co
L. Prang & Co., Boston. Langl, Modern Art Education Pap. 75
G. P. Putnam's Sons, New-York.
Medical Register, 1875 2.50"
Seguin, Am. Clinical Lectures, vol. 1, No.
7 ;—Ellis' Capillary Bronchitis Pap. 40
Williams, Bones, Ligaments, and Muscles
of the Cat, 2 v 6.00
John Wiley & Sons, New-York. Fresenius, Qualitative Chemical Analysis. 4.50
J. A. Williams, New-Britain, Ct.
Hopkins, An English Woman's Work among Workingmen 40 c. ; pap. 25
There are two classes of intelligent people who ought certainly to live in brotherly unity with each other—the teachers and the booksellers. They are interested in a common cause, fellow-workers in the promotion of education and culture. The school and the bookstore can not wisely get along one without the other.
But very considerable evils have crept, into the selling and buying of school-books of late years, of which we wish to speak frankly. Let it be confessed that these evils arose from the selling side chiefly; on the other hand, they are continued primarily*through the influence of the buying side. The bookseller and the teacher ought to join hand-in-hand in promoting a wise selection of books; for this is one of the most potent ways of influencing the tone and prosperity of any given community. It must be said that neither of them always do their full duty in this respect; but in this educational catalogue, confessing our own sins, which have been largely forced on us by the evils we deplore, we want to have a candid word or two with our friesds, the teachers.
The cardinal principle in book-buying is to choose that book which will do you most good, whether its office is to delight or to instruct you. The price of a book has two elements in it— one commercial and one mental. As children grow up into book-buyers, they need to be taught this discrimination, now too often overlooked. A cheap book is not simply a book that has a great deal of paper and ink in it for
little money. This does not hold true, even from the commercial point of view alone, for many books cost thousands of dollars in their preparation before printing begins, where others cost virtually nothing.
It seems strange that teachers themselves, who ought to set the public right in this matter, are the very ones who keep it wrong. That book is cheapest to them which, at a reasonable price, best serves their purpose in teaching. But this absurd system of discounts has diverted attention from the real comparative values of many text-books to the prime question, "What's your discount?" The changing of text-books every year or two, as some fresh publisher offers better inducements, is exceedingly detrimental to the welfare of schools; and this whole system makes the teacher less discriminating, and therefore less valuable as an educator, and vitiates his influence upon his community.
It is, of course, easier to talk about this thing than to point out the remedy. Teachers are not different from human nature in general, and feel that they must buy where they can buy cheapest. That is certainly all right, but let them remember what cheapness means. They don't buy cheaply when they buy for nothing, for that is at the cost somehow or other of honesty; they don't buy cheaply in encouraging chicanery, for that is at the cost of honor, they don't buy cheaply when they buy poorer books for less money, for that is at the cost of their influence as educators; they don't buy cheaply when they buy cheaper than their local
bookseller can, for they are starving out of town the feeder of that very culture which gives them their living. It is at once said that teachers must demand discounts because the prices of books are made higher to cover them. That is in some respects true, but the way to cure this is to exert a public opinion that will put down the discount competition altogether. Let them ask the publisher for a fair, square price, and then judge the value of his book on an honest basis. And let it be remembered here that paper and ink is but a part of the actual commercial cost of a book to any dealer; as the Tribune lately said: "The splendid series of school-books, with which we surprised the world at Vienna, cost their publishers much more than the paper and ink they were made of—although some of the Western legislators are disposed to buy oil-paintings for the cost of the canvas and the oil." That it would be much better for the teacher's interests in the long run to buy of his home associate, the local bookseller, it is scarcely necessary to add.
It is hardly necessary, we suppose, to remind the committee appointed at Niagara of the shortness of the time left them to make preparations for the book representation at the Centennial. American literature has been rated so low in all time by foreign nations, that it becomes doubly necessary that all pains should be taken to make our exhibit at Philadelphia as complete and thorough as practicable, that the little we have done in our first hundred years may not seem less than it really is.
The good work the Boston Public Library has been doing latterly in bibliography seems hardly generally appreciated. It is the embodiment in its monthly bulletins of suggestions guiding inquiring readers in the choice of books, and pointing out works treating of topics of general interest, but which the non-literary student would scarcely know where to seek for. In the latest issue much valuable and timely help is thus given on Centennial reading, so much sought after at present, and which it would almost seem a duty of librarians (if librarians were not already overburdened with duties) to aid. The Boston Library is fast becoming the fountain-head of American bibliographical information, for which it should win the gratitude of the whole reading community.
Educational Interests at the Centennial.
The Centennial Commission having assigned to the National Bureau of Education at Washington the charge of supervising the preparations for a representation of American educa
tional interests at the Centennial, the Bureau has made the following classification of the data it desires supplied:
"Class 300.—Elementary instruction: Infant schools and Kindergarten, arrangements, furniture, appliances, and modes of training.
"Public schools: Graded schools, buildings and grounds, equipments, courses of study, methods of instruction, text-books, apparatus, including maps, charts, globes, etc.; pupils' work, including drawing and penmanship; provisions for physical training.
"Class 301.—Higher education: Academies and high schools.
"Colleges and universities: Buildings and grounds; libraries; museums of zoology, botany, mineralogy, art, and archaeology; apparatus for illustration and research ; mathematical, physical, chemical, and astronomical courses of study; text-books, catalogues, libraries, and gymnasiums.
"Class 302.—Professional schools: Theology, law, medicine and surgery, dentistry, pharmacy, mining, engineering, agriculture and mechanical arts, art and design, military schools, naval schools, normal schools, commercial schools, music.
"Buildings, text-books, libraries, apparatus, methods, and other accessories for professional schools.
"Class 303.—Institutions for the instruction of the blind, the deaf and dumb, and the feebleminded.
"Class 304.—Educational reports and statistics: National Bureau of Education; State, city, and town systems ; college, university, and professional systems.
"Class 305. — Libraries: History, reports, statistics, and catalogues.
"Class 306.—School and text-books: Dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers, directories, index volumes, bibliographies, catalogues, almanacs, special treatises, general and miscellaneous literature, newspapers, technical and special newspapers and journals, illustrated papers, periodical literature."
And in its " suggestions respecting the preparation of material," it makes the following recommendations:
APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES.
"These should consist of Kindergarten 'gifts' and all the materials for illustrative instruction and object-teaching, and for scholars' work in infant schools and Kindergarten; also model samples of every kind of apparatus requisite for teaching, in the ungraded country school and in the graded village or city school, the rudiments of natural history, physics, chemistry, and geometry ; specimens of apparatus for the more advanced teaching of the same branches in high schools and academies ;globes and maps, the same in relief; maps with special regard to orographical.hydrographical, topographical, climatographical, ethnographical, historical and statistical particulars; collections and pictures for geographical and historical instruction of different grades; charts and tablets of ever)' kind used in elementary and secondary instruction; atlases, slates, writingbooks, drawing-books and cards, copies, examples and models for drawing, wire and plastic models for teaching projections and perspective, and all other materials and apparatus for teaching industrial drawing; crayons, pencils, and pens, blackboards, erasers and pointers; grading, reckoning, and writing machines; inkwells and inkstands; clocks, bells, and gongs; merit-cards, merit-rolls, registers and record books, blank forms of statistical reports, diplomas and medals; uniforms and military equipments ; book-sacks, book-knapsacks, book-carriers, and lunch-boxes.
"Offers of contributions of all sorts of educational apparatus and appliances are solicited from educational authorities, the managers and proprietors of institutions, inventors, manufacturers, and dealers.
TEXT-BOOKS AND BOOKS OF REFERENCE.
"There will necessarily be considerable duplication in this division. In the first place, it is desirable to have several complete sets of text-books actually prescribed and used in the unclassified country school and the different grades of classified public schools, from different foreign nations and from different parts of our own country, as well as in representative institutions for secondary, collegiate, professional, and special schools, in their ordinary binding; then from publishers, collective sets of their text-book publications, of whatever description or grade; and, finally, sets from authors of their respective productions; samples of the most complete sets of books of reference provided for elementary schools and in actual use; also the same in respect to secondary schools, and accompanying statements of the prices of text-books; catalogues of books of reference in higher and professional schools. With collections of books, cases should be sent of suitable size, and shelving to contain them. The cases should be neat, but without ornament, with glazed doors; they should be of uniform height for convenience and comeliness of installation, the requisite diversity of capacity being secured by varying the width according to the bulk of the books to be contained, or by multiplying the number of cases. The cases should be exactly four feet high or exactly two feet high, with no bottom or top ornament except simple mouldings, and these must not extend beyond the above designated dimensions. The depth of the cases may conform to the sizes of the books to be contained. They should be of dark-colored wood, or stained to resemble such."
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. Out 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."
The Book-Fair Question.
Cincinnati, August 3, 1875. To the Editor of the Publishers' Weekly:
It is known that the late Book Fair did not meet the entire approval of but few of those who either publish or deal in books, the real
cause of this dissatisfaction being that they were unwilling to pay tribute to any one for the privilege of doing their business, all wishing to manage their affairs in their own way, as best suited their business needs.
The rules of the fair were burdensome to many, being unjust to both dealer and publisher, and few, as a matter of business policy, wished fully to indorse them.
The exchange, to be a success, must be equally beneficial to both publisher and dealer. The publisher, being the more benefited, should stand the entire expense of the fair; but it is not just to ask the publisher who pays the large commission of two per cent on school, and five per cent on miscellaneous books, in addition to also offer more liberal terms to the trade than usual, and it is folly to suppose that he will. In fact, the dealers will receive just the commissions less than the publisher's best rates, and the dealers left to pay the expense of the fair.
The fair should be open to all—both publisher and dealer—and let each publisher make such special terms in regard to time, discount, etp., as he may think proper.
If any publisher wishes to demand indorsed notes, or any other special terms, so be it. Let each conduct his sales in his own way.
Let each be allowed to sell at his lowest rates, without any commission to any one.
The clerk of the Executive Committee, with the advice of the Committee of the Book Fair, could make such arrangements as may be necessary, and let every publisher contributing pay his just share of the expense.
Let it be known that at the meeting of the Book Fair publishers would offer extra special terms, and it would not be a problem whether the fair would be a success.
[Referring to our editorial in last issue, we again solicit, from publishers as well as retailers, further discussion of this important subject.—Ed.]
Ancient History From The Monuments :— Assyria, by George Smith.. (Scribner, Armstrong & Co.) This series is particularly designed for the general reader; its object being to present in a compact and popular form the results of recent archaeological investigations. The volumes announced are severally, Egypt, Assyria, and Persia; each one has been prepared by a specialist, and contains in a con densed form the most important information to be had on the subject. The present volume gives a history of the results obtained from the translations of the cuneiform inscriptions, which contain the record of the Assyrian empire. These inscriptions, brought to light by recent explorations, throw considerable light upon earlier portions of the Bible, and offer a new and valuable aid to the student of ancient history. Small i2mo, cloth, $1.
Butler's Pictorial History Of The United States, by John A. Stewart. (J. H. Butler & Co.) The very marked change that has taken place of late years in the get-up of school-books can not be better illustrated than in the volume before us. Few books of a misceHaneous character issued show so great perfection in the merely mechanical work as this; the paper is the very finest, the page clean and clear, the binding the most substantial. The letterpress is fully illustrated with pictures of the various heroes of American history, and the numerous scenes of conflict. If these pictures are not quite works of art, they are sufficiently good to please the young student and impress the fact illustrated more firmly upon his mind. The history is brought down to the present year. It is pleasantly written, the language being clear and concise, and easy of comprehension to the youngest students. An appendix contains the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Chronological, Historical, and Statistical Tables, etc., etc. i2mo, cloth, $1.50.
First Lessons In Physics, by C. L. Hotze. (Central Publishing Co.) As this work is intended for very young pupils, only the most familiar facts in physics are used in illustrating it, and only the most elementary knowledge offered. It is divided into thirty-nine lessons, so that the whole volume may be embraced in a year's study, at the rate of a lesson a week. Each lesson opens with a familiar fact or easy little experiment, which serves as the basis for the development of a natural law. After this law comes the application man makes of it, such as the barometer, thermometer, pump, etc. At the end of each lesson, articles in books and magazines are pointed out, where the pupil may find interesting reading matter. Printed in large, clear type, and richly illustrated. i2mo, cloth, 90 cents.
American State Universities, by Andrew Ten Brook. (Robert Clarke & Co.) The original plan of this work only embraced a history of the University of Michigan, but through the solicitation of educators throughout the country the author was induced to undertake a more extended and complete history. Considering the transition state in which the educational system is at present, the work must fill a void long felt with educators. It begins by sketching in somewhat distinct outline the progress of higher education in the Atlantic States, from their first settlement to a period just after the close of the Revolution. Then the state of culture in the West is sketched, in order to show what kind of field this section furnished for founding and developing this class of institutions. Then follows a particular account of the starting and completion of the present University of Michigan, with some most valuable suggestions on culture and education, and a very successful attempt to mark out the future of the American system of higher education. The work covers a field that has never hitherto been occupied, and will be found of equal interest to the whole country. 8vo, cloth, $3.50.
The Primer Of Political Economy, by A. B. Mason and J. J. Lalor. (Jansen, McClurg & Co.) The fundamental principles forming the basis of all the larger treatises on economic science are presented in this little work in the concise yet easily intelligible shape so long needed for grammar-school scholars. The book is, what its title reads, simply a primer of the science prepared to give lower-grade students an outline idea of the laws regulating the use of wealth, so necessary to the scheme of education in a country where all share in the government! The subject is presented in the form of definitions and propositions supplemented with brief explanations and with suf
ficient condensation to be readily mastered, even in the short period usually allotted to such studies in the schools. i6mo, 75 cents.
What Young People Should Know, by Burt G. Wilder. (Estes & Lauriat.) The subtitle of this work, "The Reproductive Functions in Man and the Lower Animals," more clearly defines its meaning and its place in bibliography than the title under which it is sent into the world—a not very "happy thought," by the way—for if we mistake not, the sort of information it contains is just the kind manv parents and guardians consider that young people should not know until a certain age. If this discretion is displayed in placing the work, nothing but praise can be meted out to it, for it is certainly well written, and as it is intended for unprofessional readers, is particularly clear and concise. i2mo, cloth, illustrated, $1.50.
NOTES IN SEASON.
Messrs. E. P. Dutton & Co. have prepared a companion volume to their " Pussy Tiptoe," which may be remembered as one of the beautiful juvenile gift-books of last year. The new book is entitled "Frisk and his Flock," and. like its predecessor, is very handsomely bound and illustrated.
Messrs. Wm. F. Gill & Co. have just added to their series of select novels a tale of "The Marriage of Moira Fergus," by Wm. Black. The scene is the same as in his " Princess of Thule" and " The Maid of Killeena," and many of the same characters figure in the three stories.
"File No. 113" is the next novel on the Osgoods' list, and will be published almost immediately. It is by Emile Gaboriau, and of course is criminal in plot, though it is said this time it contains nothing worse than a bank robbery.
The first volume of Prof. Lowell's new edition of the English dramatists can be looked for very shortly at Little, Brown & Co.'s. The entire work will comprise some ten or twelve volumes, to be entitled " Old Plays," and will be chiefly concerned with the period beginning with Marlowe and ending with Dryden. Prof. Lowell will furnish introductions and notes.
Blanford's "Geology and Zoology of Abyssinia," giving an account of the author's observations when with the British army in Abyssinia, will speedily appear at Macmillan's, probably by the end of the month. With it are promised Burgoyne's collection of " Political and Military Episodes in the First of the Reign of George III.," interesting to anecdotal lovers; Killen's "Ecclesiastical History of Ireland," from the earliest time to the present; a history of the arts and politics of Greece from the Persian to the Peloponnesian war, entitled "The Age of Pericles," by W. W. Lloyd ; an account of " Angola and the River Congo," by Joachim Monteiro ; and "A History of Lloyd's and Marine Insurance," by Frederick Martin and B. C. Stephenson.
During this next week the Appletons expect to have ready Bastian's work on the "Paralysis of the Brain," discovered in its common forms, as also an "Illustrated School History of the World," by John D Quackcnbos, intended for library reference as well as school-roomDarwin's "Insectivorous Plants," a collection of clinical lectures by Paget, an eminent Eng