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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF BOOKS JUST PUBLISHED.
The Prices in this List art for cloth lettered, unless otherwise indicated. Imported books are marked with an asterisk: Authors' and Subscription Books, or Books published at net Prices* with two asterisks.
By John Grant, M. Inst. C.E.
Abbott.—A Concordance to the Works of Alexander Pope. By Edwin Abbott. With an Introduction by Edwin A. Abbott, D.D. 8°. $4 Appleton.
Acting Drama (The).—No. 21, A Hasty Conclusion, a Burletta :—22, Weak Points, a Comedy in two Acts, by John Baldwin Buckstone ;—23, Grace Darling ; or, The Wreck at Sea, a Drama, in two Acts, by Edward Stirling ;—24, A Gray Mare, a Comedietta, in one Act, by B. Webster, Jr.;—25, The Middle Temple; or, Which is my Son? a Farce, in one Act, by R. B. Peake ;—26, The Original, an Interlude, in one Act, by J. M. Morton ;— 27, The Sentinel, a Burletta, in one Act, by John Maddison Morton:—28, The Tiger at Large ; or. The Cad of the *' Buss/ a Burlelta, in one Act. by George Blink ;— 27, Why did you Die? a Comedy, in one Act, by Charles
Mathews ;•—30, Sayings and Doings; or, The Rule of Contrary, a Farce, in one Act, by J. M. Morton :—31, The Twin Brothers, a Farce, in one Act, by R. B. Peake;
I —32, Ask no Questions, a Burletta, in two Acts, by Charles Selby J—33, A Cure for Coquettes J or, Alma
I Mater, a Comedy, in three Acts, by D. Boucicault ;—34, The Cabin Boy, a Drama, in two Acts, by Edward Stirling ;—35, Who Stole the Spoons? in one Act, by J. Stirling Coyne *,—36, Mrs. Sarah Gamp's Tea and Turn-out, in one Act, by B. Webster ;—37, The Village Doctor, a
, Drama, in two Actsl by Benjamin Webster ;—38, Family Pride, a Comedy, in five Acts, by R. Sullivan ;—39, Queen Mary, a Drama, in five Acts, by Alfred Tennyson ; adapted by John H. Delafield. 160. Ea., pap., 25 C..», Happy Hours Co.
Aldrich.—History of the United States Marine Corps. By M. A. Aldrich. From official Reports and other Documents. Compiled by Capt. Richard S. Collum. 8°. $3.50 Van Nostrand.
Alger.—Jack's Ward. By Horatio Alger, Jr. 160. $1.50.
•Andre.— A Practical Treatise on Coal-Mining. By George G. Andre, F.G. S. Part 7. Roy. 40, pp. 16 and 12 plates. Pap., $2 ;—Same. Vol. 1. Roy. 4*, pp. 280 and 36 plates. $14 Span.
Bigelow.—Leading Cases on the Law of Torts. By Melville M. Bigelow. 8°. Shp., $6 Little, B. &* Co.
Brentford Parsonage. By the Author of the ik Win and Wear Series." 160, pp. 455. $1.25 Carter.
Oharette. A Tale. 160, pp. 327. $1.50 Carleton.
Croll.—Climate and Time in their Geological Relations. A Theory of secular Changes of the Earth's Climate. By James Croll. Illustr. 120, pp. 577. $2.50.Appleton.
Davifl.—Danger Signals. An Address on the Uses and Abuses of Modern Spiritualism. By Mary F. Davis. 129. Pap., 15c Davis.
•Deane.—Spon's Information for Colonial Engineers. Edited by J. T.fHuist. No. 1.Ceylon. By Abraham Deane, C.E. 8°, pp. 44. Pap., $1 Spon.
Dickens. — The Works of Charles Dickens. Illustr. Gadshill ed. In 15 vols. Vol. 4. Barnaby Rudge; Hard Times. Cr. 8°. $2 Osgood.
Fleming.—Norine's Revenge, and Sir Noel's Heir. By May Agnes Fleming. 160, pp. 402. $1.75 Carleton.
Gilder.—The New Day. A Poem in Songs and Sonnets. By Richard Watson Gilder. Sq. 120, pp. 112. $1.50.
Scr/bner, A. &* Co.
*Grant.—Experiments on the Strength of Cement, chiefly in reference to the Portland Cement used in the Southern
Main Drainage Works.
8°, pp. 172 and 8 plates. $4.25 Spon.
Halliday.—The Little Street-Sweeper; or, Life among
the Poor. By Rev. Samuel B. Halliday. 120. $1.25.
Ford. Holland.—Sevenoaks. A Story of To-Day. By J. G.
Holland, author of " Arthur Bonnicastle." With twelve
illustr. by Sol Eytinge. 120, pp. viii, 441. $1.75.
Scribner, A & Co. ♦Iron and Steel Institute, Journal of. No 1. 1875. 8*,
pp. 351 and 14 plates. Pap., $3.75 Spcn.
•Iveson's Horse-Power Diagram. Sm. folio. $4.25.
Spcn. Lempriere's Classical Dictionary. Containing a full , Account of alt the Proper Names mentioned in ancient
Authors, etc.; to which is prefixed a Chronological Table,
New ed. 320, pp. xx, 739. $1.50 Putnam.
**Long.—Illustrated History of Hymns and their Authors.
By Rev. Edwin M. Long. 8°, pp. 560. $3.50. .Jaggars* McCrary.—A Treatise on the American Law of Elections.
By George W. McCrary, of the Iowa Bar. 8°, pp. 500.
Merivale.—A General History of Rome, from the Foundation of the City to- the Fall of Augustulus, B.C. 753— A.d. 476. By Charles Merivale, D.D. With maps. 120, pp. 742. $2.50 Appleton.
New-York.—Practice at Law, in Equity, and in special Proceedings in all the Courts of Record in the State of New-York, with appropriate Forms. By William Wait. Counsellor-at-Law. Vol.6. 8*. $7.50. ..Gould & San.
Reade.—Charles Reade's Novels. Illustr. Library ed. In 6 vols. Vol. 4. White Lies; Foul Play. 120. 91.50.
♦Sang.—Progressive Lessons in Applied Science. Part t. Geometry on Paper ;—Same. Part 2. Solidity, Weight, and Pressure. By Edward Sang, F.R.S.E. Cr. 8°, pp. 129,119. Ea., Si.25 ■ Spcn.
Scott.—The Waverley Novels. By Sir Walter Scott. IU lustr. Melrose ed. In 13 vols. Vol. 4. The Monastery; The Abbot. Cr. 8°. $2 Osgood,
•Sexton. — Pocket-Book for Boiler-Makers and Steam Users. Comprising a Variety of Useful Information for Employer and Workman, Government Inspectors, Board of Trade Surveyors, Engineers in charge of Work* and Ships, Foremen of Manufactories, and the general Steamusing Public. By Maurice John Sexton. 3a0, pp. 176. Roan, $2 Spen.
Tuokerman and Frost.—A Catalogue of Plants growing without Cultivation within Thirty Miles of Amherst College. By Edward Tuckerman, M.A., and Charles C. Frost, M.A. 120, pp. vi, 98. Pap., 50 c. (Corrected}
United States.—Criminal Law Reports. Being Reports of Cases determined in the Federal and State Courts of the United States, and in the Courts of England, Ireland, Canada, etc. With Notes by N. St. John Green. Vol. 2. 8°. Shp., $7.50 Hurd&H.
Verne.—The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras. Translated from the French of Jules Verne. With two hundred and fifty illustrations by Riou. ia°, pp. xiv, 440. $3 Osgood.
♦Williams.— The Steamship: Its Form, Strength, and Propeller. By John Evelyn Williams. 8°, pp. 16. Pap.. 40 c Spon.
D. Appleton & Co., New-York.
Abbott, Concordance to Pope's Works.. .$4.00
Croll, Climate and Time 2.50
Merivale, Hist, of Rome 2.50
G. W. Carleton & Co., New-York.
Fleming, Norine's Revenge 1.75
Robert Carter & Co., New-York. Brentford Parsonage 1.25
A. J. Davis & Co., New-York. Davis, Danger-Signals Pap. 15
J. B. Ford & Co., New-York.
Halliday, Little Street-Sweeper f l-*5
Wm. Gould & Son, Albany. New-York, Wait's Practice at Law, in Equity, etc., vol. 6 7.50
Hai'i'y Hours' Co., New-York.
Acting Drama, Nos. 21-39 E3-. PaP* l5
Hurd & Houghton, New-York. United States, Green's Criminal Law Reports, v. 2 Shp. 7-5°
J. F. Jaogars, Philadelphia. Long, Illustr. Hist, of Hymns 3.50 Little, Brown & Co., Boston.
Bigelow, Law of Torts Shp.$6.oo
A. K. Loring, Boston.
Alger, Jack's Ward 1.50
E. B. Myers, Chicago.
McCrary, Am. Law of Elections 5.00
Edwin Nelson, Amherst. Tuckerman and Frost, Plants Growing without Cultivation near Amherst Coll. (corrected) Pap. 50
Jas. R. Osgood & Co., Boston.
Dickens, Works, ///. Gadshilled., v. 4 2.00
Reade, Novels, ///. Lib. ed.. v. 4 1.50
Scott, Waverley Novels, ///. Melrose ed.,v. 4. 2.00 Verne, Cape Hatteras 3.00
G. P. Putnam's Sons, New-York. Lempriere's Classical Diet., new ed 1.50
'Scribner, Armstrong & Co., New-York.
Gilder, The New Day $1.50
Holland, Sevenoaks 1.75
E. & F. N. Spon, New-York. Andre's Coal-Mining, part 7, pap. $2 ;—
same, v. 1 14.00
Deane, Spon's Information for Colonial
Engineers. No. 1 Pap. 1.00
Grant, Strength of Cement 4.25
Iron and Steel Institute, Journal of, 1875.
Iveson's Horse-Power Diagram 4.25
Sang, Prog. Lessons in App. Sci., Parts 1
and 2 Ea. 1.25
Sexton, Pocket-Book for Boiler-Makers. 2.00 Williams, The Steamship Pap. 40
D. Van Nostrand, New-York. Aldrich, Hist, of the United States Marine Corps 3.150
At this time, when the fall season is fairly opened, so that booksellers are keenly alive to their trade interests, and now that the reform is so generally in operation and with such promise of becoming thoroughly comprehensive, it is worth while to consider the present state of trade organization, what it has accomplished, what is its present usefulness, and where it needs to be further pushed.
It gives us pride in the trade, and makes us grateful for the service the Publishers' Weekly has been enabled to do for it and in behalf of wise business methods in general, to contrast the present promise and hopeful feeling, even in these dull times, with the unorganized, demoralized, and unhopeful condition of the trade at the beginning of 1874—not two years ago. There are some few people who, seeing the dull times, and only the dullness, still fajl to give the movement of these two years credit for having accomplished important results. They* are not many, and theyare rapidly becoming convinced by the logic of facts. It is now difficult to find, even among those who threw cold water of the chilliest sort on the reform in its early stages, who rather sneered at any talk of going to conventions, any who are not either pronounced reformers or reasonably appreciative of reform work. Two years ago, underselling was the rule, and there seemed no way out of it; the trade sales were actively helping it, and there was no authority to interfere; the best men throughout the distributing system of the trade were hopeless as to any living in the business, and were talking of going out of it, and the publishers were beginning to recognize that this was having its effects upon them; there was no trade feeling, and little acquaintanceship except directly between buyer and seller, who were indeed separated to a considerable extent by the trade sales; an actual feeling of enmity between re
tailers and publishers was beginning to show itself, and there was no organization in general or locally (except among the educational publishers) to bring people together, and to discuss trade questions and develop trade interests. In short, business was on the wrong track, because the great body of the trade were virtually (counting expenses) selling below cost, and, as a consequence, every man's hand was against his neighbor. The facts are coming to light to prove this, and among the biggest of them are those brought out by the failure of Lee & Shepard.
At present we are in dull times, and the total sales of books can not be expected to be much larger than of late. But the local trades here and there are reporting a better state of business, and we have accomplished the chief thing in putting the trade on the right track for doing business safely as soon as general trade picks up again, as we believe it is soon destined to do. The trade are given an opportunity to earn profit enough to pay their bills, and this is the one thing needful to make trade safe. Whenever underselling is reported to the proper authorities, the matter is taken up at once, and in nine cases out of ten so far has been amicably settled ; and we can now state that there is not a single leading House in the general trade that is not ready and anxious to protect its customers when facts are properly brought before it. Certainly this is not the way things were two years ago, and we claim that, in accomplishing this, the book trade has done no little to lead the general commercial community back to the only safe business principles, and has thus really and truly served the public good, much as undersellers, for their own private ends, raise the cry of an " odious combination." Steps are now being taken to cure the remaining evils where they are most rampant, and they are likely to succeed.
The general association, the A. B. T. A., has accomplished its chief work in concentrating general discontent and transmuting it into centralized working power, in furnishing a legislative basis for the reform, in abolishing the Trade Auction Sales, and introducing the Book Fair system, and in promoting organization through the country. The Book Fair, it must be remembered, is a meeting of the association, and by resolution of the last convention, only members of the association are entitled to participate—a fact to which the attention of the managers has just been officially called. This, reflection will show, is but reasonble, since the association is open to all who are willing to do business in the right way, and it is desirable, as well to hold a check on undersellers as to encourage membership in the association. For such purposes as this, and to furnish a central parliament and authority—had it not been for its foresight, the book trade, for instance, would have been disgracefully unrepresented at the national Centennial—the A. B. T. A. has reason for continued and permanent existence, but the reform is progressing so well, is now so endorsed by heads of the trade, and things generally are so working themselves out, that there promises to be little call for further legislature, and the brunt of future work is upon the local organizations
We have recently been gathering the material for a survey of these bodies, and we take this opportunity to ask the secretary of each to send to this office duplicate copies of their constitutions, agreements, and other documents, for filing with the American Book Trade Association and the Publishers' Weekly. Beside the American Book Trade Association, which is planned to include the entire trade and authors as well, there is of course the (schoolbook) Publishers' Board of Trade, and the reform has extended into a kindred trade, and the Stationers' Board of Trade, of central character, has been organized under promising circumstances. There come next the Central, Western, and New-England Booksellers' Associations, which cover all the great divisions of the country, except the South and the Pacific slope. These are co-ordinate, though with some variations: the Central performs the double function of an organization of the eastern publishers and jobbers in general, by virtue of which it is the executive arm of the American Book Trade Association, and in some wise of a local New-York organization. The Western is primarily a jobbers' association, and there is a tendency in these organizations to make their chief work the control of jobbing discounts. For our part—and in this many leaders of the reform agree—we do not believe in turning regular
trade organizations to such a purpose. The line between jobbers and retailers is so indefinitely drawn that they are too apt to take the shape of close combinations, and we believe the jobbing interest will find sufficient margin for its profits, as this reform supports retail prices on the one hand, and on the other proves to wholesale dealers that competition can not safely be carried to the old extreme.
We have so far record of three State organizations, the Booksellers'and Stationers' Association of the State of New-York (confined, however, chiefly to the western part) and Michigan and Tennessee Booksellers' Associations. Of local associations proper, we have word from Providence, Baltimore, Milwaukee, St. Louis. Washington, Rochester (N. Y), Buffalo, and New-Orleans. The Philadelphia trade have hit upon another type, which they think more practically effective; they have no general officers or meetings, but appoint a standing Committee of Arbitration of three, which does the needed work without bother or waste of any body's time. The only organized body in Philadelphia is the old " Book Trade Association of the City of Philadelphia," which is not a feature of the trade organization proper; it includes papermakers, printers, etc., and occupies itself largely in the discussion of tariff questions. Besides these, the booksellers of Columbus, O., Lancaster, Pa., and Poughkeepsie, N. Y.. have local agreements.
This system of organization is not altogether logical, but it serves practical purposes. There should certainly be a local organization in every place where there are any number of booksellers, and these should combine into State and general organizations—especially since future conventions are likely to take the shape of delegate bodies—and there is also present work to be done. A simple constitution only is required, nor do we believe in the NewOrleans method of refusing discounts to those who do not see fit to join. It is not wise for a business man to give facilities to men who he sees are transgressing true business principles and ruining his own as well as his neighbors' business. But the question of membership or non-membership should be kept out of these associations, as it has been out of the American Book Trade Association; the discrimination between safe and unsafe men is quite sufficient, and does away with any question of " rings" or obnoxious combinations. So long as men are willing to abide by the business principles set forth by the American Book Trade Association, let them choose their own way as to membership. We trust to see these local organizations established everywhere, and made so useful that every member of the trade will sect ad mission; all new organizations should be reported to Mr. Joseph M. Cushing, Chairman American Book Trade Association's Committee on Local Organizations, at Baltimore, as well as to this office.
The main work of all these organizations is at present centred in the Arbitration Committees, and a word or two on this subject may well conclude this article. It has been found so far that most difficulties have been dissipated by frank and direct attack on them. If any one is underselling on the one hand, or misconstruing rules on the other, let him be approached personally and his unwisdom explained to him ; in the one case out of ten where this does not suffice, the person should be reported by name to the publishers whose books he is running down, and the difficulty will be stopped from the fountain-head. All difficul ties in local cases and with individuals should be settled by the local organization, and carried up to the A. B. T. A. Committee only when every local influence has been exhausted, and publishers have been also directly applied to. On the otherhand.all general questions of principle or construction of the rules should be sent directly to the A. B. T. A. Committee (Isaac E. Sheldon, Chairman), because a decision here settles the matter for all the minor associations through the country, and prevents the same question being asked a hundred times.
We believe that, under the present organization of the trade, the prospect is very bright for the future. If business is not yet what it should be, the distributing trade throughout the coun try is returning to a healthful condition ; and, except where houses are carrying heavy interest accounts (as Lee & Shepard did), which the volume of business to be expected in the next five years will not be able to cover, we believe the trade is again sound and on the high road to prosperity.
The Centennial Committee is now vigorously at work, and there is promise of a thorough representation of trade. In addition to those named in our last issue, the Messrs. Harper and other large firms have announced their intention to be represented. The National Commission has adopted our suggestion as brought before them by the committee,and will assign the space for the book trade in gross to the committee, who will then distribute it among the houses applying. As this distribution is a delicate matter, the Philadelphia committee asked for representatives from New-York and Boston, and Messrs. Walter Appleton, G. H. Putnam, William Lee, and Benjamin H Ticknor have been appointed by the Central
Booksellers' Association. Publishing houses should, however, apply individually for space, so that the total amount may be estimated by the Director-General, and blanks for this purpose may be had at this office, or of Mr, Henry T. Coates, Secretary of the Philadelphia committee, or of Mr. N. R. Monachesi, who will act as its agent in this city. These blanks when filled should be forwarded through the committee. There is no charge for space, and the time for applications is extended to the end of the month. The committee has also taken hold of another branch of the work, and has appointed James T. Fields, George W. Childs, and H. O. Houghton a committee to procure autographs and other personal memorials, in connection with American literature, for exhibition.
The question of underselling among certain New-York dealers, whose names are too well known through the country in this connection, is to be dealt with directly by a strong committee of the Central Association, of which Mr. Simmons is chairman. The American Tract Society has already required one of these houses to give written assurance that its books will not be sold below rates, and, pending reply, has reduced discount to this house to twenty per cent, with notification that it will be reduced to ml, if underselling is persisted in. The business manager, Mr. Simmons, has assurances from all the leading jobbers of NewYork that they will honor his request to make no better terms to the offending house.
It is only fair to Mr. Henry C. Lea that his position should be understood. He sells, and has sold, at his own store, only at retail prices except to members of the trade, and quite rightly therefore declines to admit any responsibility on his part for trade evils. He has also refused to sell his books to undersellers, when complaints have reached him in proper shape and the only sticking point is his hesitancy to take the one step more and ask the jobbers to protect his books. This, he thinks, is going outside his own field, while the trade see that just this step is the one thing needful, for the jobbers are only waiting to be asked but quite properly suggest that the request should come from the publishers. We trust Mr. Lea will see this as a practical matter, and take the desired step.
We call especial attention to the sharp article, in our correspondence columns, of a bookbuyer who says something worth saying, and says it in plain speech. There are too many in the trade whom the cap will fit.
The impositions on travellers, pointed out elsewhere, are not imaginary grievances. Our columns are open to information on this subject—briefly put—and we trust practical remedy may come of the discussion.
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."
What a Customer Says
[an anonymous subscriber, who writes that he " would be worse off without the WEEKLY," sends us the following spicy letter, which we print in the hope that it will stir up some of the trade. There is too much truth in what he savs.—En.]
, Oct. I, 1875.
To the Editor of the Publishers' Weekly:
Dear Sir: The booksellers have ventilated so thoroughly their hardships, that it will be but justice for them to listen to the grievances of the book-buyers. I am neither a teacher nor a minister, but I buy a good many books, and certainly should buy more if I was not deterred by the carelessness and inattention of our retail booksellers. I never have asked for discount or reduction of any kind; but I do ask to be served with promptness and intelligence. I live in one of the largest cities south of Mason and Dixon's line. It has eight or ten first-class bookstores. My custom was worth four or five hundred dollars to the store where I had been dealing very many years, and my purchases influenced quite a large circle; and yet such is the carelessness and ignorance of their business, that, after having tried each store in the city, I have been forced to order direct from abroad or from the publishers in this country, and have influenced as many of my friends as possible to do the same. In every instance I have received entire satisfaction from the publishers, whether North or West. I have never lost my money or failed to receive the books by return mail; and though it costs slightly more from abroad, the relief from the delay, uncertainty, and idiotic mistakes with which our orders through the local booksellers were filled has been great. Last November two friends ordered at one of our stores copies of a book that had just been published in New-York, expecting to have it in good time for a Christmas gift for 1874. They made frequent calls to inquire for it, and the answer always was—Next week. When I saw them a few weeks ago they were still calling, and hoping to get it in time for Christmas, 1875—though, as one of them is in New-York
now, he may be wise enough to get it for himself. Twice I have asked for books which I was certain were American publications, though I did not know of what house. Three of the city bookstores undertook to get them, but after waiting weeks the only satisfaction I got was—Not to be found. Then I wrote to ray agent abroad and got them—American hooks published in New-York!! (What a strange customer he must have thought me !) Again, I asked here for the " Summa" of St. Thomas Aquinas. "We haven't it, but will get it for you." The memorandum sent to me read, "We can't find the 'Summer,' but we have 'The Winter in Cuba,' if you would like that "!!!
I went lately to the largest of our bookstores with the title and publisher of a book, and got i the usual answer, "We haven't it, but will get I it for you." I left the order, but knowing how in all probability I should -be served, and wishing the book for an immediate occasion, I wrote to the publisher also, preferring the possibility of two copies on hand, rather than to be left in the lurch. After I had received the book by mail, I got a memorandum from our bookseller saying it could not be had. I gave myself the pleasure of showing him the copy I had gotten without his help. Then, some time afterwards, when the occasion for which it was wanted had passed, he sent me another.
In a late Weekly you advise the retailer not to wait idly for some one to come in and "want a book." My experience is that we stand small chance of gettjng one when we do go in. One of our ministers wanted a particular book at once, and came to see if perchance I had it, saying he had asked at every store in the city, and was vexed at having to wait to get it from New-York. I assured him the storekeepers saying they hadn't it did not at all prove it was not on their shelves. So I went to the store mentioned above and asked, Have you so and so? No. I think you must have it, said I, turning to look for it myself, and in two minutes, on a prominent counter, I found it—a six-dollar two-volume book. I could give twenty like instances in my own late experience. During the last two months I have not gotten a single booh that I have asked for in our retail stores, though I am certain many of them were in stock ; but it was easier to write to the publisher than to look over the shelves. At this present moment there are at least twenty of my orders, of a year old, unfilled at our various bookstores. Not knowing the publishers of these books, I have been unable to get them for myself. Mr. Lee, at the Boston meeting, exactly hit the retail booksellers—in our part of the country at all events. "He wants to stand between the publisher and buyer, with no other object in the world except to take life easy and gel a good profit on what books people have to buy." These are the people who wish to prevent the publishers sending us by mail at the same price the books they will not take the trouble to get for us themselves. We are very willing the retaileis should live, but it ought to be by honest labor and attention to their business, and not by preventing us from going to another market where we will be better served. Depend upon it, this has much to do with the change you say has been going on in the frade—readers depending