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A Prefix Declined.
Some years ago, some friend of mine—perhaps' he had a MS. in preparation and might soon want a publisher—saw fit to speak of me in print as " the poet-publisher." Some other friend, wishing to do me still greater honor, added the word "genial," and a number of times since I have met the phrase in full.
And now, the Publishers' Weekly, " official organ of the A. B. T. A.," has got hold of the first part, and lest it should print the second, I write this note.
And why should I be called the "poet-publisher," because 1 sometimes write verses which none of the monthlies will publish, and which none of the newspapers that pay for such matter will take? I can get them printed, it is true, but there is no money in it. So I am not a poet. I only write verses: and if I am to have a prefix, it should be " the versifier-publisher." But why myself alone? I do not wish to carry off all the honors of the trade, and why not dub some of the other members?
There is our old friend C.—one of the noblest, truest of us all ; he is a Presbyterian, and is often at the General Assembly. Why not call him "the delegate-publisher?" Then there is our cultivated, active friend S.—once connected with a leading morning journal. He might be styled "the ex-journalistic-publisher." For our Eastern friends take, for example, our enterprising G., "the elocutionist-publisher." For another, long in the trade, and who still has an interest in us all, " the ex-publisher-lecturist." For that earnest advocate of reform. L., " the-early-reformer-publisher;" and for a Western representative, who better than our valued co-worker McC., " the brigadier-generalby-brevet-publisher?"
These will suffice as examples of what could be done; and it occurs to me that it might be held out as an inducement to the trade to join the Association, that a title would be conferred on the receipt of $2, and an authorization to sign the constitution of the A. B. T. A. (The selection of titles should be intrusted to the Committee on Assemblies.)
And now let me add, that I am coming to the conclusion that it is not well for a publisher to be a writer of verses. Some years ago, my old and fast friend S., of honored memory, insisted upon publishing a volume of mine. And now, when some unknown author comes to me with a MS. of verees, as good as many that have been printed, but which I have to decline because I fear the book would not " sell," how am 1 embarrassed by the fact, of which he or she is cognizant, that I published a volume of my own verses, and that they are no better, if as good, than those now offered to me! I hope that all members of the trade, direct and indirect, will bear this fact in mind.
Now, my dear editor of the " official organ of the A. B. T. A.," please understand that unless all the members of the trade are to be prefixed, I must decline ; and I am satisfied to be known as a bookseller and publisher. Is not that enough? Is there any more honorable calling? Is it not better to publish good verses than to ■write poor ones, and to get money by publishing than to get nothing by writing? You will agree with me, I know, a fellow-worker in the cause destined to triumph, and which is to make our calling more honorable than ever before. R.
New-york.—The firm of A. J. Bicknell & Co., doing business at No. 27 Warren street, New-York, is dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Albert Cogswell retiring—Messrs. A. J. Bicknell and J. C. Hutchings assuming all liabilities and making all collections. A. J. Bicknell and J. C. Hutchings have associated themselves under the firm name of A. J. Bicknell & Co., and will continue the architectural book publishing business, at No. 27 Warren street, New-York.
Jackson, Tenn.—Mr. J. G. Cisco, late with Geo. A. Searcy & Co., of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has opened a store here as a wholesale and retail bookseller and stationer, and dealer in pictureframes, mouldings, etc. He requests the pricelists, catalogues, etc., of publishers and manufacturing stationers.
ElCHT Cousins; Or, The Aunt-hIll, by Louisa M. Alcott. (Roberts Brothers.) The story of Rose and her seven boy cousins is one of Miss Alcott's happiest efforts. Though it has received eager perusal in the St. Nicholas, it will still find a very warm welcome from many young readers. It is a bright, natural, touching story, which even grown folks will find interesting. i6mo, cloth, $1.50.
The Might And Mirth Of Literature, by John Walker Vilant Macbeth. (Harper & Bros.) This volume is one of the greatest value, and offers inestimable advantages to students in language and literature, or to public speakers, such as clergymen, lawyers, etc. It is an essay on figurative language, and sets forth and illustrates the nature of figures of speech by quotations from over six hundred writers, and by a general survey of American and English writers, from the Anglo-Saxon times to the present. The author claims that the plan of his work is an entirely new one, and that no such comprehensive treatment of the subject has ever before been submitted to the public. The volume will be found as amusing as it is instructive, arfd can not fail to impress the reader with the great care and labor that has been expended upon it. Handsomely gotten up. i2mo, cloth, $2.50.
Health Fragments, by George H. Everett, M.D. (Charles P. Somerby.) A popular work for general reading, on the best treatment for indigestion and disease, and the preservation of health. The views are admirably clear and sound, and sufficiently imbued with good common sense to render them useful to every one. Mrs. Everett contributes some chapters on women's matters—home, children, cooking, etc., etc. Fully illustrated. Svo, cloth, $2.
Healey: A Romance. (Harper & Bros.) "Healey" is a dull village in the busy manufacturing county of Lancashire, England. The story of which it is the scene is tragical enough, and sombre and depressing in the extreme, in its details. Wilfrid Healey, the principal millowner of the place, is its hero, although it is to his sister Katherine the novelist has devoted his or her entire strength. She is a character altogether new in fiction, and is brought before the reader with a vividness thaj is really wonderful. The work is full of power, and if from the pen of a novice, promises great things for the future. 8vo, paper, 50 cents.
The New Don Quixote, by Alphonse Daudet, translated by C. Roland. (William F. Gill & Co.) The witty history of Tartarin of Tarascon, and his wonderful adventures. Thoroughly French in style and humor. i6mo, cloth, % 1.
Elements Of Zoology, by Sanborn Tenney. <Scribner, Armstrong & Co.) As this work is intended merely as a text-book, only an outline of the animal kingdom is given, presenting thereby the elementary facts and principles of zoology. The entire arrangement of the work, and the manner in which its contents are presented to the student's attention, make it one of the most desirable text-books in the market. It is illustrated by seven hundred and fifty wood engravings. i2mo, cloth, $2.50.
Select Dialogues Of Plato. (Harper & Bros.) This is a new and literal version of
Plato's Dialogues, made by Mr. Henry Cary, chiefly from the text of Stallbaum. There is an introduction to each dialogue, giving a brief outline of the argument. The dialogues given are nine in number, namely, "The Apology of Socrates," " The Duty of a Citizen," "The Immortality of the Soul," " On Rhetoric," "The Sophists," "On the Beautiful," " On Science," "On Holiness," " On Friendship." i2mo, cloth, $1.50.
The Satchel Series, Vol. I. (William F. Gill & Co.) In this series it is the intention of the publishers to include poems, short stories, essays, sketches of travel, etc., by the most prominent authors of England and America. They hope in this way to make each volume a most desirable and attractive companion to the hurried traveler. The present volume has stories by Miss Braddon, Wilkie Collins, a sketch by M. Quad, the "Detroit humorist," and a poem by Owen Meredith. It is printed on fine paper and illustrated. Paper, 50 cents.
From Jest To Earnest, by Rev. E. P. Roe. (Dodd & Mead.) A young theological student, Frank Hemstead, is about visiting his aunt at her place on the Hudson. A party of gay young people assemble there, and knowing of his coming, and not having any very reverent ideas about his calling, determine to play what they consider a good practical joke upon him. So they incite Lottie Marsden, a bright, beautiful, and witty New-York belle, to lead'him on, in the assumed character of a religious, earnest young lady, to the verge of love. The jest, begun so lightly, recoils upon the young lady; the student proves himself a good, true knight, while holding to his faith and opinions, and influences Lottie in spite of herself to better and higher aims, winning her admiration and gaining her sincere respect. The book is one of the most wholesome of novels—pure, strong, and healthy to the very core. It deserves a wide sale, as it will have, no doubt, for it can be put into the hands of the most youthful reader, with a certainty of giving pleasure, and leaving a beneficial effect behind it. i2mo, cloth, $1.75.
Hester Howard's Temptation, by Mrs. C. A. Warfield. (T. B. Peterson & Bro.) The "temptation" which assails Hester Howard is a love which she dares not accept, for conscience' sake. The history of her trials is written with considerable vigor and cleverness. The authoress' old intensity is not lacking here, and will find her many new admirers. i2mo, cloth, $i-75
Elsie's Womanhood, by Martha F. Farquharson. (Dodd & Mead.) In the pages of the above story will be found the sequel to " Elsie's Girlhood." It carries the reader through the changes of Elsie's married life, and her losses and sufferings through our late war; some vivid scenes of which are given, with a description of the Andersonville prison horror. 121110, cloth, $ 1.50.
The Odd One, by A. M. Mitchell Payne. (Robert Carter & Bros.) The story of a young girl, whom neglect and want of sympathy had rendered sullen, cross, and selfish. Agood influence which comes into her life, softens and chastens her, and makes her the central figure of her family, to whom all look for help and support. An instructive and interesting story for a young girl. i6mo, cloth, f 1.25.
Coulyng Castle, by Agnes Giberne. (Robert Carter & Bros.) A story of the rising of the Lollards in Henry Fifth's time. Sir John Oldcastle (Lord Cobham) is the actual hero of the story, the real history of his life forming the groundwork of it. It is throughout strictly historical, giving a very truthful picture of life and manners in the olden time. 1211m, cloth, $1.50.
Rudiments Of German Etymology, by Henry Klein. (Martin Taylor.) This is only intended as a supplement, in the hands of a good teacher, to the current class-books. It contains all the rules concerning German etymology, given in the most concise and forcible way, so that the most youthful beginners may benefit by them. 8vo, boards, 60 cents.
Forty Years In The Turkish Empire; or, Memoirs of Rev. William Goodell, by his sonin law, E. D. G. Prime, D.D. (Robert Carter & Bros.) Rev. William Goodell was the pioneer of the noble band of American missionaries who have done so much toward evangelizing the Turkish empire. He lived and labored in Constantinople during the whole period of the movement known as the "Protestant Reformation in Turkey," preaching the gospel there daily, and carrying it up and down the Bosphorus into the suburbs, to the poor, degraded, and ignorant. The record of his life therefore is a history of the movement; this record, as taken from his journal and letters, mark him as a man of remarkable spirituar excellence, and of an almost childlike simplicity of character. i2mo, cloth, $2.50.
Daily Thoughts, by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage, edited by Rev. J. V. D. Shurts. (Dodd & Mead.) Selections made from the works of Mr. Talmage, for daily reading. Some of his best thoughts will be found here, appropriately .arranged for the different periods of the year. i2ino, cloth, $2.
The Mind And Words Of Jesus, by the Rev. J. R. Macduff. (Robert Carter & Bros.) An elegantly gotten up devotional work. It includes, besides these reflections upon the perfections of Jesus Christ, "The Faithful Promiser," and " Morning and Night Watches," by the same author. i6mo, cloth, gilt edges, $1.50.
Bric-a-brac Series :—Personal RecollecTions Of Lamb, Hazlitt, And Others, edited by Richard Henry Stoddard. (Scribner, Armstrong & Co.) The "others" of this good company are the Countess of Blessington and Thomas Campbell. There is not a line given of any one of them, which will not be perused with the most intense delight. The reminiscences of Charles Lamb and his ill-fated sister will be read with a tender interest by the friends of poor, gentle, punning" Elia." The recollections of Hazlitt are not so personal in their nature, relating chiefly to his literary life and efforts; such as they are, however, they add materially to the value of the work and to the pleasure of the reader. This volume will rank with the very best of the series—it being, from the first page to the last, most delightful reading. Sq. i2mo, cloth, $1.50.
Roundabout Rambles, by Frank R. Stockton. (Scribner, Armstrong & Co.) The boys and girls will find a little of every thing in this volume—fact and fiction combined in a very attractive manner. There are stories and anec
dotes, descriptions of famous places, of animals, the habits of insects, accounts of balloons, of remarkable gymnasts, of mummies, of shipbuilding—so much indeed is there, and of such a various nature, that it is utterly impossible to do justice to the contents. We can only advise all lovers of children to get the book, as it is certainly one of the most desirable out, in point of interest and get-up. It contains innumerable illustrations. Sq. i2mo, cloth, $2.
Buffets, by Charles H. Doe. (James R. Osgood & Co.) The quaint title of this novel suggests a pet or a slang name for a man, or a horse, or a dog, or indeed any thing but the very commonplace idea it does represent, the well-known and familiar "buffets" of fortune all young men are constantly experiencing. The story is an American one, full of what the author considers representative New-Yorkers, young fellows whose talk never rises above drinks, dinners, and smoke. It is brightly and cleverly written, with some most humorous scenes; it does pot go very deeply into the depths, or up upon the heights, of passion or sentiment, but is nevertheless a fairly good novel, and worth reading. 8vo, paper, 75 cents.
Rhymes And Jingles, by Mary Mapes Dodge. (Scribner, Armstrong & Co.) The very popular authoress of" Hans Brinker" presents the little ones with a most attractive volume of her various "rhymes and jingles" which have appeared in St. Nicholas. They will stand the • test of frequent reading, and offer an inexhaustible fund of amusement. The volume is finely gotten up, and is full of illustrations. Sq. l2mo, cloth, $1.50.
Splendid Times, by Margaret E. Sangster. (American Tract Society.) A pretty story of the splendid times the Van Winkle children had. It tells of their neighbors and cousins, their pets and friends, and of their plays and romps. The book is tastefully gotten up. and has some lovely illustrations. 4to, cloth, f 1.
History Of The Reformation In Europe, by D'Aubigne; translated by William L. B. Cates. (Robert Carter & Bros.) This volume, made up from manuscripts left by the auttior, is volume sixth of the second series, and'gives a history of the Reformation in the time of Calvin, in Scotland, Switzerland, and Geneva. i2mo, cloth, $2.50.
Text-book *of Church History, by Dr. John Henry Kurtz. (Smith, English & Co.) Attention is called to this, as a new revised edition of the work, with considerable additions from the seventh German edition. l2mo, cloth, $3.
Caring For No Man, by Linn Boyd Porter. (William F. Gill & Co.) A very good moral may be eliminated from this story, though the scenes through which the reader must go to arrive at it are not of the most instructive or elevating nature. The characters of the story are American, and the scene is laid in NewYork. It attempts to illustrate how far a man may dare live out his own theories, " caring for no man." 8vo, paper, 75 cents.
Treatise On Politics As A Science, by Charles Reemelin. (Robert Clarke* Co.) The author does not attempt in this treatise to set forth any new theory of government. The book represents his mature thoughts on a profound subject, noted down through many years of research and study. It is designed to guide and instruct the rising political man, and offers all sides of the science to his inspection in a very fresh and concise way. The work, though not especially American, is written for Americans. 8vo, cloth, $1.50.
Handbook Of Scripture Geography, by Andrew Thomson. (G. P. Putnam's Sons) A number of maps and plans, both geographical and historical, with questions and answers on each, comprise the contents of this little work. Teachers will find it an exceedingly useful work, the matter being so clear as to be very easy to impart to pupils. i6mo, cloth, 75 cents.
Four Thousand Miles Of African Travel, by Alvan S. Southworth. (Baker, Pratt & Co.) Mr. Southworth's route lay chiefly up the Nile, and through the Soudan country, to the confines of Central Africa. The principal object of his journey was an examination into the sources of the Nile, and an exposition of the cruel wrongs slavery visits upon the poor degraded African. This work is an important addition to African travel ; it shows great' discrimination and intelligence on the part of the writer, and gives considerable information and new matter in a very interesting way. The volume is quite a handsome one, well printed and fully illustrated. 8vo, cloth, $3.50.
It is conceded on all hands that the trade in stationery is at present dull. There is but little business doing, but what is done is safe. The orders coming in are small, but the money is sure, and there are no prospective losses. Since the disasters of 1873, the trade has pursued a very conservative course, short credits have been adhered to as the rule, and in many instances where there was at all a doubt relative to the standing of the purchaser, credit was refused. Trade, however, was expected to revive much more rapidly than it has, and the manufacturers felt comparatively independent. The jobbers and retailers-since then have not done the amount of business that was expected, and, as a consequence, they find themselves, at the opening of this season, short of money. Long credits are therefore asked, but only in a few instances have been extended. Most dealers are asking time, nearly double what they have been receiving, and if the demand is granted.it is easy to predict that the substantial basis upon which trade now rests will be undermined, and those who ask the longest credits will be those who in the near future will regret them most. It would be better, at the present time, to buy only such stock as can be paid for on short time, rather than to carry a heavy stock on long time, and run the risk of selling only half of it. A prominent manufacturer remarked, only a day or two ago, that those who asked long credits seriously injured what credit they had, and if the dealers could properly appreciate their best interests, they would only purchase such goods as they could readily pay for. Though the trade is now limited, it is safe, and it would be well to keep it so until all danger is past.
There is at present a dearth of new goods upon the market, but among the few that are
may be mentioned the Centennial autograph album issued by Willy Wallach. This article is handsomely gotten up, both in respect to binding and paper, and as a starting-point it contains on the first pages a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, together with the autographs of the signers. The album can be had in three styles of binding—cloth, imitation and Turkey morocco, at $15, $18, and $21 and $30 per dozen respectively.
Mr. Willy Wallach has also put upon the market a new style of paper, designated as the "Quaker Drab." It is a heavy handsome paper and can be had in all sizes, both wove and laid. It is intended for social correspondence, invitations, weddings, etc. The color is very delicate.
The James St. John Stationery Company has recently issued a new ruled blank-book for business purposes, to be known as the Merchants' Daily Record. The object of the book is to enable the merchant in an easy way to see the drift of his own business, and if it is properly kept will show at a glance all the details of the previous day's transactions. It is probably the only system of blanks ever issued that will show at a glance each day the entire amount either owing or owed. The Record is handsomely gotten up with good paper and a secure binding, and has a capacity for four years' use. It costs five dollars.
Messrs. Porter & Bainbridge have issued their Centennial paper in regular legal cap style, for the use of lawyers.
LITERARY AND TRADE NEWS,
Two books of importance in the defense oi orthodox Christianity are announced by G. P. Putnam's Sons for issue late in the season—a "Philosophy of Religion," by President John Bascom, of the University of Wisconsin, author of several well-known books on kindred subjects, and "Faith and Modern Thought," by Professor R. B. Welch, of Union College, a new-comer in.the field.
Mr. J. G. Cisco, late with Geo. A. Searcy & Co., Tuscaloosa, Ala., writes us from his new store at Jackson, Tenn., under date of October 1st: "I have just opened to-day, but can't run a bookstore without the Weekly." So sensible a dealer ought to succeed, and we know that publishers will be glad to send him, as he requests, catalogues, price-lists, etc.
Porter & Coates are actively at work on their great Centennial work, "The American Centenary," by Benson J. Lossing, which they desire to make the "book of books" of the Centennial. It will be embellished with nearly one hundred engravings on steel, illustrating, of course, only such subjects as will be of interest to all Americans. The next volume in their series of novels will be a tale with the suggestive title "A Losing Game," by Mrs. Bloomfield H. Moore.
J. H. Coates & Co. have in press, by arrangement, " Lectures Delivered in America in 1874," by the late Canon Kingsley, which will soon appear in England. The lectures are in one i2mo volume, edited by Mrs. Kingsley, and dedicated "to Cyrus Field, J. A. C. Gray, and all those valued American friends who welcomed my husband to their country, and through whose generous kindness he was enabled, in the last year of his life, to realize the dreams of his youth, by the sight, not only of the Eastern States and cities, but of the far West, the Rocky Mountains, and the Yosemite Valley."
"the Home Cook-Book," of the gorgeous ■cover of which a cut appears elsewhere, is meeting with great success, a seventh thousand being now ready. It contains a thousand recipes from practiced housekeepers, who authenticate them by signing their names; and it has also'unique features, such as an estimate of the proper allowance for entertainments, of very great value.
"A Quaker among the Indians," which embraces a plea for the Red Man in an account of the author's three years' life among various tribes, is announced by Lee & Shepard.
The forthcoming posthumous writings of Hans Christian Andersen will contain, the AtheniTum understands, several unpublished verses sent to him by Mrs. Browning, Leigh Hunt, Wordsworth, and others. The number of private letters from the leading literary men of England which Hans Andersen received during the last fifteen years of his life is said to be extraordinary, and the most interesting of these will also be published.
Mr. Henry Frowde, an English publisher, has issued the " Smallest Bible in the World." It measures 4$ by 2\ inches, and is half an inch thick. It weighs, bound in limp morocco, less than three and a half ounces, and thus can be sent through the (book) post for one penny. It is said to be admirahly printed, on paper of "extreme thinness and opacity," but in the last quality it is said to have failed.
An eight-volume history of Prussia, by Captain Wyatt, is announced in London, the first two volumes immediately.
A Recent English visitor, the Earl of Dunraven, will publish a narrative of his travels in the Upper Yellowstone region, under the title of " The Great Divide."
The British Museum employs 326 persons, a muster roll as large as that of an English cavalry regiment. They range in dignity from the principal librarian and secretary, Mr. Winter Jones, at ,£1200 a year, down to messenger and assistant-messenger, whose chief duty seems to be to abash the modest public, seven gatekeepers, three firemen, three ladies' attendants, twelve constables, five window cleaners, and two "newspaper boy sorters," which title, it is suggested, goes to prove that the librarian " has a collection of newspaper boys, the elements of which the said gentlemen are engaged in ' sorting.'" The Department of Printed Books has a staff of eighty-nine, at from ,£000 to ,£60 a year; the Department of MSS. employs nineteen, and the reading-room fourteen. Mr. George Smith, of Assyrian fame, receives but .£215 as chief assistant in the Department of Oriental Antiquities.
Capt. Mayne Reid, who has been seriously ill, is writing again, and is projecting, it is said, a Centennial story.
Mr. Smith has been directed by the Trustees of the British Museum to resume his excavations at Nineveh, and he expects to start for the East early next month. His new book on
the " Chaldean Account of Genesis," which contains his recent discoveries, is now in the press, and will shortly be published.
A New volume of tales by Mrs. Katharine S. Macquoid is promised—" The Evil Eye, and other Stories."
One of the new photographic processes is 10 be made use of by Mr. Halliwell Phillipps to present a reproduction, reduced to small 8vo size, of the original (1623) edition of Shakespeare.
A Sumptuous holiday book in England (at a guinea and a half) will be Canova's Works, both of sculpture and modeling. There will be 150 plates engraved in outline and printed on tint, with descriptive letter press.
Mr. Smaixey is sharply after the "new edition" plan, in a recent letter to the Tribune, on the English reissue of Jowett's Plato. "The translation, we are told, has been revised throughout, and the introductions considerably altered—'almost rewritten,' says one account. This is an illustration of the ingenuity of publishers in impairing the value of a first edition when they are ready to issue the second. The purchasers of the first have made the second possible, but nobody thinks they have any rights I doubt whether the difference between Jowett's first and second translations will prove very important, but it is advertised in a way intended—or, at any rate, calculated—to persuade the unhappy owner of the first that the first will have no value at all in comparison with the second. If he be a nervous person, off he goes very likely to his bookseller, sells his own copy at a trifle, and buys the new at its old extravagant price. The second-hand bookshops are soon flooded with cheap copies of the first edition, and the sale of the second goes briskly on. If the publisher is shrewd (as he probably is," from his own point of view), he prints only a small number of the second edition, and presently announces a third ; this, also, once more revised, and probably [with a new preface of three lines and a half; indispensable to the man who would know Jowett's very latest change of mind about the rendering of some Greek particle or other which proves that Plato was or was not—no matter what . . • you have no remedy whatever until such time as the publishers supply themselves with an article called a conscience; not hitherto kept in stock. The author must take his share of blame. Why need he publish till his book is as complete as he knows how to make it? The world can wait."
The largest book of the year is undoubtedly "The International Guide to British and Foreign Merchants and Manufacturers." It contains 1300 immense pages, closely printed, after the manner of a dictionary.—Exckan«;. [There are several volumes of more pages than this—The London, Canadian, and United States Business Directories, Whittaker's, and our own Trade List Annual.]
Walt Whitman's " Leaves of Grass," in one of the second-hand booksellers' catalogues of London, is priced at six guineas for a first edition and two guineas for a second edition.
The eighth edition of Max Mailer's" Lectures on the Science of Language" is out in London, and a volume of "Essays on Language" is in press.