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Hall Caine used to be credited with getting an immense amount of free advertising; but he has dropped out of sight lately, and Rudyard Kipling has taken his place. Mr. Kipling is said to have sold the serial rights of his new novel for the highest price ever paid to an English writer of fiction—a sum said to be equal to the annual salary of a British Cabinet Minister. That will be most satisfactory to Mr. Kipling, but it might be well to remember that there is such a thing as paying too much for a good thing. Harper & Brothers paid Lew Wallace a large sum for "Ben Hur," which took so well that they thought they could increase the sum for his next novel, "The Prince of India." The result was a great loss.

Combined with other losses, it wrecked the old-established house of Harper. Authors can easily see that "the publisher's lot is not a happy one."

The literary world was shocked when Harper & Brothers failed, but the surprise was still greater when it was learned that the great house of Appleton & Co. had temporarily suspended payment. That two such old and representative publishing houses should be forced to the wall was something astounding. Very few were sur


prised when the much-advertised F. Tennyson Neely, the man who advertised to publish a book a day, went to the wall. That was expected. But it was different with Harper's and Appleton's. It is said that the Appleton's difficulties are due to the fact that close on to a million of dollars are locked up in works issued on the instalment plan. This seems to show, what a good many in the trade have long thought, that selling on the instalment plan is being overdone.

Let us hope that the publishers of our Canadian papers will continue to give a wide berth to the much-vaunted color printing machines. Think of the frightful colored daubs issued with a great flourish of trumpets by the publishers of the Sunday editions of the New York "Journal," New York" Herald," and other papers, and if your soul yearns for the artistic and the beautiful, how it will shiver and shudder. Mr. Hearst, of the ultra-sensational New York "Journal," seems determined to beat the record. The Hoe Company has just supplied him with three wonderful new "Octuple Color Presses," capable of printing 288,000 eight-page papers per hour, with colored covers. Ye gods, fancy the effect of such a flood of inartistic wretched colored pictures on artistic taste.

Let us

repeat the hope that we in Canada may long be spared a similar infliction from Canadian presses.

"The Preparation of Ryerson Embury," by Albert R. Carman, is the most popular book of the month. The average reader is, however, careless as to titles, and it will be interesting to hear the names this book will bear. We have already heard of three. One maid of sweet sixteen asked a bookseller if he had that new book, "The Salvation of Emerson Ryerby"; a gentleman who looked as if he ought to have known better, said his wife had asked him to buy a copy of "The Condemnation of Ryerson Somebody"; while still another book clerk was asked if he had "The Preparation of Carman." In each case, however, the order was promptly filled, as the correct title had been noticed in THE CANADIAN BOOKSELLER. In these days of long titles, the book clerk needs to study the trade journals and keep posted.

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Robert Barr, the Canadian novelist, who wrote somewhat plainly about Canadian literature some months back, and who got rapped on the knuckles pretty sharply in return, seems to be after some free advertising. Here is a paragraph we saw in print the other day that is calculated to strike terror into the breasts of some Canadian publishers-and perhaps not, perhaps they will only laugh at Mr. Barr's fool friends. "The comments of certain Canadian newspapers on Mr. Barr, because of his recent plain statements regarding the Dominion's preference for whisky rather than literature, are such that a few libel suits may perhaps be brought by the novelist."

Book collecting is a delightful hobby, provided one can afford it, for it is expensive. Last month A. C. McClurg & Co., Chicago, reported the sale of a copy of Dickins' "Pickwick Papers" in one volume for $750. It was a volume of the first edition, printed in 1837. It is well known that equally extravagant prices are paid for rare editions in New York and London. This recalls to mind a novel, "Two Pinches of Snuff," by William Westall, a new edition of which has been issued at 3s. 6d. by Chatto & Windus, London. The author depicts an old book collector who was eternally on the lookout for rare editions, paying the most extravagant prices. But unfortunately he was not rich, and rather than miss his chance of a rarity, he forged cheques and even committed murder. "Two Pinches of Snuff" will be enjoyed by all book collectors. It is thoroughly readable and a danger sign as well.


There is a pernicious fashion on the part of some English publishers of altering the titles of books-as they say to "suit the English market." No reasonable argument can be advanced in favor of the practice, and in the future it will lead to inextricable confusion. The name of a book should be preserved, whether it is sold in Europe, Asia, Africa, America or Australasia. Its special appellation is, of course, a part of it, just as much as its paragraphs or the headings of its chapters. The old saying that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" does not apply. The production of

any author is usually, it may be presumed, named according to his ideas of propriety and fitness. There is only one thing worse than altering the title of a book, and that is the alteration of ipsissima verba, and the man who would do this would do anything.

The only argument in favor of a variation of name that has any shadow of force arises from the difficulty of finding titles for novels that have not already been used and therefore pre-empted by other writers. The number of works of fiction that are year by year produced causes a large list of names to be used up. The great mass of works of fiction fall still-born from the press, but every one of them has railed off from the rest of the world of writers its little title. Thus it was found that the title of that most popular novel, "To Have and to Hold" had already been taken up by an English writer for a book that nobody had ever heard of, but which was none the less of much importance to its author. Accordingly Miss Johnston's novel has appeared in England under the rather and unmeaning title, "By Compoor mand of the Company." The title of her other book, "Prisoners of Hope," had also been previously used in England, and that consequently appears there as "In the Old Dominion." In neither case is the change an improvement, and the circumstances accentuate the necessity of authors finding out, "by hook or by crook," some name that has never been used before. How difficult this is, is well known to those who have ever assisted at the onerous task of christening a new volume. It is difficult enough to decide on a name for a baby, but it is far more difficult to choose an appellation for a book. Our point is that it is worth some trouble to do so effectively, and to secure a name that will be good against all comers, so that it can be preserved in its purity in all countries in which it may be published.

The difficulty suggests the desirability of there being a sort of registry office of titles, by which a sort of certificate might be given that would insure an author from the annoyance of finding out a few months after issuing his book that the name of his book had been previously taken up. But it must be confessed that it is rather amusing to look at a long list of novels and to perceive the shifts to which their authors have been driven in the attempt to get hold of a title that should lift their work out of the common ruck of mediocrity. And here it may be observed that some of the most indifferent books have been able to boast uncommonly good names. The ability to make a name for a book does not always go along with the talent necessary to produce good literature.


The intelligent bookseller is not a mere commercialist. He is something more. His store should be an educative centre of which he is the presiding genius. Not only may he select his stock well, but he may aid in the stimulation of the zeal for knowledge. Take the department of natural history, for instance. At this season of the year everyone's mind turns toward out-door life, and fresh interest is awakened in flowers and trees and birds. It is a healthy sign of the times that these subjects are of more vital interest to the world at large than they were in the old days when knowledge of natural subjects meant untold labor in mastering Latin names and long, dry lists, which killed the interest of all, save the most enthusiastic students.

Practical guide-books to the fields and woods are making their appearance, and if brought to the notice of the public, will be accorded a hearty welcome. Chapman has aroused a great interest in the bird-life, in that he has put the subject in such a way that it is possible for anyone reading his books to make the acquaintance of the visitors that are now flocking to our parks and gardens. "Bird Neighbors" is also a very valuable addition to bird literature, and gives a delightfully chatty account of those more commonly seen.

Any pursuit that takes people into the open air, turns their thoughts into fresh channels, and widens their experience and interests, ought to go far towards improving the race. Many would be glad of help and suggestion in this matter, because the subjects are so vast, and there seems no definite point at which to begin; they go through this world with closed eyes and ears. Burroughs says that if you name your first bird, you are launched on a course of study of bird-life—you cannot resist it--and anyone who has taken up this line of study will bear him out.

Progressive educators have inaugurated courses of nature studies in the schools. Bird protective associations are being formed everywhere.

The surest way to promote a sentiment of bird protection is to induce people to study the birds. No one is in such a good position to do this as the bookseller, who has so much to do with forming puplic taste and opinion. Let him make a study of nature literature, recommend those books which serve as a stimulant to awaken interest in different phases of life, and we shall find a wave of wholesome recreation sweeping through our land.

New Books.

Mr. Ernest Seton-Thompson, author of "Wild Animals I Have Known," has given us another unique book-" The Biography of a Grizzly." The writer is a master in the lore of wild-wood animals, and so well interprets their obscure language, that you feel they possess every human emotion. In reading his biography you grow to love that great gray grizzly, Wahb, whose lifestory is so affectionately and faithfully told by Mr. Thompson, from that night-the first after Mother Grizzly's death, when the forlorn little cub crawled into a hollow log, and tried to dream that his mother's huge arms of fur still encircled him, and he "snuffled himself to sleep "-until, at the end of his eventful life, he bravely entered Death Gulch, where, on the "rocky herbless floor," he lay him gently down and passed into a possibly dreamless sleep.


"Any creature whose strength puts him beyond danger of open attack, is apt to lose in cunning."

"The All-Mother never fails to offer to her own, twin cups, one gall, and one of balm. Little or much they may drink, but equally of both. The mountain that is easy to descend must soon be climbed again."

"The smell of food will draw a hungry creature, but disgust a gorged one. We don't know why, and all that we can learn is that the desire springs from a need of the body."

"The long strain of waiting begot anxiety, which, with the sapping of his strength, was breaking down his courage, as it always must, when courage is founded on muscular force."

The book is handsomely bound—a veritable portfolio of art, every page cleverly illustrated by the author with humorous or pathetic suggestions. The Copp, Clark Company, Limited, Toronto.

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37 Thousand Copies Sold Since Date of Publication.


By George Ade. Pictures by Clyde J. Newman.

The book is enjoying an enormous popularity, the demand being particularly brisk at first-class book stores patronized by people with high foreheads. The great thing about this book is that everyone who reads it thinks it is the other fellow who is being roasted. In order to prove that the book is understood and appreciated by the most discriminating members of society, the following newspaper clippings are offered as evidence.

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"To say that Mr. Ade has written a clever book is altogether too mild. In the language of the author, 'It possesses all the component parts of a Peach.'"-Buffalo Review.

"Mr. Ade's Fables in Slang' is a delightful piece of humor. American slang is the most expressive in the world, as everyone admits. It appears to be, with Mr. Ade, a labor of love to pick out the choicest morsels and to present them in his own inimitable way. -Boston Post.

"The Fables are absolutely free from coarseness.

They are full of humor and they hit off many fads of the season. The book will serve as an unfailing antidote for depression."-San Francisco Chronicle.

"The success of the month is Mr. George Ade's new book, 'Fables in Slang.'"-Book News, Philadelphia.

"The book is a veritable mine of funny things, and those who enjoy a good laugh will be sure to want it.—Minneapolis Tribune. Published in Cloth only.

The Price of the Book is 75 Cents.

George J. McLeod, Publisher, 5 King St. West, TORONTO.

P.S.-A booklet containing one Fable ("The Two Mandolin Players and the Willing Performer") will be sent to any address free on request.

thrilling adventure as has been published for many a long day. The story relates the adventures of a doctor who established a "Hospital Club," on unique lines.


"The Purple Robe," by Joseph Hocking, author of "The Scarlet Woman," etc. Colonial Library, cloth, gilt, 3s. 6d.; wrapper, 2s. 6d. Illustrated by J. Barnard Davis.

Mr. Hocking writes always from the Christian standpoint, but he is a man who thinks, whe keeps abreast of the times, and whe looks the questions of the day fully and fearlessly in the face. "The Purple Robe " is a novel with a purpose, and is likely to arouse considerable controversy in religious circles. The brilliant success the author's "Scarlet Woman" has recently attained should ensure a ready welcome for his new book.

"Should She Have Spoken ?" by Esther Miller. In Colonial Library, cloth, gilt, 38. 6d.; wrapper, 2s. 6d. Illustrated.

Miss Miller has here written a story which is so strong, and brings the reader in such close touch and sympathy with the hero, `that the whole tale seems to read like a page from real life. The author is making rapid strides in popularity, the wide advertisement she has received in conjunction with her

very popular serials in the "Daily Mail'
and elsewhere having done much to en-
enhance her fame.


This, the latest book by Mr. Crockett, is a historical romance of a bygone age, in which the life of a lovely duchess- and later, princess-gleams throughout. Joan is a noble woman, full of daring and high-spirited independence worthy of a later century. The following extract is a key to her character throughout :


Ladies," flashed Joan, "I am sick for
ever of hearing that a lady must not do this
or that, go here or there, because of her so
fragile reputation. She may do needlework
or embroider altar-cloths, but she must not
shoot with a pistolet or play with a sword.
Well, I am a lady; let him counter it who
durst. And I cannot broider altar cloths,
and I will not try; but I can shoot with any
man at the flying mark. She must have a
care for her honor, which (poor feckless
wretch) will be smirched if she speaks to
any as a man speaks to his fellows. Faith!
For me I would rather die than have
such an egg-shell reputation. I can care
for mine own. I need none to take up my
quarrel. If any have a word to say upon
the repute of Joan of the Sword Hand-why
let him say it at the point of her rapier.”

Paper, 75 cents; cloth, $1.25. Toronto:
The Copp, Clark Company, Limited.


Under the heading,
"The Five Leading
Books of the Season," Morang & Company
announce an attractive list, viz. :



And it must be confessed that every one of
these books is a strong competitor for pub-
lic favor. The two first, as of course every-
one in the trade now knows, are by Mary
Johnston, and Mary Johnston is a name to
conjure with. This young lady has not only
made a fortune for herself during the past
few months, but has brought a quantity of
grist to every bookselling mill in the United
States, for nothing quite so phenomenal as
the sale of her books has previously oc-

The advance sales of Tolstoy's latest book, "Resurrection," were very large, and the work has run through its first edition. It is interesting as giving an insight into the inner life of Russia, introducing the reader to many of the tragedies and problems of the present day. The "Great Master of the North" has written in "Resurrection" a harrowing yet absorbing story with all his

old fervor, and with a deeper and more searching spiritual understanding. Count Tolstoy's determination to write no more fiction has been overcome by his desire to assist the Doukhobors in their exodus from their grievous oppression in Russia to Canada. The proceeds of his royalties are to be devoted to helping the Doukhobors in their new Canadian home.

The announcement of a new book by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler, author of "Concerning Isabel Carnaby," has shown how popular that author is. Inquiries are received every day as to how soon the book will be ready, and the order-sheet is well filled. As "The Farringdons" is a much stronger and more entertaining book than any of the writer's previous novels, there is no doubt of the great sale it will have. Throughout the book there is shown a vigour and freshness that is at times inspiring, and humour is abundant. The epigrammatic wit which has made Miss Fowler's reputation, is a strong feature of the story, while there is much to please the thoughtful and serious. Miss Fowler understands human nature; and the two old village women who represent the optimistic and pessimistic views of life, utter some interesting truths :—

"Speaking sharp seidom does do much good, except to them as speaks."

"It seems to me that husbands are like new boots-you can't tell where they're going to pinch you till its too late to change 'em."

"Wills seem to me to have been invented by the devil for the special upsetting of the corpse's memory."

"The Farringdons" is being published simultaneously in England and America, and will be ready in a few days.

"The Green Flag," by A. Conan Doyle, is a collection of tales concerned with war and sport, a fact which he observes "may commend them to the temper of the times." Apart from their topical character, however, the contents of "The Green Flag" will be welcomed on their own merits. Dr. Doyle is an admirable narrator, and nobody can be better company. The story which gives its name to the collection is a striking study of the strange logic of the fighting Irishman, having for its hero a young Fenian who, after organizing a mutiny amongst his comrades, dies like a hero beneath the green flag he had smuggled into action as the emblem of revolt. Fox-hunting and prize-fighting are described with a fervour and enthusiasm which the most pacific reader will find it hard to resist, while there are three or four stories of pirates that take one back to the time when the black flag was frequent on the deep, and it was not nearly

so safe as it is now to undertake a voyage to a distant port. In these pirate stories Doyle displays the possession of an undoubtedly genuine historical imagination.

"The English in Africa," by Hon. D. Mills, has been delayed because the author got access to some state papers throwing considerable light on the African question, and he was anxious to make his work as

complete as possible, as it will undoubtedly be a standard book of reference. Mr. Mills is in a position to give an unprejudiced view of the whole question, and his very careful exposition of the causes of the war and its probable results will do a good deal towards clearing up doubts on many subjects.

Few booksellers will be out of contact with the great flow of visitors towards Paris, a flow which causes a ripple of trade even in the farthest corner of the Dominion. There is a demand for some satisfactory guide book to Paris, written by some one who understands just what travellers from this side want to know--a guide-book for daily needs more than for sight-seeing. "A Woman's Paris" is just what is needed. In a most entertaining way a lady who knows the ground most thoroughly initiates the reader into the mysteries of hotel life, cabs, apartments, dressmakers, shopping, theatres, and Exposition ways and prices. The details of life are most practically dealt with, and the book will be of untold value to anyone visiting the French capital, for it has in it just the information one is always looking for in a guide-book and never finds. Morang & Co. issue this useful little work, which is handsomely illustrated with half-tones, at the price of one dollar.

Morang & Co. are giving considerable attention to advertising. The posters for their latest publications have been much admired, especially the one for "To Have and to Hold." The trade will appreciate this support; advertising throughout the country cannot fail to benefit the retailer and improve business all round. Every bookseller reaps the benefit of a book being well advertised. PUBLISHERS' SYNDICATE BOOKS.

At this period of the year books on Nature and subjects appertaining to it have a peculiar appropriateness. It is, therefore, interesting to notice that the Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, 51 Yonge Street, Toronto, have issued three books, and are about to issue another, which deals directly with subjects of nature. Two of them are by Mrs. Dana, and are entitled "How to Know the Wild Flowers," and "How to Know the Ferns," being, as their names imply, guides to the haunts, habits and varieties of the wild flowers and ferns of this

country. They are charmingly and elabororately illustrated and sell readily wherever shown. Another book on Nature, which the Publishers' Syndicate is just publishing, is "Our Native Trees," by Harriet L. Keeler, a technically accurate description of the native trees of this part of the continent of America. The book is written in a popular style, and is illustrated with 180 full page plates from photographs and 70 text drawings.

The fourth book, just published, is "Bird Homes," by A. R. Dugmore. The artist is one of the most famous photographers of native subjects in the United States, and has besides a clear and comprehensive knowledge of the subject upon which this book has been written. It is a delightful study of the homes and haunts of birds, and the illustrations and color plates scattered throughout it are excellent in style and finish.

Ray Stannard Baker has written a book which is now issued by the Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, Toronto, and which is really valuable for boys. It is entitled "The Boys' Book of Inventions," and tells of the marvels of modern science in an interesting and accurate style which cannot fail to please the reader. The text is aided by many beautiful illustrations. The work throughout is one of great value, especially as a gift-book for the young.


Dr. William Barrie, author of "The New Antigone," has written another story, which is published by The Publishers' Syndicate, Toronto. Its title is "Arden Massiter." It is a thrilling story admirably written. book, which has already made a sensation in the English market, is assured of a large and ready sale in Canada. It may be described as a romance of real life, with an historic and religious background, and an atmosphere (if the word is not too bold), somewhat Dantean. The name is that of a young Englishman, whose own life-chronicle has taken him out of the average, kindling in him a passion for ideals which is at once rare and perilous. The other persons, men and women, live each in their several worlds; and the action is wrought out as if in spite of them by forces which are characteristic of the closing nineteenth century. The "mise-en-scene" is almost wholly Italian landscapes or places with which the author, who has lived long in Rome, is well acquainted. The book may, perhaps, be described as a prose tragedy, not without lights in the high distances.

The Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, Toronto, has just issued another book by a Canadian writer entitled "Flame Electricity and the Camera," by George Iles, formerly a resident of Montreal. The book, as its title implies, is a scientific treatise on the subjects implied by the name. It traces the material progress of man along those lines, and deals in a remarkably interesting manner with the development of electricity and photographic science from their earliest periods to the very latest results of scientific research. The book, in fact, is corrected right up to the present year, and is written in so happy a vein and so richly illustrated with apt example to support its arguments as to justify a very prominent place among the pop

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ular science works of to-day. Mr. Iles, who is by no means unknown in the literary world, has made a valuable contribution to literature in this work. The book is bound in decorative cloth, with more than one hundred half tone, line and color illustrations. Price $2.00.

No book about boyhood that has appeared since Kipling wrote his Jungle Stories is fo full of intense sympathy for its subject as is the "Court of Boyville," by William Allen White, which is published by the Publishers' Syndicate, Limited, Toronto. Mr. White is full of humor in his treatment of his characters, and yet his story is so interspersed with touches of the deepest pathos that one is kept wavering between laughter and tears in the reading of the book. It is a veritable gem, and is having a large sale, as it deserves.

Book Motes.

George Hague, well known as a banker and philanthropist, has published "Some Practical Studies in the History and Biography of the Old Testament: Genesis to Deuteronomy." 546 pages, cloth, $1.50. The Copp, Clark Co., Toronto.

"Geber: a Tale of Harun the Khalif," by Kate A. Benton, published at $1.50 by F. A. Stokes Co., New York, is one of the strongest of recent novels. It is a very fine description of a period marked by a magnificence and splendour not surpassed by the pomp of the greatest monarchs of ancient or modern times.

Hurst & Company, 135 Grand Street, New York, have published an entirely new series of paper-covered novels, including over 300 best selling titles, in "The Hawthorne Library," and 200 titles in "The

Universal Library." Both series are well
printed, with attractive covers, and will make
a good line for the summer trade. Any
dealer sending the publishers 12 cents in
stamps will receive a sample of each line,
with full lists and quotations for quantities.

There may be a preponderance of pro-
Boer feeling in the United States, but there
is also a very strong pro-British feeling.
This is evidenced by the fact that five thou-
sand copies of the $3 edition of Fitzpatrick's
"Transvaal from Within" has been sold
within a few months. William Briggs, To-
ronto, reports an excellent demand in Can-
ada for his cheaper edition of the same book,
in paper 75 cents; in cloth $1.25.

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reasoning is that the French, German, and Americans are more respected because these nations protect their individual subjects—if they deserve it. The English do not. The "The Over-Seas Library" is improving, and "Among the Man-Eaters" is the best issue yet. It is thrilling and exciting.

Peter Eckler, 35 Fulton Street, New York, is publishing a is publishing a "Library of Liberal Classics," by various authors who discuss questions of morals and religion in such a free and outspoken style as to shock the susceptibilities of the average orthodox churchgoer. But this is not an age of free discussion; and the "Library of Liberal Classics" must have a large sale, as it now includes a long list of books, many of them by well-known and clever writers. "The Will in Nature," by Arthur Schopenhauer, and "Man, Whence and Whither ?" by Richard B. Westbrook, D.D., LL.B., are among the Catarecent issues. Price 50 cents each. logue sent on request; liberal discount to

the trade.

The literary market has been so flooded with books on Scotch life, full of the musical dialect which one can ofttimes only guess at, that it seemed at one time as if no other kind of treatment of that life would find a welcome. In "The Rhymer" which Mr. Fisher Unwin, London, has published, we have a story which will surely meet with an The dialect is there-musical as ever-but there is not too much of it, and all of it may be readily understood; while the dialect which we know so much better, and which is none the less melodious, is charmingly intermingled with

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"Among the Man-Eaters," by John Gaggin, is the latest issue in Fisher Unwin's 'Over-Seas Library," in paper cover at 1s. 6d. If what the author says is true, the Colonial and Foreign Office officials have once more proved false to the trust reposed in them. "It is worse than a crime to be an Englishman all over the vast expanse of the great South Seas. I have seen it, I know it, and the above is no exaggeration."" These are strong words, and the author's

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